Central Carroll: TryVent — Get in Motion showcase set for Jan. 26 at TownMall

Central Carroll: TryVent — Get in Motion showcase set for Jan. 26 at TownMall
Fred Hecker makes his way over an obstacle in the inaugural TryVent wellness celebration sponsored by the Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County at McDaniel College, April 24, 2016. The TryVent — Get in Motion showcase is set for Saturday, Jan. 26 at TownMall of Westminster. (DYLAN SLAGLE/STAFF PHOTO / Carroll County Times)

You can fight the onslaught of winter weight by attending TryVent — Get in Motion, a showcase of physical activity and exercise on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the TownMall of Westminster.

The TryVent – Get in Motion showcase features seven 10-minute demo fitness classes that anyone can watch or participate in for free. Music will inspire movement in a variety of fun classes like Zumba, interval training, line dancing, kick-boxing and more.


The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County and Walk Carroll will host the event. Their Community Health Improvement Areas and Events Specialist, Skyla Ertter spoke of how Try-Vent began.

“The Partnership’s focus is on improving the community’s health and wellness,” she said. “A vital way to accomplish this is to advocate for physical activity. Our Advancing Health and Wellness Leadership Team received a suggestion from one of our walking groups to have a winter physical activity expo to support community members who want to get up and get in motion during the dreary days of winter.”

According to Ertter, the first “TryVent” began three years ago when The Partnership held an event focusing on a variety of warm-weather, outdoor activities.

“For this year’s TryVent, we are offering indoor activities that people can try to help them stay active all year round,” she said. “The importance of holding an event such as this is to bring awareness to the community on the different ways to engage in physical activity locally. Participating in physical activity does not have to be intimidating. Exercise can be enjoyable, stress-relieving and exciting. We want to show the community the importance of having a healthy view of physical activity.”

While you’re there, look for opportunities to win a prize — including Under Armour, Yeti and Gymshark products — and to pick up information about local resources to help you stay active year-round.

“I encourage residents to join us for a morning of fun and bring along their family, friends, and neighbors,” Ertter said.

The mall is located at 400 North Center Street, Westminster. The snow date for this event is Feb. 2. For more information visit or contact Skyla Ertter at 410-871-7648 or

Carroll County Chapter Maryland Writers’ Association Hosts Speaker

The Carroll County Chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association will host speaker Ally Machate at the Finksburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library from 1 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Writers who attend will learn how to get more book reviews and sell more books by properly listing and promoting their book during its first 30 days — a time period that Machate says is crucial.

Bestselling book collaborator, award-winning editor, and expert publishing consultant, Machate and her team at The Writer's Ally ( provide professional book editing, book marketing, and book publishing services for writers, agents and publishers. She founded the company in 1999 with a goal of supporting the many needs of up and coming authors.

“Writing is a lonely profession,” said Joelle Jarvis, president of the Carroll County Chapter of the Maryland Writers' Association (CCCMWA) “One of the purposes of CCCMWA is to provide mentors who inspire and motivate, and to serve as a forum for local writers to interact with one another. Our writers range in experience from beginners to published authors. If you write, you are a writer,” she said. “No need to be published. We welcome all.”

The Carroll County Chapter Maryland Writers’ Association offers a speaker from 1 to 3:15 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month at the Finksburg branch library. Each meeting is followed by refreshments and meet and greet time. The Association is involved in numerous writing activities, contests and publications year-round. Writers are invited to join and learn more.

“The meetings are designed to inspire and motivate, and to provide a fellowship for writers of all levels,” Jarvis said. “Joining the MWA, our sponsoring organization, is easy to do from their website at Membership is $40, and $30 for students.”

Teen After Hours Movie Night

A Teen After Hours Movie Night for ages 11 to 17 will be held at the Westminster branch library on Friday, February 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m.


Join the Teen Advisory Board for the movie, “Ready Player One,” which is rated PG-13. Adult services supervisor, Liz Jones said registration and permission slips are required and permission slips may be picked up at the library’s information desk.

Jones said the teen advisory board is a volunteer organization that meets on the first Monday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at the Westminster branch library.

“They help us plan teen programs at the branch,” she said. “And students can get service hours for attending those meetings.”

Movie nights offer teens a good time with peers in a safe environment. Snack foods like candy, chips, sodas and juice are offered to those who attend.

“February’s movie is a virtual reality sci-fi movie,” Jones said. “It was just in the theatres last year, about this time. Set in the future, the protagonist wins a video game contest inside this virtual reality environment.”

Register online at by clicking the calendar link, or the “Currently Registering” link. The Westminster branch library is located at 50 E. Main Street in Westminster.

For more information, call the library at 410-386-4490.