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Taylorsville-Winfield Lions contribute books

Winfield Elementary School media specialist Mike Vidmar talks about one of the books purchased with the Taylorsville-Winfield Lions' donation during a club meeting in January at the Winfield fire company hall.
Winfield Elementary School media specialist Mike Vidmar talks about one of the books purchased with the Taylorsville-Winfield Lions' donation during a club meeting in January at the Winfield fire company hall. (Submitted photo , Carroll County Times)

The Taylorsville-Winfield Lions Club, through its youth outreach program, donated $300 to both Winfield Elementary School and South Carroll High School so they could buy new books for their school.

"Every year for the past eight years we have partnered with these two schools to help them purchase more books," according to Lion Ed Sullivan, School Outreach Program chairman, quoted in a club press release. "By having our Lions Club donate additional funds, the school media specialists are able to buy more books than their annual budgeting process allows, and we are able to help the children in our community. It is a win-win situation for all involved and our organization's motto, 'We Serve,' is what it is what Lions clubs are all about."

"South Carroll High School is so grateful for the generous donation made by the Lions Club each year," SCHS media specialist Kim Johnson wrote in an email. "This year, we were able to purchase supplemental texts for student research projects. One title, 'Food: the New Gold,' has been used by students in both Agricultural Science and English classes studying food insecurity and the pros and cons of factory farming. We were also able to purchase fiction titles by popular and renowned young adult authors like Walter Dean Myers, Rainbow Rowell and Neil Gaiman."

Mike Vidmar, Winfield Elementary School media specialist, told the Lions that one of the new books obtained with the club's donation is "Demolition"; it's full of pictures and stories about big machinery that tears down old buildings. "The cost of new books continues to rise and it is very hard to buy new books and stay within our budget," according to Vidmar, quoted in the Lions' press release. "Without the annual donation from your Lions Club, we simply wouldn't have these new books every year."

For more information about the Taylorsville-Winfield Lions Club, call Lion Jerry Stroter at 410-875-4072. For information on Lions Clubs International, visit http://www.lionsclubs.org.

Fire truck visit

The Mount Airy branch of the Carroll County Public Library will host a special visit from a fire truck on April 12, from 11 a.m. to noon.

Come check out the fire truck up close and hear all about being a firefighter from a member of the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company.

This program is for all ages; however, children 3 and younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Only children need to register, and registration begins March 29. Visit library.carr.org or call 410-386-4488 to register or for more information.

The library is at 705 Ridge Ave., Mount Airy.

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Open mic night

The Mount Airy Arts Alliance has announced that its first open mic night will be held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 21, at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 609 Center St., Mount Airy.

Local guitar instructor Eddie Brooks and his band Sidewalk Mule are hosting the event.

Local performers who would like to share their talents will be featured. Performers can play two songs, totaling 10 minutes or less, including a quick setup. The sound system will be provided.

A signup sheet will be available at 7 p.m. the night of the event for 8 to 10 spots.

If the performance is "karaoke style" with recorded music, the performer should plan to sing one song and bring an iPod or a phone with the music.

Performers must be at least 12 years old.

For more information, contact Eddie Brooks at sidewalkmule@comcast.net or 240-422-6952.

This is a free event for both performers and the audience, but donations will be appreciated.

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