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Health fair to focus on minorities

The Minority Health Council will present its third annual Cancer Awareness Day and Health Fair from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Dutterer Family Park, off Pennsylvania Avenue in Westminster.

Live music, Latin dance and stepping demonstrations, children's activities, testimony from cancer survivors and free food, including healthful selections and ethnic dishes, will be featured.

Health information and screenings will be provided.

Dutterer Family Park features a tot lot and other playgrounds, restrooms, a pavilion and walking trails.

The Minority Health Council sponsors this health event to help eliminate disparities in health among minority groups.

Information: 410-876-4443 or 410-848-8701.

Choral concert to feature county, Estonian singers

Westminster and the Community Foundation of Carroll County will sponsor the Paide Girls Choir Sirjelind, Festival Chorus and Voce Viaggio in an international benefit concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Winters Mill High School auditorium, 560 Gorsuch Road.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Sirjelind was founded in 2001 and is based at the Sirje Grauberg Singing School in Paide, Estonia. The visiting group includes 25 female singers ages 13 and 23. They sing Estonian folksongs, Estonian composers' songs, classical music, sacred music, contemporary choir music, songs from movies and musicals, and several original songs written by conductor Tiina Kivimae.

Paide is Westminster's sister city.

Voce Viaggio group from the Children's Chorus of Carroll County traveled to Estonia, Sweden and Finland last summer on its first international trip. They performed in four cities in Estonia, including Paide, where they performed with Sirjelind.

Also performing will be the Carroll Festival Chorus, a Westminster group that includes singers from different choirs.

Tickets are $12 in advance for adults, and $15 for adults and $5 for children at the door. Tickets are available at locations around Westminster. Advance purchase is recommended.

Proceeds will go to the Westminster-Paide Partner City Fund to support exchange programs.

Information: 410-848-9000.

Library to hold book talks, programs about animals

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

"Grrreat Animal Tales with Gary Lloyd" at 7 p.m. Wednesday for all ages (children age 3 and younger with an adult). Children will learn about jungle animals, such as how the rhino got his thick skin and why monkeys live in trees. Registration is required.

"The Three Little Pigs," a puppet show, at 1 p.m. Friday and July 5, at 7 p.m. July 6, and 1 p.m. July 8 for all ages (children age 3 and younger with an adult) Registration is required.

Book Club for adults at 6:30 p.m. July 6 to discuss The Good Wife Strikes Back by Elizabeth Buchan.

Let's Talk Classics for teens and adults at 7 p.m. July 14 to discuss The Crucible by Arthur Miller.

Information: 410-386-4488.


Library has activities set for all ages

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

North Carroll Book Club for adults at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow to discuss One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus.

"Meet Margaret Peterson Haddix" at 2 p.m. Tuesday for ages 10 to 14. Haddix will discuss her book Running Out of Time and her current projects. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

"Grrreat Animal Tales with Gary Lloyd" at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday for all ages (children age 3 and younger with an adult). Children will learn about jungle animals, such as how the rhino got his thick skin, how the tiger got his stripes, and why monkeys live in trees. Registration is required.

Wow Saturday: "Dinosaur Days" at 10 a.m. Saturday for all ages (children age 3 and younger with an adult). This summer reading program story time features stories, music and activities.

The North Carroll Book Discussion Group for ages 9 to 12 at 6:45 p.m. July 11 to discuss Eragon by Christopher Paolini.

Information: 410-386-4488.

Senior center is taking reservations for Del. trip

The North Carroll Senior Center is taking reservations for a trip to Midway, Del., on July 7.

The cost of the trip is $10, but participants will be eligible for a $10 rebate.

The bus will depart from the senior center, 2255 Hanover Pike, Greenmount, at 8 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. All participants must fill out emergency-information forms before going on the trip.

Information: 410-239-6400.

Immanuel Evangelical hosts St. Andrew's Society

As part of a summer worship series, Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Manchester will welcome members of the St. Andrew's Society on July 3 at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service. A Scottish piper will perform. The church is at 3184 Church St.

Information: 410-374-4463.

Hampstead Baptist offers vacation Bible school

Vacation Bible school will be held at the Hampstead Baptist Church beginning tomorrow through Friday from 9 a.m. until noon each day.

The theme this year is "Kingdom of the Son: A Prayer Safari."

Children from age 4 through eighth grade are eligible to attend. Vacation Bible school is free, but registration is required. Participants can register by calling 410-374-9908 or arriving early tomorrow. The church is at 328 Hanover Pike in Hampstead.

Immanuel church invites community to worship

A community worship service is being sponsored by Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of Manchester at 10:30 a.m. July 17.

Members of the Police Department, Fire Department, town officials and residents of Manchester are invited to participate in the service.

The church is located at 3184 Church St.

Information: The Rev. Matthew Schenning, 410-374-4463.


Taneytown library offers crafts, tales

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

"Drop-in Crafts" for all ages (children age 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.

"Sisterhood Bags" at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday for teens. Celebrate the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by taking an old pair of blue jeans to make into a Sisterhood bag. Sequins, paint and decorations will be supplied.

"Grrreat Animal Tales with Gary Lloyd" at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday for all ages (children age 3 and younger with an adult). Children will learn about jungle animals, such as how the rhino got his thick skin, how the tiger got his stripes, and why monkeys live in trees.

"Bats! Beasts or Benefactors?" at 1:30 p.m. Thursday for ages 5 and older. Richard Anderson of the Snyder Foundation for Animals will reveal the world of these creatures of the night through slides and specimens.

Registration is required for all programs (except the drop-in crafts).

Information: 410-386-4488.

Professional development is focus of workshops

The Taneytown Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Professional Development Series 2005-2006 in cooperation with Carroll Community College.

The courses will be offered to the public in five two-hour workshops, every other month. All courses will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Taneytown Senior Center, 220 Roberts Mill Road.

Courses for this series include: "Basic Planning Considerations for Small Business," Sept. 15; "Business Ownership Opportunities," Nov. 10; "Tax Planning for Small Business," January; "Legal Issues for Small Business," March; and "Guerilla Marketing," May.

The cost per series is $130 for Taneytown chamber members and $160 for nonmembers, or $30 per course for members and $40 for nonmembers.

Information: 410-756-4234.

Church News

Keysville Evangelical Lutheran:

Worship will be at 10:30 a.m. Sunday with guest pastor the Rev. Richard Hembrock preaching. Sunday school for all ages will be held at 9:30 a.m. The church is at 7301 Keysville Road, Keymar. 410-756-6064.

St. Paul's United Methodist:

A coffee fellowship will be held at 11:45 a.m. Sunday for congregants. The next book club meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss Bee Season by Myla Goldberg. The community is welcome. Church school is at 9 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday. The church is at 200 Main St., New Windsor. 410-635- 2442.

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.

Trinity Lutheran Church:

Worship will be held at 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Sunday with the Rev. Nicholas Brie preaching. Communion will be offered at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The church is at 38 W. Baltimore St., Taneytown. 410-751-1203.


Hydrant flush set to start tomorrow

The Carroll County Bureau of Utilities will flush fire hydrants in the Freedom District between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. tomorrow through Thursday.

Residents may notice a loss of water pressure and cloudiness in the water lasting up to an hour during flushing in the area.

Residents are advised to refrain from using high-volume appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers during periods of low pressure and cloudy water.

Information: 410-386-2164.

Friendship Baptist to hold vacation Bible school

Friendship Baptist Church will hold its vacation Bible school, "Ramblin' Road Trip: Which Way Do I Go?" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 10 to 14 at the church, 1391 Sykesville Road, Sykesville.

Children and adults are welcome to learn how to plan a road trip and plot a course with God.

Teens can experience "The Road: Decisions and Destinations" with Bible study and special activities.

Adults will have a 'Ramblin' Road Trip Bible Study."

All are welcome.

Information: 410-442-5506.

Volunteer fire company to hold craft show July 16

Gamber & Community Volunteer Fire Company will hold a craft show and flea market from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 16 on the carnival grounds off Route 32 at Niner Road. The event will include food, a raffle and 50/50 cash drawing.

Vendors are needed for the event. Limited indoor spaces are available for $30 in advance and $40 the day of the sale. Outside spaces are $25 in advance and $35 the day of the event. Rain date is July 23.

Information: 410-795-1478 or 410-876-2494; or e-mail flea

Eldersburg library announces activities

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

"Paper Airplanes" at 2 p.m. Wednesday for ages 6 to 11. Children will learn to make a paper airplane and compete in a paper airplane-throwing contest.

"What Makes a Horse Race? From Preakness to Pimlico: A Maryland Perspective" at 7 p.m. Wednesday for adults and teens. Karin DeFrancis and Ryan Kelly from the Maryland Jockey Club will discuss the history of the Preakness Stakes, Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore and horseracing in Maryland.

"Grrreat Animal Tales with Gary Lloyd" at 1:30 p.m. Thursday for all ages (children age 3 and younger with an adult). Children will learn about jungle animals, such as how the rhino got his thick skin, how the tiger got his stripes and why monkeys live in trees. Registration is required.

"Trail Preservation in Maryland" at 7 p.m. for adults and teens. Trail Riders of Today is dedicated to the preservation of equestrian trails and the establishment of new trails. Anne Bennof, Carroll County's TROT coordinator, will describe how the organization works with developers as well as government and national park authorities to ensure that public recreational land is open to horseback riders.

Information: 410-386-4488.


Winemakers plan patriotic cookout event

Berrywine Plantations, Linganore Winecellars will hold a Sizzlin' Red, White & Blue Cookout Saturday to July 4 at the vineyard, 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy.

Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. July 3 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 4.

A catered family cookout will be held with hot dogs and hamburgers. Tastings of American wines will be offered.

Patriotic activities will include a reading of the Declaration of Independence, Colonial fife and drum music and Sousa marches.

Tours of the winery will be held at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tastings of other wines and recipes for cooking will be featured.

A playground and children's activities will be available.

Admission is free, but a fee will be charged for the cookout.

Information: 410-795-6432.

Celebrate Damascus scheduled for July 8, 9

The Heart of Maryland Classic Chevy Club will hold the annual Celebrate Damascus Classic Cars and Nostalgic Nights event July 8 and 9 in Damascus, south of Mount Airy.

The weekend starts July 8 with a parade at 7 p.m. featuring classic cars and trucks, fire equipment and bands. A concert with the oldies band the Shades and a fireworks display will be held afterward at the Damascus firehouse carnival grounds.

Events July 9 will include a community flea market starting at 9 a.m. at Damascus Motors, and a cruise-in of classic cars from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Damascus Chevrolet.

Area churches, clubs and organizations will offer family activities July 9. The Damascus Volunteer Fire Department will hold an open house.

An oldies dance with Big Cam & the Lifters will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight July 9 at the fire department's social hall. Tickets are $20 per couple.

Information: 301-253-2151 or 301-865-3660.

Library branch offers activities for kids, teens

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

"The Three Little Pigs," a puppet show, at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. tomorrow for all ages (children age 3 and younger with an adult). Registration is required.

Books and Games for teens at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Youths can play games after discussing the book selection.

Craft Day for all ages (children age 3 and younger with an adult) from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday.

"The Magic of Roger Lindsay" at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday for all ages (children age 3 and younger with an adult). Magician Roger Lindsay and Prop the Magic Bunny bring the audience into their show of magic and illusions. Registration is required.

Information: 410-386-4488.

Linganore High alumnus graduates from Annapolis

Justin R. Grover recently graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis and was commissioned an ensign.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in ocean engineering.

He is the son of B. Gayle and Joseph R. Grover of Mount Airy and a 2000 graduate of Linganore High School.

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