Those interested are encouraged to bring signs, march together, and let their voice be heard at Carroll CAN’s third Women's March at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20. The group will meet walkers at Locust Lane in Westminster (across from the Westminster branch of the Carroll County Public Library).
“Carroll County Women's March: Speak, Rise, Act” is a sister to marches being held across the nation and other countries worldwide. This peaceful march through the downtown area is billed as a tool to raise awareness of the many issues that women face today.
Kelley Gordon spearheaded this year’s walk for Carroll CAN (Community Action Network). She said she and her husband both participated last year with both of their dogs and the dogs even carried signs.
“We wanted to do this locally and to be visible in the county. Last year, we put it together in less than three weeks, and we still had about 300 participants,” she said, noting that men, women and children, some with pets, turned out. “Some traveled in, but many wanted to be a presence right here in their own town.”
According to Gordon, Carroll CAN was founded shortly after the 2016 election by a small group of people who came together at the Denny’s Restaurant in Westminster.
“We were feeling like a lot of our values were under threat and were not being represented by the newly elected government,” she said. “This is a diverse group, not only women.
“It’s a very grassroots organization. We are nonpartisan, although we tend to lean towards progressive. We wanted to organize to be able to work toward the change we wanted to see in the world and to not only talk, but to take action to affect change.”
Gordon said they will have a small table set up at the event with information about Carroll CAN. They’re asking people to register in advance, although walk-ins are also welcome.
“People can go to WomensMarch.com and click on “Sister Marches” to find our registration link,” she said. “There’s a map and event details. The Carroll Can public Facebook page also has the event with a link to register.”
According to Gordon, the march will proceed west on Main Street from Locust Lane. They’ll cross Main Street at Anchor Avenue (just past the Carroll Arts Center) and turn east to Ralph Street, where they will cross again and walk back, marching west on Main Street. Participants are encouraged to check-in to the event on Facebook, and to share online why they are marching, using the hashtag #WhyIMarch.
“We are asking people to bring signs that reflect what they are marching FOR, not what they are marching against,” Gordon said. “We ask for positive messages only. We will also have some materials there if people want to make a sign, but most will come with signs, ready to go.”
Gordon bills the walk and Carroll Can as positive.
“We were organized to shine a light on the many issues challenging our nation and to inspire citizens to become engaged in the process of achieving solutions,” she said. ‘It’s been wonderful to become part of an infinity group that is supportive of each other. One of the silver linings is seeing people being wakened up, becoming engaged, and finding out that they are not alone in their convictions.”
She said she hopes others will join them.
“Don’t just sit around and complain,” she said. “If you are concerned, find a way to raise your voice up and take an action to make change.”
On Saturday, Jan. 26, the Marriage and Relationship Education Center (MREC) will hold Preparing for Marriage, a one-day workshop for those who are seriously dating, engaged or recently married.
This workshop offers essential tools for building a relationship to last a lifetime. It begins at 9 a.m. and will run until 4:30 p.m. at the Carroll Nonprofit Center, 255 Clifton Boulevard, Westminster.
Experienced marriage educators will cover important topics including communication and conflict management, wedding stress, family dynamics, sex and affection, finances, realistic expectations and more.
The cost of $79 per couple includes lunch. In case of inclement weather, there is a snow date of Saturday, Feb. 2.
For more information, visit MREC online at www.mrecenter.org or call them at 410-386-9003 during office hours, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
On Friday, Jan. 11, the Business and Employment Resource Center will hold a LinkedIn Workshop inside the center at 224 N. Center Street, Westminster. This educational session begins at 9 a.m.
This free workshop offers an opportunity for interested persons to learn the basic purpose, major uses and the real value of the online resource, LinkedIn for a job search. See examples on how to set up a profile and how to conduct network searches. Discover the best methods for using LinkedIn as a job search tool and get hands-on assistance to create a LinkedIn page and to apply for jobs using LinkedIn.
For more information, call BERC at 410-386-2820 during office hours, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. View new job postings on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CCBERC.
Do you like to knit or crochet, and do you like cats?
On Wednesday, Jan. 16, drop in at 1 p.m. on CatKnits at the Carroll County Humane Society and bring your needlework. This animal-loving group of needle-workers meet to knit and crochet cat blankets, beds and toys that will stay with the cats, going home with them to their new adoptive homes.
All talent levels are welcome to join in. And if you enjoy the group you can plan to return. CatKnits meets the first and third Wednesday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m.. at the Humane Society, 2517 Littlestown Pike, in Westminster, just north of the airport.