As part of its mission to fund youth programs, American Legion Post 171 in Damascus will host an evening of music, dancing, food and all variety of oysters on Saturday.
The oyster roast at the post home on Lewis Drive is a principal fundraiser for the organization, which raises money to benefit charities, veterans, young people and the community.
Doors will open at 5 and dinner starts at 6. On the menu is all-you-can-eat oyster stew, oysters — raw, fried and steamed — and fried chicken with sides and beverages.
Because of rising seafood prices, tickets are $40 at the door and $35 in advance. The Second Change Band will play dance music from 7:30 to 11 p.m.
Two Legion programs that benefit young people are the Boys State program and a scholarship program, both of which are now accepting applications.
The Boys State program selects 300 boys from across Maryland to participate in a weeklong, expenses-paid exercise in mock government June 15-21 at McDaniel College in Westminster.
Applications, available from high school counselors, are due March 21. To be eligible, applicants must be completing their junior year and be at least 16 by June.
The program focuses on participation and personal experience in a model state, featuring governing bodies and elected public officials. It is designed to mirror the structure and operation of Maryland state government.
During the week, participants can campaign for various political offices. The two boys elected to the highest political positions will represent Maryland at Boys Nation in Washington, D.C.
The Legion also offers scholarships for children and grandchildren of veterans.
This year, Post 171 will award four scholarships of $1,500 each for the 2014-15 scholastic year. Applications must be postmarked by April 1.
Applicants are judged on scholastic achievement, leadership, character, work experience, a submitted essay and school and community activities.
Details are listed on the scholarship application, which is available at Post 171 and career centers at Damascus, Clarksburg and Seneca Valley high schools. It’s also posted at legionpost171.org.