This Saturday, the Easter bunny will visit Elkridge, stopping from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the SuperFresh on Route 1, for the Fire Station Ladies Auxiliary Bake Sale.
The Big Bunny will have Easter candy for the kids.
On sale will be homemade baked goodies, sold for the benefit of the fire station addition.
Raffle tickets for a 50-50 raffle also will be available.
The drawing will take place May 7, when the auxiliary holds its second bake sale.
Last year, members of the auxiliary were pleased to give the fire station a check for $10,000, to go toward the addition.
They invite the community to help them reach that goal this year. Shop at the bake sale or bring your own goodies for them to sell.
If you can supply a plate of goodies, call Bonnie at 796-7842, and plan to have it at the SuperFresh between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
A couple of weeks ago, a newly arrived Elkridge mother called me to ask about resources to locate day care for her children.
I'm sorry to say that I "fumbled the ball," but I have now found a good resource for her.
Call me back, Mom, and I'll be glad to send you the information.
Here are a couple of interesting projects from Burleigh Manor Middle School's Gifted and Talented Program: Thursday marked the culmination of a project featuring a fashion show for the benefit of the homeless.
Three eighth-graders found and obtained the fashions, learned modeling techniques, planned, executed and videotaped the show with lighting and special effects.
At showings of the video tape in the school, the models were on hand to collect donations for the homeless.
We're in the 1990s, so the three students were not girls, but boys: Charles Mitchell, John Tucker and Nick Sabatini.
A project by four seventh-graders involved a videotape that simulated two children flying unaccompanied.
The purpose was to ease the anxiety of children who might have to fly without a parent.
The students wrote letters to American Airlines and received its assistance.
L The video will be shown to classes at Centennial Elementary.
The four girls who researched, planned and videotaped the project were Jennifer Fitzwater, Rachel Fries, Sarah Pfeiffer and Nichole Rapelyea.
FISH, meaning Friends In Self-Help, has provided a charitable presence in Howard County for 22 years. FISH serves others in all kinds of neighborly ways: transportation, baby-sitting, finding services, providing food or helping with financial problems.
An all-volunteer organization, there is no administrative overhead.
This means that of every dollar FISH uses, an incredible 70 cents goes to a needy neighbor.
FISH volunteers want the community to know that it has changed its hours and phone number.
The new phone number is (410) 964-8660, and new hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday is a day of rest.
More volunteers are needed to replace those who have moved away.
If you're interested, here's how it works: Each phone volunteer is on duty once a month. On that day, the volunteer stays at home and calls the answering service to see if any messages have come in.
The volunteer then contacts neighbors who have requested help and, using a FISH manual, helps to locate the needed service or information.
If you're interested in details, call the new phone number and a FISH volunteer will talk to you.
Howard County artists: the Howard County Arts Council has called for entries into the Arts Center's "First Come, First Hung" show.
If you are over age 18 and live, work, or take art classes in Howard County, you're eligible to enter one piece of art in any medium.
Bring your work to Howard County Center for the Arts at 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City on Monday, April 25, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
It must be properly framed, if necessary, and ready to hang or display. Sculpture stands are available.
The work must be small enough to fit through a standard doorway.
All work brought to the center will be accepted until the gallery is full. Then, I hope, artists and nonartists will attend the exhibit, which runs through June 10.
A reception for artists and the public is Friday, April 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Rockburn Elementary School on Montgomery Road in Elkridge, held Grandparents' Day March 16.
In response, 400 grandparents showed up, filling the parking lot, bus lot and Rockburn Park with their cars.
Children and grandparents spent time in classrooms together, grandparents observing or participating in special events, such as intergenerational sharing and writing activities.
There were door prizes of Rockburn T-shirts and a prize for the grandparent who traveled the longest distance to attend (from St. Louis, Mo.).
When the morning concluded, there were so many grandparents leaving Rockburn School that Howard County Police Department had to help prevent a traffic jam.
Howard County Library is presenting "Soda, Syrup and Sprinkles," a program of tempting tales and activities about ice cream.