Maryland Chapter AI of P.E.O., which stands for Philanthropic Educational Organization, is holding a yard sale fundraiser at 235 Streaker Road, Sykesville, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 12. The group is also welcoming donations of goods to be sold at the yard sale.
"We're just clearing out our closets," said organizer and P.E.O. member Jill Moore, of Sykesville, "and we're donating all of the proceeds to our scholarship funds. We support college education for women."
Moore explained that P.E.O. was founded in the 1800s at Iowa Wesleyan College by a group of seven young women who wanted to create their own social organization and support scholarships for women. The Eldersburg chapter, AI, was founded in 2002, and is one of 43 chapters in Maryland.
The Eldersburg chapter has flourished. Moore said that there are now 25 members in the area group.
Those members are working to make this yard sale a success.
"We have household goods, antiques, clothing, Avon jewelry, furniture, holiday items and more," Moore said. "We're just praying it doesn't rain, but it will be on rain or shine."
If you have items to add to this yard sale, they will be gratefully accepted.
"We will gladly accept donations from people," said Moore. "They can call me, and I will arrange a drop-off."
Proceeds from the yard sale will be sent to the P.E.O. state organization for distribution.
"Every year we contribute to the state fund; the state level makes the scholarship decisions," Moore said. "When 43 chapters raise money, it comes up to a pretty good amount."
Information about P.E.O. will be available
at the yard sale. Women who are interested in joining can learn more about it by coming to the yard sale or contacting Moore at 410-795-8816.
Tickets on sale for quilt raffle
The Mount Airy Senior Center Site Council is selling tickets for its upcoming quilt raffle. The drawing is scheduled for Sept. 14.
The quilt has an applique top and was quilted by the center's quilting ladies, according to center manager Angie Walz. Second prize in the raffle is an art print signed by Barry Richardson, and third prize is a ham donated by Wagner Meats in Mount Airy.
Tickets are 1 for $1 or 6 for $5. Tickets will be on sale through Sept. 11, and can be purchased at the senior center.
For more information on purchasing raffle tickets, call Walz weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 301-829-2407 or 410-795-1017. The Mount Airy Senior and Community Center is at 703 Ridge Ave., Mount Airy.
Guided kayak tours offered at Piney Run
Even though school's back in session, there's still time to head down to Piney Run Lake for kayaking. Guided kayak tours are scheduled through September and October.
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September kayak events are a sunrise paddle from 6:30 to 8 a.m. Sept. 12, and a sunset paddle from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 19. October offers day paddle events from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 3 and Oct. 4, as well as from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 17.
The season closes out with a full moon paddle from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27. The park starts off-season hours Nov. 1, at which point the lake will be closed for boating until next spring.
The kayak tours are for ages 12 to adult, and cost $20 per person. Participants can wear their own personal flotation device or use one provided by the park.
Park personnel will give a short lesson on kayaking skills and safety. Dress for the weather and be aware that you might get wet.
To register, call Carroll County Recreation and Parks at 410-386-2103 or register online at ccrecpark.org. Mail-in registrations with the form from the Recreation and Parks Program Guide will also be accepted.
Piney Run Park and Nature Center is at 30 Martz Road, Sykesville, off of White Rock Road.
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