By By Debbie Gartrell-Kemp and Neighborhoods correspondent
Aug 15, 2014 | 1:53 PM
"Love Dove" is the quilt being featured in the Mount Airy Senior and Community Center's annual Site Council Quilt Raffle for 2014.
"Hand quilted by Hazel Mullinix and Lucille Weed at the senior center, this quilt has special significance because it is the last quilt Hazel was able to quilt before she passed away and Lucille will no longer be able to quilt as her sight has deteriorated. This alone makes it a treasure to enjoy for years to come," said Angie Walz, center manager.
It took about a year for Mullinix and Weed to complete this quilt.
A quilting group meets Monday mornings at the senior center. Currently, members Judy Jaworek, Gay Natoli and Stephanie Lang are working on the quilt for next year's raffle. Senior men and women interested in quilting are invited to participate.
The "Love Dove" queen-size quilt is on display in a showcase at the Mount Airy Senior and Community Center if you would like to stop by and see it.
Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and available at the center's front desk. The drawing will take place at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 8.
There are three prizes in the raffle, with the quilt being first prize. Second prize is a print of a painting of Mount Airy's Twin Arch Bridge by Pauline Hood, and donated by this local artist. A ham contributed by Wagner's Meats in Mount Airy is third prize.
The raffle is the year's main fundraiser, helping support the center's myriad programs, activities and classes, as do all donations and fees received by the center, said Walz.
For more information, call the senior center at 301-829-2407 or 410-795-1017 or email Angie Walz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The center, at 703 Ridge Ave. in Mount Airy, is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Winfield fire company will have its 10th Annual $50,000 Total Cash Giveaway on Sept. 6.
Doors will open at 3 p.m. and food will be available from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
There will be one winner every 21/2 minutes for four hours, and you need not be present to win. Prizes range from $250 to the $15,000 grand-prize drawing at 7:56 p.m., based on the televised Maryland State Lottery Pick 3 number.
Only 1,000 tickets will be sold and there will be 98 chances to win per ticket.
The ticket price of $100 includes all-you-can-eat pit beef, pork barbecue, fried chicken and steamed shrimp, along with an assortment of sides. Bottled water, draft beer, iced tea, lemonade and sodas are also included. A cash bar will be available. No coolers or BYOB are allowed.
Each ticket includes one free guest. One additional guest may be brought for $20.
Games of chance, a cake wheel, flower wheel, gun jar and numerous raffles will be available on the grounds.
Kelley Wachter, of Woodbine, said, "Last year was my first year attending and I've already got my ticket for this year. It's a fun night where you can connect with friends, eat good food and maybe win some money or other prizes while supporting the community. What's not to like?"
Tickets can be purchased by stopping by the fire station or from a Winfield fire company member.
For more information, contact event organizer Greg Dods at email@example.com or by calling the fire station at 410-795-1333 ext. 399.
The station is at 1320 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield.
CHANGE Inc. will have its annual Crab-A-Palooza from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Winfield Fire Hall, 1320 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield.
Tickets are $47 per person for ages 11 and older, if purchased in advance, or $50 at the door. Tickets for 3- to 10-year-olds are $15 each, whether purchased in advance or at the door. You can also purchase a sponsor table in advance for $500 and you will receive tickets and premium seating for eight that includes perks such as two bottles of wine or a pitcher option for beer, one iPad Air raffle ticket for each guest, name announcement throughout the event and signage at the event.