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Bear Branch center to unveil carved bear

Bear Branch Nature Center will unveil the Carroll Carvers' six-foot-tall carved bear outside the nature center at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The name of the bear will be selected and announced from the entries in the "Name the Bear" contest. The bird display case in the center also will be dedicated. Refreshments will be served.

The center also will offer a program on bird banding from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, in which visitors can join local bird banders in netting and banding birds.

The program is free and open to all ages. Registration is required.

On Oct. 30 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., the center will have an Indian camp fire program on a full-moon night before Halloween. Participants will hike through the dark to the camp fire ring for Indian legends and songs.

The Indian camp fire is for ages 7 years and up, and space is limited. Registration is $3 for individuals or $8 per family for nature center members, or $4 per person or $10 per family for nonmembers and must be paid in advance.

Registration: 848-2517.

Multicultural group has children's day

The Multicultural Fellowship Group of Westminster is sponsoring a children's party in observance of United Nations Children's Day in October.

"Children Around the World" will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Union Memorial Baptist Church, 160 Center St. Activities will include games and dances from other lands, a children's drama on prejudice performed by the B'ahai children's class of Westminster, a hands-on craft project and refreshments.

Information: 374-9631 or 876-3565.

Caspian Soccer tryouts are Sunday

The Caspian Soccer Club will have tryouts for its 1993-1994 under 18 indoor soccer program from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Friendship Valley Elementary School, 1100 Gist Road, Westminster.

The Caspian Soccer Club was founded in 1992 and is coached by Mohmood Ebrahimzadeh, a former professional soccer player with international experience.

The 1993 soccer club entered three teams in the Gothia Cup in Goteborg, Sweden. Future plans include a soccer camp in Germany and the Holland Cup.

Players selected for the team must pay a $250 fee that includes at least 40 hours of indoor practice and instruction in the new indoor facility on Route 97 in Westminster, jerseys, referee fees and a 10-game schedule.

Practices are every Tuesday and Thursday Nov. 1 through March 31, plus games. Only serious athletes are sought.

Information: 876-4727.

Christian educators debate world's ways

The Christian Educators Association of Carroll County will present a forum on "Chance or Design?" by Robert C. Newman and Perry G. Phillips at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Liberty Church of Maryland.

The forum will explore whether the universe owes its structure to blind, impersonal forces or if it is a product of design. The speakers will look at modern results in cosmology, at the "fine-tuning" in the basic forces known to science, at Earth's environment and evidences of apparent design in biological organisms.

Explanations proposed for these phenomena will be discussed.

Mr. Newman is a professor of the New Testament at Biblical Theological Seminary and director of Interdisciplinary Biblical Research Institute. Mr. Phillips is a staff physicist at Beecomist Systems and Kutzner Manufacturing Co. and a fellow of Interdisciplinary Biblical Research Institute.

The church is on Stone Chapel Road, half a mile of of Route 27 near Westminster. Information: 876-9729.

Commissioner Dell appointed to NACo

Carroll County Commissioner Donald Dell recently was appointed a member of the National Association of Counties' Agriculture and Rural Affairs Steering Committee.

Mr. Dell, who runs a 400-acre family farm and operates a total of 900 acres, has served the Carroll County Farm Bureau as president and represented the county in the Maryland State Farm Bureau.

NACo's 13 steering committees form the policy-making arm of county government. Each committee is composed of 50 to 60 county officials who meet during the year to examine issues critical to local government.

The committees' recommendations on county legislative goals are presented to the nation's county officials at NACo's annual conference.

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