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Ready, set, start looking, kids!

Put on your sporting clothes Saturday and grab your baskets.

At several sites in the county, young hunters can search for the perfect Easter egg.

The city of Westminster and the Merchant's Association plan two hunts.

They have hidden more than 3,000 eggs, and 50 of those have prizes, donated by the merchants, hidden inside.

The first hunt, for children age 1 to 4, begins at 11:30 a.m. at Westminster Nursing and Convalescent Center on Washington Road. Parentscan park on the Westminster High School lot, just across the street.

Before the action begins, children are invited to a bunny and lamb petting zoo. Naturally, the Easter Bunny himself plans to attend.

Older children, 5 to 8, can hunt, too. They should gather in front of the Westminster Police Department, next to Longwell Municipal Center at 2 p.m.

Sorry, if you are older than 8, you'll have to watch from the sidelines. Information: 848-9000.

Children in second grade and younger also can hunt and peck at 1 p.m. at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 N. Center St., Westminster.

Scout Troop 381 will lead the search. It will cost moms and dad $1 for parking, but it's for a cause. Proceeds and donations go to the Easter Seal Fund.

Participants are all eligible for a drawing for Easter treats. Information: 848-5731.

Woodbine and New Windsor also will be keeping the kids occupied Saturday.

The Woodbine Recreation Council plans its annual community Easter Egg Hunt for children 10 years and younger at 1p.m. Adults can join in the fun with a raw egg toss.

The group promises prizes, games, refreshments for all. Come, armed with your baskets, to Salt Box Ball Park, Gillis Falls Road. Information: 795-3332.

In New Windsor, Lions are running the hunt at 1 p.m. on the Carnival Grounds. Children, age 12 and younger, can compete for prize eggs and a grand-prize drawing.

The club will provide treats, too. Information: 635-6103.


Before you put on your Easter bonnet andparade down Main Street, you'll find a few other events to keep you occupied.

Western Maryland College presents a voice recital by Mary O'Conner, senior. Admission is free.

Hear the songs at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Baker Memorial Chapel, Westminster. Information: 857-2599.


Want to learn about fire and brimstone?

Richard S. Fiske,research geologist at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington and former director of the institution's National Museum of Natural History, lectures on "Two Hundred Years of Volcano Watching in Hawaii" at 8 p.m. Thursday.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Hear all about it at Western Maryland College, Decker Auditorium. Information: 857-2494.


Last chance to hear the calls in Sykesville isFriday.

Sykesville Freedom District Fire Department has a bingo party, with anniversary specials, door prizes and gifts. The doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the games start at 7:30 p.m. at the fire hall at Route 32 and Freedom Avenue.

Information: 795-9311.


Dancingshoes are the order of the evening Saturday.

"Travelin' Lite" will provide the sounds at a Spring Dance to benefit Carroll Haven Inc. Dancers could win door prizes and raffles.

Cost is $8 for singles and $15 for couples. Trip the light fantastic from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Pleasant Valley Fire Hall, Richardson Road.

Information: 876-2179.

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