Little People's Place again offering free carnival

Here's a fun event for families with children of all ages: Little People's Place will have its fourth annual free carnival from 10 a.m. to noon June 14.

"We will have four or five fun carnival games set up for the kids to play," said Stephanie Boggs, Little People's Place director. The games will offer prizes for kids and are free to play.

"Our new 'Cool Bus' [will be] open with a little obstacle course set up inside for the children," Boggs said of the school's bus, which is painted with colorful figures on the outside.

Look for face painting, as well as free snacks and beverages. "And we are offering tours of the center throughout the day," Boggs said.

For those who like to shop, vendors will be set up to sell handmade crafts and photography, Mary Kay, Pink Zebra (candles), Tastefully Simple, Thirty-One, Origami Owl and more. "These vendors will have items to purchase on the spot and offer catalogs to place orders from," Boggs said of the vendors.

Carroll Lutheran School and Coffey Music will have information tables, too.

Vendor spaces are still available and are free to those who want to set up with family-friendly items.

"Everyone that comes will get a ticket to fill out for a drawing of door prizes that are being offered by some of the vendors," Boggs said.

"We are always excited to share our play yard with the neighborhood families and friends in gratitude for sharing their little ones with us. It is also a great opportunity for future students to have such a positive first experience at their new school," she said of the school carnival.

Little People's Place is a faith-based preschool, full-time day care, and before- and after-school care center located at 604 Johahn Drive in The Greens of Westminster.

Learn more at http://www.littlepeoplesplace.net.

For more information or to reserve a vendor space, call the school at 410-848-0834.

Spring with Grace

Grace Fellowship Chapel will have a multi-faceted family event called Spring with Grace from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

There will be a multi-family yard sale, a moon bounce, activities for kids, face painting, a skateboard demonstration, food and games.

Join in a game of volleyball or beanbag toss, or toss corn-filled bags in the cornhole game and then wander over to the cotton candy stand for a sweet reward.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, homemade desserts and beverages will also be available.

And it is all free except for purchases made at the yard sale.

The church's lead pastor, the Rev. Ralf Nies, said, "Spring with Grace is an opportunity for families to come together [to enjoy] a good time [with] food and fun. We hope folks will make new friends and re-connect with old. But most of all, see that we need each other. Church is a great place for those relationships to be developed."

Spring with Grace will take place at the church, 20 Bell Road, Westminster.

Learn more at http://www.gfcwestminster.com or call the church at 410-871-3488 or email office@gfcwestminster.com.


Flag ceremony

Join the Westminster Elks in celebrating our country's flag at 1 p.m. Sunday at a Flag Day ceremony at Westminster Elks Lodge 2277. The event is free and open to the public.

Learn flag history from guest speaker Lt. Col. (Ret) Lee Mitchell, U.S. Army. He is the commander at Century High and South Carroll high schools' Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.

The American Legion Post 31 color guard and JROTC from Century and South Carroll high schools will assist lodge officers during the ceremony.

"After the color guard posts the flag, the [JROTC] students will explain the folds of the flag and the purpose of why they fold it into a triangle," said Timothy M. Eaton, esteemed lecturing knight, Westminster Elks. "They will explain the history of each flag the United States has had over the years, sharing each flag. Then Lt. Col. Mitchell will talk."

Brian Walsh, exalted ruler of the Westminster Elks lodge, will conclude the flag ceremony.

This will be followed by a retirement-of-the-flags ceremony in the lodge's fire pit area, conducted by the Post 31 color guard. Eaton said they encourage the community to bring old, worn or damaged flags for proper retirement. In keeping with flag etiquette, those flags will be disposed of in a ceremonial burning.

During the flag retirement ceremony, no photographs will be allowed.

Usually celebrated in the United States on June 14, Flag Day is a celebration of the adoption of the American flag by the Continental Congress, which took place on that same date in 1777. The country's official recognition of this day began when President Harry Truman signed it into law in 1949.

Westminster Elks Lodge 2277 is at 538 Gorsuch Road, Westminster.

For more information, call the lodge at 410-848-2277.