Springtime means flea market at Folly Quarter Middle [West Friendship]

Spring is finally in the air. With that in mind, and spring cleaning on the "to do" list, bring your excess household and clothing giveaways to the folks at Folly Quarter Middle School, who are setting up a large area of donations to be given out to local needy families during the school's annual flea market on March 29.

Karen Mobley, chief organizer of the school fundraiser, said, "All donations are tax deductible and serve a genuine need."

Donated items should be dropped off on March 28, 6-8 p.m., in the gym at Folly Quarter Middle School. If you would like to participate in the sale as a vendor, rental tables are available but must be reserved by calling Karen Mobley at 443-506-7394 or emailing her at neighbornetwork@aol.com. Spaces are first-come, first-served. Vendors keep the profits made from their sales. Folly Quarter Middle School is at 13500 Triadelphia Road. The sale on March 29 is from 8 a.m. to noon.

It's Tiger Madness at Players Bar and Grill on March 22, 7 to 11 p.m., when the gala fundraiser sponsored by the West Friendship Elementary PTA begins. Silent auction prizes, food galore, March Madness basketball on the Players Grill big screens, a Wii basketball tournament and socializing amongst teachers, parents, friends and staff are all part of the big evening. Player's Bar and Grill is at 10795 Birmingham Way in Woodstock. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.wfestigermadness.weebly.com Questions of any kind may be directed to Lisa Spitulnik at 410-935-9059.

Congratulations to the Mount View Middle School Super Naturals First Lego League Team, which took a third place in the Champions Award during the First Lego League State Championship held at the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus on March 1.

Looking for bargains? Head to the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship on March 22, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., when the Kids Nearly New Spring Sale is promising loads of finds on children's clothes, equipment, toys and games. More than 140 vendors will sell children's items from infant through early teens. For a full list of items and information, go to the website at http://www.kidsnearlynewsale.com.

Just as we in the community changed our clocks on March 9, the members of the West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department remind residents to check batteries on home smoke alarms.

The Boy Scouts of Troop 793 were out in force on March 8 collecting bags loaded with nonperishable food items left by local residents for the annual Scout food collection event. All the food is being donated to the food pantry at the Glenelg United Methodist Church.

Bette Hoover of Eden Valley at 5085 Greenbridge Road in Dayton, invites women (age 50-plus) in the community to share in a day of "wise women walking together, discovering our true and authentic selves." The gathering is set for March 22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants are invited to bring a vegetarian dish to share, words of wisdom and inspiration, a journal or tablet and a desire to live life to its fullest. Interested? Call Bette Hoover at 410-531-5610 or email edenvalley@verizon.net.

Congratulations to new grandparents Kathy and Jeff Goetz who welcomed their grandson Elliott Jeffrey on Jan. 25. Elliott's proud parents are Kristen and Chris Rich, who live in upstate New York.

Editor's note: The Howard County Times is seeking a neighborhood columnist for Lisbon and Woodbine. Interested persons may contact David Sturm at 410-332-6526 or dsturm@tribune.com.

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