At Charles Carroll Elementary School in Union Mills, everything is coming up roses -- and trees, plants and shrubs, too!
Last Monday, all 79 members of three fifth-grade classes at the school took part in a ceremony to kick off an outdoor beautification project that will continue through the remainder of the school year.
With the help of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. foresters Tom Young and Tom Mayer, the youngsters planted a dozen Snowdrift crab apple trees in front of the school.
The trees were donated by BG&E.;
Charles Carroll principal Robert Bruce said the beautification project will start this year and will continue as an activity for the school's 412 students.
"This beautification project will go on beyond this year," said Mr. Bruce. "It's sort of a responsibility-building activity that I thought would give the kids an opportunity to have more responsibility and take pride in their school."
Parents will be participating in the project; their help is needed to till the designated ground before planting can take place.
Mr. Bruce said all grade levels have been assigned a plot of land on the school grounds where they will plant flowers, trees or shrubs.
"Actually each class is creating their own design for their specific area," Mr. Bruce said. "By calling nurseries, looking at books and through speakers coming to the school, the children are finding out what will best grow in their plot."
This Friday, senior citizens and their families from all over the state will join in the Community Jubilee, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster.
The Jubilee is sponsored by Carroll County's Bureau of Aging and is being held to celebrate Older Americans Month, as well as the 50th anniversary of the establishment of senior citizen centers in the United States.
A variety of entertainment has been planned, including performances by the Old Line Statesmen Chorus, the Retiree String Band from the North Carroll Senior Center and the Westminster Lunch Bunch Arm Chair Aerobics group.
There will also be a tap dancing demonstration, line dancing, tours of the Farm Museum, bingo, a white elephant sale and food tables.
The special guest will be Orioles announcer Rex Barney, whose duties will include master of ceremonies.
Admission is $1 for ages 12 and above. Ages 11 and under will be admitted free.
Information: Brenda Lerner at 848-4049.
The Carroll County ARC will sponsor the annual Ride a Bike for the Retarded on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. at the CCARC building on Kriders Church Road in Westminster.
Registration will begin at noon and riders will be able to choose between a 3.5-mile or 10-mile route.
All money collected from pledges will benefit the continuation of programs sponsored by the association.
CCARC is a nonprofit organization committed to obtaining for citizens with developmental disabilities the opportunity to live and work in the community and become active members in society.
Prizes will be awarded based on sponsorship money collected and returned to ARC by June 21.
Registration forms can be obtained by contacting the ARC. Rain date is May 23.