Central Carroll roundup: Youth Night at the Y

DYLAN SLAGLE/STAFF PHOTO The Hill Family Center Y in Westminster hosts a Youth Night, held on the first Saturday of each month, when children ages 3 to 7 and ages 8 to 14 meet in separate groups with planned activities.
DYLAN SLAGLE/STAFF PHOTO The Hill Family Center Y in Westminster hosts a Youth Night, held on the first Saturday of each month, when children ages 3 to 7 and ages 8 to 14 meet in separate groups with planned activities. (DYLAN SLAGLE/Carroll County Times)

The Hill Family Center Y in Westminster offers a good time for kids at their Youth Night, held on the first Saturday of each month. What a great opportunity for kids to have a good time while parents have a night out together!

Karen Farley, membership director at the Hill Family Center Y, said children ages 3 to 7 and children ages 8 to 14 meet in separate groups with planned activities gauged for each of the two age groups.


"Our big focus is on a healthier community," Farley said. "Kids need something to do in the evening and it gives mom and dad a chance to do errands or something fun out while the kids make new friends and have a good time. Kids often meet others from their school that they hadn't planned to meet and they become friends. Younger kids start to learn social skills.

"It's a good feeling for all of the kids. Our staff and associates who work or volunteer for the Y have a great time, too. They build a great rapport, and kids often ask to come back to see the staff."


The next Youth Night at Hill Family Center Y will be held on Saturday, July 1, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

With a fee of $8 per child, kids can enjoy swimming, group sports, Wii games and crafts, finding fun with others who are their same age. What a great way to meet friends and develop new relationships.

"For the younger children, we also have a movie, if they'd like to watch a movie instead," Farley said. "We just had "The Lorax". We try to get whatever has just been released, in the way of kid's movies."

Children who attend will also have an opportunity to share a bite to eat at an additional charge. They may choose pizza and a drink for $2 or an additional snack for 50 cents or 75 cents, depending on the snack.


Farley said, "There is extra water available for 50 cents a bottle or soda for 75 cents, too. We have packs of crackers or snacks like popcorn in a bag or cookies. We try not to do super sweet things like candy but we do have some fruit chews and we have bags of chips and things like that."

Farley said their Youth Night is for nonmembers as well as members, so no pre-registration is required. They like to meet the parents and children together when they come in.

"Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility are our four core values," she said. "We try to include them in everything we do."

The Y is located at 1719 Sykesville Road, just past Carroll Community College, Westminster.

For more information, call the Y at 410-848-3660.

Rock 'Round the Block Shellman birthday celebration

Having fun while absorbing a bit of Carroll County's illustrious history is a double win. Here's an opportunity to do just that.

The Historical Society of Carroll County (HSCC) invites the community to join them in commemorating the birthday of Carroll County activist Mary Shellman at a celebration to be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on July 9 behind the Kimmey and Shellman Houses, located at 210 East Main Street, Westminster.

HSCC commemorates Shellman annually, usually at a date that is close to her July 1, birthday. Best remembered for organizing the first Memorial Day Parade in 1868 in Westminster, this Carroll County activist — who resided in the Shellman house during the late 19th and early 20th centuries — is also remembered for aiding the American Red Cross during the great Johnstown Flood of 1889. Shellman was involved in numerous political movements, including the Civic League and the Women's Christian Temperance Union, helping to shape the future.

The Shellman Birthday Party will be reminiscent of early block parties. Block parties originated around World War I when neighborhoods came together to partake in singing patriotic songs and celebrating local neighbors who were leaving for the war. Block parties gained popularity during the 1970s morphing to become an opportunity to welcome new residents to a community.

Look for backyard games at this free "block party", with rockin' music by DJ John and yummy food. Frozen custard, and Italian ice will be available for purchase by the Taneytown Lions Club and The Cow. Guests will have an opportunity to play games like croquet and frisbee inside the colorful, blossoming Shipley Memorial Garden.

Celebrate Shellman's birthday as well as the arrival of summer while spending time with folks from your community. In recognition of their service HSCC volunteers may enjoy ice cream or frozen custard free of charge.

For more information, contact the Historical Society at 410.848.6494, ext. 205.

Annual Sunday School picnic

The community at large is invited to join members of Zion United Methodist Church for their 135th Annual Sunday School picnic on Saturday, July 8.

The picnic will feature fried chicken platters with a choice of vegetables or salads beginning at Noon. Other refreshments on sale will include a variety of sandwiches, Hoffman's ice cream, sodas and baked goods.

Children will find a fun time, too, with a moon bounce and other games available.

Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music. Entertainment begins at 1 p.m. with The Mosley Family and continues from 4 to 7 p.m. with The Salem Bottom Boys.

Zion's church picnics have been a summer tradition in the Village of Shipley since 1883, beginning a short time after the church was built. Fried chicken dinners or platters have always been a highlight of the event. Entertainment through the years has included speakers, bands, talent shows, country, gospel and bluegrass music. Join in the fun and find out what an old-fashioned church picnic is all about.

Zion United Methodist Church is located at 2716 Old Washington Road, just south of Westminster in the Village of Shipley.

For more information, call 410-848-9080.

Lois Szymanski covers Finksburg, Gamber, Pleasant Valley, Reese, Sandymount, Silver Run, Smallwood, Union Mills and Westminster. To contact her call 443-293-7811 or email loisszymanski@hotmail.com.

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