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'Mid-May Madness' happening at Dennings church

While the "Mid-May Madness" yard sale has become an annual tradition for St. James United Methodist Church in Dennings, this year the event has been expanded to include outside vendors to offer more attractions.

"It's always been just a yard sale, but now we have our eighth vendor," Deanna Grayson, one of the committee members, said April 29.

The vendors will be selling portraits, inspirational art, silk flower arrangements, Silpada Designs, Mary Kay, Thirty-One, Tupperware, snowballs, popcorn and more.

There will also be some flea market tables and a large yard sale area of items that were donated to the church, with the proceeds from the sale of those items going to the church.

The event will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17 at the church.

"The money that is raised, a lot of it goes to mission work and service in Frederick and Carroll counties and beyond," said the Rev. Ken Dunnington, pastor of St. James UMC. "It helps us with our outreach programs as well."

One of the items donated to the church that will be for sale is a Thomas electric organ, which can go home with whoever makes the best offer by noon, said Grayson. The bidder must be able to transport the organ themselves, she said.

"It was a donated organ, and after it was donated, it's been sitting in one of the Sunday school rooms," she said. "Our church is small, and we don't have room for three organs."

The church has its main organ in the sanctuary, she said, and then its old pump organ, which they have kept as a part of church history.

The Thomas organ was donated to the church last June through a friend of the former pastor, Grayson said. It is in good condition and has a good sound, she said, but it doesn't project loudly enough to be a church organ. She said she thought it would serve better in a home, church hall or community room.

Dunnington said the yard sale day is also an opportunity to learn more about St. James and its church family.

"It's a way for the community just to get to know some of the church members, and if you're looking for a church, maybe find us as a friendly group," he said.

St. James UMC is at 3000 Marston Road, Westminster.

For more information, call Grayson at 410-775-7249.

Charity ride

Toop's Troops will hold a ride to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital May 17.

Toop's Troops is a motorcycle group that was started in 2002 to raise money for charitable organizations and people in need in honor of late motorcyclist Steve Toop.

The ride will begin at group president David Greene Sr.'s house, at 1425 Wakefield Valley Road in New Windsor, at 10:30 a.m. and end around 3 p.m. at the Union Bridge Veterans of Foreign Wars post. Stops will include Woodstock Inn and Vanessa's Corner Pub.

The cost is $15 per bike, and all the money will be donated to the hospital. Those without bikes who would like to participate may use their vehicles as well, Greene said.

The first 100 participants will receive a can coozie, and there will be door prizes too.

For more information, call Greene at 410-984-4862.

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Relay for Life bingo

The Knight Fighters, a participating group in Relay for Life, is hosting a multi-vendor bingo to benefit the American Cancer Society's fundraising efforts Saturday at the Union Bridge Community Center, 4770 Ladiesburg Road.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with games starting at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15 at the door and include 20 games of bingo.

Door prizes, raffles, special games and a 50/50 drawing will also be available, as well as refreshments for purchase.

For more information, contact Brandy Wiser at 443-974-5446.

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