Food, fun and an auction, too. What more could you want?
Francis Scott Key High School Band is sponsoring a fried chicken and ham dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Union Bridge Fire Hall, White and Locust streets.
Cost for dining is $8 for adults and $4 for children. Reservations are requested.
The bidding begins after dinner as new items, donated by area businesses and services, provided by students, go on theauction block.
Proceeds will help pay for the band's trip to Toronto later this month. The gavel will go down on several specials including an overnight at the Bed and Breakfast at Antrim. Information: 848-2422.
The Gingham Squares are quietly bidding, too. Keep your bids to yourself as the club has a Silent Auction Dance at 8 p.m.Saturday.
The partners will bow to each other at William Winchester Elementary School on Monroe Street. Information: 848-0655.
Raise your environmental conscience with several events this week.
Join in the county and Westminster's Arbor Day celebrations Wednesday. The city will begin the day with a tree planting at 9:30 a.m. in Mather Garden, City Hall. Information: 848-6962.
Stay around until10:30 a.m. as the county joins the celebration, presenting area towns with Japanese Snowbell trees. Area developers will receive Design in Development Awards, too.
It's all happening at Longwell Center, Longwell Avenue, Westminster. Information: 857-2143.
If you take your recyclables to St. George Episcopal Church's Environmental Swap from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, you'll receive a free seedling. WTTR will be broadcasting on the site, discussing recycling with church volunteers.
Participate in a workshop or win a door prize. The church is at 2434 Cape Horn Road, Hampstead. Information: 374-2344.
Join the Historical Society in a salute to the county's medical heritageat 6 p.m. Thursday. Dr. Theodore E. Woodward, author of "Carroll County Physicians of the 19th and Early 20th Centuries," is the guest speaker. Cost is $20 per person and reservations are required.
Dinner will be served at Martin's Westminster, Route 140. Information: 848-6494.
Musical treats abound this week, too.
You can hear piano for two at 8 p.m. Friday at Western Maryland College with "Concert of Four Hands and One Piano" featuring David Kreider and Arleen Heggemeier.
Admission is free and the sounds will come from McDaniel Lounge, Westminster. Information: 848-7272.
How about a grand night of music at the Carroll Community College Sunday? The Singers of Note will perform "It's a Grand Night for Singing" at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall.
Tickets are $3 in advance or $3.50 at the door and proceeds benefit Carroll County Arts Council.
The college is at 1601 Washington Road, Westminster. Information: 848-7272.
You can keep busy all day Saturday.
Cranberry Mall offers a Children's Fairwith "Mother Goose and Friends," storytellers from county libraries,and puppet shows at 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. Kay-Cee the Clown joins the fun adding free face painting and sculpting balloons from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The mall is at 400 N. Center Street, Westminster. Information: 848-4285.
You will find carvings in Piney Run Park as Carroll Carvers present their first annual show and competition from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show, at the Nature Center, is free but the park charges $3 per vehicle for admission to the park.
The park is at 30 Martz Road, Eldersburg. Information: 795-3274.
Two different groups plan to work out for charity. Jazzercise stages a Dance-a-thon for Literacy from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.; East End Athletic Club, 5 S. Center St., Westminster.
Proceeds will be donated to Literacy Council of Carroll County. Information: 848-1646.
American Heart Association is sponsoring another aerobic dance event, with routines presented by Paulette Greenwalt and Nancy Brett, from 10 a.m. to noon at Longwell Municipal Center, Westminster.
All are welcome to participate and prizes will be awarded. Information: 876-1029.
Finally, forget about cooking this weekend. Lots of organizations will do the culinary work for you.
The Rotary Club of Hampstead plans its fifth annual Bull and Oyster Roast from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday.
All you can eat and drink for $20 per person. A disc jockey plays your favorite hits. You can play the wheel games for prizes, too. Come to the Fire Hall, Main Street. Information: 239-6800.
You have several choices for Sunday dining.
Union Bridge Lions Club has its 14th annual Chicken and Ham Buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Union Bridge Community Center, 4770 Ladiesburg Road. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Information: 848-2997.
Starting at noon, you can take your choice of fried chicken, roast beef and ham at Winfield Fire Hall. Adults are $7.50 and children pay $3.
Family style service includes a bake table. The hall is at 1320 W. Old Liberty Road. Information: 795-1333.
They'll be roasting beef and shucking oysters from 1to 5 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Fire Hall. Cross Country provides the sounds.
Reservations are required and cost is $17 per person. Information: 848-1009.