Valentine's Day weekend brings events for families, couples across Carroll County

The big event on Cupid's big day might be Carroll Community College's presentation of "Sweethearts and Scoundrels," but that is only the beginning to a full weekend of activities local couples might find interesting:


  • Couples who enjoy foreign films can catch the Danish movie "Love is All you Need" starring Pierce Brosnan at 1 or 7:30 p.m. Friday. Film Lovers in Carroll County is screening the movie as part of its month-long Foreign Film Festival at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster. Tickets are $6; $5 for members, seniors and students. Call 410-848-7272 for more information.


  • Art and nature lovers can get a twofer at the Cabin Fever Art Show at Piney Run Park and Nature Center Saturday. Fine arts and crafts by local artists will be showcased from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the nature center located at 30 Martz Road in Sykesville. Admission is $1 and proceeds are used to help support Piney Run Park Recreation and Conservation Council. For more information, call 410-795-6043.
  • For parents in need of a little couple time, the city of Westminster has child care covered from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Longwell Municipal Center (Old Armory), 11 Longwell Ave., Westminster. Kids will play games, make crafts and eat pizza with trained caregivers while mom and dad get a chance to hit the town. There are still slots available for children ages 3 to 13, but registration is required. Call 410-848-9161 or sign up online at The cost is $16 for the first child and $6 for each additional child from the same household.
  • McDaniel College Dance Team will host a Performing Arts Festival from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the college's WMC Alumni Hall at 2 College Hill in Westminster. A variety of performances by dancers, singers, actors and musical ensembles are scheduled. Tickets are $7; $5 for students.
  • Those who want to get funky for Valentine's weekend shouldn't miss Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, presented by Snail Pie Lounge, at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Carroll Arts Center. The group is described as an eight-piece powerhouse of seductive soul and dirty blues-rock led by Arleigh Kincheloe (aka Sister Sparrow). The most recent of the group's three albums, "Fight," was produced by Randy Jackson of "American Idol" fame. Advance tickets are $25; $27 at the door. For more information, call 410-848-7272 or visit


  • Share the love at the Agriculture Center Sunday at a family-friendly event to benefit the therapeutic riding program at The Retreat at Beckleysville. The Retreat Round-Up takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. and includes a flea market of tack and equipment, children's activities and entertainment and a model horse show. The artfully decorated model horses will also be sold in a silent auction. The center is located at 706 Agriculture Center Drive, Westminster. Admission is free.
  • For those who love the Big Band sounds of the 1930s through the 1950s, The Gettysburg Big Band wraps the weekend up nicely. The group performs at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Carroll Arts Center. Tickets are $14; $12 for members, seniors and students. Call 410-848-7272 for details.