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TAKING CARE OF yourself mentally and physically can be a lot of fun.

That's the message behind Peace of Mind Day, a family festival organized by local health organizations, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Westminster city playground off Longwell Avenue.

"We want to provide information and enlightenment in the spirit of fun, entertainment and good will," said Sandy Woodburn, a volunteer on Carroll County Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Committee's public awareness subcommittee.

"One of our charges is to reduce the stigma of mental illness," she said, noting the committee usually sponsors four to five conferences a year, each targeted toward a specific group, such as senior citizens, teen-agers or adults.

Scheduled entertainment for Peace of Mind includes a performance by the Carroll County Public Library Book Cart Drill Team, a disc jockey from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a science show from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and a performance by the theater group Foolproof at 1:30 p.m.

Crafts and activities such as a fitness obstacle course, a Safe Kids scavenger hunt and face painting will take place on the playground and ball field.

"This was something different to try, and it seems to be working out well," Woodburn said. "We hope that, in turn, this will become one of our annual events."

About 20 local agencies, including the Safe Kids Coalition and Carroll County Youth Services Bureau, will provide booths and activities.

"We've already gotten quite a few phone calls about this," she said.

Woodburn and others have distributed fliers to Main Street businesses and sent press releases to physicians, day care centers and churches. Eldon Watts, director of the Core Service Agency, has appeared on local radio programs.

"Everyone seems to be quite positive and looking forward to it," Woodburn said.

Sponsors for the event are the Carroll County Core Service Agency, Carroll County Safe Kids, Partners in Child Care, Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County Inc., Therapeutic Recreation Council and Westminster.

Information: 410-876-4440.

Spring choral concert

Members of the Carroll Community College chorus are scheduled to present a spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in the college's Great Hall at 1601 Washington Road in Westminster.

Selections are to include rock songs from the '50s and '60s and Faure's "Requiem." The 30-member chorus includes students and community members. Admission is free.

Information: 410-386-8263.

Grants for the arts

Nonprofit organizations looking to strengthen their presentations of arts and cultural activities are encouraged to apply for a Community Arts Development Grant from Carroll County Arts Council.

Last year, $16,000 was distributed to local organizations. The money was provided by Maryland State Arts Council.

Awards range from $200 to $3,000. Specific amounts will be determined by a local group of artists, educators, arts patrons and arts council board members, according to the size of the organization and artistic quality of its productions.

Applicants must be fully nonprofit organizations based in Carroll County. Applications are due by 3 p.m. June 29.

Information: 410-848-7272.

Songs at school

Carroll County public schools' spring musical programs this week include:

Monday: "I Need a Vacation," presented by fourth-graders and the faculty chorus at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Sandymount Elementary School.

Thursday: Vocal concert, presented by eighth-graders and mixed chorus at 7:30 p.m. at West Middle School.

Friday: Vocal concert, presented by eighth-graders and mixed chorus at 9 a.m. at West Middle School.

Amy L. Miller's Central neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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