THE GARDEN PARTY gives kids an annual day of fun while raising money for Spring Garden Elementary School. All activities and games are geared to elementary school children, and the community is welcome.
Sponsored by the PTA, the Garden Party will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 7 at the school, 500 Boxwood Drive, Hampstead.
Erik Kuhn, co-chair with Kelly Gray, said "countless volunteers" are helping stage the event that includes games, food, kids' karaoke, face painting and color hair spray and an outdoor petting zoo. Helium balloons will be given away.
Parents have promised to bake 50 homemade cakes for a cakewalk, which is musical chairs in which the winner takes home the cake.
Karaoke amid a continuous bubble machine will be available free for children from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a PTA-approved song list.
Teachers, staff and teachers' assistants will give away 45 prizes or experiences in the silent "teacher's auction." Events with a favorite teacher range from a canoe trip for two to miniature golf, a bowling party and a rubber stamping party.
"The kids really enjoy seeing their teachers in social situations. This [gives] them a chance to spend time outside the classroom with them," Kuhn said.
Beanbag toss, mini golf, bowling, lollipop tree, basketball toss, duck pond, and other games will cost about a quarter to play.
A book fair, craft sale and baked goods sale will be heavily stocked. Concession stands will offer hot dogs, pizza, hot pretzels, soft drinks and snowballs.
Area businesses have begun to send items that will be raffled every half-hour. Kuhn appreciates contributions from Hess Music, Family Pharmacy, Target, McDonald's, Greenmount Bowling, American Stone Mix, Carroll County True Value, Domino's Pizza and Greenmount Station Restaurant.
Parents also have promised donations, Kuhn said.
"The response by teachers, staff and parents has been overwhelming. They have really stepped up to the plate and hit a home run," Kuhn said.
Information: Erik Kuhn, 410-239-3528.
Fund-raising programs by members of the band and orchestra at Shiloh Middle School have created a scholarship fund of more than $2,000 for pupils going to summer music camp.
Nine pupils of the instrumental program will be selected by audition to receive the scholarships. Three will be given per grade in amounts of $410, $200, and $100.
Auditions will be held after school April 11. Pupils must register by April 4.
Pupils will perform a one- to two-minute solo, sight-read music and play musical scales as required for All-County Band and Orchestra auditions.
Philip Stephenson is director of instrumental music at the school.
Make kites Saturday
Bill Cunningham will teach how to make and fly kites starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at Pine Valley Nature Center, 3400 Wilhelm Lane, Manchester.
Kids may assemble kites and try them out under Cunningham's guidance. He will demonstrate how to make a kite stay aloft and help adjust kites made that day.
Anyone who does not make a kite is welcome to participate in trail cleanup, weeding, mulching and other springtime tasks at the nature center. Work starts outdoors at 8 a.m. and finishes at noon. Children in sixth grade or older may earn student service learning hours.
Cleaning products needed
The Food Pantry of North East Social Action Program Inc. welcomes donations of nonperishable food all year long.
Cleaning and hygiene items also are needed.
The pantry is seeking donations of toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, laundry detergent, dish detergent, all-purpose cleaners, paper towels, toilet paper and tissues.
Bulk sizes are not appropriate.
Churches or organizations that gather a donation are asked to call before delivery is requested. NESAP pantry is at 1046 S. Carroll St., two doors from Hampstead Town Hall. The clothing store is closed until Saturday for spring clothing sale preparation.
Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.