With the end of the baseball strike, America's love affair with baseball is flourishing once again. The newspapers are filled with news of the latest player trades, pitching prospects and team predictions.
There's surely no lack of enthusiasm for the game in Carroll County. Little League players are out in force all over the county.
Players, coaches and fans are enjoying the beautiful new fields on Raincliffe Road in Sykesville. The recently built fields are part of Freedom Park.
Readers in the southern end of the county should visit the park. The fields were well-planned and make good use of the land.
After years of using the well-loved ball fields on Obrecht Road -- where my entire family grew up playing ball -- the new fields are a dream come true.
Opening day for the Sykesville Community Baseball league is Saturday. Come visit the new Freedom Park and cheer for your favorite future major-leaguer.
Carrolltown Center will have its first Charity Benefit Baseball Card Show, Auction and Autograph Signing Saturday and Sunday.
The event will begin with a baseball card show sponsored by "Mr. Memorabilia" from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday in the mall's Center Court.
During mall hours both days, a silent auction will be held to benefit the National Negro League Ball Players Association. The auction will offer many items, including gift certificates, hotel accommodations and sports memorabilia.
There also will be a sports card and memorabilia auction Saturday and Sunday. Items will include Baltimore Colts football jerseys, sports card sets, comics, a sports pinball machine and autographed baseballs.
The Carroll County Men's Fast Pitch Softball League will have its first tournament of the season at Freedom Park from 10 a.m. until dark April 29 to 30. Men interested in joining the league are encouraged to contact Phil Pobletts at 549-6183.
The Men's South Carroll Athletic Association Slow Pitch Softball League is accepting team and individuals to play in the 1995 season, which begins Monday and continues through November. Contact Rick Estes at 875-0625 or Curt Weiss at 795-3686.
If baseball is not where your child's heart is, maybe one of the Freedom Area Rec Council's summer programs will spark interest.
A summer session of the popular Kidspeak French, for kids entering third through fifth grades, is scheduled June 26 to 30 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The course will consist of learning a basic French vocabulary of numbers, colors, family members and simple conversation through games and songs.
For information and registration, call Linda Powers at 549-1672. The class size is limited, and progressive classes will be offered in the fall.
Several aerobic programs for the younger set are accepting registration through Andrea Brandt, 795-3452.
The programs include "Move and Groove" for first- and second-graders, "Jiggle-N-Jump" for ages 4 and 5 and "Movin' with Mom" for ages 2 and 3 with mothers.
Registration forms are available at the Eldersburg branch library. Formal registration begins May 16.
Anglers can try their luck at the annual Early Bird fishing tournament from 6 a.m. to noon Saturday at Piney Run Park. Tagged fish are just waiting for the right bait.
Call the park at 795-3274 for a registration form.
Piney Run also is offering a two-part workshop with Ann Gearhart, an educator with the William Snyder Foundation for Animals. She will share her journal-making skills and rubber stamps as she guides participants in creating their own nature journals.
The program is scheduled for Sunday and April 30 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Nature Center. Fees are $5 for members, $8 for nonmembers. Information: 795-6043.
Parents of children who will enter kindergarten in September are reminded that county elementary schools will have registration next week.
Birth certificates, proof of immunization and proof of residency are required.
The deadline for the Mother of the Year contest sponsored by Carrolltown Center has been extended to April 26.
Elementary students still can pen a few words to nominate their mothers. Children should bring entries to their school office or to the management office at Carrolltown Center.