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Rec Council more than just sports and fitness

The Freedom Area Recreation Council is more than just fitness and youth sports. The arts are a major part of the rec council's offerings.

The Freedom Area Recreation Council is sponsoring a class in ceramics for six Tuesday evenings at the South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

The class will run from Oct. 16 through Nov. 30, not meeting on Thanksgiving week.

If you want to learn ceramics from an experienced teacher, this is the place to do it. Esther Matulonis, the instructor, has been teaching ceramics and pottery for 38 years for Carroll Community College and its earlier incarnations.

As for this ceramics class, Matulonis said, "I've taught this project about 22 years. I'm now teaching the children of the people I started with. It gives the families a chance to interact."

This session is focused on a seasonal theme. The projects include a container with fall leaves, a piggy bank, an antique Santa warming his hands, two ornaments with crabs to honor Maryland, and a Christmas tree and base with lights and snow.

Five classes will each be devoted to one project. The final class will be devoted to finishing up projects or to catch up on projects missed due to absence.

The class costs $25 per person at registration. For each class with a new project, you pay the instructor the project fee, which is $6, except for the tree and Santa, which are $10 due to the price of the lighting kits.

Registration forms for the Freedom Area Recreation Council are available at the Eldersburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library or at http://www.freedomarearec.com. The class is limited to 20 students, so don't delay on your registration.

Any children younger than 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Matulonis said, "They need to be at least 6 years old and have good motor skills and can sit still for two hours."

If you want to find out more about the class, you can call Matulonis at 410-795-0267. The South Carroll Senior and Community Center is located at 5928 Mineral Hill Road in Eldersburg.

Just for kicks

It's time for the Soccer Challenge! From 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, boys and girls ages 10 to 14 can compete within their age groups in soccer-related drills.

The Soccer Challenge will happen on multi-purpose field No. 3 in Freedom Park, across from the Snack Shack. Registration is free and is done at the event.

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Knights of Columbus Council No. 7612, in conjunction with Freedom Optimist Soccer and the Freedom Area Recreation Council, is hosting this event.

The winners will be eligible for local, district and state competitions, and all participants will receive recognition of their skills.

For more information on the Soccer Challenge, you can call Alec Kerr at 410-795-5538. Freedom Park is located off of Raincliffe Road in Sykesville.

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Crab Feast in Sykesville

Sykesville American Legion Post 223 will be holding its annual Crab Feast from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.

You can feast on fine food, and from 8 p.m. until midnight, you can listen to the music played by DJ Mike Jarema and continue to enjoy the open bar.

Any crab feast features steamed crabs, of course. This feast will also include fried chicken, baked ham, whipped potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, cole slaw, rolls with butter and dessert.

Tickets are $40 per person, and tickets should be purchased by Friday, Oct. 12. To get tickets, call the post at 410-795-7242 or stop by the post to pick them up.

The Sykesville American Legion Post 223 is located at 7327 Slacks Road in Sykesville.

Nancy McKenzie covers Berrett, Eldersburg, Flohrville, Gaither, Gist, Johnsville, Louisville, Marriottsville and Sykesville.

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