Symphonic strains, gospel sounds, keyboard notes and oldies but goodies will fill the air with music from all directions this week.

The Symphony Society of Carroll County presents the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Seaman and featuring Don-Suk Kangon violin, at 8 p.m. Thursday.

The BSO will perform selections from Brahms, Mendelssohn and Dvorak from the Westminster High School stage. Tickets are $15 for adultsand $3 for students.

The school is at 1225 Washington Road. Information: 848-2760.


If you like piano, treat yourself to a recital by students of David Kreider at Western Maryland College. Admission is free.

Hear the notes at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Levine Music Hall, Westminster. Information: 857-2599.


Also on Friday, the Carroll County Department of Social Services has an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event is part of the state Department of Human Resources "Maryland is Open" campaign across the state, to promote the important role of government in the public's lives.

The public will be able to view exhibits, ask questions about services and obtainfree literature at 10 Distillery Drive in Westminster. Information: 848-8880.


Dance and show your support for our troops in the Persian Gulf at Union Bridge Firehall on Locust Street Saturday.

Tickets are $15 per couple and include beer and set-ups. With the proceeds, the department will ship packages to the troops from the area.

"The Studabakers" will play your favorite tunes from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Information: 775-7422.


Take your choice of two shows, replete with gospel sounds, at 2 or 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road.

Bethesda and Zion United Methodist churches are sponsoring a Country Gospel Music Show. Advance tickets are $7 and $4 or $1 more at the door. Information: 795-1728.


If music isn't your thing, don't despair. How about country crafts andholiday decorations?

A Spring Craft Show opens Thursday at Cranberry Mall, Westminster and stays through Sunday, during the mall's regular hours. Information: 876-8870.


Or, drive down Route 140 to Reese Fire Hall where the Ladies Auxiliary is sponsoring the eighthannual Reese Spring and Easter Bazaar.

You'll fill all your holiday decorating needs as you shop through 61 spaces of arts and crafts.

Admission and parking are free. Refreshments will be available all day. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 848-7172.

*Get a legislative update at Martin's Westminster. Representative Beverly B. Byron, D-6th, speaks at the annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner, sponsored by the Carroll County Democratic Central Committee and Democratic Club, at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Tickets are $30 and reservations are required.

The hall is in 140 Village Shopping Center. Information: 848-0632.


Do you like winning numbers? Get your cards at the Sykesville Freedom District Fire Department sixth anniversary Bingo Party. You'll find anniversary specials, door prizes and gifts.

The doors open at 6:15 p.m. and gamesstart at 7:30 p.m. Fridays through March. The Fire Hall is at Route 32 and Freedom Avenue. Information: 795-9311.


Get down to business as Taneytown Chamber of Commerce sponsors its Business Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

More than 30 area businesses discuss products and services at Northwest Middle School, Trevanion Road.

Visitors are eligible for door prizes and admission is free. Information: 876-3787.


Enjoy a turkey and oyster dinner and help Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company's Ambulance Fund. Meals are $8 for adults and $4 for children and carry-outs are available for $8.50.

Serving begins at 2 p.m. at 1341 N. Main St. Information: 239-4280.

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