The Carroll County Women's Fair could draw its largest crowd yet with a well-known keynote speaker and a variety of workshops that appeal to teen-agers, organizers said.
The third annual daylong fair will be April 2 at Carroll Community College.
The keynote speaker will be Diane Rehm, host and executive producer of a talk radio show from 10 a.m. to noon weekdays on WAMU-FM (88.5). Ms. Rehm has been doing the show for 15 years and announced this month that it would be broadcast nationally beginning in May.
Guests on her show have included Vice President Al Gore, former President Jimmy Carter, choreographer Twyla Tharp, journalist Bill Moyers and poet Maya Angelou.
In 1992, Ms. Rehm received an honorary doctorate in journalism from Western Maryland College; in 1994, she was elected to the school's board of trustees.
Cheri Jenkins, vice chair of the fair's executive board, said organizers have received calls from people, some as far away as Virginia, who want to attend the fair just to hear Ms. Rehm speak.
"We mention the name, and a lot of people perk up and say, 'She's wonderful,' " Ms. Jenkins said.
Ms. Rehm will speak about her work and experiences from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Organizers hope to draw as many as 600 people this year, Ms. Jenkins said. About 450 attended last year. Men are welcome.
The goals of the Women's Fair are to bring women together to promote networking, provide information, encourage leadership and promote equality.
The executive board also focuses on education. Members speak to teen-agers in Maryland's Tomorrow, a program for students at risk to drop out of high school, and offer an annual scholarship to a female student at Carroll Community College.
This year, fair organizers included a number of workshops aimed at teen-agers, Ms. Jenkins said. These include sessions on suicide prevention, living on your own and preparing for job interviews. Other workshops are called "Virginity is Not a Dirty Word. How To Say No" and "Is it Love or Is it an Addiction?"
Workshops drawing the most preregistration interest include Tai Chi, an ancient form of Chinese meditation; starting a home-based business; and alternative health care, including acupuncture and massage.
More active workshops will include country line dancing and creating designs on T-shirts with paint and fabric, Ms. Jenkins said.
Also new at the fair this year is a sign-up for a mammogram April 28. Organizers arranged for the University of Maryland Mammogram Mobile Van to visit Carroll Community College that day, board member Ruth Reagan said.
The cost to attend the fair is $5. Lunch will be available for $5, but it must be paid in advance.
Information: 875-2267, 795-5018 or 848-2528.