Hippity-hoppity, it's time for Easter fun.

Roaring Run Lions Club and the Finksburg branch of Carroll County Public Library will sponsor their second annual Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. April 4 at the library.

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Children up to age 9 are invited to bring a basket, bucket or bag and search for colorful, filled eggs — with an opportunity to win additional prizes.

"Every egg has candy and stickers in it," said Linda Auerback of the Roaring Run Lions Club board of directors. "If it has an additional tag with a number, they will also win a prize."

Auerback said they will have many prizes, including stuffed animals, large chocolate bunnies, jump ropes and other fun items.

Auerback said 2,000 plastic eggs will be hidden outside. Children will be divided into three age groups to search for eggs: birth to 3 years old, 4 to 6 years old, and 7 to 9 years old.

"When we say, 'Go,' they get so excited," Auerback said. "They just run and have a ball."

Children 3 and younger must be accompanied by an adult, who may help them search for eggs.

"It's a fun day to bond with your children and it's free," Auerback said.

If it rains, the egg hunt will go on — inside the library.

The library branch is at 2265 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg.

For more information, call 410-848-2371.

Bids for Kids

Comedy, live music, food and auction items up for bid — here's a fun event for a charitable cause.

Crossroads Christian Preschool will hold a Bids for Kids Silent Auction Comedy Night Fundraiser at Westminster United Methodist Church April 18, with all proceeds to benefit the preschool. Tickets cost $5.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. and folks can browse the auction items. Entertainment will begin at about 6:30 p.m.

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"We are setting up a silent auction but we'll also have two musicians scheduled and an emcee, Darla Cornett, who is a stand-up comedian," said Korin Watson, a member of the preschool's board of directors. "She'll do two 15-minute sets and host the night. We will have sets of music in between."

Musicians Jessi Adams and Matt McMullin will perform a variety of music, both separately and together.

Hors d'oeuvres, desserts and beverages will be served throughout the evening at no additional cost.

Watson said the auction will be divided into three sections, with closing bids taken at 7:15 p.m., 8 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Auction winners will be announced between sets of entertainment.

Some of the items up for auction include a gym membership, mowing services, lacrosse gear, dinner for two at a half-dozen different restaurants, baskets of goods from Noni's Sauce and Jill's Jams and Jellies, salon services, photography packages, jewelry and more.

Tickets will be sold in advance and at the door. "We encourage anyone and everyone to join us," said Watson. She noted that space is limited, and they are hoping folks will call ahead and reserve tickets.

Watson said she hopes many turn out to enjoy the event and support the preschool. "These are little members of our society and our community and we want them to learn the values that will help them succeed in life. This preschool does that well," she said. "We are always looking for ways to strengthen our community. The children we serve will become increasingly involved in that community as they grow."

The preschool is based at Westminster United Methodist Church.

The church is at 165 E. Main St., Westminster.

For more information, call 410-857-6177 or email CCPFundraisers@gmail.com to donate an auction item or reserve tickets.

Pet event

The Westminster TSC (Tractor Supply Company) will hold a pet event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, with face painting, food and animals to meet.

On hand will be representatives from Animal Advocates of Carroll County, Saving Grace Animal Rescue of Maryland, Little Long Ears Miniature Donkey Rescue, and the Humane Society of Carroll County with its Mobile Animal Adoption Trailer.

TSC representative Debbie Peyok said they do these events several times each year. "It's to help the community become aware that there are animals that need to be cared for," Peyok said. "Animals need loving homes."

Laura Shenk, president and founder of Animal Advocates, a local rescue, said they will offer pet photographs.

"For a $10 donation they'll get a photo printed on site, either a 4-by-6 or 5-by-7," she said. "Pictures will be by Kristen Pauley Photography. Funds raised will go toward our spay and neuter fund to help control Carroll County's cat population in a humane way. We are also doing face painting and build-your-own-pet-rock. We'll have the rocks, markers, pompoms and googly eyes," she said. Kids can make a pet rock or get their face painted for a donation of any amount.

The Humane Society will have rescue animals there to meet.

Betty Colson, from the cat and dog rescue Saving Grace Animal Rescue of Maryland, said, "We are collecting shoes for a program called Wooftrax for Shelters as a fundraiser for Saving Grace. We collect shoes — anything that goes on the feet: sneakers, slippers, boots or skates for kids or adults. They must have no holes. Wooftrax arranges to ship the shoes to micro-enterprises in Third World countries."

Colson said their goal is to collect 2,500 pairs of shoes between now and May 1. Money raised will go toward medical costs for animals within the Saving Grace rescue.

Peyok said the Broken Fork Mobile Food Truck will offer food for sale, including hamburgers, cheesesteak subs, french fries, hot dogs, pit beef, onion rings and other items.

The TSC store is at 1151 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster.

For more information, call Laura Shenk at 443-536-5533 or call TSC at 410-848-2060.

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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