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Business owner or not, all are welcome to the Taneytown Business Breakfast, which begins at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 14 at the Thunderhead Bowl & Grill.

"I've had a lot of people tell me, 'But I'm not a business owner.' And I tell them, 'It's not just for business owners; anyone is welcome,'" said Nancy McCormick, director of economic development for the City of Taneytown, who encourages any and all interested persons to attend and is considering changing the name of the event.

McCormick said she does appreciate reservations as interest in the breakfast has grown. Despite the weather and the absence of two panelists, 29 people attended the breakfast in January, she said.

This month the guest speaker will be Bryan Lyburn, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Carroll County, who will be talking about the need for affordable housing for home ownership in Carroll County.

"We have some very happy homeowners [in Taneytown] who couldn't afford it otherwise," said McCormick, of city residents who live in homes built by Habitat for Humanity.

An international organization that works through local chapters, "Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman, and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live," according to the local organization's website (www.cchabitat.org).

McCormick said since the need for affordable housing is ongoing, she thought it would be a good topic to explore.

The buffet-style networking event is held the second Friday of each month and costs $10, payable at the door, plus tip. Free bowling is available at 6:30 a.m. for those interested in a little exercise before breakfast.

Reservations for bowling and the breakfast are required and should be made no later than Feb. 13 by calling Thunderhead Bowl & Grill at 410-751-1750 or McCormick at 410-751-1100.

Thunderhead Bowl & Grill is located at 4337 Old Taneytown Road, Taneytown.

Valentine's Dance to be held

The Taneytown American Legion will hold a St. Valentine's Classic Country Dance for those 21 and older from 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 14.

Tickets are $7 per person, include draft beer and soda and can be purchased in advance or at the door. Paul Wagner & His Country Swingers band will entertain, and food will be available for purchase from the menu till 10 p.m.

The legion is located at 9 Broad St., Taneytown. For tickets or more information, call or email Joe Ebaugh at 410-756-4756 or crousebody@msn.com.

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Rod and Gun Club to host breakfast

The Taneytown Rod and Gun Club will serve an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 16.

Held the third Sunday of each month, except June, July and August, the breakfasts cost $8 for adults, $5 for youths 8 to 12 and are free for children younger than 8.

The smorgasbord includes sausage, scrambled eggs, pancakes, buckwheat cakes, fried potatoes, chip beef gravy, sausage gravy, pudding hominy, hot apples, fruit salad, biscuits, toast, English muffins and assorted drinks.

For more information about the breakfast or the club, contact Wayne Baker at 410-756-2138 or 410-241-6713.

The club is at 12380 Shoemaker Road, Taneytown.

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