Tired of winter and longing for something to chase away the blues?

Patapsco River Publications Inc. has the perfect tonic for you. Join "Break up the Winter Blues" from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Longwell Armory in Westminster.

Mimes, clowns, stories and Mother Goose are all part of the family afternoon of fun. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children.

Mike Santos of WTTR will emcee the festivities. Make your bids at the silent auction. You could go home with Blast tickets, an autographed best-seller, or some original artwork, if your price is right.

Coffey Music will provide the music. Sweet treats, soda and coffee will be available. Cookie the Clown will paint your face or make you a balloon sculpture.

Proceeds will help finance the first annual publication of Prism, a literary and visual arts magazine. Information: 848-4418.


Wondering how to surprise your Valentine? You have many choices.

If your sweetheart is into jazz, join in the monthlyWestminster Jazz Jam, starting at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Westminster Inn, 5 S. Center St.

Tonight's gig features Derek Day Trio and Blake Cramer. This ear treat is free. Information: 876-9115.


If you are concerned with matters of the heart, stop in as Carroll County General Hospital offers information on its Cardiac RehabilitationProgram, blood pressure evaluations and risk factors from its booth at Cranberry Mall.

Bring your questions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the mall on North Center Street, Westminster. Information: 857-6741.


Pre-teens can get into the hearty spirit at a Valentine's Day Skate Party from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday at Sportsman's Hall, Upperco.

Admission is $4 and skate rental is another $1. Information: 857-2103.


How about some folk tunes? Try a Folk Cafe from 7:30 to11:30 p.m. Friday at the Westminster Riding Club, Colonial Avenue. Sponsored by the Parents, Teachers and Friends of St. John's Catholic School, the evening costs $6 per person and reservations are requested. Information: 848-1746.


If you have dragged your feet and missed Valentine's Day, don't worry. Several organizations will still be celebrating on Saturday.

Dine and dance as the American Legion Gold Star Post 191 has an oyster and bull roast from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. "Branded" provides the sounds. Tickets are $18 and reservations are requested.

The post is at 801 Prospect Road, Mount Airy. Information: 795-6239.

Treat your sweetheart to dinner as the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW 467 serve roast beef and shrimp from 6 to 8 p.m.

The first 50 ladies receive a free carnation. Dinner is $14 a couple and $8 a single. The place is Poole Road, Westminster. Information: 848-9888.

Want to step lively? Stillwater Band plays the music at a Sweetheart Dance, sponsored by the Auxiliary of Gamber Fire Departmentfrom 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Cost is $8 per person and includes beer andset-ups. Gamber Fire Hall is on Niner Road. Information: 795-8558.


Wait. There's more and more dancing around the county.

Manchester Volunteer Fire Department has hired two DJs to provide continuous music from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cost is $6 in advance or $7 at the door. Beer and set-ups are included.

Come to the Activities Building, York Street. Information: 239-6852.

If Winfield is closer to home, and you like old-time rock and roll, Big Cam and the Lifters have some tunes for you. The $10 per person tickets include beer and set-ups. Doors open from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at 1320 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield.

Proceeds benefit Winfield & Community Fire Co. Information:857-1128.


Still can't find the right present for the love ofyour life? How about dinner?

You can pass the pasta as Meadow Branch Church of the Brethren serves a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $4.50 for adults and $2.50 for children.

Thechurch is at the corner of Route 140 and Royer Road, Westminster. Information: 848-7478.

Or, join the Liberty Lionbackers for their annual Bull and Oyster Roast. Food will be served from 7 to 10 p.m. Then, the group Radio will provide the music from 8 p.m. to midnight.

The cost is $20 per person. Come to Sykesville-Freedom Fire Hall, Route 32. Information: 781-4952.

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