April showers are over. Get out in the sunshine and plant those May flowers in your gardens. You can buy a beautiful variety -- for yourself or your mother -- in Westminster Saturday.
The city of Westminster will be decked in floral finery as it joins the Business Association and the Carroll Garden Club in sponsoring the Flower Show and Sale, with plants, crafts, food and music.
Seven county nurseries are displaying and selling thousands of plants and shrubs along two blocks on Main Street from Longwell Avenue to John Street. Members of the garden club will offer planting tips and the association will staff a gift wrap booth.
Bands and soloists, quartets and dancers will take to two stages all day, too. If you can't find the perfect flower, shop through crafts from 60 different vendors.
Come early and stay late. The event runs all day and parking is free. Information: 848-6962.
While you are in city, stop in at Westminster Library and gaze at the stars. The Westminster Astronomical Society plans Astronomy Day with exhibits, videos and a rocky piece of the moon from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 50 E. Main St. Information: 876-3196.
Carroll County Farmers Market also will help planters get an early start on the growing season with a "Spring Show."
In addition to plants and market packs, you can buy cakes, pies, plants, fresh meats and eggs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Ag Center, Smith Avenue, Westminster. Information: 848-7748.
A few miles down Route 140 and you will find Westminster Optimist Club's Baseball Card Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $1 for adults and 50 cents for children and there will be door prizes and refreshments at Reese Volunteer Fire Hall. Information: 848-7205.
Join Freedom Elementary in spring fun. Its Family Fun Fest features a gift mart, flea market, plant sale, food and more and it runs, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 5626 Sykesville Road, Sykesville. Information: 795-4485.
Uniontown Elementary is celebrating the season, too, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Herbs, flowers, plants, games for all and a demonstration by the state police K-9 unit are on tap. Information: 848-4441.
New Windsor Service Center's International Festival offers more fun for the whole family with foreign fare foods and crafts, and activities for all ages.
Admission is free from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday on Main Street. Information: 635-8775.
Music is in the air all over the county this weekend. Enjoy "Bye, Bye Birdie" or "The King and I" for $3 per ticket.
North Carroll High presents the musical saga of a rock star idol who is drafted at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at 3801 Hampstead Mexico Road.
If you rummage through the attic and find some '50s attire to wear to the show, you will receive a free gift. Information: 374-6105.
The curtain rises on Anna and her king at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Liberty High School, 5855 Bartholow Road, Eldersburg. Information: 795-8100.
Or, in Westminster, the Arts Council plans a free Concert of Young Musicians with students on piano, flute, and French horn.
The music plays at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Ascension Episcopal Church, 23 N. Court St., Westminster. Information: 848-7272.
What better Mother's Day present -- keep her out of the kitchen this weekend.
In Mount Airy, she can dine and kick up her heels, too. The American Legion has a shrimp feed and fried chicken dinner fol
lowed by dance music.
Cost is $18 per person and reservations are requested. Dinner is served from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Then, the dancing starts on Prospect Road. Information: 829-9161.
Union Bridge Volunteer Fire Company members are servings all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage and more from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Fire Hall, Locust Street. Information: 775-7422.