With thousands of eggs to hunt and prizes and activities, Roaring Run Lions Club will hold its sixth annual Egg-stravaganza on Saturday, April 20 at the Finksburg library.
The fun begins at 10 a.m. for children ages 9 and younger. Bring a bucket, basket or bag to collect eggs.
“The Finksburg library [and] the Roaring Run Lions Club partner for the egg hunt [and] will provide activities and crafts for the children inside the library,” Lions Club representative Linda Auerback said. “The prizes include filled Easter baskets, stuffed animals, chocolate bunnies, craft sets, games and toys.
“Last year we had about 255 children participate. This year 3,450 eggs will be hidden, 3,000 will have candy and 200 [will have] prize numbers for 200 prizes, and 450 have a free children’s meal, which the Westminster Texas Roadhouse donated.”
Participants will be divided in three groups to search for eggs: up to 3 years old; ages 4 to 6; and ages 7 to 9. Children 3 years old or younger must be accompanied by an adult, who may help them search for eggs.
“This is a fun event for children to attend because everyone loves the Easter bunny,” Auerback said. “I personally enjoy seeing that joy on the children ‘s faces. As Lions, part of our service is to help bring community together. This a wonderful family event.”
No pre-registration is required. For more information about the egg hunt, call 410-848-2371.
The Finksburg library is at 2265 Old Westminster Pike.
VFW Post hosting ‘Welcome Home’ event for Vietnam veterans
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 467 in Westminster will hold its 6th annual Welcome Home to all Vietnam Veterans on April 27 at 1 p.m. at the post, located at 519 Poole Road in Westminster.
“This is only open to actual Vietnam veterans,” said post commander Gil Muse, who is himself a Vietnam veteran. “Vietnam veterans were shunned for so long,” he said. “When I was mustering out of the Army, they told me not to wear my uniform in the airport because I would be booed. I had to go buy civilian clothes just to fly home, and that went on for years. It’s only been in the last few years that veterans started being recognized. That’s the reason we started this to honor them, and it’s a good chance to get together and to talk about what is happening in our lives today.”
Look for a menu of shrimp, fried chicken, crab soup, salads and sides plus draft beer. Tickets cost $20 per person and may be purchased in the lounge at the VFW.
“We will have tickets available at the door,” Muse said. “But we would like to know in advance.”
The Carroll County Veterans Independence Project announced Tuesday it will no longer be considering the vacant U.S. Army Reserve building on Malcolm Drive in Westminster for its veterans service center.
The post had a doctor scheduled to talk, but he is sending a colleague because he cannot make it. A service officer will also be present to answer questions about disabilities or Department of Veterans Affairs benefits.
“When we came home, 50 years ago, we were shunned,” Muse said. “Today, a lot of Vietnam veterans don’t even want to talk about their time in the service. They were criticized so much that they had to let that go. The war was bad enough, but the worst memories came from the people that we met at home. The only ones excited to see us come home were our parents.”
At the Welcome Home to all Vietnam Vets dinner, veterans will be able to talk about anything they like with people who understand, because they have walked in the same boots.
For more information, call the post at 410-848-9888, Ext. 4.
Breakfast with the Easter bunny
Children and adults are invited to a buffet Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Sunday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to noon in the American Legion Hall, at 2 Sycamore St. in Westminster.
The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 2 to 12. Children younger than 2 are free.
Georgia Myers, auxiliary president, said to look for scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, sausage gravy and biscuits, hash brown potatoes, pancakes and fruit cocktail, plus coffee, tea, orange juice milk and chocolate milk. In addition, each child will receive a basket of goodies from the Easter bunny.
“The goodies change from year to year,” Myers said, “but we usually have candy and eggs and other things, like stuffed animals and books. Every year, the parents say, ‘This is the best basket they get all year!’ ”
A professional balloon artist will also be on hand to entertain kids and parents alike.
“Her name is Misti Kelly, and she is very, very good at unusual balloon shapes,” Myers said. “She is phenomenal. She makes flowers and all kinds of other really cool sculptures out of balloons.”
No advance registration is required for the breakfast. For more information, call 410-346-7386
Westminster senior center trip to Annapolis
The Westminster Senior and Community Center is planning a trip to the Annapolis harbor on June 20, and they hope you will join them for a cruise on the water and a fun day in the historic waterfront city.
Senior center volunteer Fran Coleman said the trip costs $43 and includes the bus, plus a 40-minute harbor cruise. The bus will leave the senior center at 9 a.m. on June 20 and return to the center at 5 that evening.
“Lunch will be on your own,” Coleman said. “There’s shopping, good food at the many nice places to eat, gift shows and more. It’s always fun to shop in Annapolis.”
To reserve your seat or get more information, call the senior center at 410-386-3850.
The Westminster Senior and Community Center is at 125 Stoner Ave.
Scouts hosting spaghetti dinner
Boy Scout Troop 395 will hold an All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner at Sandy Mount United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 27, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Look for a menu of spaghetti with meat or meatless sauces, garlic bread, salad, iced tea, lemonade, and water. The cost is $10 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $5 for children ages 5 to 11. Children younger than 4 are free.
Carryout is available. Look for a bake sale table with $1 desserts, too.
According to Jennifer Deskiewicz, Troop 395 committee member and fundraiser coordinator, attendees will find a silent auction with various gift baskets available for bidding.
“All the profits go to the troop for monthly camping trips, summer camp and supplies,” Deskiewicz said. “Are you tired of ham after Easter? Enjoy a delicious spaghetti dinner while supporting Boy Scout Troop #395!”