The first of summer's long weekends offers countians many opportunities to pause and remember our service men and women.
You'll find anumber of parades and memorial celebrations in and around our towns.
Pleasant Valley has a Memorial Day Service at 1:45 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Pleasant Valley Road. Information: 848-1549.
Monday, other areas have planned memorial activities. American Legion Gold Star Post 191 plans a Memorial Day Service starting at 11 a.m. in the historic Pine Grove Chapel on South Main Street, Mount Airy.
A luncheon follows at the Post Home at 801 Prospect Road. Information: 795-6239.
Westminster will have its 124th observance of the holiday with a parade at 10 a.m.
Taneytown strikes up theband for veterans and marches at 1:30 p.m. Union Bridge also paradesat 5:30 p.m.
For those who want to venture away from the county, a special tribute to honor Marylanders who died liberating Kuwait will take place at 11 a.m. Monday at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Baltimore County.
Among those honored will be
Spc. Charles L. Bowman Jr. of Manchester, who died last month in southern Iraq.
Thesite is at 200 Padonia Road East, Timonium. Information: 666-0490.
Entertainment, eats and energetic endeavors all combine to herald summer's arrival in Carroll.
How about starting off with some baked goods and bargains?
The Ladies of Westminster Elks are sponsoring a Rummage and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at GorsuchRoad and Route 140, Westminster. Information: 848-2277.
Wherever you live in Carroll, you can stay away from the kitchen Saturday.
You'll find an Old-Fashioned Strawberry Social at 2030 S. Pleasant Valley Road, Westminster. The Pleasant Valley Fire Department serves dinner platters to the music of the Westminster Municipal Band.
Doors open from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Fire Hall. Information: 848-3163.
Choose chicken or ham as Deer Park United Methodist Church servesits annual Memorial Weekend Dinner.
You can also choose from the baked goods and fancy table, or take home a plant.
Cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children. The doors open at noon on Route 32 andDeer Park Road, Smallwood. Information: 876-2745.
Are you near Taneytown? Let Baust Church Parish serve you fried chicken and ham. Cost is $6.50 for adults and $3.25 for children.
A bake table and carryouts also are available. Dinnertime is from 2 to 6 p.m. at 2940 OldTaneytown Road. Information: 857-0416.
Join a whole town's celebration as Hampstead Rotary Club sponsors the 18th annual Hampstead Day, featuring more than 140 antique dealers and craft exhibitors.
You will find entertainment, food, rides and commemorative coins.
Come early and enjoy the entire day. Information: 239-4448.
Be a life saver Saturday. WPOC Radio teams with Central Maryland Red Cross to kick off the summer blood drive season with "I Helped Savea Life."
Disc jockeys will visit with do
nors. You may win a prize from station, Westminster Coca-Cola and Cranberry Mall merchants.
Donors must be at least 17 years old, healthy and weigh at least110 pounds. Raise your sleeves from noon to 7 p.m. at Cranberry Mall, Center Street, Westminster. Information: 764-4619.
How about star-gazing and music?
Spend Saturday evening at the Arts Council's Coffee House under the stars at the Farm Museum's Amphitheater. You'll enjoy live musical entertainment by local artists on the outdoor stage. Refreshments are available, too.
Admission is $4 or $3 ifyou bring a snack. The songs begin at 7:30 p.m. on Center Street, Westminster. Information: 848-7272.
And finally, folks, it's carnival time again. Take your choice as Gamber and Union Bridge usher in a summer of rides, games and fun for all.
Both run from May 27 to June 1 and offer free admission. Times are from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Gamber offers a Saturday matinee from 2 to 5 p.m.
Gamber & Community Fire Co. is at 3838 Niner Road, Finksburg. Information: 795-3445.
In Union Bridge, you'll find it's all happening at the FireHall Grounds, 8 Locust St. Information: 775-7422.