It's that time of year when the holidays are approaching. And that means holiday bazaars, lots and lots of them, several of which are this weekend. You can start your holiday shopping Friday at Oakland United Methodist Church's Christmas in the Country bazaar from 10 a.m. to7 p.m. at the church, Oakland and Mineral Hill roads, Eldersburg. Cookies, candy, nuts, pine cone decorations, trim-a-tree decorations, wreaths, white elephant table and baked goods are among the featured items for sale.
If you get hungry while shopping, food will be available for purchase.
The bazaar continues 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Also Friday, in Hampstead, visit Christmas at the Church at St. John's United Methodist Church, 1205 N. Main St., sponsored by the UM Women. This event, from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, offers a country store, baked goods, crafts, Christmas decorations, a silent auction, children's activities, and food to tempt the hungry palate.
Then take the scenic route over to the Carroll County Arts Council's Holiday Arts and Crafts juried show and sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday atthe New Windsor Service Center Gymnasium, Route 31. The show continues 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday with a selection of fine art and quality crafts from local artists and craftsmen. Admission is free. Information: 848-7272.
Be prepared to start shopping early Saturday.
Sam's Creek Church of the Brethren on Route 407 in Marston is having its eighth annual Holiday Bazaar from 9a.m. to 3 p.m.
Select from beautifully handcrafted Christmas treeornaments, centerpieces, window decorations and wall-hangings, themeornaments, assorted gifts for the home, baskets and more.
If homemade goodies are your thing, try the cakes, pies, cookies, breads or any other of the varied items for sale.
Don't forget the fresh produce and plants to brighten up the home. Information: 848-0687, 795-3008 or 253-5469.
Then head toward Westminster to Trinity Lutheran Church, 833 Deer Park Road, Smallwood, for its annual Christmas Bazaar 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with decorations, crafts, handmade items andbaked goods, a Santa Shop and grab bags for children, door prizes and refreshments.
Refreshments will be sold for hungry shoppers.
Now check out the Montessori Society of Westminster's Marketplace Holiday Bazaar noon to 5 p.m. Saturday atSt. Benjamin's Church, Kriders Church Road, just off Route 97.
This sale offers a variety of gift items, handcrafted decorations and treats for the sweet tooth.
If you're all shopped out by this time and need to relax, you can take your pick of several plays throughout the weekend, beginning Thursday.
Westminster High School will stage "Up the Down Staircase," a drama about a teacher's first years in the school system, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Tickets are $3 each; senior citizens are free.
The school is at 1225 Washington Road.
Too tired to cook?
The Havilah-Hayes Dinner Theatre presentsNeil Simon's "The Odd Couple," with Fitzgerald's Classic Catering preparing dinner.
Shows are at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday, then continuing Nov. 8, 10, 15-17, 22-24, 29, 30 and Dec. 1.
Tickets are available at Scharon's Black Eagle in the Westminster Shopping Center.
The theater is at Big Pipe Creek Park, Route 832, Taneytown.
Don't think about cooking Sunday, either.
Get yourself a ticket to the bull and oyster roast and dance at Gamber Fire Hall, Route 32.
Food is served from noon to 4 p.m., then you can dance from 2 to 6 p.m. to the sounds of "4 a Change."
Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door, and includes full meal.
Information: 549-1510 after 6 p.m.
Could you use some exercise?
Join the Turkeywalk on Saturday to benefit the American Heart Association.
Two five-mile walks are scheduled at the Farm Museum, Center Street, Westminster or Piney Run Park, 30 Martz Road, Eldersburg.
Win turkeys and T-shirts; Halloween costumes are welcome.
Register at 8 a.m. and start walking at 9.
While you're busy, drop your youngster off at the Westminster Recreation Department's Teen Center for middle schoolstudents at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Longwell Municipal Center, Longwell Avenue, Westminster.
"Mark the Shark" plays the sounds.
Admission is $3 and includes refreshments and door prizes.
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