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Vendors sought for benefit car show in Taneytown

Street Cars of Desire car club is revving up for its annual Country Cruizn Car Show to benefit veterans and is seeking vendors for the event, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 8 at Taneytown Memorial Park.

Shiela Johnson, who organizes the show with her father, Grant Stone, said the show is a family affair. Her parents, great-aunt, great-uncle and grandfather, as well as her husband and daughter, are all members of the car club, she said, and her family has been organizing the event for about 18 years.

Originally, Johnson's mother and grandfather, in conjunction with Taneytown American Legion Post 120, coordinated benefit car shows for spring flings held on the Thunderhead Bowling Centre parking lot, she said. Johnson and her father took over the car show reins about 10 years ago, she said.

Vendor spaces for the car show are $30 each, and vendors are required to bring their own setups. Only one representative per company type - such as those selling makeup, baskets or health products - will be able to participate. Nonprofit organizations are welcome free of charge, but are required to fill out and return a vendor registration form.

The event is free to spectators, and vehicle registrations are $12 per vehicle the day of the event. All proceeds help support veterans and their families being served at Bethesda Naval Hospital through the Wounded Warriors Project, Johnson said.

"About five years ago, we started working directly with Bethesda Naval Hospital," Johnson said, "We have a more direct relationship with the veterans. It has been very rewarding to be able to directly interact with veterans and their families."

The cause is "near and dear" to her and her family, Johnson said, because her parents and other members of the car club are veterans.

Johnson said she grew up with the club, participating in club socials, and enjoys assisting with planning and executing the various benefit shows it has hosted throughout the years. "I'm eager to pass down to my daughter the idea of charity work and helping others," she said.

The 2013 show featured 104 cars, drew hundreds of spectators and raised $2,635, Johnson said.

Last year the club purchased VISA gift cards and handed them out to military patients and their families staying at the hospital to help with expenses, she said. Johnson recalled the one year proceeds from the event were used to purchase Internet-ready laptops fitted with web cams that were donated to patients at the hospital, offering veterans and their families a more immediate form of communication.

Those interested in being a vendor should request a registration form by emailing a name and mailing address to Johnson at wizofoz_1976@yahoo.com. Vendor registrations with full payment are due no later than May 31.

Taneytown Memorial Park is at Md. 140 and Park Drive.

Huntin' for eggs

Time to inspect those Easter baskets to make sure they are sturdy and sound in preparation for area egg hunts that are free and open to the public.

Baust United Church of Christ is having its Community Easter Egg Hunt at 1 p.m. April 12 at the church, 2950 Old Taneytown Road, Tyrone. Children in fifth grade and younger are welcome to participate. In addition, there will be games, a craft and refreshments. For more information, contact the church at 410-751-1237 or office@ebucc.com.

The Terra Rubra Lions are hosting their annual Easter Egg Hunt from 1 to 2 p.m. April 19 at the Terra Rubra Ballpark, 6300 Middleburg Road, Middleburg. Children 12 and younger are welcome to join the hunt. One searcher in each category - 4 and younger, 5 to 8, and 9 to 12 - will find a "lucky egg" and win a special prize, and the child in each category who finds the most eggs will win a grand prize. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 410-775-0650 or visit http://www.terrarubralions.org/activities/easteregg.php.

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Runnymede Walks

Runnymede Elementary students, families and staff are gearing up for the 16th Annual Runnymede Walks for Carroll County Food Sunday to be held at the school April 25, with a rain date of April 28.

The project gives students an opportunity to work together on an activity that enables them learn about and help other children and adults in the community.

Donations from the event, including community and business donations, are combined with funds raised from the Runnymede vs. Taneytown Community Basketball Game and used to purchase bulk items and fund vouchers for perishable foods. Last year, the school donated $10,800 to the nonprofit.

The school hopes to surpass that total this year. The basketball game netted $1,400 so far.

The school invites charitable donations from individuals and businesses. All donations are welcome and tax deductible.

To learn more or to make a donation, contact Susan Routson at strouts@carrollk12.org or call the school at 410-751-3203.

Yard sale spaces

Baust United Church of Christ, in Tyrone, is seeking vendors for its yard sale, which will be held in conjunction with the book and rummage sale planned for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26.

Spaces are $10 each, and the sale will be held rain or shine.

For more information or to reserve a space, contact Sandy at 410-857-0416 or sandys46@netscape.com.


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