On April 16, Project Cloverleaf took on the landscaping of the Broken Land Parkway and Route 32 intersection.
The area swarmed with volunteers, equipped with shovels, who were planting the trees and perennials purchased for planting.
Many of the volunteers were midshipmen from the Naval Academy who had volunteered for the community service.
Looking fit and lean in their Navy T-shirts, they spent a therapeutic day of gardening, far from the stresses of college life.
Amid the Navy T-shirts was one man in an Army T-shirt, acting low-key -- understandably, considering the traditional rivalry between the two branches of the military.
While he was not revealing his identity that day, we know that the Army standard bearer was Howard Countian Don Langridge, a battalion commander at Fort Meade who lives with his wife, Barbara, and kids in Ellicott City.
Don worked hard that day with his wife, and by the end of the day the two had planted 20 trees.
While we don't know how many trees each Mid planted, it seemed as if the Army-Navy game was being played out, horticultural-style.
You may recall that four Burleigh Manor Middle School students were working together on a videotape to help children who must fly on an airline as unaccompanied minors.
The video, which is now complete, simulates a child flying from Baltimore-Washington International Airport and is intended to familiarize children with flying alone.
The students who developed this inventive project are Nicole Rapelyea, Sarah Pfeiffer, Jennifer Fitzwater and Rachel Fries.
At 7 p.m. Thursday, the students will hold a workshop at Burleigh Manor for children who will be flying alone this summer.
They will show the video as part of their presentation in the Media Center.
All Howard County children are invited to attend with their parents.
It's catch-up time for all of us who suffered through the ice, wind and sleet this winter.
For one thing, we're catching up on good weather. I find it refreshing that the weather is the source of positive comments -- as in, "Isn't this weather wonderful?"
The catch-up extends to Howard County activities.
Or maybe we're just looking for excuses to go outdoors into the sunshine.
Here are a few reasons to spend Saturday event-hopping:
The Historic District of Ellicott City will line its streets with artists, food booths, musicians and other performers Saturday for its annual May Arts Festival.
The festival will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is a great place to buy beautifully crafted Mother's Day gifts, as I did last year.
Cary Clark of Daniels Methodist Church wants everyone to know about the annual spring "Flea Market in the Park" that will take place at the church Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A few spaces are still available to rent, at $10 each. You may bring tables from home or inquire about using a church table.
Cary says there has been a nice turnout in the past for the event, which will happen rain or shine.
For information about space rental or for directions, call Cary at 795-0064.
Northfield Elementary PTA will hold its second annual Spring Carnival on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This will be a day of family fun, including games, a plant sale for Mother's Day, and a small crafts fair.
The Elkridge Fire Department Ladies' Auxiliary is planning its second bake sale and 50/50 raffle for this Saturday at the SuperFresh on Route 1 in Elkridge.
The bake sale will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the winning raffle ticket will be pulled at the close of the sale.
Community members are welcome to buy goodies and also to bring a baked donation to sell.
St. John's Parish Day School is holding its annual spring carnival, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Children of all ages may enjoy pony rides, games and food.
The school is at 9120 Frederick Road in Ellicott City. Call 465-7644 for directions or more information.
On April 23, the grounds of Howard Community College held the annual Howard County Garden Festival, a production of many volunteers and the Department of Recreation and Parks.
I was one of those volunteers, as well as an enthusiastic attender of the many lovely booths.
Literature handed out included information on companion planting, herbs, greyhound rescue, and bird house construction.
Local businesses offered lawn furniture, trellises and bedding plants.
My 10-year-old son Sam was with me, enjoying the excellent in-line skating circuit on the college's grounds.
While skating, he bummed a dollar from me to enter a plant raffle. At the end of the day, we learned that Sam had won his first raffle.
The prize was a 6-foot Norway spruce, donated by Clarksville's Earp family.
The evening was spent digging a hole, enriching the soil, and watering, a fitting conclusion to a day at the garden festival.
Happy Mother's Day to all Elkridge and Ellicott City moms, who spend so many hours doing the unsung but essential tasks of everyday life.