April is the dandiest of months. It is full of renewal. Flowers bloom into a new season, infecting people with the optimism of sunlight. There are chores to be done, for sure, such as cleaning the house and the barbecue grill. But no one minds a bit of extra work because the ups and downs of winter are finally over.
Thousands of Marylanders are gearing up for extra work on April 25, when the third annual Christmas in April will take place here. Part of a national drive to aid help needy neighbors in the American barnraising tradition, this year's event will send volunteers, supervised by building professionals, to fix up the houses of scores of homeowners throughout the state.
Seventy-seven homeowners in the Remington area of Baltimore City and the East Towson neighborhood of Baltimore County will have their houses repaired. In Howard County, more than two dozen homeowners will have volunteers fixing porches, installing doors and repairing gutters and downspouts. Similar drives are held in Montgomery and Prince George's counties.