Thumbs up: A pair of inaugural events are coming to Carroll County. One, the first-ever Westminster Film Festival, is a fresh addition to the Carroll entertainment landscape, and the other, the Relay for Life Carroll County, adopts a new approach for an event likely familiar to many locals. The festival, which starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, is open to local artists as well as others from Washington, D.C., Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania. “I've always seen Westminster as a kind of niche arts community, and kind of wanted to have this festival to bring that community out, bring them together,” the festival director, Ryan McNulty, told us. Especially for new filmmakers, the experience of seeing their work on the big screen can be exciting. We’re glad that this festival provides such an opportunity. Then, the Relay for Life will come to the Carroll County Agriculture Center on June 21, featuring a centralized approach and a particular focus on pediatric cancer. The fundraising event for cancer-fighting efforts will be the first in a new series in Carroll, a merger of the previously separate Westminster and Freedom Relay for Life events. It will also feature the first GoldTogether team in Carroll. Many people form teams to raise funds and then take turns walking around the track at Relay events, and GoldTogether teams agree to direct all the funds they raise toward pediatric cancer research, Vivienne Stearns-Elliott of the American Cancer Society told us. We have high hopes for this approach, and we urge all to consider supporting it.