Central Carroll: Superheroes called to support Montessori School of Westminster at 5K and fun run

Participants in the 2018 Superhero Festival to support the Montessori School of Westminster.
Participants in the 2018 Superhero Festival to support the Montessori School of Westminster. (Courtesy photo)

Superheroes are an important part of our lives, and sometimes you have to celebrate that.

The fourth annual Superhero Festival, with a 5K Race & Family Fun Run, will take place on Saturday, May 4, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Montessori School of Westminster.


We were looking for some way to celebrate superheroes,” said Shannin Sheasby, events manager at the Montessori School. “Not just comic book superheroes but heroes in real life. During this month, our students talk about Ann Frank and Martin Luther King and firefighters and health care workers and others. This is a way to celebrate them and involve the community. We have a 126-acre campus, and this takes advantage of that as well.”

Registration for the run/walk includes access to all festival attractions, including face painting, balloon artistry by Wonder Woman, superhero caricatures, face painting, superhero crafts, superhero hair design, a balloon artist, a petting zoo, yard games, a superhero store, demos by Carroll Gymnastics and a live Superhero Street Band.


Look for two DJs, a silent auction, shopping in the Vendor Village and plenty of food available for purchase, including food donated by Subway. There will be sandwiches, hot dogs and baked goods, as well as delicious fare from local food truck It's All Good!

According to Sheasby, 230 people turned out last year. She’s looking to see about 300 this year, after doing more outreach to the public.

From April 20 until noon May 3, the cost to register for the 5K Race & half-mile Family Fun Run is $35. It will be $40 on the day of event. The Fun Run alone costs $15. Children younger than 2 years old participate free

The 5K race — officially chip-timed by Racine MultiSports — features prizes for top male and female race finishers in various age groups, medals, and bottled water and post-race snacks. In addition to a medal and a prize for their age group, there will be a cash prize for the top three overall finishers: $75 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place.

Sheasby talked about the run route.

“The 5K goes down Montessori Drive, turns right onto Hughes Shop Road, then left on Baugher Road. About three-quarters of the way down that road there is a turn and they come back the same route,” she said.

The festival, run and all the fun is a fundraiser for the school.

“We are a nonprofit, so money raised goes toward our annual fund, to help offset the gap between tuition and operating expenses, and for special programs like foreign language, arts, music and environmental education,” Sheasby said.

For more information about this event, call the school at 410-848-6283 or email sheasby@themsw.org. Learn more online at https://runsignup.com/superherofestival.

“If you can picture kids young and old dressed as comic and real-life superheroes just having a blast, that’s our Superhero Festival,” Sheasby said. “It’s awesome family fun with a little dose of healthy fitness thrown in for the whole community to enjoy!”

The Montessori School is at 1055 Montessori Drive in Westminster.

Church BBQ

Jerusalem Lutheran Church will hold a Chicken BBQ on Saturday, May 4, beginning at 11 a.m.


The $10 cost includes a half of a barbequed chicken from Brewer's Market, coleslaw, baked potato, roll with butter, and bottled water or soda.

Look for eat-in or carryout meals with baked goods also available for purchase.

Jerusalem Lutheran Church is at 1372 Bachmans Valley Road in Westminster.

For more information, call 410-848-4290.

Gospel Choir to perform at McDaniel College

Under the direction of music lecturer Shelley Ensor, the McDaniel College Gospel Choir will perform traditional and contemporary gospel music, as well as spiritual songs, on Saturday, May 11, beginning at 2 p.m. inside WMC Alumni Hall at McDaniel College.

In this free concert, the McDaniel College Gospel Choir will demonstrate the bluesy sound, dominant vocals and strong use of harmony that gospel music has been known for since the early 17th century.

Of this spring’s concert, Ensor said, “Our theme is based around acceptance. We are singing a couple of numbers that speak to how it is okay to be different (“This is Me” and “We Are the World”) and that our differences are what make us special.”

McDaniel College is at 2 College Hill in Westminster. For more information, call 410-857-2599 or visit them online at https://calendar.mcdaniel.edu and click on May 11 on the calendar.

Everybody's Quilt Guild’s Annual Quilt Bingo

If you love hand-quilted items, here’s a bingo for you. With miniature quilts and quilted bag prizes, Everybody’s Quilt Guild is hosting its annual Quilt Bingo on Saturday, May 11, inside the Pleasant Valley fire company social hall, at 2030 Pleasant Valley Road.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and bingo begins at 7 p.m. Look for raffles and door prizes, too. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Tickets to the bingo cost $20 at the door or $18 in advance. Proceeds of the bingo will go toward the Guild’s Textile Arts Scholarship Fund, a scholarship that is not just for quilters, but for any Carroll County student going into any kind of fashion or textile career.

Everybody’s Quilt Guild welcomes new members. They meet the first and third Wednesday monthly, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Ascension Episcopal Church, at 23 N. Court St. in Westminster.

For tickets to the bingo or more information, contact Luray Rill at 410-596-5369 or follow them on Facebook at Everybody's Quilt Guild.

Job Fair

If you’re looking for a fresh start, a better job, or a new career choice visit the Carroll County Business/Employment Resource Center’s Spring Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, May 2 at 224 N. Center St. in Westminster.

Job seekers will have the opportunity to speak with over 28 representatives from local businesses with openings in a variety of industries. Personnel will be present to answer questions and provide assistance. BERC will also offer a resume workshop and resume critiques prior to the job fair.

Denise Rickell, BERC manager, said they have been hosting job fairs for at least 20 years.

“BERC’s spring job fair is an excellent opportunity to actually meet and speak with representatives from at least 28 local businesses in one location,” Rickell said. “Make a great first impression or even receive a job offer on the spot. Also, while you are at BERC, browse the job boards where you will find hundreds more local job openings.”

Check out all BERC has to offer, from job search assistance to recruitment assistance for businesses. As an American Job Center, they also offer resources like computers, telephones, fax machines and staff ready to assist.

Call 410-386-2820 to register. BERC is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reach them at 410-386-2820 or info@carrollworks.com.

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