Group honors Kids' Corner as family friendly business


FAMILY FRIENDLY is the way Cathy's Creative Kids' Corner in Carrolltown Center is viewed by many in the Eldersburg community, not only by the busy parents whose children enjoy the services there, but also by an organization known as FEMALE.

FEMALE will present the Kids' Corner with its annual Family Friendly Business Award today.

Cathy Schroeder developed her business around the needs and desires of families and offers many programs for young children. She offers a drop-off service where children can make crafts for an hour or two while parents tend to errands; a once-a-month time from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. when children can be entertained and occupied while parents enjoy a date; and a program geared toward young children for whom a preschool program may not be the right choice.

The Carroll County Chapter of FEMALE (Formerly Employed Mothers at the Leading Edge) will host an open house from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today in the meeting room at the Eldersburg library.

At-home mothers are welcome to attend and learn more about the group at this moms-only activity. Dress is casual and refreshments will be provided. The open house is free and there is no obligation to join.

Information: Tiffany Livesay-Yakes, 410-549-3580.

Membership drive

Another group geared toward mothers is holding its annual membership drive.

MOMs (Moms On the Move) is celebrating its 10th anniversary and invites mothers to join this social support group, which offers fun, friendship and knowledge for mothers and children.

The group meets from 9 a.m. to 10: 30 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month (September to May) at Wesley-Freedom United Methodist Church on Johnsville Road in Eldersburg. Meetings include social time, sign-ups for group-sponsored events and a guest speaker.

MOMs also offers outings for children, mothers-only events, and couples-only events. A baby-sitting co-op is also offered.

Membership dues are $15 a year. Mothers may attend two activities before joining the organization.

Information: Ingrid Hiltz, 410-549-1438.

Soccer shootout

The Council of the Knights of Columbus No. 7612 will hold its annual Soccer Shootout from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Freedom Avenue and Johnsville Road.

The event consists of three components: kicking for distance and accuracy; throwing for distance and accuracy; and shooting on goal. There will be separate divisions for boys and girls age 6 and under, and ages 7-8, 9-11, 12-14, 15-16 and 17-18.

There is no cost to compete. Information: Jim Brophy, 410-795-6996.

Cyber homework

Now that school is back in session and the kids are coming to you for help with their homework and special projects, the Eldersburg library has a program to show you how to use the Internet to find just what you need.

All ages are invited to the library at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 or 30 for a demonstration that will show you how to find the best sites for answers and how to use search tools effectively to quickly locate what you need.

No registration is required. Information: 410-386-4460.

Rec programs

It's time to register for the Freedom Area Basketball League. Registration will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Saturday and Sept. 25 at Carrolltown Center.

Teams are available for boys and girls in grades K-12. The season runs November to April. Cost is $60 for the first child and $30 for each additional child in the family.

Information: 410-549-9243.

A Junior Olympics Development volleyball program is forming for girls ages 15-18. Practice is scheduled for 9 p.m. to 10: 30 p.m. at Liberty High School on Wednesday and Thursday evenings beginning in December and running through May.

Information and registration: Pat Larson, 410-848-8658.

The Freedom Area Recreation Council will sponsor a Basket Bingo Oct. 22 at Oklahoma Road Middle School.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. and games will begin at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be available. All proceeds benefit the recreation council.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Call 410-549-6296 to reserve tickets.

Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 9/14/99

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