It's difficult to think about spring while the white flaky signs of winter still are so fresh in our minds.
However, there is one activity this weekend that could provide families with the necessary incentive to get into the spirit of spring.
The Junior Woman's Club of Westminster will present its 15th annual Easter Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center on Washington Road in Westminster.
The public is invited to browse through an assortment of arts and crafts displayed by some 70 vendors from Maryland and the surrounding areas.
Ceramics, dried-flower arrangements, woodcrafts, stenciled clothing, jewelry and Easter candy are just some of the many handmade items that will be for sale.
A variety of homemade foods and desserts will be available.
Bring the children: A rabbit will hop around spreading early Easter greetings.
The Junior Woman's Club is requesting that adults make a $1 donation, which will buy a chance for a door prize. Children and senior citizens will not be asked to donate. All proceeds will benefit community services and charities in Carroll.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a shapeless piece of steel and pound it into a useful item?
Well, the Blacksmith Guild of Central Maryland would like to give interested individuals the opportunity to learn about blacksmithing.
An "Introduction to Blacksmithing" is the first of three training sessions, and begins this weekend at the Carroll County Farm Museum.
The session will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Albin Drzewianowski, a member of the guild, said the three-part workshop is designed to familiarize people with the trade.
"Our goal is to teach some basic blacksmithing techniques and, secondly, to teach individuals how to demonstrate blacksmithing the public in the blacksmith shop at the Farm Museum," he said.
Subsequent sessions -- "Fundamentals of Blacksmithing" and "Practical Blacksmithing" -- will be offered in June and October, respectively.
Mr. Drzewianowski said the guild may offer another introductory session in May if there is enough interest.
Mike Kaiser, president of the Blacksmith Guild of Central Maryland, will teach all three sessions.
The cost of each session is $25. Participants must be 18 or older.
Bear Branch needs you!
The Bear Branch Nature Center at the Hashawa Environmental Appreciation Center off Route 97 in Westminster is looking for a few good folks to lend a hand with projects from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Westminster High School teachers Judy Geiman, Barry Weidner and guidance counselor Catherine Myers will present the third and final discussion on teen sexuality in the school's Media Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Topics to be discussed include: strategies for talking with your teen about sexuality, decision-making and communication skills.
The discussion is open to all county parents.