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Westminster Lions to host evening of dining, dancing

Music, dancing, a bountiful meal and more — that's what the Westminster Lions Club has planned for Feb. 21.

The club will have its annual Chicken and Shrimp Dinner and Dance from 6 to 11 p.m. that day at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 467 in Westminster.

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Westminster Lions Club Membership Chairman Barb Hayes said the $30 ticket price includes fried chicken, steamed shrimp, coleslaw, scalloped potatoes, vegetable trays, green beans, beer and soda, as well as a live band and dancing. There will be a cash bar.

The buffet-style dinner will be served from 6 to 8 p.m., with music running from 7 to 10:30 p.m. The band Destination Unknown will bring back songs from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, and also perform current, popular hits.

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"It's always a fun night," Hayes said. "We have a good time."

"Proceeds of this event will go to the general operating fund of our Lions club," Hayes said. "We use it for scholarships and the many donations we give to numerous charities as well as financial support for eyeglasses and hearing aids and other community needs. All of the money goes back into the community."

Hayes is encouraging folks to get their tickets early. To get tickets, contact her at 410-596-1483 or Jenny Morris at 410-848-8144, or email jmorris1948@yahoo.com for more information.

Hayes said tickets will also be sold at door, unless the event is sold out.

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VFW Post 467 is at 519 Poole Road.

Basket & Bag Bingo

The Westminster High School Instrumental Music Boosters will have a Basket and Bag Bingo Feb. 13 at the Gamber fire company social hall.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with games starting at 7 p.m.

"We have Longaberger baskets and Vera Bradley bags and some Coach bags," said Bonnie Konsen, fundraising chairman, and all bags and baskets will be filled with goodies.

Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door and include 20 regular games.

"We will have several consolation prizes," Konsen said.

Konsen they'll also have a 50/50 raffle, four special games and five raffles.

"One of the special games is for a Coach duffle bag for men and it filled with things for men," Konsen said. "We did that last year and it was really popular. This one has a lot of travel items and gift cards inside. We have another Coach duffle bag for a woman being raffled. It is also stuffed with travel items and gift cards."

Konsen said several of their raffles are sets of baskets. "One of the raffles is for a set of four Longaberger pumpkin baskets. And one is a set of five breast cancer baskets," she said, explaining that Longaberger comes out with a limited-edition special design each year to signify the fight against breast cancer. "They are small and the liners are pink and white," she said of the baskets.

Come hungry, because the Boosters will have lots to eat, available at an additional cost.

"We will have homemade vegetarian vegetable soup that is gluten free," Konsen said. "We'll also have walking tacos, pizza, hot dogs, baked goods, candy bars, soda and water, and other items," she said.

"All the money goes toward supporting all the bands at our school," Konsen said. "We buy music, repair instruments, and bring in clinicians. We always try to make sure people know we are not just about the marching band, but about all the bands and the orchestra at Westminster High School."

The fire company is at 3838 Niner Road, Gamber.

For more information, email whsimbingo@gmail.com or call 410-857-8756. Purchase advance tickets at http://owlband.org/fundraisers/bingo.

Shrove Tuesday supper

Deer Park United Methodist Church and the Deer Park Lions Club will have a Shrove Tuesday all-you-can-eat pancake supper from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at the church.

Church member Steve Hildenbrand said, "The pancake supper continues the tradition down through the centuries of the community enjoying together a bountiful meal the day before the observance of Ash Wednesday that starts the solemn Christian season of Lent in preparation for Easter, which this year will be Sunday, April 5."

Enjoy pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, orange juice, applesauce, coffee, tea, iced tea, hot chocolate and milk, and apple cobbler for dessert.

The cost is $6.50 for adults and $3 for children ages 4 to 12; children younger than 4 may eat for free.

"The supper is jointly prepared and served by members of the Deer Park Lions Club and the church's Methodist Men's Group and the proceeds will be contributed to community assistance programs and to church ministries," Hildenbrand said.

Deer Park United Methodist Church is at 2205 Sykesville Road, Smallwood.

For additional information, contact 410-848-2313 or http://www.deerparkumc.net.

Lois Szymanski covers Finksburg, Gamber, Pleasant Valley, Reese, Sandymount, Silver Run, Smallwood, Union Mills and Westminster. To contact her, call 410-346-7321 or email loisszymanski@hotmail.com.

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