Forget the diet and don't waste time grocery shopping when you can eat out all weekend long -- the dinners abound and you can work off the pounds dancing. Start with the Rotary Club of Hampstead's 12th annual all-you-can-eat Benefit Breakfast 6 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Hampstead Fire Hall on Main Street. Tickets are $3.50 in advance or $4 at the door, with children 7 and under free. Proceeds will benefit thefire department, Ladies Auxiliary and Rotary International.

Information: 239-6966.


If you're close to the area, go back to the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Department for its top 40 dance with "Cry Monday" 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are $8 per person and include set-ups.

Information: 374-2424.


For the politically minded, the Carroll County Democratic Central Committee and the Carroll County DemocraticClub are having their annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner/dance 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at Frock's Sunnybrook Farm on Bond Street, Westminster.

Meet representatives from the presidential candidates, dine and dance to the sounds of "Just for Fun." Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door.

Information: 795-1150.


Or you can trythe Knights of Columbus Westminster Council 1393's shrimp feast and dance 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Westminster Riding Club, featuring steamed shrimp, a full buffet and music by WTTR radio DJ Jack Edwards.

Tickets are $22 at the door.

Information: 876-1570 or 848- 2972.


It's pizza night at Union Street United Methodist Church 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. For only $6, get a fresh-made pizza withthe works. You can even call ahead if you don't feel like waiting.

The church is at 22 Union St., Westminster.

Information: 876-4484.


The Italians are at it again at Meadow Branch Church of the Brethren, where a spaghetti dinner is being served 4-7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The meal includes spaghetti with meat sauce, tossed salad with dressings, French bread, dessert and beverage for $4.50 for adultsand $2.50 for youngsters 5-12.

The church is on Route 140 at Royer Road, Westminster.

Information: 848-7478.


The South Carroll area is active as well, starting with the Optimist Club of Freedom District's bull and oyster roast at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sykesville-Freedom fire hall, Route 32 and Freedom Avenue.

Dine on foodcatered by Millrace Tavern until 10:30 p.m., then dance to the sounds of "Spring." Tickets are $20 per person, withproceeds going to the club's many community projects.

Information: 781-4835 or 795-4592.


Carroll is country, and where else can you get in on a good square dance?

The Four County Square Dance Club is sponsoring a President's Dance 8 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at South Carroll High School, 1300 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield.

Bob Harrison is caller and Linda Roberts the cuer.

Information: 549-6109.


Tired after a week's hard work? Start the weekend binge early at the fourth annual spaghetti dinner sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 883 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Liberty Road near Freedom Avenue, Eldersburg.

Besides dinner, enjoy musical entertainment and an auction. Meal tickets are $5 for adults, $3.75 for children 4-11, and free under 4.

But get your tickets early because they're limited at the door.

Information: 795-0391 or 781-6046.

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