The JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra performed “Uptown Funk" during its Rockin’ the Cause 2015 benefit for Carroll County Special Olympics May 30 at Century High School auditorium. From left: front - John Marcellino on guitar, Joe “JoeyD” Dundore on saxophone, Joey Marcellino on saxophone and Joe Vincent on bass guitar; back Taylor Kaffl on drums, Logan Balch on trumpet, Carol Good on trumpet, Michael Good on trumpet and Michael Williams on saxophone.
The JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra performed “Uptown Funk" during its Rockin’ the Cause 2015 benefit for Carroll County Special Olympics May 30 at Century High School auditorium. From left: front - John Marcellino on guitar, Joe “JoeyD” Dundore on saxophone, Joey Marcellino on saxophone and Joe Vincent on bass guitar; back Taylor Kaffl on drums, Logan Balch on trumpet, Carol Good on trumpet, Michael Good on trumpet and Michael Williams on saxophone. (Submitted photo by Mort Shuman)

If you've been waiting to hear the JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra, don't wait any longer. The band will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. July 10 at Sykesville's Millard Cooper Park.

The band will be playing its blend of rock, pop, Motown and jazz for the concert.

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"It's part of the concert series that the Town of Sykesville puts on," said Edie Lee, vice president of the orchestra's board of directors. "This is our only summer gig."

Bring along your lawn chairs or blankets to stake out a space to listen to the band. The show is suitable for the whole family and it's free.

You can bring along your own snacks and drinks, or you can visit the park's snack bar to buy hot dogs, nachos, Hoffman's ice cream, popcorn, candy and drinks. No alcoholic beverages or pets are allowed at the concert.

Don't worry about parking. Handicap-accessible parking is available in the park, and there's plenty of parking for everyone else at Sykesville Middle School just across the street.

The JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra has about 30 performers on stage, with a stage crew of five to 10 people.

"We are going to pull out some of the lighting effects for this show," Lee said. "We will sometimes hand out our merchandise in the crowd."

The goal is for everyone to have a good time. "We try to get everyone involved," said Lee. "We try to keep it interactive."

Even though the JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra won't be taking the stage again until the fall, the group practices year-round. The orchestra is open to musicians from seventh grade to adults.

"We recruit all year-round," Lee said. "Performers are welcome to join as a junior musician. Once they're familiar with the music, they're welcome to audition for the performing orchestra."

For more information about the concert, call the Town of Sykesville at 410-795-8959 or check out the Sykesville Main Street webpage at http://www.sykesvillemainstreet.com/events/.

Millard Cooper Park is at 7252 Cooper Drive, Sykesville.

To learn more about the JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra or becoming a member, visit http://www.JDCRockOrchestra.org. You can also email JoeyD@JDCRockOrchestra.org or leave a voice message at 410-549-6296, mailbox 6.

Garden goodies

The Eldersburg branch of Carroll County Public Library is expanding From Our Table to Yours: Share, Swap, and Take! for 2015.

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This year, the program is running from Thursday through Saturday, every week through Sept. 26.

If this year's rain is helping your garden produce an overabundance of fresh vegetables, this is a chance to share with others or swap things for something else that you don't grow. If you don't have a garden, you can stop by to see what your neighbors can spare.

The library will have a table set up in the lobby especially for the produce. You are welcome to stop by and check it out — taking what you can use and sharing as you can — during library hours on those days of the week.

For additional information, call the Eldersburg library at 410-386-4460.

The library is at 6400 W. Hemlock Drive, Eldersburg.

Super Con Lock-In

Have you ever dreamed of attending one of the big science fiction/fantasy conventions? If you're between the ages of 11 and 17, you can get a taste of that experience right here in Carroll County.

The Mount Airy branch of Carroll County Public Library is holding a Teen Super Con Lock-In after hours at the library on July 10. The evening begins at 6 and runs until parent pickup at 8.

Teen Super Con Lock-In will let you celebrate superheroes and all things geeky. Library-appropriate costumes are encouraged, and refreshments will be served.

Participants can play games, make super-hero accessories and take a photo with the library's photo-booth backdrop. They should bring along a T-shirt to refashion into something new.

Registration is required for the Teen Super Con Lock-In. Only youth participants need to register; parents will be responsible for dropping off their children and signing them out at pickup time.

To get more information or to register, call the Mount Airy library at 410-386-4470 or 301-829-5290. You can also register online at library.carr.org.

The library is at 705 Ridge Ave., Mount Airy.

Nancy McKenzie covers Eldersburg, Mount Airy, Sykesville and neighboring communities. Contact her at mckenzietimes@comcast.net or call 410-848-2260 and leave a message.

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