Wednesday, Westminster recreation and parks will hold an event for dogs they would never consider holding for cats, a Pooch Pool Party. Bring your water-loving friends of man for an evening swim in the pool before it's closed for another year. If you don't have a four-legged friend, Carroll is also hosting a pair of historically-based events, as Jim Lightner describes the history of McDaniel College and the Tom Gordon and son describe their family's history of collecting.

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Pooch Pool Party

Pets who love to doggy paddle will have the opportunity to get their swim on at the Westminster Municipal Pool Wednesday at the city's annual Pooch Pool Party. At the free event, dogs will be allowed into the public pool — which closes after Labor Day to human swimmers — to frolic, swim and play. Dogs must have a current rabies tag and collar or harness, and those that demonstrate aggressive behavior will not be allowed to participate. Pet owners and other humans will not be allowed in the pool with the dogs.

When: 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9

Where: Westminster Municipal Pool, 325 Royer Road, Westminster

Cost: Free

For more information: Visit www.westminstermd.gov

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Fearless and Bold: Live!

McDaniel College is hosting this educational presentation at the Carroll Arts Center Wednesday evening. The event will feature professor and McDaniel College historian Jim Lightner lecturing about the school's history. Lightner is the author of "Fearless and Bold," a look at the history of McDaniel College. This event will be filmed for a documentary that will be screened in a future date in celebration of the college's 150th anniversary.

When: 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 9

Where: Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main Street, Westminster

Cost: Free

For more information: To register visit www.mcdaniel.edu/FearlessAndBoldLive

Five Generations of Collecting

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The Historical Society of Carroll County is hosting a box lunch talk at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church on Tuesday. The event will feature Tom Gordon Jr. and Tom Gordon III discussing their family's long history as collectors. The Gordons have been collecting unique artifacts for five generations and have pieces from Abraham Lincoln, John Surratt, Theodore Roosevelt and more. Those attending are encouraged to bring their own lunch.

When: Noon, Tuesday, Sept. 8

Where: Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 21 Carroll St., Westminster

Cost: $7 general admission, $3 for Historical Society members

For more information: Call 410-848-6494.

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