Come out to the Shipley Arena at the Carroll County Agriculture Center from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 24 for a huge consignment sale being sponsored by the General Federation of Women's Clubs, Junior Woman's Club of Westminster.
As an added bonus, the sale will re-open at 2:30 p.m. for a half-price sale until 4:30 p.m., knocking down the price on items not sold in the earlier session.
The GFWC Junior Woman's Club of Westminster annual consignment sale is in its 21st year. Featured will be kids' clothing, toys, baby equipment and maternity clothes.
"We believe we are the longest-running children's consignment sale in Carroll County," said Meghan Jothen, co-chairman of the consignment committee.
GFWC Junior Woman's Club of Westminster donates proceeds of this event annually to charitable organizations within the community.
According to club member Susan Krichten, "Money last year went to Access Carroll, the Domestic Violence Safe House, the Stacey Davis Breast Cancer Fund, Shepherd's Staff, Carroll County Food Sunday, Bikers Against Child Abuse, Carroll Hospice Dove House, Rape Crisis [Intervention Service] of Carroll County and we sponsored a youth to go to Carroll County 4-H residence camp," Krichten said. "We also gave to the Boys & Girls Club of Westminster, one of the church's blessings closets, Carroll County Youth Service Bureau, a local Boy Scout adventure crew, Habitat for Humanity, the Westminster fire department and the Literacy Council of Carroll County, and we also gave to Operation Smile," she said.
The club also sponsors three college scholarships to Carroll County graduating seniors each year, Jothen said.
This sale is the club's main fundraiser.
"This sale strives to make a difference in our local community by providing a service of a low-cost alternative for children's shopping in Carroll County," Jothen said. "Shoppers have an opportunity to purchase clothing, baby equipment, toys, shoes, books, movies and anything children related. We have clothes for children from birth to teen and maternity wear."
"Not only are people able to sell there, if a consignor does not want their items back they are donated to Human Services Programs [of] Carroll County," Krichten said.
"This is a great low-cost, back-to-school shopping opportunity," Jothen said. "Your money goes farther than a traditional store. [We have] great deals for those who need anything for a baby or is currently pregnant."
For more information, find the GFWC Junior Woman's Club on Facebook or visit them online at http://www.gfwcmd.org/clubs/western/west minster_junior.html. To consign items, email JW Ckidsconsign@gmail.com or call 410-751-3825.
St. John's (Leisters) Lutheran Church in Westminster will have its annual peach festival on Aug. 24, beginning at 3:30 p.m.
This activity has been held for many years and is open to the public, but this year two additions will benefit others.
According to peach festival committee member Dennis Kniss, "A 50/50 raffle will be held to assist in offsetting medical expenses for the family of 11-year-old Avery Dull. Avery, a member of our church family, is receiving treatments for Hodgkin's Lymphoma," Kniss wrote in an email.
The second added event is a silent auction benefitting Carroll Lutheran School. Items open for silent bid include several homemade quilts, Amish prints by P. Buckley Moss, a homemade dinner for eight, a one-week stay at the Sheraton Vistana Resort in Orlando, Fla., and more.
According to Kniss, Thrivent Financial will provide matching funds to the proceeds of the silent auction.
The auction will end at 7 p.m.
Food offered for sale throughout the afternoon will include homemade turkey corn soup, a variety of sandwiches, peaches and ice cream, peach pie and peach cobbler. A bake table will offer more goodies for sale.
Music will be provided by the Never Too Late Band from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and the Alesia Band from 6 to 8 p.m.
Look for a variety of games for children throughout the afternoon.
"Bring your lawn chair and spend the evening," Kniss wrote.
The church is at 827 Leister's Church Road.
Call 410-848-6402 for additional information.