Local Boy Scout Benjamin McCardell is offering a free spaghetti dinner at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, in Eldersburg, Feb. 11 to bring attention to his goal of going to New Mexico to backpack around Philmont Scout Ranch for 10 days with fellow members of Boy Scout Troop 270.
The meal, which will be from 4 to 7 p.m., will include spaghetti, salad, breadsticks, desserts and beverages.
Donations will be accepted to help offset the $2,000 needed to make the three-week trip, which will also include stops at a variety of historical sites as the travelers drive from here to New Mexico and back.
Benjamin's dad, Shawn McCardell, said the freshman at South Carroll High School has been planning the trip for more than a year and has participated in a variety of troop fundraisers, but this is his first personal fundraiser.
"It's a lot about leadership skills ... and it's been a long process for him," the elder McCardell said of his son, who came up with the idea for the spaghetti dinner. "He had to present his plan to the church and to the church elders to get it approved. I'm really proud of him."
For more information about the dinner or to make reservations or a donation, call 301-233-4777 or email
and include "Dinner" in the subject line. Also, please include the number of adults and children who will attend and the anticipated time of arrival.
Holy Spirit Lutheran Church is at 2205 Old Liberty Road.
Bingo event at Century
The Century High School Athletic Boosters will host a Bag & Basket Bingo Saturday in the school cafeteria. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and games begin at 7.
Each participant will receive 20 regular games and a ticket for door prizes. Two special games and raffle tickets are available for an additional $1 each or six for $5.
Concessions will also be for sale, and include hot dogs, chili, nachos, pulled-pork sandwiches, vegetables with dip, an ice cream sundae bar, baked goods and beverages.
Tickets are $12 in advance, when reserved by 3 p.m. Saturday, and $15 at the door. Groups of four or more have the option of reserving a table with the purchase of advance tickets.
All proceeds benefit the Century High School Athletic Boosters.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call 410-795-9083 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Century High School is at 355 Ronsdale Road, Eldersburg.