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Girl Scouts make blankets for charity

Girl Scout Troop 121 met April 14 at First Presbyteran Church in Westminster to make no-sew blankets for Project Linus.

The blankets are made from fleece that is knotted on the edges.

"Cadette and Junior Girl Scouts from Troop 121 taught Brownie Girl Scouts in Troops 6664, 2185 and 48 how to make blankets for Project Linus," said Sharon Roman, who leads the troop with three other leaders, Debby Naccarini, Sheila Herbst and Teresa Rippeon.

"Our troop has Juniors and Cadettes," said Roman. "The Juniors picked Project Linus and decided to ask Brownies to help make them. Together we made over 30 blankets and donated them to Project Linus of Carroll County. There are 17 girls in the troop and 30 Brownies came to the event."

Roman said three Juniors in the troop earned their Bronze Award through this project. "The Cadettes earned an award called the LIA, Leader in Action," she said. "The Brownies earned the Brownie Quest Journey. It's a pretty big award and they completed it in one afternoon."

Roman spoke with pride about the girls and their desire to help others. "Two of the Brownies had family members who had received Project Linus blankets in the past," she said. "They loved making one to donate."

Project Linus is a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need - through gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans.

Troop 121 meets every other Tuesday at Cranberry Station Elementary School. For more information about the troop, email Roman at sromanmd@hotmail.com.

Benefit concert tonight

Nationally renowned folk singer and songwriter Cheryl Wheeler will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. today at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster, to benefit Human Services Programs of Carroll County.

General admission tickets to this event cost $25. VIP tickets cost $50 and include seating close to the stage, a complimentary wine and cheese reception following the concert, and listing as a donor in the Human Services Programs newsletter and on its website.

For more information, call the Carroll Arts Center at 410-848-7272 or Human Services Programs at 410-857-2999.

Visit Human Services Programs online at http://www.hspinc.org. Visit the arts center online at http://www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.

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Free groceries

The House of Bread Ministry at Liberty Church will have a free grocery distribution from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church, 1641 Old Westminster Road, Westminster.

This event is for those in need in our community.

Call the church office at 410-857-4313 or visit http://www.liftinghearts.com for more information.

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