Bring an appetite for food and fun to the Clarksville Picnic[Clarksville]

It's time for the 135th St. Louis Parish Clarksville Picnic on the church grounds Friday, June 28, noon until 9 p.m.

The popular family-style chicken and ham dinner with all the trimmings begins at noon under the big tent. Dinner tickets are $13 for adults, $6 for ages 5 to 10 and free for those under 5. Be sure to fill out the stub for the hourly chance to win a $20 gift card from Giant.

You'll find carnival games, kids' games, hayrides, face-painting and kid friendly eats like cotton candy, ice cream, funnel cakes, hot dogs, hamburgers and pizza.

There's plenty for adults to do as well, with a silent auction, plant sale, handcrafted items, white elephants, bingo and more.

Turner, Dean of Magic kicks off the entertainment at 12:45 p.m., followed by Kimberly Praay performing gospel music.

The Erik Christensen Band plays contemporary music from 2:15 to 4 p.m.

Pony rides are offered from 2 to 6 p.m.

Hourly $1,000 money raffle drawings begin at 4 p.m. and climax with the big $20,000 drawing at 9 p.m.

A bluegrass band performs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. followed immediately by the cloggers and a country band from 7 to 9 p.m.

Be sure to check out the lovely queen-size quilt, "Orchid Place" made by St. Louis quilters to be raffled at 8 p.m.

Entry to the picnic grounds is free. All are welcome.

Like a hive, St. Louis Parish has been buzzing with busy bees lately.

On Memorial Day, St. Louis Boy Scout Troop 108 participated in We Remember. They cleaned the grave sites of St. Louis veterans. Older boys read the headstones to younger boys and explained what they knew about the deceased.

After the cemetery was cared for, 34 flags were placed and a prayer service was held in remembrance of the service of all veterans.

Next, came an even bigger event. St. Louis Parish and School broke ground on the new Parish Activity Center slated to open in September 2014.

With many parishioners and well-wishers in attendance, Archbishop of Baltimore William Lori joined St. Louis pastor, Monsignor Joseph Luca, in turning the first shovels of dirt on the long-anticipated 23,000-square-foot state-of-the-art gymnasium and stage to adjoin the school.

Due to the construction, there will be no vacation Bible school at St. Louis this summer.

There will be Kingdom Rock vacation Bible school at Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church from July 7 through 11, 6 to 8:30 p.m., but they tell me registration closed June 16. The program is geared to children age 3 to those in the fifth grade. You might try contacting to see if there might still be an opening.

Summer Camp on the Hill at Hilltop Child Care Center is enrolling toilet-trained children ages 3 through 5 to have fun weekly or all summer. Call Gerry at 443-535-8505 to learn more.

Here's a brief summary of vacation Bible schools on my calendar for July.

Christ Lutheran Church will host a summer Bible Camp July 8 through 12, 9 a.m. to noon. Take a road trip on Route 3:16 with stops at the Grand Canyon, Walt Disney World, the Statue of Liberty and more. This free camp is for children in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Pre-registration is requested. Go to or call Audrey at 410-730-5209.

SonWest Roundup, a Wild West adventure with mighty tasty snacks, Bible stories, crafts, games and music for children entering kindergarten through fifth grade, will be held at Columbia Presbyterian Church July 8 through 12, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Register at or call 410-730-6004 to learn more.

Rolling Hills Baptist Church presents Lifeway's Colossal Coaster World vacation Bible school July 22 through 26, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

This vacation Bible school is for children who have completed grades one through six. There is no pre-K or kindergarten. Register at Contact Pastor Russ Spikes at 301-490-4777 or for more information.

Explore Creation at Investigation Station evenings July 22 through 26 at Triadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church. To learn more contact Peggy Lee at 301-317-5428 or

Relax and enjoy the summer sounds of cool jazz, steamy Latin rhythms, R&B and soul music with the Swingin' Swamies at River Hill Shopping Center on July 5, 6 to 8 p.m. Bring a picnic supper or buy food to eat while listening with friends and neighbors.

The next free concert will be Ellis Woodward's kids' show on July 12.

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