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Now that April has finally arrived, the amazing PEEPle at the Carroll Arts Center are busily preparing for our biggest event of the year — the PEEPshow! The sweet works of art will be on display from April 12 through April 23, so mark your calendars.

Of course, we also have a wide variety of films, concerts, lectures, and classes happening at the Carroll Arts Center. Find out about all of our programs at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org. If you aren’t a member of the Carroll County Arts Council, please consider joining. Members get a 10 percent discount on most programs.

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This Friday, April 5, Film Lovers in Carroll County (FLICC) present “Colette” at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. After moving to Paris, author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette agrees to ghostwrite a semi-autobiographical novel for her husband. Its success inspires her to fight for creative ownership and overcome the societal constraints of the early 20th century. Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. Thanks to Byrdcall Studios for sponsoring this movie!

The next night, Saturday, April 6, our friends at Common Ground on the Hill are hosting The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc. This fiddle trio masterfully blends the traditions of Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands to create meaningful and invigorating melodies. The show starts at 7:30 pm and tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for students and seniors.

If you’re a fan of legal thrillers, join Carroll County Public Library and A Likely Story Bookstore on Monday, April 8 as they present An Evening with Lisa Scottoline, the New York Times bestselling author of 32 novels. Tickets are $29, and attendees receive Scottoline’s newest book, “Someone Knows,” one day before its release to the general public. Their last event, featuring author Harlan Coben, sold out, so get your tickets soon!

A View from the Gallery

It’s just a little over a week until our annual celebration of marshmallow masterpieces! Join us April 12 through 23 for the Carroll County Arts Council’s 12th Annual PEEPshow.

This sweet event features more than 150 sculptures, graphic arts, oversized characters and mosaics created and inspired by PEEPs candy. In our theatre, enjoy short PEEP videos and footage of PEEPs being created at the Just Born factory.

All this marshmallow madness is a fundraiser for the Carroll County Arts Council. Your votes count toward selecting the Grand Prize Winner and Audience Favorites. Vote chips are sold at the entrance — make sure to get plenty! You can also vote online for your favorites. The top 5 entries that receive the most online votes also get a prize.

Of course, PEEPshow is about more than the art — it’s about the time-honored theatre tradition of concessions. Our concession stand offers PEEPs and other candy, PEEP popcorn and, new this year, slushies in souvenir PEEP drink cups! Join us for all the fun you have come to expect, including the PEEP-mobile and PEEPs mascots.

The 12th annual PEEPshow takes place April 12-23 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with extended hours until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Behind the Scenes

If you have a budding actor in your family in grades 6 through 8, sign them up to Take the Stage. This class is designed to boost their self-esteem and explore their creativity without the pressure of learning lines. The young actors-to-be will learn basic theatre skills, public speaking skills, short & long term improvisation, and spontaneity through games and exercises in a fun, fast-paced, and supportive environment. The class runs six Saturday mornings, April 27 through June 1 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sign up at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.

Encourage your child’s creativity with our Make It and Take It Art Class series! This session of classes is more than refrigerator art. Each work of art will be properly mounted to be hung on a wall or sculptural to be used as decoration.

The classes are taught by different teachers who bring their own skill, creativity and enthusiasm to each class. Ages 5-8 meet on for six Tuesdays beginning April 30, and ages 9-12 meet six Thursdays beginning May 2 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

It’s not too early to start thinking about summer camp! Our art and theatre camps begin June 24 and run through July 19, depending on the subject and ages. Register online at our website.

If you have enjoyed programs at the Carroll Arts Center and would like to volunteer, click the “Volunteer Sign Up” button on our website.

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