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Central Carroll: Bear Branch celebrates winter with 'Snow Much Fun!'

After the hustle and bustle leading up to the holiday, the weeks after Christmas can seem empty, but there are still some fun things to do. Here’s a chance to celebrate winter. Bear Branch Nature Center will hold a fun family program called “Snow Much Fun!” on Sunday, Jan. 14, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the center, located at 310 John Owings Road, just north of the airport on Md. 97 (Littlestown Pike).

Billed as a cure for the winter blues, this fun session offers hot chocolate and marshmallows toasted over the wood stove with fun, snow-themed crafts. There’s a kid in all of us, aching for some fun seasonal crafts, and nothing is better than everyone spending family time together.


The $7 per person fee to attend includes craft supplies and refreshments.

“We’ll be making paper snowflakes that can be taken home or put up in the nature center to decorate and bird feeders to keep our feathered friends well fed in the cold and snow,” said Park Naturalist Nicole Bowman. “We can all start to feel a little cabin fever in the winter, so this is a great chance to get out of the house and do something that everyone in the family can enjoy.”


Registration guarantees a spot, so be sure to register for this program in advance at or call 410-386-2103

Movie for MLK Day

Each year, the Carroll County Arts Council presents a program to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day., one that stimulates conversation and makes us think. This year they will screen the 2016 film “Hidden Figures” on Monday, Jan. 15, at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. As an added bonus, they are offering free admission to anyone who has volunteered for a nonprofit organization during the past year.

“Hidden Figures” is the story of Katherine G. Johnson (played by Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (played by Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (played by Janelle Monáe). Johnson was the brilliant African-American NASA employee who, while working at NASA, served as the brains behind the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. The launch restored the nation’s confidence and turned around the Space Race, and inspired generations to dream big.

The matinee showing at 1 p.m. will have open captioning for those with hearing impairments. The 7:30 p.m. showing will have captioning if requested in advance. Assistive Listening Devices are always available at the Carroll Arts Center. The two-hour movie is sponsored by Carroll Community College. It runs 2 hours and 7 minutes and is rated PG.

Tickets cost $7 for adults; $6 for ages 25 and under and ages 60 & up. Carroll County Arts Council members get an additional 10 percent off. Tickets may be purchased online at or at the center’s box office. There is no snow date.

The Carroll Arts Center is located at 91 West Main Street in downtown Westminster. For more information visit the arts council online or call 410/848-7272.

Train Layout

Over the holidays, several train gardens have been available for visit. If you missed it and would like your kids to visit a model train layout, there is still one time to see the one at the TownMall of Westminster.

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The Four County Society of Model Engineers has set up a huge display inside one of the storefronts in the center of the mall. Stop by on Jan. 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Club members are usually on hand to speak with visitors and answer questions about their realistic reproduction in HO scale.


The Four County Society of Model Engineers is a nonprofit group that meets in members’ homes with members mainly in Carroll, Howard, Frederick and Montgomery Counties, but also some members in surrounding areas. Although they have presented slide shows, clinics, rail fanning trips, work sessions, layout visits and even picnics, their focus is on the modular layout. Visiting the train layout is free but contributions are welcome.

For more information, call the mall at 410-857-0300 or visit the club website at

Big Country Breakfast Buffet

Last week, my article about the Church of the Ascension’s Big Country Breakfast had the wrong date. The breakfast will be on Saturday, Jan. 6 from 7 to 11 a.m. inside Fellowship Hall at the church, located at 23 N. Court Street in Westminster with plenty of parking in the lot behind the church off Ralph Street.

Ascension holds their Country Breakfast on the first Saturday of every month. Look for a full menu of pancakes, Egg Strata Casserole, a variety of pancakes, biscuits and gravy, cream chipped beef, scrambled eggs, toast, Hahn sausage, ham, grits, scrambled eggs, hashed brown potatoes, egg and ham casserole, sausage gravy and biscuits, creamed chipped beef, assorted fruit, assorted pastries, oatmeal, fresh brewed coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate, milk, and juices.

Breakfast costs $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 4 to 8.

For more information call the church at 410-848-3251 or email