Action seems to be the buzz word this week at the southern end of the county.
I sprang into action this week on the home front when my husband and I finally granted a longtime wish of our middle son. This boy has asked for a puppy every birthday and Christmas almost from the time he could talk.
With his ninth birthday approaching, son No. 2 got his wish -- a beautiful beagle puppy, which we have named Ginger.
So far, Ginger has our household running in circles as we try to keep track of her and the three boys try to anticipate her every wish. I know that as we all become better acquainted, life will get back to normal. I hope that's soon.
The Freedom Area Recreation Council is most certainly a group of action, offering all kinds of camps and classes for all ages throughout the spring and into the summer. I will be keeping readers up to date on registrations as they approach. A few of the programs will begin soon, so mark your calendars to participate.
A family bus trip to King's Dominion is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 15. The bus will depart from a not-yet-determined Eldersburg location and deliver families to the Virginia theme park for a day of fun and family togetherness. The cost is $33.50 per person, which includes transportation, admission and driver's gratuity. Early sign-ups are encouraged. Contact Pam Short at 549-6296 for more information or to reserve your seat.
The Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor its Volunteer Appreciation Day June 4 at Piney Run Park, beginning at noon.
The Freedom Area Rec Council has numerous volunteers who provide the backbone for its programs. The Volunteer Appreciation Day is one way of acknowledging their efforts.
There will be a Caribbean flavor to the day, which will feature free park admission, entertainment, refreshments and other family events. Call 549-6296 for more information.
Ceramics enthusiasts will want to participate in the Spring "Make It, Take It" classes sponsored by the council. Each class will feature a different type of ceramic piece to be completed in the session.
Participants may enjoy working on such items as a Mother's Day planter, a jewelry box, a door or wall decoration, an outdoor garden piece, gingerbread cookies, and birdhouse salt and pepper shakers.
Classes, which begin April 18, will be in the art room at Freedom Elementary School from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $20 for registration, plus a $10 material fee for each class. Participants are committed to all six classes. For registration and information, contact Esther Matulonis at 781-4653.
If your home maintenance technique could use improvement, check out the new class offered by Tony Matulonis on maintenance, inspection and corrections on your home from the roof to the foundation. The class will focus on safety. Additional class topics will be dictated by student interest.
The classes will be at Sykesville Middle School from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. beginning April 19. The cost will be $5 per class. Call Mr. Matulonis at 781-4653 for information and registration.
The Korean martial art known as tae kwon do helps develop confidence, self-defense, discipline, courtesy and self-control.
Coed classes in tae kwon do and in Filipino stick fighting, called arnis, will be offered Mondays in the Community Room at Carrolltown Center beginning Monday. Classes for children ages are from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Those for people ages 13 to adult are scheduled for 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sykesville Middle School will be the site for classes for ages 7-12, from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and ages 13 to adult, 7:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The cost is $25 for once-a-week attendance, $39 for twice weekly and $49 for three classes per week. The course length is 10 weeks. To register, call Allen Evans at 795-0711 after 3 p.m.
Girl Scout Troop 658 has set its sights on a trip to Savannah, Ga., to visit the birthplace of Juliette Low, founder of Girl Scouts of America. To raise money for the trip, the girls will sponsor TC sock hop every month.
This month's hop will be Thursday -- there's no school the next day! -- at the Freedom Community Center from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for students in grades four through seven.
The cost is $3 per person. Information: Terry Brown, 795-1421.
Now is the time to reserve your space at the Freedom District Lions Club's annual flea market and craft show. The show will be on the grounds of the Freedom-District Fire Department from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 29.
Space can be reserved for $15 by calling 857-5362.
The Pervasive Developmental Disorder Support Group will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church. This month's guest speaker will be Laura Siens from the Sunrise Program. Call 549-1180 for more information.
Saturday is your last chance to hop over to Carrolltown Center for a photo with the Easter Bunny. The photos, 99 cents each, will be taken from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. in the mall's center court.