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Retirement community, car club organize benefit

Cars, music, a silent auction and more will make for an exciting event when Brightview Westminster Ridge retirement community and Street Cars of Desire hold their ninth annual car show, to benefit the Alzheimer's Association, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 4 at the retirement community.

According to show coordinator Jackie Munchel, the first 100 cars to register will each receive a dash plaque, a goody bag full of surprises and a certificate for a free meal.


"They can get either a pulled-pork sandwich or a hot dog with french fries and a beverage with their meal ticket," Munchel said.

The cars and trucks on display will include everything from antique and classic cars to hot rods and modern vehicles.


"Any car or truck can be brought onto the lot to show," Munchel said. "If you are passionate about your car, bring it and put it in the car show."

Residents of the retirement community, associates, vehicle entrants and spectators will all have an opportunity to vote for their favorite car or truck, and trophies will be awarded to the top 20 favorites.

"Anyone can vote," Munchel said. "This is a fun day and the public can participate for free."

The silent auction will feature many themed prize baskets, including a Ravens basket, an Orioles basket, a Creative Memories basket and more, and Munchel said each is filled with goodies.

For the cakewalk, there will be a table full of different cakes and pies. "Whoever wins when the music stops can pick their favorite cake or pie," Munchel said.

A prize wheel will offer an opportunity for players to win a colorful mum at the cost of $1 per play, and a 50-50 raffle will be available as well.

Kids will find fun at this event, too. Look for face painting and a duck pond with prizes, at a nominal cost. Top it off by buying an ice cream cone to sweeten the day.

Munchel said she and her staff will be dressed in '50s attire and they encourage visitors to dress up too. "This car show started out nine years ago as an antique car show. It has expanded, but we still dress up," she said.


The public may also vote on the best dressed in each of three categories: Best Dressed Resident, Best Dressed Associate and Best Dressed Guest. One winner for each category will get a gift certificate to Legends Café, donated by Central Maryland Rehabilitation Services.

Vendors will include direct-sales vendors as well as a bake sale table, a craft table and a flea market table set up by residents of the retirement community.

Vendor spaces are still available for $25 each. The cost includes a space with an 8-foot table, a tablecloth, a meal ticket and a goody bag.

Throughout the day, disc jockey Doug Phebus will keep the party going with a variety of tunes.

"This is a great show here, a very busy day. It's a nice family event and I hope everyone comes," Munchel said.

"The Street Cars of Desire [car club] help me handle all of the car aspects," Munchel said. "They take care of [registering] all the drivers and taking care of their needs."


The cost to show a car or truck is $12 in advance or $15 the day of the show. Those who wish to bring a car may make checks payable to Westminster Ridge and mail to them at 505 High Acre Drive, Westminster, MD 21157.

Contact Jackie Munchel for more information: She can be reached by phone at 410-871-2225 or by email at

Brightview Westminster Ridge retirement community is at 505 High Acre Drive, Westminster.

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Vendor spaces

St. Matthew's United Church of Christ will have its annual Fall Fest and Car Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Pleasant Valley Fire Hall and vendors are being sought.

Vendor spaces for crafters, located inside the social hall of the fire hall, cost $25 for a 10-foot by 10-foot space with an additional $5 fee for a table and $5 fee for electric use, if they are needed.


Flea market and yard sale vendors, located in the engine bay of the fire hall, will cost $15 for a 10-foot by 10-foot space.

The fire hall is at 2020 S. Pleasant Valley Road, Pleasant Valley.

For more information, call Susie Gist at 410-848-2187.

Lois Szymanski covers Finksburg, Gamber, Pleasant Valley, Reese, Sandymount, Silver Run, Smallwood, Union Mills and Westminster. Reach her at 410-346-7321 or