Every year, Ellicott City's Cub Scouts Pack 361 holds a Father-Son Bake-Off, when dads and boys bake and decorate cakes.
This year's Bake-Off was on Jan. 25, when the Cubs voted their choices for best cake in each of three categories: Cub Scouts, Sports and Winter Activities.
All the cakes were creatively decorated. Particularly noteworthy were a ski slope cake with a ski lift, and a campsite scene complete with a broccoli forest and a pond filled with candy fish.
Ribbons also were awarded.
In the Scouts category, Bryan Glass won third prize, Michael Trexler took second prize, and Danny Clark won first.
For the cakes with a Sports theme, Evan Calvert won third prize, Peter Kerwin was second, and Collin Wallace won first prize.
For Winter Activities decorations, John Kerwin won third prize, Adam Bishop won second, and Andrew Bechta, won first prize.
There was also a Den Bake-Off.
Each den, made up of a small group of boys, baked and decorated a cake, which the boys voted on and then auctioned off to parents and other adults.
Den 6 won the Den Bake-Off Contest, which entitles them to a pizza party.
I'm sure Pack 361 will allow other county Cub Scouts to steal their idea, if others want to try it.
Howard High School's "Showcase 94," a talent show incorporating talent from throughout the community was postponed last week.
Happily, the school was able to find another weekend on which to hold the event. The showcase will now be held on Feb. 17 and Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
For information, call the school at 313-2867.
Teneall Hook of Turf Valley Overlook spent much of her summer at the North St. John's Lane Swimming Pool as a member of the pool's swim team.
She attended practice every day at 8 a.m., a time of day when most teen-agers are fast asleep.
She gave swimming her best effort and showed her caring for others by taking charge of some of the children on swim meet days.
Teneall and parents Pat and Tom Hook were pleasantly surprised, when last week brought a commendation letter from the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).
Teneall was chosen as Howard County's Outstanding Girls Swimmer in the 13- to 14-year-old's group.
Teneall was thrilled last fall when her swim team coach, Jeff Ely, nominated her for AAU's award. Her parents seconded the nomination with a letter to the nominating committee.
A freshman at Mount Hebron High School, Teneall will probably spend more time at North St. John's pool this summer.
We hope she does well again.
Centennial High School's Drama Department has rescheduled its annual "Fat Night Follies," postponed because of the weather.
The Follies is a fun night of watching a variety of student talent while eating lots of sweets.
The new dates are Feb. 11 and 12 at 7 p.m.
Tickets cost $5.
For information, call the school at 313-2856.
Let's pull those spruce and pine cone wreaths off the door, and hang up a Valentine's Day decoration! Valentine's Day is a lovely little celebration of love that requires little work on the part of the adults.
To put Elkridge children in the mood for the holiday, Howard County Library is holding a program for children ages 6 to 8
called "Friends Forever," which will take place at the Elkridge Branch from 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 10.
Elkridge's adults can join their neighbors at the community's annual Valentine Dance, planned this year for Feb. 12. Tickets, which cost $12, include beer, soft drinks and music by the band Appaloosa.
The dance will be held in St. Augustine Church's parish hall.
For information or to purchase tickets, call Sandy Baker at 796-7326.
HTC Members of St. John's Junior Women's Club and their children will begin their Valentine's Day on Feb. 6 by making cards and gifts, and then taking the crafts to Ridgeway Manor Nursing Home on Feb. 13 to share their gifts and their love with the seniors.
Bibliophiles can study romantic love at the Miller Branch Library's book group "Destruction or Redemption: Images of Romantic Love," which starts at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.
The first book studied will be Flaubert's "Madame Bovary." I'll see you there!
If you walk for exercise during nice weather, don't let this winter weather tantrum stop you.
Neighbors Brigit Lund and Vickie Clancy, both veteran walkers, quickly lost patience with the icy roads and the seemingly continuous precipitation.
They have started walking in one of the county's malls, and have found it both safe and pleasant.
Walkers at Columbia Mall or Chatham Mall hustle along until about 10 a.m. when businesses open.
If you're new to Howard County or would like to meet new people, think about attending the monthly meeting of the Newcomers Club on Thursday.
The Newcomers are holding a coffee meeting at 10 a.m. to give women a chance to meet each other and to introduce them to their interest groups.
For information and directions, call 531-2827.