County's birthday will be celebrated Wednesday
The Historical Society of Carroll County will hold its Carroll County's 168th Birthday Bash from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Robert Moton Elementary School, 1413 Washington Road, Westminster.
The event will celebrate the efforts and legacy of the county's two Robert Moton schools and the Robert Moton Alumni. The current Robert Moton School is the second county school to be named in honor of Moton. The first was the county's black high school, dating to the era of segregation.
J. Sidney Shepherd will present "Robert Moton: The Man, the School, and the Alumni" and reminisce about his days as a student at Robert Moton High School, where he later taught.
Shepherd is a founding member of the Robert Moton Alumni Group, which since its founding in 1971 has awarded almost $70,000 in scholarship money to students from Carroll County.
Also on the program will be Pat Greenwald, administrator of the Sykesville Colored Schoolhouse, one of the county's newest museums, a history site devoted to telling the story of education during the era of segregation.
She will discuss the history, restoration and programs at the schoolhouse.
Local Hampstead author Joan Prall also will be on hand to sign copies and discuss her book, Schoolbells and Slates.
Birthday cake and punch will be served. The event is free and open to the public.
Family Center offering activities in February
The Carroll County Family Center will offer activities for member families in February.
Parent/child weekly activity themes for the month are: dinosaurs, Valentine's Day, stars and presidents, and community helpers.
The "Beating the Blues" programs continue Monday afternoons through the winter months.
A Super Bowl celebration and "tailgate" lunch will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday.
A Mardi Gras lunch will be served at noon Feb. 8.
A sweetheart celebration for Valentine's Day will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 14.
An infants and toddlers play group will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Friday and Feb. 18.
The center will be closed Feb. 21 for Presidents Day.
The Family Center is at 10 Distillery Drive, Westminster. Information: 410-857-0629 or 410-876-7805.
Box lunch talk Feb. 8 on Underground Railroad
The Historical Society of Carroll County will hold its monthly box lunch talk at noon Feb. 8 at American Legion Carroll Post 31 at Green and Sycamore streets, Westminster.
Walt Michael of Common Ground on the Hill and Peter Hanson Michael will examine the history of Cooling Springs Farm and its part in the Underground Railroad.
Stories of the Underground Railroad in the border states are difficult to prove, but Cooling Springs is listed on the national registry of Underground Railroad sites.
Participants may take a lunch or purchase a meal from the American Legion. Lunches can be ordered after 11 a.m. at 410-857-7953. Beverages and dessert will be provided.
Admission is $2 for nonmembers; free for historical society members. Reservations are recommended.
Spring gala taking place March 5; tickets on sale
Target Community & Educational Services will hold its spring gala from 7:30 p.m. to midnight March 5 at Martin's Westminster in 140 Village Shopping Center.
"Black Tie" will provide music for dancing, and a silent auction will be held. Black-tie dress is optional.
Tickets are required. Deadline for reservations is Feb. 18.