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THE BALTIMORE SUN

CENTRAL

Cystic fibrosis walk to start at noon today

The Carroll County Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis will be held today at the Westminster City Playground off Longwell Avenue.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. and the walk at noon. The marked route, about two miles, covers most of the East and West Main Street downtown area.

The family event includes children's games, refreshments, raffles, prizes, a silent auction and a disc jockey.

Information: 800-731-2873.

St. John's to feature strawberry festival

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church will hold its annual strawberry festival from 4 p.m. until about dusk Saturday on the church grounds at 827 Leister's Church Road.

Strawberries, food and family activities will be featured. The Alesia Band will perform.

Information: 410-848-6402.

Fiddlers' Convention will be June 12

The Carroll County Farm Museum will hold a Fiddlers' Convention from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 12 on the grounds at 500 S. Center St., Westminster.

This annual competition awards $3,000 in cash prizes to the best players in bands, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, dobro, bass, special instruments, clogging and vocals.

Musicians practice on the grounds before competition and between rounds of performances. Musician registration begins at 8 a.m.

Prizes will be awarded in these categories: Bluegrass Band, Old Time Band, Bluegrass Fiddle, Old Time Fiddle, Bluegrass Banjo, Old Time Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocalist (solo), Bass Fiddle, Dobro, Clogging, Young Performer, Special Performer (bagpipes, autoharp, dulcimer and flute, etc.).

The Carroll County Cloggers and Bob Parilla & Big Hillbilly Bluegrass Band will perform.

Crafts and food vendors also will offer a variety of items throughout the day. The Carroll County Arts Guild will hold an art show on the front lawn.

Admission is $10 for adults and $3 for ages 7 to 18; free for children 6 and younger with a paying adult. Advance tickets are $8 for adults, available at Coffey Music, Stu's Music and the Farm Museum. Information: 410-848-7775.

Union Street church sets Homecoming Celebration

Union Street United Methodist Church will hold its annual Homecoming Celebration on June 12 at the church, 22 Union St., Westminster.

The day will begin with worship at 10:30 a.m. with the senior pastor, the Rev. Daryl A. Foster, bringing the message.

A luncheon will be held after the morning service. A second worship will be held at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Joan Carter Rimbach, pastor of Milford Mill UMC.

Revival services will be held at 7 p.m. June 16 featuring Alfreda Wiggins of John Westley UMC, and 7 p.m. June 17 with ambassador Blango Ross Jr. of Strawbridge UMC.

Information: 410-857-8484.

Make a purse from a pair of old jeans

Westminster branch library, 50 E. Main St., will offer:

"Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Purse" at 7 p.m. Thursday. Participants will make a purse out of an old pair of jeans. Registration is required.

"Let's Talk Classics" for teens and adults at 7 p.m. Thursday to discuss Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton.

Information: 410-386-4488.

Lambert returns from Navy deployment

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Stewart J. Lambert recently returned from a routine deployment while assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 105 (VFA-105), based in Norfolk, Va.

Part of the USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, Lambert was deployed in support of the war on terrorism.

He is the son of Gay H. and Jack H. Lambert of Westminster.

NORTH

Democratic Club honors Elmer Lippy

The North Carroll Democratic Club will honor Elmer Lippy with the Friend of Carroll County Award at a dinner reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 13 at Martin's Westminster.

The former Manchester mayor and county commissioner is a third-generation Lippy whose accomplishments began in high school. He was president of his high school class and earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and math from then Western Maryland College. He was a senior chemist at Lever Brothers in Baltimore for 38 years.

Lippy's political career included stints as Manchester councilman and mayor, and being the last Democrat elected as a county commissioner, serving from 1990 to 1994.

His political accomplishments include: making trash removal private to save the town money; securing one of the last federal grants for an innovative sewage treatment system for Manchester; serving on the Governor's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council; and working to ensure no county workers lost their jobs during a budget deficit as commissioner.

The award is sponsored by the North Carroll Democrat Club, with a portion of the proceeds going to the recipient's charity of choice. The public is welcome to attend.

Tickets are $45 per person and are required in advance from Connie Hurt, 601 Gahle Court, Westminster, 21157.

Information: 410-876-6395.

Manchester to bid farewell to 5th-graders

Manchester Elementary School has announced activities for this week.

Fifth-grade pupils will visit North Carroll Middle School at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow.

The fifth-graders will hold a Colonial Fair as the culminating activity to a social studies unit from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Charlotte's Quest Nature Center. The event will feature a blacksmith, storyteller, children in period dress, Revolutionary War encampment and square dancing.

The fifth-grade class will hold a math carnival for children in kindergarten to fourth grade from 10:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Wednesday.

An Author's Picnic will be held for first-graders from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Thursday.

A farewell assembly for the fifth grade will be held Friday.

Information: 410-751-3410.

N. Carroll library offers summer reading program

North Carroll branch library, 2255 Hanover Pike, Greenmount, will offer:

"E-mail Basics" for adults at 2 p.m. tomorrow and 7 p.m. The class is limited to three people. Registration is required.

"Homeschoolers Hour -- Reader's Theater" for ages 7 to 10 at 1:30 p.m. Thursday for a literature-based educational program.

"Wild About Reading Summer Kick-off" from 10 a.m. to noon June 13 for all ages (children 3 and younger with an adult). Balloons and crafts will be featured. Registration for the reading program will be held.

The North Carroll Book Discussion Group for ages 9 to 12 at 6:45 p.m. June 13 to discuss The Teacher's Funeral by Richard Peck.

"Summer Writing Workshop with Author Edith Hemingway" for ages 10 to 14 at 7 p.m. June 14. The first session of this two-part program will focus on writing exercises and story-starting techniques, and discussion of structure character and setting. The second part will focus on editing and revision.

"The Three Little Pigs Puppet Show" for all ages (children 3 and younger with an adult) at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. June 15. Registration is required.

Information: 410-386-4488.

AROUND TOWN

Merchants group

The Hampstead Main Street Merchants Association will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Linens and Lace Tea Room, 1222 Main St. 410-374-3015.

Rec council meets

The North Carroll Recreation Council will meet at 8 p.m. Wednesday at North Carroll High School media center, 1400 Panther Drive, Hampstead. 410-386-2103.

NORTHWEST

New Windsor carnival starts tomorrow

The New Windsor Fire Department will hold its annual carnival from tomorrow to Saturday at the carnival grounds on Atlee Avenue.

Lunches are available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays, and platters are served every evening.

The firemen's parade will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday. A silent auction will be held Friday, with bids closing at 10 p.m. Family ride nights are Tuesday and Thursday.

Scheduled concerts are: Still Advance tomorrow, the Shades on Tuesday, Elaine and Denny's karaoke on Wednesday, Serious Jokers on Thursday, Miller Station on Friday, and No Alibi on Saturday.

The new fire station next to the carnival grounds is under construction, and carnival-goers are urged to take care near the area.

Information: 410-635-6373 or 410-635-2137.

Business breakfast set in Taneytown

Taneytown Economic Development Commission will hold its monthly business breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Friday at Thunderhead Bowling Centre, 4337 Old Taneytown Road.

Robin Kable, business and community coordinator for Carroll County public schools, will discuss community and business partnerships.

The cost for breakfast is $5.50, payable at the meeting.

Reservations are required by Wednesday at 410-751-1100.

American Legion plans Country Cruiz 'N

Taneytown American Legion Post 120 is sponsoring Country Cruiz 'N 2005 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Taneytown Memorial Park, Memorial Drive.

The event is open to all makes, models and years. Registration is $10 per vehicle and is open from 9 a.m. to noon. The first 100 entries will receive a dash plaque, goodie bag, and door prize ticket.

The event will feature food, music by disc jockey Jazzy Chad, games, a 50/50 raffle, and silent and Chinese auctions.

Proceeds will benefit the American Legion's Youth & Children's Fund.

Vendor space is available for $50 for food vendors and $25 for all others.

Information: 443-929-1818 or 410-984-9209.

Fund-raiser tours set at Francis Scott Key's house

The New Windsor Fire Department Silent Auction Committee is sponsoring a fund-raiser tour of Terra Rubra, the birthplace of Francis Scott Key, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 12 at 1755 Keysville Bruceville Road near Keymar.

The tour will include the history of the house that was recently renovated to the period, as well as the grounds. Food will be available.

Tickets are $3 per person or $5 per family.

Information: 410-775-7402.

Discussion to explore kids' mental health

The Taneytown library branch, 10 Grand Drive, will offer a program, "Navigating Systems of Care: A Panel Discussion" at 7 p.m. Wednesday for adults.

Dr. Miguel Macaoay, child psychiatrist at Children's National Medical Center, and Jane Walker, executive director, Maryland Coalition of Families for Children's Mental Health, will discuss common mental health issues affecting children. Parents can learn how to navigate the health care system for their children.

Story time will be available for children.

Information: 410-386-4488.CHURCH NEWS

Keysville Evangelical Lutheran

Worship with Holy Communion will be held at 10:30 a.m. today with Deacon Charles Barnhart's message, "All You Need to Know." Graduates will be honored. Sunday school for all ages will be held at 9:30 a.m. The church is at 7301 Keysville Road, Keymar. 410-756-6064.

Mount Union Lutheran

A contemporary worship service will be held at 7 p.m. every Sunday. The church is at 5000 Middleburg Road, west of Uniontown. 410-857-1946.

SOUTHEAST

Hand bells in concert at high school

The Freedom Area Recreation Council sponsors an English hand bell choir for youths in fourth grade through high school.

The choir will hold a spring concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Liberty High School, 5855 Bartholow Road, Eldersburg.

Linda Caviglia has been directing the Freedom Ringers English Hand Bell Choir since February.

The recreation council will offer hand bell classes in the fall.

Information: 410-549-6296, mailbox 6.

Father's Day dance at athletic club

Merritt Athletic Club's dance academy will hold a Father's Day dance from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 18 at the center on Progress Way in Eldersburg.

Each participant - fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, uncles and big brothers - will receive a corsage or boutonniere. Photographs of couples will be available. Music will be provided by a disc jockey.

The dance is open to the public. Tickets are required.

Information: 410-549-8855, ext. 118.

Springfield Presbyterian sets vacation Bible school

Springfield Presbyterian Church will hold vacation Bible school from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 20-24 at 7300 Spout Hill Road, Sykesville.

Ages 4 years through eighth grade are invited to explore the "Message at the Open Door 2005" on the "Circle G Ranch." Lessons, crafts, music, games and snacks will be featured.

The program is free and all are welcome. Registration is requested.

Information: 410-795-6152.

Seminar to teach self-defense tactics

Merritt Athletic Club in Eldersburg is offering a specially designed interactive seminar for women and men ages 13 and older who wish to learn self-defense tactics.

Participants will learn how to defend themselves in an attack, self-defense techniques that work regardless of size or physical demeanor, and awareness fundamentals and tips that will help avoid an attack.

Registration is open to the public.

Information 410-549-8855, ext. 134.

Eldersburg library plans activities

Eldersburg branch library, 6400 W. Hemlock Drive, will offer:

Drop-in Crafts for all ages (children younger than 3 with an adult) from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday.

"It's A Family Reunion ... Cooking Class" at 7 p.m. Thursday for adults. Local chef Nancy Lynch, owner of My Personal Chef service, will present an interactive class to help plan a successful family reunion.

A participatory cooking lesson of easy meals with samples to taste will be included. Participants can take stories of their successful family reunions and samples of invitations. Registration is required.

"Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" at 7 p.m. June 15 for teens to start their summer with Carmen, Lena, Bridget and Tibby from Ann Brashares' book The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. A celebration of the release of the movie will include a book discussion and activities. Registration is required.

Information: 410-386-4488.

SOUTHWEST

Mount Airy church to hold yard sale

Prospect United Methodist Church of Mount Airy will hold a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, 5923 Woodville Road.

Table spaces are available for $10. Proceeds benefit the Carroll County Rape Crisis Intervention Center.

Information: 301-831-7092.

St. Michael's Church plans basket bingo

St. Michael's Knights of Columbus and ladies auxiliary will hold a Longaberger basket bingo June 17 at St. Michael's Church on St. Michael's Road near Mount Airy.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Reservations are recommended.

Tickets include three cards for 20 games, four filled special baskets, four filled raffle baskets and door prizes. All game baskets are filled and specialty baskets are featured.

Refreshments will be sold.

Information: 410-549-2649 or 301-829-1249.

Mount Airy library offers literary groups

The Mount Airy library branch, 705 Ridge Ave., will offer:

Young Adult Writer's Group for teens at 4:30 p.m. June 14. Teens can share their poetry and fiction with others.

Mount Airy Book Club for adults at 1 p.m. June 15 to discuss The Mapmaker's Wife: A True Tale of Love, Murder, and Survival in the Amazon by Robert Whitaker.

Junior Book Club for ages 8 to 11 at 4 p.m. June 21. Chapter books and juvenile novels will be discussed. Call the library for the book selection.

Mount Airy Senior Book Club for adults at 12:30 p.m. June 23 at the senior center to discuss The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.

Information: 410-386-4488.

New museum to have 4th-graders' quilt block

Twenty fourth-graders from Mount Airy Elementary School recently created a quilt square for Maryland's newest museum that will be dedicated to the history and culture of Maryland's African-Americans.

The director of education at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum invited pupils to make quilt squares as decoration for the building's grand opening June 25.

The pupils met several times a week during their social studies class to create the squares. The content of the quilt was to be based on historical, cultural and fine-arts lessons being piloted for the state's elementary and middle schools.

Squares could also be based on local subjects and sites of African-American interest, or themes drawn from the museum's exhibition galleries.

South Carroll students win history contest

South Carroll High School seniors Janlyn Paisie and Sara Trester were recently awarded first place in the National Women's History Project contest for their entry, "Pathways of Civil War Women Through Maryland."

As a final project for the Girl Scout Gold Award, their entry will be featured in a women's history guide, which will be published next year.

VFW donates $350 to Fire Department

The South Carroll Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9952 recently presented a donation of $350 to the Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department for its service to the community.

VFW Commander Francis McQuay Sr. gave the check to fire company president Norman Zepp Sr.

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