Frisky's holding yard sale


April 18, 2002|By Lorraine Gingerich | Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FRISKY'S WILDLIFE and Primate Sanctuary is holding a monthlong yard sale at its Woodstock facility. You never know what you may find at the fund-raiser, which is being held in and around the barn that normally serves as manager Colleen Layton's office.

Each weekend this month, Layton, her husband, Scott Robbins, yard-sale coordinator Sandy Davison and other volunteers stack the wares on tables in front of the building. Tables inside are piled with glassware, books, household items and collectibles. Jewelry is neatly lined up on tables outside the barn, along with artwork, yard goods and larger items.

Davison says she has some interesting items for sale, including African art and a 50-year-old handmade dollhouse full of vintage doll furniture. "It is so unique," she said. "Somebody put a lot of time and effort into building this."

This is Davison's fifth year running the sale. "Everything is donated," she said, including the bookshelves, wall units, desk, tables and cash register.

"The best stuff comes in March and April," Davison added. "What we have left over, we just box up and save until next year."

Unpacking and repacking thousands of items is no small job. "You have to start in March, and it will take until June to get it all put away," Davison said.

Proceeds will be used for the care of the animals and the upkeep of the sanctuary.

Frisky's is holding the yard sale every weekend this month, so you still have a chance to search for treasures. The sanctuary also takes donations year-round, in preparation for the sale, as well as donations of animal food, baby food and toys, blankets and other supplies for the care of the animals. Drop off donations in the tan bin in front of the house at 10790 Old Frederick Road.

The sale is held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Information: 410-418-8899 or

Earth days

What do Earth Day and Arbor Day have in common? Although both celebrations involve environmental issues and trees, they have very different origins. J. Sterling Morton, editor of the Nebraska City News, initiated the first Arbor Day in 1872 to encourage settlers to plant trees on the mostly treeless plains. Earth Day was founded by Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin on April 22, 1970, as a nationwide grass-roots demonstration to promote environmental awareness.

Some wonderful environmental activities are available in our area.

From 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, sign up your family or your group to help the Howard County Conservancy in Woodstock with its Earth Day observance. Volunteers will plant trees, clean the farm and help with other tasks. The conservancy will also plant trees for its Arbor Day celebration, from 9:30 a.m. to noon April 27.

Information or registration: volunteer coordinator Erin Inman, 410-465-8877.

Celebrate Earth Month with activities sponsored by Patuxent Reservoirs Watershed Protections Group in partnership with one of its agencies, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. You can help plant 1,000 trees from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Pigtail Recreation Area, 5525 Greenbridge Road, Dayton. Wear comfortable clothes and gardening gloves for the "Build a Forest for the Future" event. It is recommended that participants take water and a lunch.

As part of the celebration, Howard County Master Gardeners have been invited to teach how to make your lawn and landscape environmentally healthy in a workshop called "Beautiful, Bay-Friendly Landscapes and Lawns," from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Fulton Elementary School, 11600 Scaggsville Road, Fulton.

And "Ribbons of Life: Watershed Festival" will be held from noon to 4 p.m. April 28 at Brighton Dam Recreation Area, 2 Brighton Dam Road, Brookeville. Enjoy the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission's 5-acre azalea gardens at the dam, along with live entertainment and a native-plant sale.

Information: Sandy August, 301-206-8240.

Join the list

Cassie Kilroy Thompson of Clarksville invites the Lime Kiln Middle School community to join the LKMS Unofficial Email List - lkmsemail. Thompson, whose son Billy is a sixth-grader at Lime Kiln, says the list "was started to promote increased communication between the parents of pupils at Lime Kiln Middle School."

Thompson stresses that the list is unofficial; that is, it is not an official service of Howard County public schools. "Only parents of students currently or soon to be enrolled at LKMS and current staff at LKMS may become members of the lkms email group," she said.

To start sending messages to members of the LKMS e-mail list, send an e-mail to lkms

Information: visit

Star party

In honor of Astronomy Week (April 15 -- 21), come to a Star Party at 7 p.m. Saturday at Alpha Ridge Park on Route 99 in Marriottsville. The event, open to the public, is sponsored by the Howard Astronomical League of Central Maryland.

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