Thanks to the spirit of voluntarism, Woodbine Recreation Council has been able to nurture many traditions that enrich the southwestern Carroll County community.
One such tradition will continue Saturday when the council sponsors its 14th annual Community Easter Egg Hunt from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Salt Box Park, on Gillis Road between Mount Airy and Woodbine.
Members of South Carroll High School's Key Club will provide assistance at the kids-oriented event. Other volunteers, many of whom help with Woodbine Recreation Council activities, will help with the annual egg hunt, said community coordinator Nancy Stockdale.
"There's a lot of people involved," Mrs. Stockdale said. "You call them and they help out."
Prizes will be awarded to several participants in the hunt, which is held in age groups to make it more equitable. About 1,000 plastic eggs are being filled with candy and small surprises for the event, Mrs. Stockdale said.
She said Jennifer Johnson, a student at Glenelg High School, and some of her friends are official volunteer egg fillers for this year's hunt.
Games, refreshments and the Raw Egg Toss for adults will be featured. The Easter extravaganza will be held rain or shine. Participants and parents are reminded to dress for the weather and to bring containers to hold their egg-hunt bounty.
The event is free, but cash donations will be accepted. Participants are asked to return the plastic eggs at the end of the event.
Other activities sponsored by Woodbine's Recreation Council each spring include the annual kite contest in March; horseback riding lessons at Holniker Farm; a mixed volleyball spring league; and a women's recreational softball league that is in its 13th season.
The league's five teams will start to play ball Thursday evenings, beginning May 4, at Salt Box Park.
Line dancing lessons, taught by Barbara Patterson, began an eight-week session Wednesday at Mount Airy Middle School. The Wednesday-evening lessons cost $5 per person per night.
Officers of the Woodbine Recreation Council are Kenneth Stockdale, president; Jerry Nicholson, vice president; Francine Dorsey, secretary; and Joy Johnson, assistant treasurer.
Coordinator Nancy Stockdale also wears the hat of council treasurer.
Area residents who would like to know more about the Woodbine Recreation Council can call Mrs. Stockdale at (410) 795-3332.
Congratulations to Mount Airy residents Benjamin Bohrer, William Penn, Robert Smith, John Steel and Harvey Tabler, who recently were granted honorary life memberships with American Legion Gold Star Post 191.
The five Legionnaires, with Past Post Commander and Life Member Charles Norwood, are the organization's last living charter members.
The six veterans were recognized for retaining continuous Post 191 membership for 50 years at an American Legion birthday celebration March 17.
Honorary Life Membership, according to Life Member Art Brett, is the "highest honor that an American Legion post can bestow on its members."
He said that of Post 191's 827 members, only 23 are "lifers." Other members holding the distinction are: Bill Blatchley, Bob Callahan, Gene Deardorff, Sam Dorsey, Doug Henley, Walter Hood, Sam Jewell, Bob Lowman, Andy Mason, Harold Molesworth, Arnold Ogren, Manny Quinones, Alfred Schmidt, Roland Schmidt, Tom Wagner and Mason Wilburn.
Area residents can take a short Sunday drive to Winfield on April 23 to protect their cats and the humans around them from rabies.
An anti-rabies clinic will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 23 at Winfield Fire Department, 1320 Old Liberty Road, Sykesville, next to South Carroll High. Vaccinations, which cost $4 per cat, will be administered by licensed veterinarians.
Cats must be over 3 months old and must be restrained by a leash or in a carrier.
The vaccinations are sponsored by Carroll County Health Department and the Bureau of Environmental Health.
State law requires all dogs and cats over 4 months old to be vaccinated against rabies.
Another clinic is being held the same day, at the same time, at Carroll County Maintenance Facility, 1250 Meadow Branch Road, Westminster.
For information, call (410) 875-3395.
Whether you're looking for a place to recycle unwanted junk or undiscovered treasures to take home, the Mount Airy Jaycees have a place for you to explore April 29.
Everything from antiques to zigzag sewing machines will be featured at the Jaycees' annual Spring Yard Sale. The event will be at the Mount Airy Carnival grounds at Route 27 and Twin Arch Road.
The rain-or-shine fund-raiser, touted as one of Maryland's largest yard sales, averages 250 vendors who rent 350 spaces.
Official hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., but bargain hunters traditionally arrive much earlier to get first dibs on the bounty. Admission and parking are free.
Spaces are available for $25 per space. The vendor spots measure either 14 feet by 20 feet for grassy spaces or 9 feet by 18 feet for blacktop spaces. For information, call (301) 831-7841 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or (301) 829-0651 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.