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Spring Garden school to hold its annual garden party March 11


Spring Garden Elementary salutes spring with its annual Spring Garden Party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 11 at the school, 700 Boxwood Drive, Hampstead.

The family event features games and activities for preschoolers to fifth grade. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For families in the Spring Garden school district, it's a chance to see teachers, staff, students and parents.

In addition to last year's carnival-style children's games, in which everyone received a prize, new activities will include a beanbag toss created by Boy Scouts, a basketball toss, a prize wheel and a candy wheel.

New craft activities this year will be sand art, making beaded necklaces and hair painting, to accompany the return of face painting.

Parents, friends and relatives will donate craft items for sale. They also will stock a baked items table.

Teachers will donate children's items for an afternoon auction. The PTA will hold a scholastic book fair.

Food to be sold includes hot dogs, pizza, soft drinks and more.

The Garden Party is a PTA-sponsored activity.

The money raised directly benefits students.

Information: Spring Garden Elementary, 374-9202.


Service clubs in the North Carroll area annually hold a dinner meeting to introduce the officers of fellow organizations, and to learn of opportunities and programs planned by organizations for the year.

This year, the Women's Club of Hampstead will be the hosts of the dinner tomorrow at Hampstead Fire Hall.

Club members and invited guests are participating.

Organizations expected to send representatives are Hampstead Lions Club, Hampstead Lioness Club, Lineboro-Manchester Lions Club, Northeast Rabbits, North Carroll Jaycees, Hampstead Rotary Club and Hampstead Business Association.

After a social hour and dinner, state police Tfc. Jim Emerick will talk on "Street Smarts for Busy People."

Trooper Emerick is the crime prevention officer at the Westminster barracks and has served as a resident trooper in Carroll County for five years.

He began his career in 1973 and served for 17 years as a road trooper, receiving several awards from the state, governor, service clubs and The Baltimore Sun. He is a resident of North Carroll.


Exchange student Johanna Yirta of Finland will speak at the monthly meeting of The Women's Club of Hampstead.

The meeting will be at 1 p.m. March 7 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1374 N. Main St., Hampstead.

Johanna, of the western Finland city of Kemi, attends North Carroll High through the American Intercultural Student Exchange. She speaks fluent English, Swedish, German, French and Finnish. Mary and Jan Miller of Westminster are her host family.

She was invited to speak to the club by the Education Committee.

"We are hoping that the student will be learning from us, so she understands the work of the women's clubs and can bring that knowledge back to her country," said Charlotte Ratcliffe, publicity chairwoman for the club.

The Women's Club of Hampstead is part of the international General Federation of Women's Clubs.

Information: Charlotte Ratcliffe, 239-8185.


First there's dinner. Then there's bingo -- not one, not 10, but 92 games of bingo.

Hampstead Fire Department will have another of its series of All Night Bingo parties at the fire hall, 1341 N. Main St.

The next one is March 10. Dinner will be served from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the first bingo numbers will be called at 8 p.m.

Become the next bingo night owl for $20 per ticket, which includes dinner, bingo and free coffee all night long.

Additional refreshments will be sold. Information: 374-2424.


For Hampstead residents, today is the last day to contact the Town Office for free pickup of bulk trash items. Bulk trash pickup day is Saturday.

Information: 374-2761.

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