Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Second annual ‘A Chocolate Affair’

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Mount Airy Main Street Association (MAMSA) presents ‘‘A Chocolate Affair” from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

As you shop Main Street you can receive free Valentine treats and taste sparkling wines in select shops from 2 to 7 p.m.

Downtown merchants are already gearing up for the spring season, offering crafts, fine arts, home accents, vintage clothing and accessories, books, and much more, according to a MAMSA press release.

In addition to the shops, Mount Airy has several eateries serving breakfast fare to deli sandwiches.

‘‘We have a great new addition to our collection of eateries in downtown Mount Airy”, said Kelly Ziad, Main Street manager, in the release.

CarterQue Barbeque and Grilling Company opened its doors for business on Wednesday.

CarterQue specializes in southern barbeque-style fare. It is located at 235 S. Main St.

The Town of Mount Airy and MAMSA encourage residents to support the local economy by shopping locally-owned businesses and businesses in historic downtown Mount Airy. MAMSA is a group of volunteer residents and business owners interested in revitalizing Mount Airy’s historic downtown business district. MAMSA’s goal is to establish downtown as a gathering place and center of community life; to promote commerce for locally owned and operated businesses; to promote cultural events for residents and visitors; and to create a small town atmosphere, with modern amenities, that is easily accessible to those traveling by car and on foot.

For more information, contact Kelly Ziad at mtairymsm@comcast.net or 301-829-1424.

Performers neededfor community expo

If your organization would like to perform at the upcoming community expo on April 19 let the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce know.

They are looking for local dance studios, martial arts studios, gymnastics groups and others to perform throughout the day.

Also businesses are needed to donate door prizes for the annual event.

Prizes must have a retail value of $100 or more, free of any obligation to purchase additional merchandise or services, and turned in no later than March 15.

Activities will include Operation Kidsafe’s free child identification and safety program.

Businesses can sell products, take orders, or just let the public know more about their company. A live radio remote broadcast by Key 103 will promote the event.

The bloodmobile will be on location and free blood pressure screening will be offered. MedEvac is scheduled to appear, and the Patriot Guard Riders will arrive on dozens of motorcycles with flags flying to share the festivities with some of the veterans. A free moon bounce and children’s activity area will be set up and door prizes will be given away throughout the day.

For more information about the expo, contact Jeanne LeRoux at Jeanne@MtAiryDentRepair.com or 301-788-3501.

Roll in the Doughcampaign

Five Maryland financial institutions including 1st Mariner Bank, BB&T, The Columbia Bank, M&T Bank and Municipal Employees Credit Union (MECU) have joined together to promote the ‘‘Roll in the Dough” program.

The two-week campaign was devised to stimulate Marylanders to initiate or increase their current savings to reach their personal goals. Individuals visiting one of 119 participating locations between Feb. 25 and March 8 can enter a free drawing that will award a $1,000 one-year Certificate of Deposit.

Baltimore CASH Campaign, FDIC, Foundation for Human Development, Montgomery County Coalition for Financial Literacy, and University of Maryland Cooperative Extension are community partners. Workshops about credit management, homeownership and financial education will be offered in multiple locations during the campaign.

The BB&T, 443 E. Ridgeville Blvd. will be participating in the program. For more information about ‘‘Roll in the Dough”, visit www.mdsaves.org or contact Joan Lok, Campaign Chair, jlok@fdic.gov, 410-872-9024 at ext. 4032.

Businesses that would like to celebrate or share news can send the information to The Gazette, 218 S. Main St., Mount Airy, MD 21771; Carroll@gazette.net; or fax 301-829-9101.