WHAT BETTER WAY to celebrate spring than at the annual Spring Fling from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow in downtown Mount Airy.
The town-sponsored event features local nurseries, crafts and displays by area businesses. Two stages will be set up for dancing and singing by local groups. Food will be for sale.
Educational and agricultural displays will be featured. At noon, Cub Scout Pack 1191 will sponsor a bike rodeo.
For children, Sparky the Fire Dog and Carroll County library mascot Corky the Penguin will make appearances. Other activities for children include a moon bounce, dunk tank, face painting, pony rides and a petting zoo.
Mount Airy Naturalist Society will have a booth where members will answer gardening and backyard wildlife questions. The group will give away trees and shrubs on a first-come, first-served basis. Free for the taking are tulip poplar, hazelnut, mimosa, maple, redbud, white spruce and forsythia. Drawings will be held for birdhouses handmade by group members.
Mount Airy resident Jennifer Heflin, event chairwoman, urges Spring Fling visitors to park at Mount Airy Firemen's Carnival Grounds at Route 27 and Twin Arch Road and use the free shuttle buses. Shuttle service will begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 6 p.m.
Photo winners announced
After their victories at the school and county levels, congratulations are in order for Mount Airy Elementary photographers. Their winning photographs will advance to state competition this month.
Pupils entered photographs in four categories: experimental, landscape, still life and life study. They experimented with types of photography this year, including digital and black and white. New to the contest this year was the video production category.
Fourth-grader Jay Vette won Carroll County Best of Show for "The Singer," a black-and-white photograph of his younger sister sitting on a piano bench and singing, mouth opened wide.
Other first-place winners were Connor Trexler, Lori Wiles, Mackenzie Kappe and Jill Kile, whose "Visit to Washington, D.C." won for video production. Second-place winners were Sheridan Renshaw and Jay Vette.
South Carroll High School will showcase its abundance of student talent during its annual talent show at 7 p.m. today and tomorrow at the school, 1300 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield.
Sponsored by the high school's Stagelighters drama club, the show will feature singers, dancers, rock bands, actors and comedians.
Admission is $5 and tickets may be purchased at the door.
Calvary United Methodist Church's Body and Spirit Aerobics classes will offer a summer session from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 26 to July 26.
Body and Spirit Aerobics is an hourlong group workout to contemporary Christian music. Each class concludes with a prayer circle and devotional time. The cost of the summer session is $20. Child care is not provided.
Christy Kruhm's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.