Farm Museum sets barbecue, music festival

The Great American BBQ Roadshow and Music Festival is coming to the Carroll County Farm Museum from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 19.

The Kansas City Barbeque Society-judged event features cooking teams from around the country that will prepare their best barbeque recipes while competing for more than $15,000 in prizes and the chance to represent Maryland at the American Royale event in Kansas City and the Jack Daniels Invitational.

Musical entertainment will include the Katawaar Brothers, a Memphis rock 'n' roll and boogie woogie group; Elvis Priestly, an Elvis impersonator; Kelly Band; and Walter Jay and Texas Flood.

Food and beverages, including beer, will be available for purchase. Participating restaurants include: Boulevard & Beyond, Maggie's, Harry's Main Street Grille, Johanssons, Time Out Sports Grill, Texas Roadhouse, Old Fashioned Kettle Korn, and Barbie's BBQ Concession.

Admission is $10 for ages 13 to adult; children 12 and younger will be admitted free with a paying adult. Museum memberships will not be honored for this event. No coolers, alcoholic beverages or pets are allowed.

The Farm Museum is at 500 S. Center St., Westminster.

Information: 410-386-3880 or 410-848-7775.

Specialty tea to feature music, poetry readings

Poetry, music, and the language of flowers will be the theme of the Carroll County Farm Museum's specialty tea from noon to 2 p.m. June 22 and 23.

While sipping tea and nibbling sweet treats, visitors can learn how the flowers in the garden had meanings and were used by ladies and gentlemen callers as conversational tools during the Victorian era.

Music and poetry readings will be included.

The cost is $10 per person.

Information: 410-848-7775 or 410-386-3880.

Desoto Owners Club of Md. to hold classic car show

The Desoto Owners Club of Maryland will hold an All Desoto Classic Car Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 16 at the Wheeler Village Museum, 112 Railroad Ave., Westminster.

The club is seeking Desoto owners to participate who may not be members of the local or national organization.

The event is free to the public. Car entry fee is $10, payable to the Desoto Owners Club of Maryland, care of the event director, Tom Kenney, P.O. Box 178, Hampstead, 21074.

Information: 410-239-7071.

Westminster library schedules wild day

Westminster branch library, 50 E. Main St., will offer "Wild at the Library" for all ages (children 3 and younger with an adult) Wednesday.

Activities will include sandpainting and a petting zoo (weather permitting), face painting and stamping. Story times will be held at 9:45 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Information: 410-386-4488.


Manchester sets Sunday park concerts

Manchester and Manchester Volunteer Fire Company will sponsor Sunday concerts in the park at 6 p.m. at the carnival grounds on York Street.

Guests may take a blanket or chair and enjoy an hour of free music.

Concerts will be held June 19, July 17, Aug. 21 and Sept. 18.

Information: 410-239-3200.

Senior center offers trip to Niagara Falls, Canada

The North Carroll Senior Center Site Council will sponsor a trip to Niagara Falls, Ontario, Sept. 6-9.

The cost is $380 per person, double occupancy, with a $100 deposit required by June 30.

The package includes three nights' lodging in Niagara Falls, Canada, three breakfasts and three dinners. Sightseeing includes tours of Niagara and the falls, a ride on the Maid of the Mist boat, and visits to a local winery, Welland Canal, Casino Niagara and Rossi Glass.

The trip is open to people age 60 and older. To enter Canada, a passport or a birth certificate with raised seal and photo identification are required.

All travelers must fill out intake forms at the senior center.

Information: 410-239-6400.

Seniors schedule classes, day trips this summer

North Carroll Senior Center has announced the following activities:

A trip to Midway, Del., will be taken from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 7. Reservations are required.

A trip to the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre in Lancaster, Pa., will be made Aug. 24 to see the musical 42nd Street. The cost is $50 and payment is due by Aug. 1.

New sessions of crafts, dancing and exercise classes begin in July. Registration is required.

The center is at 2255 Hanover Pike, Greenmount.

Information: 410-239-6400.

Library branch slates activities for all ages

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

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

"Wild About Reading Summer Kick-off" from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow for all ages (children 3 and younger with an adult). Balloons and crafts will be featured during registration.

"Summer Writing Workshop with author Edie Hemingway" for ages 10 to 14 at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The first session will focus on writing exercises, story-starting techniques, structure, character and setting. The second session at 7 p.m. June 21 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. Wednesday. Registration is required.

"Introduction to the Internet" for adults at 10 a.m. Saturday.

"Two of a Kind: Going on an Adventure" at 10:30 a.m. June 21 for all ages (children 3 and younger with an adult). The duo Two of a Kind will sing. Registration is required.


Fire company carnival in Taneytown

Taneytown Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 will hold its annual carnival tomorrow through Saturday on the carnival grounds at Memorial Park off Route 140.

Rides, games and food booths will be featured daily. Lunches will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; orders may be placed in advance at 410-596-7453. Dinner platters will be served starting at 4 p.m.

Discounted ride nights are tomorrow, Tuesday and Thursday. The firemen's parade will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Raffle drawings for cash will be held Saturday.

The concert line-up is: Northwest Middle School Band tomorrow; Serious Joker on Tuesday; No Alibi on Wednesday; Bob Plunkert & Real Country on Thursday; Borderline on Friday; and Iron Ridge Bluegrass on Saturday.

The carnival grounds open at 5 p.m. and rides start at 7 p.m. Concerts start at 7:30 p.m.

Information: 410-756-6253.

Emmanuel church plans summer sale

Emmanuel (Baust) United Church of Christ will hold a summer sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 25 at the church, 2940 Old Taneytown Road, Tyrone.

Yard sale items, books and food will be featured.

Spaces are available for $25 ($10 will be refunded at 3 p.m.). For space, call 410-751-9543.

Information: 410-857-0416.

Yard sale to benefit mental health group

New Windsor Middle School will hold a yard sale fund-raiser for Voice of Hope from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 25 at the school, 1000 Green Valley Road (Route 75).

Voice of Hope is a nonprofit mental health awareness and suicide prevention program.

The event will include a yard sale, bake sale, food, and live and silent auctions.

Items are needed for the auctions and bake table. Vendor spaces are available for $25.

Information: 410-635-2745 or 410-635-2117.

Taneytown library lists programs for children

The Taneytown library branch, 10 Grand Drive, will offer:

"Drop-in Crafts" for all ages (children ages 3 and younger with an adult) from 10 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow and June 20.

"Safari Party" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday for all ages (children 3 and younger with an adult). The summer reading adventure begins with a jungle jamboree and registration for "Wild About Reading." Face painting, balloon animals, games and Corky the Penguin will be featured.

"The Three Little Pigs Puppet Show" at 7 p.m. Thursday, and at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday for all ages (children 3 and younger with an adult). Registration is required.

"Two of a Kind: Going on an Adventure" at 1:30 p.m. June 21 for all ages (children 3 and younger with an adult). The duo Two of a Kind will offer singing, clapping, tapping and foot-stomping fun. Registration is required.

Information: 410-386-4488.


Church offers free concerts on Saturday

Wesley Freedom Church will present the Will Play for Change Tour from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the church, 961 Johnsville Road, Eldersburg.

The tour features music from local and regional artists, along with national recording artists Bread of Stone.

The event is free and will include food and games. It is sponsored by and Mission of Mercy, the mobile medical clinic.

Information: 410-795-2777.

Ground broken on facility at Friendship School

The Friendship School recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new facility for the school and its sister organization, the Margaret Byrd Rawson Institute.

Merritt Properties LLC will be the contractor, and Leroy Merritt has contributed $975,000 to the project.

Friendship School serves dyslexic students. The new facility will nearly quadruple the school's size. The Margaret Byrd Rawson Institute, which provides teacher training and community outreach in dyslexia and dyslexia education, will share the space with Friendship School.

The new school is at 1545 Progress Way, Eldersburg.

Information: 410-552-6880.

Broadway-style dance to be taught at camp

Merritt Athletic Club is offering a dance camp for ages 6 to 17 from June 20 to June 24 at the center in Eldersburg.

Campers will learn musical theater dance styles -- tap, jazz and ballet -- to show tunes from Cats, A Chorus Line and Annie. Lessons include acting techniques with scene studies and improvisation, as well as singing show tunes.

An end-of-camp Musical Revue will be held June 24.

Information: 410-549-8855, ext. 135.

Century High cheer team to hold interest meeting

Century High School will hold an informal meeting at 6:30 p.m. June 23 in the school cafeteria for anyone interested in trying out for the school cheer team, varsity or junior varsity, for the 2005-2006 school year.

Interested students should bring their parents.

Information: 410-549-5484.

Summer-reading kickoff, activities set at library

Eldersburg branch library, 6400 W. Hemlock Drive, is offering:

"Summer Reading Kickoff" from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday for children younger than age 9 with an adult. Children can sign up for the program, then enjoy face painting, crafts and games.

"Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" at 7 p.m. Wednesday for teens. A celebration of the movie's release will include activities and a discussion of Ann Brashares' book. Registration is required.

"TriStar Martial Arts Presents a Karate Demonstration" at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday for ages 4 to 10. Mike Stewart and his students from TriStar will demonstrate martial arts. Registration is required.

Information: 410-386-4488.


Summertime concert series in Mount Airy

The town of Mount Airy and the Twin Arch Self Storage Center will sponsor a summer concert series at 6 p.m. Sundays at Wildwood Park.

Scheduled concerts are: today, Yellow Springs Band; June 26, Southern Express; July 10, Browningsville Band; July 24, Swing Time Big Band; Aug. 14, Westminster Municipal Band; Aug. 28, Citizens Brass Band.

Information: 410-795-6012.

Triathlon to benefit South Carroll Swim Club

The South Carroll Swim Club will hold the third annual Sprint Triathlon on June 19 to benefit the American Cancer Society and the club's youth swim team.

The South Carroll Swim Team is a nonprofit summer swimming program for children from 3 to 18 who participate competitively.

All ages are welcome to participate in the Sprint Triathlon (swim 400 meters, bike 14 miles and run 5 kilometers). Entry fee is $50.

Information: www.southcarroll or

Fire prevention queen participants sought

Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department is seeking participants for its annual fire prevention queen contest, held on the opening night of the carnival, scheduled for July 11-16.

The program's goal is to help others in the community learn about fire prevention.

Three age groups can vie for the title of Miss Winfield (ages 16 to 21), Junior Miss Winfield (ages 11 to 14) and Little Miss Winfield (ages 6 to 9).

The queens will represent the Fire Department at various functions. Ability to speak in public is required. Miss Winfield also will compete for county and state titles.

Participants must be the minimal age by July 1.

Information: 410-795-2496.

Mount Airy library announces activities

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

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

"Summer Reading Kick-off" from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday for all ages (children 3 and younger with an adult). Games, crafts, face painting and other activities will be featured.

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

"Two of a Kind: Going on an Adventure" at 10:30 a.m. June 20 for all ages (children 3 and younger with an adult). The duo Two of a Kind will sing, clap and tap in this foot-stomping program. Registration is required.

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.

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