This weekend, try Freedom Family Funfest, Spring Public Dinner

NEIGHBORS

April 04, 1995|By SHERRY GRAHAM

I sometimes think of people as mirroring the flowers of spring. Just as the flowers hide during the long winter months, community events that coax us from our homes seem fewer in winter.

But with the green of spring comes new life. For the flowers, the winter weather becomes a thing of the past and tiny spikes begin to push up through the ground.

So it is with people. We begin to emerge from our houses and once again become active participants in our communities.

The southern portion of Carroll County has several events to help you shake off those winter blues and get reacquainted with your neighbors.

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The PTA at Freedom Elementary School is sponsoring its annual Freedom Family Funfest Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school on Route 32 in Eldersburg.

This family event features numerous games and activities for the entire family.

Pony rides are sure to be a hit with kids. Crafts, plants and baked goods will be sold throughout the day, along with hot dogs, pizza and other light fare.

Several local groups will be on hand to entertain. Dancers from

Talent Express will perform from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Cloggers from the group, known as Renegades, will kick up their heels from noon to 1 p.m.

Students and instructors from the International Karate Academy will demonstrate karate skills beginning at 1:30 p.m.

A 50/50 raffle will give those with the gambling spirit a chance to take home some big bucks.

The school's teachers are sponsoring their own raffle, with tickets sold to Freedom students only. The teachers have

donated some wonderful prizes, including trips to Play 'N Around and the Discovery Zone; gift certificates to local restaurants, movie theaters, video and book stores; music tapes; face painting; a pet rabbit; books; and other treats.

There will be no parking at the school. Families attending the Funfest should ride the free shuttle service from the Eldersburg Business Center on Progress Way just off Route 32. Parking is plentiful at the business park, and the shuttle will run all day.

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The folks at the Gamber Volunteer Fire Department will have their annual Spring Public Dinner Sunday from noon until sold out, approximately 4 p.m., at the fire hall on Sykesville Road.

The popular dinner is served family style and will feature hand-patted oysters, roast turkey, ham and all the trimmings. Homemade goodies of all sorts will be available to buy at the bake table.

This spring dinner is one of the volunteer fire company's major fund-raisers. Profits will support fire and emergency services for the surrounding community.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $4.50 for children 6-12. Kids under 5 eat free. Information: 876-2494.

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Young people in grades six to eight can dance the evening away a sock hop at St. Joseph Catholic Community Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Boy Scout Troop 883 is sponsoring the dance, which will feature music by Creative DJs.

Refreshments will be available. Tickets are $3 at the door. Information: 795-2892.

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Helping birds with their spring housing construction will be the focus of a Nesting Basket workshop held at the Nature Center in Piney Run Park Saturday from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Children 6 to 10 are invited to fill baskets with fluffy wool, dyed using natural plants for color. The baskets can be hung outdoors for the returning avian population.

The cost of the workshop is $1 for members and $2 for nonmembers. Information: 795-6043.

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The Western Maryland Regional Odyssey of the Mind Competition was recently held in Hagerstown. The competition focused on creativity, teamwork and challenge as teams of students worked together to solve a problem.

The students and their coaches met for five months building props and scenery; developing skits and costumes to solve their given problem.

Freedom Elementary sent three teams -- Scientific Safari, Vaudeville and Time Travelers -- to compete against 65 other elementary teams.

Time Travelers placed second and will participate in the state OM competition April 29 at UMBC.

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Mother's Day is fast approaching, and what better way to honor your mother than to tell the world why she's so special.

Local elementary students are invited to participate in Carrolltown Center's "Mother of the Year" contest. Boys and girls may submit a one-page poem, essay or story about what makes their mom special.

The contest is expected to draw more than 1,000 entries. Judges will choose a first place, second place and an honorable mention in two age groups -- first- and second-graders, and third-, fourth- and fifth-graders.

The grand prize winner in each age group will receive four Baltimore CFL football tickets. The prizes for second place and honorable mention will be donated by the Carrolltown Center merchants. Each student who enters the contest will receive a free prize from Fun Quarters.

Students may enter the contest by submitting their essays to their school's office or to the mall management office.

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