UNION BRIDGE will hold its annual Fall Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 16 on the grounds of Lehigh Portland Cement Co.
About a dozen crafters will showcase their work, and Bear Branch Nature Center will have a reptile display. Jesse McCarley will perform magic tricks.
For the first time, the Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association will demonstrate its Carroll County Family Safety House, which was dedicated last month, said Karen Kotarski, a member of the Union Bridge fire company and a Town Council member.
The house includes a kitchen with a working stove and refrigerator and a telephone from which children can dial 911. The house includes a bedroom where children learn how to get out through a window. Nontoxic smoke shows children what it is like in a fire.
Other events at the festival will include fire engine rides on antique firetrucks owned by Bob Alexander. The Union Bridge Veterans of Foreign Wars on Penrose Avenue will hold a breakfast from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. All profits from the breakfast will be donated to the Town Hall Funding Committee, the event's sponsor.
Entertainment will include performances by the Nichols Sisters, Cry of Mercy, and Ronnie Reese and the Browningsville Coronet Band.
Parking will be available at the Hahn lot on the company grounds, said Kathy Kreimer, a committee member.
The Pleasant Valley Recreational Council will hold a four-week basic instructional program on English horseback riding. The program, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. starting Saturday, will cost $30.
Information: 410-840-8942 or 410-751-5327.
Book sale reminder
The giant book sale at the Taneytown branch of the Carroll County Public Library started yesterday and will continue until 5 p.m. Saturday.
Used and donated new books are for sale. For $2, one can fill a bag full of books. Paperbacks go for 25 cents, hardback books cost 50 cents and videos are $2. CDs and cassettes are 75 cents.
Jean Marie Beall's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.