WHEN THE snowflakes swirl outside your windowpanes, remember the birds and other wildlife that are not safe and warm inside. My Christmas present to the birds I love to watch will be in the form of seeds and suet.
The folks at Bear Branch Nature Center remind us to watch out for our wild friends. Seeds and other goodies can be purchased in the center's gift shop.
If you are looking for something to do over the long winter break, you might consider checking the programs offered at the nature center. On Thursday and Friday, 10- to 12-year-old children can learn outdoor survival techniques, including how to build a shelter, or a fire, and identify edible plants, mosses and barks.
The program begins at 10 a.m. each day and ends at 1 p.m. A bag lunch must be brought. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Registration is required.
Bear Branch Nature Center is on John Owings Road, six miles north of Carroll County Air Business Center.
To register, or for more information, call 848-2517.
From 6: 30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Jan. 11, a showcase of talent will light up the Great Hall at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster. Tickets cost $30.
The proceeds of this extravaganza will benefit the college's amphitheater campaign. The college is raising $300,000 for the amphitheater, which will be built into the hillside at the south end of the campus and be available for community use.
Westminster Rotary Club has pledged to raise $75,000 for the theater, and the college, in return for the club's support, has agreed to name the building the Rotary Amphitheater.
The variety of entertainment at the January event is overwhelming.
Hear country music vocalist Sunshine Genco or the Western Maryland College Community Orchestra, acoustic jazz with vocals, or Broadway hits by Paul Walker and Linda Filemyr.
Or you might prefer the classic sound of the Old Line Statesmen Barbershop Quartet, or Jo Morrison on the Celtic harp, or Wayne Morrison with his bagpipes. See young talent from the Patty Neivert School of Dance or revel in the Ballet Slipper Performers.
For variety, see the Carroll County Cloggers, the Carroll Players, Garth Baxter and Linda Kirkpatrick on guitar and flute, Mike Mason on accordion, Eddie Brooks and Sheila Eastmans on acoustic guitar and vocals, the Dynamites, Walt Michael on guitar and dulcimer, and Westminster Rotary Club.
Enjoy more vocal selections from Gary and Jennifer Mauck, zTC September Song and the Carroll Community Chorus.
Wilhelm Ltd. Caterers will offer hors d'oeuvres throughout the evening.
I would like to apologize for the absence of a column last week, especially to those whose information was not featured. I want to thank readers for their patience and understanding during my daughter's stay in the hospital.
I'd also like to wish all of my readers a very happy and fruitful holiday season.
Pub Date: 12/23/96