THIS WEEKEND you can walk into a scene that looks like the inside of a Christmas snow globe when you attend "Christmas in the Valley" at Pleasant Valley Fire Department.
The train garden will be up and running, full steam ahead, with five trains and a fully operational HO-scale racetrack.
The garden will include scenic mountains and towns nestled in ** valleys. What an opportunity for children and adults alike to get in the holiday spirit.
Pleasant Valley's Ladies Auxiliary sponsors "Christmas in the Valley" annually, a craft show with vendors selling their wares.
"There will be a great variety of homemade crafts," said Donna Geiman, coordinator of the event. "Everything from needlework,
woodworking, stained glass, floral arrangements, ornaments, oil painting and more."
Baked goods and food, including three kinds of homemade soups, hot dogs, barbecue, sandwiches and more, will be for sale.
"Christmas in the Valley" will open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and the train garden will be open each weekend until Christmas.
"We finished the plastering and we've been painting the mountains," said Ms. Geiman about the train garden. "It's going to be real nice."
No admission is charged to attend "Christmas in the Valley" or see the train garden, and free parking is available.
Pleasant Valley Fire Department is on Pleasant Valley Road.
From Westminster, take Route 97 north past the airport and turn left on Pleasant Valley Road.
Children's holiday workshop
Children like to have gifts for Christmas for Mom and Dad, and it seems they are even better if they make the gifts themselves and they are a surprise.
At the Children's Holiday Workshop, children can make a gift for Mom and Dad as well as a holiday decoration.
Westminster Recreation Department is offering this workshop to children in kindergarten through fifth grade Nov. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Children must choose only one day and one session.
The cost for the workshop is $7 per child, which includes all materials needed to make the gifts and decoration.
Registration for the workshop is a must because enrollment will be limited.
Information: 848-6962 or 876-1313.
Winter nature camp
What do the following things have in common: Chilling hikes where you can see your breath in the crisp winter air, owl prowls where seeing an owl is the ultimate goal, snow studies, sledding, building fires, and outdoor cookies, crafts and Indian lore?
Did you guess that all of the above are fun things that will be happening at Winter Nature Camp?
If you did, you were right.
The 12th annual Winter Nature Camp at Hashawha Environmental Center is open to all fourth- and fifth-grade
students in Carroll County and is in cooperation with Carroll County Outdoor School.
This year, two sessions will be offered.
Session I will take place Dec. 26, 27 and 28. Session II will be held Dec. 28, 29 and 30.
Cost is $80 per camper and includes food, lodging in heated cabins, professional instruction and craft materials.
For a chance to attend Winter Nature Camp, hopeful fourth- and fifth-grade children must pick up a registration form at Hashawha Environmental Center, or at the Carroll County Public Library, fill it out and send it to: Hashawha Environmental Center, 300 John Owings Road, Westminster 21158.
The form must be received by noon Nov. 27. At noon on that day a lottery drawing will determine participants.