Thumbs up: A crowd of more than 150 people, carrying signs that read "Break the Silence," "Love Should Not Hurt" and "Put Yourself in Her Shoes," walked through downtown Westminster April 11 to raise awareness about issues of sexual assault and rape, for the seventh annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence event. Men were encouraged to wear women's shoes, such as high heels, to draw attention to the cause. The event raises funds for Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County, a nonprofit that provides free counseling and support services to victims of sexual assault and their families.

Thumbs up: Century High School senior Emily Heintz was one of 17 students from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., who recently completed the 10-week 2014-2015 High School Seminar at the National Gallery of Art in the nation's capital. In the seminar, students use the collection — which boasts master works by artists such as Vincent van Gogh, El Greco and Leonardo da Vinci — as a resource to study art history and art-making techniques. Participants learn to interpret art through observation, in-gallery group discussions and personal reflection. Heintz, 18, of Sykesville, said in addition to being around the artworks regularly, she was shown how to look at pieces thematically and how to ask the right kinds of questions when analyzing art.

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Thumbs up: Jack and Jim, a pair of 3-year-old Devon oxen, are the latest edition to the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster -- making their deubt this weekend -- and will help demonstrate what farm life was like in the era of the museum's 1790s Hoff Memorial Barn. The two oxen were donated by the museum's Hoff Barn Committee. Bob Jones, chairman of the committee, said a good share of farm work in Carroll was done with oxen in the 1790s. While the oxen will be on site until October — they will be taken to a Carroll farm for the winter before returning in the spring — this weekend is the only scheduled demonstration so far.

Thumbs up: Elmer Wolfe Elementary School first-graders and teacher Carlie Flanders received a surprise on Wednesday when what they expected to be a Skype video chat call from a producer of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" ended up being a call from Ellen herself. DeGeneres dubbed Flanders a "hero teacher" and Flanders received $10,000 from Shutterfly and students won $20,000 for the school for answering a set of questions. The segment aired on the Thursday, April 16 edition of the show.

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