Carroll County Relay for Life will hold...


Carroll County Relay for Life will hold a team captains' meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Westminster Senior Center.

Relay for Life is an overnight fund-raising activity that allows participants from all walks of life to join together in the fight against cancer.

Teams of eight to 15 people will walk the Westminster High School track in relays through the night. Participants solicit pledges for their efforts.

The American Cancer Society provides food, entertainment, contests and organized activities for walkers.

The senior center is at 125 Stoner Ave.

Information: 410-998-1090.

Fashion show April 18 to benefit hospital fund

The Carroll County General Hospital Auxiliary will hold a fashion show, Swinging Into Spring, April 18 at Martin's Westminster.

Belk of TownMall of Westminster will show the newest in spring fashions in casual and formal wear. Fashions will be modeled by hospital employees, auxiliary members and medical staff members.

Door prizes, including gift baskets and gift certificates from auxiliary members and businesses, will be given away.

Doors will open at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will be served at noon. Tickets are $25 and available at the hospital gift shop.

Proceeds will go to the capital campaign for a hospital expansion, to which the auxiliary has pledged $1 million.

Information: 410-876-3384 or 410-871-7280.

Quality-of-life conference to be held April 19

The Carroll County Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Committee will hold a conference, "Living Longer - Living Well," from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 19 at Westminster Senior Center.

Kathy Davis of the University of Maryland, Baltimore will present the keynote address on "The Importance of Humor in Living Longer."

The conference is designed to address the needs of a growing number of adults and older adult caregivers. Workshops will include discussions of end-of-life decisions, Alzheimer's disease, alternative-living resources and changes and transitions in getting older.

Registration is $10 ($5 for those ages 60 and older) and includes lunch, dinner and snacks.

Information: 410-876-4800.

MS Walk scheduled at 10 a.m. April 20

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will hold its MS Walk, starting at 10 a.m. April 20, at Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster.

Participants can solicit pledges and choose to walk five miles or eight miles to raise money in the fight against multiple sclerosis.

Money raised from the walk will be used to assist Maryland residents who have MS, as well as research into the cause and a cure for the paralyzing disease.

Information and pledge sheets: 410-527-1770, Ext. 105.

Taste of Carroll benefit is to be held April 29

Carroll Hospice will hold its third A Taste of Carroll fund-raiser from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 29 at Wakefield Valley Golf and Conference Center.

More than 20 Carroll restaurants, wineries and breweries will share samples of their specialties. Live and silent auctions also will be held. They will include a signed Ravens football, an in-home dinner by Chef Rudy Speckamp of Rudy's 2900, a custom suit jacket from English American Tailoring, and vacation and golf packages.

Tickets are $40 a person in advance only through Carroll Hospice, 410-871-8000.

Carroll Hospice is celebrating 15 years of service to Carroll residents with terminal illnesses and their families.

Middle school pupils visit hospital's pediatric ward

North Carroll Middle School students recently brought Easter joy to pediatric patients at Carroll County General Hospital.

The students donated colorful baskets of goodies to be distributed to children in the emergency and pediatric departments.

Most of the students who participated in the project belong to SHOUT (Students Helping Others Understand Themselves). SHOUT also donated $100 to the hospital's Emergency Nurses CARE program, a national organization of healthcare professionals who volunteer to educate the community about injury prevention and healthy lifestyles.

Nurses in the ENCARE program visit schools and senior and other community centers to teach people about the dangers of drinking and driving, underage alcohol use, child passenger safety and bicycle safety and other topics.

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