It seems that Eldersburg is growing by leaps and bounds, and Holy Spirit Lutheran Church is no exception.
The church recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction on a 6,500-square-foot multipurpose building.
Representatives from three of the church's charter families participated, along with some of the church's newest members.
The building is expected to be completed next winter.
The Freedom Optimist fall soccer program also is anticipating growth this year. The league accommodated nearly 1,700 players in 1994 and expects even more in 1995.
Registration for the fall season will be held Saturday and June 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Freedom Community Center on Route 32, south of Liberty Road.
Boys and girls in kindergarten through high school are eligible to play on recreational teams. Travel teams are offered at most ages for players who want a higher level of competition.
Cost is $40 for the first child, $35 for the second and $25 for each additional child per family. A $10 late fee will be charged those registering after June 17.
For more information, call the Soccer Line: 795-7697.
Walking is on its way to becoming the preferred means of getting in shape and staying that way. It's good for all ages and is easier on the joints than jogging.
Carroll County Piedmont Pacers are sponsoring a night walk, rain or shine, Thursday, in Sykesville.
Walkers may begin the 10K walk anytime between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Sykesville business district parking lot, behind Main Street at Oklahoma Road. The trail will be clearly marked and will wind through Millard Cooper Park and the new Freedom Park.
The trail rating for this walk is 2, mostly paved with approximately three kilometers of natural surface. It is not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.
For more information, contact Chuck Merkel at 795-7855.
The Town House on the hill overlooking Sykesville's Main Street will be the site for the town's 12th annual Old-Fashioned Strawberry and Ice Cream Festival on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The sale of strawberry sundaes, shortcake, lemonade and fresh local berries on the veranda of the historic Town House will benefit historic preservation projects in Sykesville.
Guides will provide tours of the elegant house, which was built about 1880. On display will be the Historic District Commission's collection of artifacts, documents and antiques.
The town gazebo will be filled with the sounds of bluegrass and country-western music from Stringband America. The Sykesville & Patapsco Railway model railroaders club will display Lionel and HO trains in the old Pullman car on Oklahoma Road, also from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The festival will be held rain or shine. Information: 795-7728 or 795-8511.
Freedom Area Recreation Council is beginning a new program -- Liberty Girls Lacrosse Camp.
The camp is scheduled from July 17 to July 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Girls entering grades four through nine are eligible.
The camp will offer girls the chance to sharpen their skills through daily lectures, demonstrations, individualized instruction, scrimmages and small group games.
The cost is $75 per camper (includes T-shirt, mouth guard and ball).
Registration forms are available in the Eldersburg library. Information: 549-6296.
Students from Gauthier Music Studio in Eldersburg played hosts for the annual Honors Recital on Saturday at Wesley-Freedom United Methodist Church.
Thirty-seven students entertained family and friends and received end-of-the-year awards from teacher Carole Gauthier.
All of Mrs. Gauthier's students participated in programs sponsored by the Maryland State Music Teachers Association and the Carroll County Music Teachers Association.
Several studio awards were presented in various categories. Leslie Dragan was the winner of the "Practice Makes Perfect" award. Winners of the "Songs in My Heart" award were: Anna Pobletts, Andrea Dragan, Cassie Seale, Chris Feroli, Stephanie Seale and Leslie Dragan.
A computer award called "How High Can You Go" was awarded to Kelly Hayeslip and Elise Major. Kelly Hayeslip and Caitlin Eubank shared first prize as the Student Musician of the Year, with Katie Miller and Michele Maxson placing second and third respectively. Shannon Wilson was the winner of the "Taking Off" contest drawing.