MELROSE — Need some cheering after this winter? Of course you do! Would a Red Sox game help? They have tickets. Rather hang out on your own couch? Then how about a 55-inch LED full HD TV? Warm weather has to come sometime, so how does a fire pit at your house sound? They have a builder ready to build a gorgeous one for you (with some conditions). Dinner at the Colonial Inn, Concord? An amazing Weber Spirit E-310 grill?

What else might you find tempting? Read on. ….

How about a week in Zephyrhills, Fla? Some vacation time at Rehoboth Beach, Del.? Tickets to Shrek the Musical at the Wheelock Family Theater? All just waiting for you to bid. Those legal documents you’ve been meaning to get to? They have some attorneys ready to get it done for you. How about white vinyl fencing? A month of free personal training at Get in Shape for Women? All it takes is your being an alert bidder. What is this all about? Keep on reading. …

The Melrose Highlands Congregational Church is holding its annual auction at Memorial Hall, Melrose, on Saturday, April 11, starting at 6 p.m. If you’re a longtime Highlands auction-goer, you know there‘s plenty for both men and women and for every budget, starting with a gorgeous array of multi-ticket-drawing baskets with a value of at least $50 but typically much more and winnable with the right $2 ticket. The name of the game is competition; whether the Highlands’ well-known silent auction or the less-than-silent one led by MHCC’s own auctioneer, Brad Hutchinson of real estate fame. Participants compete for a variety of desirable goodies from a beautiful handmade crazy quilt to selections of wonderful children’s books chosen by a children’s literature expert to … you name it, you’ll probably find it at the auction! For $20, auction favorite Balloon Man offers a chance to pop a balloon and win a prize worth $20 or more: gift cards and numerous novelty gift items.

The pleasures on offer at the Spring Fling aren’t confined to treasures you compete for. Your ticket to the auction includes great hors d’oeuvres and a delicious Italian-style catered dinner from The Farmland; a cash bar for wine and beer adds to the good times.

This year’s auction will also feature some great live music, provided by the well-known Teal Street Band. A premier rock band from Wakefield, TSB’s music spans multiple genres covering classic rock, contemporary and alternative rock, R&B and Pop rock artists. Sophisticated and fun, Teal Street Band has multiple singers and places special emphasis on vocals and harmonies.

Auction tickets are $20 per person and will be for sale at the door on auction night for $20.

Wondering where the auction proceeds go? You’ll be glad to know they help support outreach efforts: Local scouting groups and food pantries. In addition, a portion of the proceeds will support the 2016 Senior Youth Group’s mission trip to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

So … if getting out of the house for an evening of good food, conversation, the chance to meet new friends, listening to wonderful music and bidding for outstanding items sounds good to you, mark your calendar: April 11, 6 p.m., Memorial Hall. They’ll be hoping to see you.