Central Carroll: Master Gardeners' plant sale set for May 19 at Ag Center

The 2017 Carroll County Master Gardeners plant sale is shown. The sixth annual sale will take place on Saturday, May 19, beginning at 8 a.m.
The 2017 Carroll County Master Gardeners plant sale is shown. The sixth annual sale will take place on Saturday, May 19, beginning at 8 a.m. (Courtesy photo)

With a garden flea market and a surfeit of plants — dug from the gardens of Carroll County's own — the Carroll County Master Gardeners' sixth annual plant sale will take place on Saturday, May 19, from 8 a.m. to noon inside the Carroll County Agriculture Center's upper building.

Look for freshly dug plants, clearly labeled and reasonably priced. The sale will offer a great selection of annuals as well as heirloom tomato plants and other heirloom plants as well. Master Gardener, Joan Epler said she expects that they will have over 2,000 plants on hand.


"We will feature one of our Master Gardeners at a table to answer questions and make recommendations about native plants," she said. "The [Carroll] Historical Society is redoing their gardens and are donating 100 plus plants to the sale. We will have heirloom tomatoes and other vegetable plants as well as locally grown annuals to fill in the border and add season-long color."

Epler said some shrubs will be offered for sale as well, and the garden flea market will feature gently used tools, decorative items, and other gardening paraphernalia.


Bring your own box and fill it up with plants. Carrying containers may be limited. After you purchase, transportation of your plants to your car will also be available

"I like to say that my garden is my peaceful place," Epler said. "There are actually microbes in the soil which trigger the release of serotonin in the brain and that's why gardening makes one feel better mentally and more at peace with the world. The exercise is great, too, as well as the home-grown food and flowers that can be produced and eaten. The additional monetary benefit is that landscaping increases the value of your property."

All proceeds of this sale will go to support the various activities of the Master Gardeners around the county. They accept cash or check only.

Roaring Run Lions Club will hold a National Prevention Week Kickoff event with direction and assistance from Carroll County Health Department on Monday, May 14, at the Carroll Arts Center.

Parking for the upper building is available, just off Smith Avenue, or walk up from the lower parking at the Ag Center, behind the Carroll Farm Museum in Westminster. If you need special assistance to participate in this program, please contact the University of Maryland Carroll County Extension office at least two weeks in advance.


For more information, contact the Carroll County Master Gardeners at ccmg@umd.edu or by phone at 410-386-2760.

Relay for Life and Survivors Dinner

Gather your sponsors and sign up today to walk and help fund the fight against cancer. The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Carroll County will take place on Friday, May 18, beginning at 6 p.m. at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster.

Prior to the relay, cancer survivors can take part in a Survivors Dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. inside the college's Great Hall in Building A. The Survivors Dinner is open to anyone who has or had cancer along with their caregivers.

"During this time, we celebrate survivors," said Mark Hayas, a member of the Event Leadership Team for the 2018 American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Carroll County. "A survivor is anybody who has or had cancer — be it someone who was just diagnosed with cancer or someone who has been told they are cancer free for one day or 50 years."

Hayas isn't just a volunteer. He has been personally affected by cancer.

"I have been a part of Relay since 2007 and have been part of the event leadership team since 2008," he said. "I lost my dad to cancer in 2006 as well as two fishing buddies. My sister and friend currently have cancer. I walk in honor of my sister. I walk in honor of my friend April. I walk in memory of my dad. I walk in memory of my fishing buddies Bill and Earl."

The Survivors Dinner will be followed by opening ceremonies at 7 p.m.

"As part of the opening ceremony everyone is welcomed to [the] Relay," Hayas said. "This is followed by the Survivor Lap — the official opening of Relay where the survivors walk a lap with their caregivers and are honored by everybody at Relay."

According to Hayas, the survivor lap is followed by a caregiver's lap, where anyone who has been or is a caregiver will be recognized and honored for the support and dedication they've made to their loved ones as they have fought the battle with cancer.

"Lastly as part of the opening ceremony we have the team lap," Hayas said. "This is where the teams line up and each take a lap. After that, until Relay is over, the idea is to have a least one member of your team on the track walking at all times."

This night will see the track filled with walkers, all standing up against cancer and for the future of those who deal with cancer. At 10:30 p.m., a luminary ceremony will honor those who have survived their fight with cancer or are currently fighting cancer.

"In between the ceremonies we have different special laps," Hayas said, noting that various fundraisers will take place around the track.

Luminary candles will line the way for walkers.

"Luminary candles are lit in honor of cancer survivors, in memory of those we have lost and for their caregivers," Hayas said. "This is a very solemn and emotional ceremony."

At a closing ceremony at 12:05 a.m. participants will celebrate survivors, remember the ones lost to cancer and vow to continue to fight back against cancer.

For more information about the walk, contact Cristal at cristal.willis@cancer.org or 410-933-5172. To sign up online, go to secure.acsevents.org and click on find an event.

To RSVP for the survivor dinner, contact Robyn at robyn.catlin@cancer.org or call 410-781-4316, option 3.

LuLaRoe bingo for Gamber

A LuLaRoe bingo to benefit Gamber fire company will take place at the fire company on Saturday, May 11. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and bingo begins at 6:45 p.m. Tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

"We are having 20 regular games with every other game offering a cash prize," said bingo organizer Robin Vacek. "The cash prize depends on how many tickets are sold, but it will be at least a $50 prize."

LuLaRoe clothing will be offered as a prize for every other game. The winner can see the consultant who donated the prize while at the event, for correct sizing or an exchange.

Various consultants will be set up at the event and will include multiple LuLaRoe consultants, 31 purses and others.

"This will be Gamber's best LuLaRoe bingo ever," Vacek said. "The stuff we are giving away is amazing. Our early bird game is for two gorgeous outfits to choose from, in two sizes. A Thirty-One consultant will be there, and she has donated a purse to go with the outfit and some Paparazzi jewelry has been donated as well."

Two special games will be available, a junior and a senior jackpot. Those tickets are $2 each or three for $5.

"We're having a junior jackpot which will be leggings for year — 12 pairs of leggings. This one will not be returnable," said Vacek. "The senior jackpot is a shopping spree for $750 with one LuLaRoe consultant."


Twenty pairs of leggings will be given out as door prizes. The winner can choose their size, but they are not returnable. A raffle, consisting of gift cards from the Westminster and Eldersburg area is already up to over $500 in value and will include gift cards from many restaurants, liquor stores, haircuts, nail design, pizza and more.


Food will be available for purchase throughout the evening, including soups, sandwiches, snacks and beverages. All proceeds benefit the fire company.

For tickets, call Robin at 443-829-1459

"I love their clothing," Vacek said. "Come for a great evening out and an opportunity for Moms to win a cool prize just in time for Mother's Day."

Lois Szymanski covers Finksburg, Gamber, Pleasant Valley, Reese, Sandymount, Silver Run, Smallwood, Union Mills and Westminster. To contact her call 443-293-7811 or email loisszymanski@hotmail.com.