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Scouts having dance for dads, daughters

Local Girl Scout Troop 910 will host its Seventh Annual Daddy Daughter Dance fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 18 at St. Joseph Catholic Community in Eldersburg.

Troop leader Karen Magalotti said the dance has traditionally raised funds for the troop to donate to various charities, but the girls, who are high school juniors, hope to take a trip together this year.

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"Almost all of them have been together since kindergarten," Magalotti said of the 12 girls in the troop. "They've worked hard all this time, and I think it's time to do something just for them - kind of a treat after all the years of service they've done."

The dance will feature a photo of each couple and games and crafts before a dinner of spaghetti, with or without sauce, meatballs, garlic or plain bread, salad, dessert and drinks. After dinner, there will be dancing, and parting gifts will be given to each girl as she leaves.

Tickets are $30 per couple and $10 for each additional child.

While there is no age restriction, Magalotti said, the games, crafts and music are geared toward kindergarten through fifth-grade girls.

Space is limited for this event and it has sold out in the past, so purchasing tickets by Wednesday is recommended. Please call to verify availability after that date.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 443-286-2155 or email

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St. Joseph Catholic Community is at 915 Liberty Road.

Giving blood

Wesley Freedom United Methodist Church, in Eldersburg, will host a Red Cross blood drive from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Local Red Cross volunteer Barbara Brimigion said it's a particularly important time to donate. "They always have a shortage at this time of the year," she said.

According to the American Red Cross, to be a qualified donor one must be at least 17 years old, be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds, have not received a tattoo in the last year and must not have donated blood in the last 56 days.

For more information or to schedule a donation appointment, visit http://www.redcrossblood.org or call 800-448-3543. You can also call the church at 410-795-2777.

Wesley Freedom United Methodist Church is at 961 Johnsville Road.

Seeking baby items

The South Carroll Senior and Community Center is accepting donations of baby items on behalf of The Shepherd's Staff, a nonprofit outreach organization providing support to those in need in Carroll County.

Requested items include baby and toddler nonperishable foods, cold weather items and toiletries, including baby wipes, lotions and creams, diapers and pull-ups, shampoo and baby wash, hats, mittens, blankets, clothing, pacifiers, bottles and formula.

Donations can be dropped off in the playpen in the center's lobby weekdays, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., through February.

For more information, call 410-386-3700 or email southcarrollsc@ccg.carr.org.

The center is at 5928 Mineral Hill Road, Eldersburg.

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