Mission to hold Easter basket contest


The Westminster Rescue Mission will sponsor an Easter basket contest this weekend to help needy children in the community.

Easter baskets donated to the Rescue Mission will be judged before they are given away.

Basket artists will be judged in several categories, including Best Girl's Basket, Best Boy's Basket, Most Colorful, Most Nostalgic, Most Original and Best in Show. Awards will be given to category winners.

Participants are asked to attach an index card to the basket with their name, phone number and category.

Baskets must be delivered to Westminster Mission Store at 57 E. Main St.

Participants can deliver their baskets Saturday, next Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and next Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon.

All contest winners will be notified by phone April 12.

The Rescue Mission will offer the baskets to parents of needy children April 13-15 while supplies last.

Information: 857-7984 or 833-1072.


Christian Preschool and Kindergarten at First United Presbyterian Church in Westminster holds Family Night on Friday.

At 7 p.m. Friday, the preschool sponsors a Christian puppet show performed by God's Kids, a dramatic group from Grace Bible Church in Manchester.

The group, whose players range from age 14 to adult, will gear their

show to the preschool's students, their families and friends.

Admission is free, but a donation will be accepted. Refreshments will be served after the performance.

Information: 857-4389.


Return to the church Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a flea market sponsored by the Presbyterian Women of First United Presbyterian Church.

The women expect to have about 40 tables of items available to shoppers.

Flea market items will include children's toys, clothing, household knickknacks, dolls, jewelry, ties and wallets.

Artisans also will display wood cut-outs, peg racks, handmade baskets and decorated clothing.

Easter candy will be for sale, and the Presbyterian women will sell homemade baked goods, along with breakfast and lunch items.

Admission is free and parking is available at the church, 65 Washington Road.

Information: 848-7969.


It's time for the annual Carroll County Easter Farmers' Market Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ag Center in Westminster.

Easter crafts and goodies will be for sale. The event will include the usual farmers' market items, such as homemade baked goods, eggs, flowers, gifts, and breakfast and lunch items. Admission is free.

Information: 848-7748.


Beginning Saturday and continuing through April 29, Carroll County Arts Council will present "Boy's View," a black and white photography exhibit at the council's gallery in Winchester Exchange.

The exhibit is a product of local Webelos Boy Scout Troop, Den No. 7. A reception to celebrate the show's opening will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: 848-7272.


A neighbor shared an anecdote with me recently, and it made me smile. I hope it does the same for you.

The title is "Learning to Love Yourself," from the book, "Chicken Soup for the Soul":

Oliver Wendell Holmes once attended a meeting in which he was the shortest man present.

"Dr. Holmes," quipped a friend, "I should think you'd feel rather small among us big fellows."

"I do," retorted Dr. Holmes. "I feel like a dime among a lot of pennies."

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