South Carroll: Eldersburg library hosting discussion on retirement for women; Vidalia onion sale returns

South Carroll: Eldersburg library hosting discussion on retirement for women; Vidalia onion sale returns
This year, the Freedom District Lions Club will be celebrating 26 years of the Vidalia Sweet Onions Sale. (Courtesy photo)

On April 9 the Eldersburg branch library will be hosting a 50-minute program named “Time Matters: A Women’s Retirement Outlook” for adults interested in learning about financial concerns of women who are getting ready for or have recently transitioned to retirement.

The program will be led by Suzanne Bradshaw, who has carried out a number of educational seminars, workshops and events for the public through the Eldersburg library, Carroll Community College and other venues since 2010.


Bradshaw said in an email interview that she came up with the idea to work with the library to host this and other programs for the community.

She also said she has presented a version of “Time Matters: A Women’s Retirement Outlook” on two occasions since 2011. Within those two programs, she has incorporated other subjects related to personal finance.

“This specific program is designed for those who want to understand some of the many financial concerns that women face,” Bradshaw said in the email. “Topics will range from Retirement income strategies, perspectives around Social Security, and preparing for the unexpected.”

She will be also be addressing topics such as withdrawal and reliance rates, market and inflation risks, and the rising costs of health care and long-term care. Throughout the program, Bradshaw emphasized, she will present unbiased information about the topic of personal finance for women and explained that there is a lot of information out there that can create some confusion in those who are looking into retirement. She also encourages everyone who attends to ask questions.

“I feel my mission is to truly understand what is important to my clients. I partner with them through an established process, and then make sure to keep clients on track as time goes on and on,” Bradshaw wrote. “Having seminars and classes like this and many others where I have presented for my clients, through Carroll Community College, or through the library have been a way for me to educate and inform people with good, quality information that they find of great value.”

Bradshaw encourages everyone in the community to attend this program and stresses the importance for residents to understand all that the library has to offer.

“It is a gateway to knowledge” because “it offers incredible opportunities and resources for learning, and I am honored to be asked to contribute what I can to help others feel more confident in the area of personal finance.”

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information and to register, contact the library at 410-386-4488.

The Eldersburg library is at 6400 W. Hemlock Drive.

Lions Club presents Vidalia Sweet Onions Sale

This year, the Freedom District Lions Club will be celebrating 26 years of the Vidalia Sweet Onions Sale.

All onion lovers may make their orders by April 12, with a cost of a 10-pound bag for $11 and/or a 5-pound bag for $7.

Donald Champ, the coordinator of this event, said in an email interview that this is one of the largest fundraisers that the Lions Club hosts to raise money for community service projects and for disaster relief and humanitarian work throughout the world.

Champ explained that the funds from this sale are used to supply medical equipment to area residents, provide scholarships to high school seniors, and also support the Leo Clubs, which are service clubs at Century High School and Liberty High School.

In addition, he said the proceeds are used to provide free eye exams for preschool-aged children, support for children undergoing cancer treatment and other community service projects.


You may place your order by visiting or calling the Lions at 410-549-LION (5466) and select option 4. The orders will be available for pickup on May 4 or 5 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Lions building behind the Sykesville Freedom District Fire Department, at 6680 Sykesville Road.

For more information, contact Donald Champ at 410-795-4180 or

Mimosas on Main

This April 14, come to Main Street and enjoy some mimosas and amazing specials in the shops and restaurants at the Mimosas on Main event, brought to you by the Sykesville Main Street Merchants and the Downtown Sykesville Connection.

While going around the shops, attendees will be able to enjoy specialty mimosa cocktails when they purchase a $10 wrist band, which comes with a commemorative glass.

Please note that the supply of commemorative glasses is limited. All of the attendees must bring their receipt to the check-in tent at 1 p.m. with proper identification.

All of the purchases are nonrefundable, and the event will be hosted rain or shine. The event starts at 1 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m.

For more information, please contact Julie Della-Maria at 410-259-3515.