The week ahead: Transit of Mercury, budget meetings, folk performance

The week ahead: Transit of Mercury, budget meetings, folk performance
Frank Roelke, Tony DeLuca of A.J. DeLuca Contractors, and Park Operations Coordinator Dawn Harry, look at old pictures of the original observatory outside the Blaine F. Roelke Memorial Observatory at Bear Branch Nature Center in Westminster Thursday, August 20, 2015. The grand opening of the observatory, which features a 14-inch telescope, will be Saturday. (DYLAN SLAGLE/CARROLL COUNTY TIMES)

Astronomical Society helping with viewing transit of Mercury

On Monday, the planet Mercury will transit the face of the sun, between 7:12 am. and 2:42 p.m., crossing between earthbound observers and our sun.


This rare astronomical event can only be safely observed directly through a telescope with a properly fitted solar filter. The Westminster Astronomical Society will have just this type of equipment set up and numerous locations around Carroll County to enable the public to catch this stellar event: The next transits of Mercury will not take place until Nov. 11, 2019, and then Nov. 13, 2032.

Members of the astronomy club will have filtered telescopes set up at the following locations and times: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. at Charlotte's Quest Nature Center; 7 a.m.-3 p.m. at Soldier's Delight Overlook; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Westminster branch of Carroll County Public Library; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Finksburg branch library; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Mount Airy branch library; 7 a.m.-3 p.m. at Taneytown library branch; 7 a.m.-3 p.m. at Eldersburg branch library; and time to be determined at North Carroll branch library and Bear Branch Nature Center.

— Jon Kelvey

County to hold meetings about proposed budget

Carroll County residents will have the opportunity this week to hear from staff about the county's proposed fiscal year 2017 budget.

The county will host community budget meetings at the Carroll County Public Library branches in Taneytown — on Monday at 7 p.m. — and Hampstead — on Tuesday at 7 p.m. — and at the County Office Building, at 225 N. Center St. in Westminster, on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

At a public hearing, on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Carroll Community College's Scott Center, Carroll residents will be invited to address the commissioners directly with budget concerns or comments.

— Heather Norris

Arts Center to host folk group Shenandoah Run

The Carroll Arts Center will host a performance by nine-piece contemporary folk group Shenandoah Run, starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14.

The concert will feature performances of folk music from the 1960s in the style of The New Christy Minstrels.

Tickets are $16 for adults, and $13 for Carroll County Arts Council members, children 18 and younger, and seniors older than 60. For tickets or more information, visit www.carrollartscenter.org or call 410-858-7272.

— Jacob deNobel