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Thursday film screenings based on children's books

The Carroll Arts Center will screen six films based on classic children's literature at 1 p.m. Thursdays in the theater at 91 W. Main St., Westminster.

All tickets are $3.

Scheduled movies are:

Thursday: Swiss Family Robinson. This 1960 Walt Disney film is about a shipwrecked family that turns a desert island into a dream paradise complete with a three-story treehouse and a menagerie of tame animals.

July 7: Old Yeller: Adventure and love are blended together in this 1957 Walt Disney story of a farm family in Texas and a stray dog that plays an unforgettable part in their lives.

July 14: James and the Giant Peach: This 1996 animated feature, based on the book by Roald Dahl, tells the story of a young boy's journey and his unforeseen encounters with human-sized insects and a large peach.

July 21: The Indian in the Cupboard: Adapted from the book by Lynne Reid Banks, this 1995 fantasy adventure tells of a boy who secretly creates a world of living characters when he discovers that, with a turn of a key, he can magically bring to life a 3-inch toy Indian.

July 28: Tom and Huck: Jonathan Taylor Thomas plays Tom Sawyer in this 1995 adaptation of Mark Twain's classic novel about a young boy with a wild spirit, winsome smile and inventive solutions to the problems of everyday life.

Aug. 4: The Secret Garden: A lonely orphan girl's dreary life at her uncle's British manor house is brightened by the discovery and nurturing of a quiet, walled garden in this 1993 telling of the classic children's tale by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

In an effort to encourage reading, children younger than age 16 who have read one of the books will be eligible to win a raffle prize before each movie. A parent or guardian must verify that the child has read the book.

Free movie tickets are available with the purchase of any of the above books at Locust Books in downtown Westminster. Books also are available at Carroll County Public Library branches.

Information: 410-848-7272.

Sunday concerts planned at Westminster City Park

The Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor its annual free Month of Sundays concert series at 7 p.m. weekly next month at Westminster City Park, off Longwell Avenue.

The concert lineup is:

July 3: Jennifer Rose and the Mixx, whose song "P.I. Redneck," went to No. 1 in Australia during its first week, will open the series. She performs original tunes and hits by other artists.

July 10: Big Wheeley and the Whitewalls, a seven-member band, have performed with the Shirelles, Crystals and Chubby Checker. They bring back memories of the days of Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley.

Street Cars of Desire will hold a car show at the concert.

July 17: Iron Ridge is dedicated to preserving old-time traditional bluegrass, but also offers original tunes and light gospel. The band features Denny Kopp on mandolin and fiddle; Jerry Leitner on rhythm guitar; Jay Mosley on vocals and banjo; Jay's son, Joey Mosley, 13, on guitar; and Max Allison on upright bass.

July 24: The New Monopoly, an eight-member band that captures the sound of the original records of the 1950s to 1980s. They perform swing, doo-wop, disco, Motown, new wave and contemporary.

Free State Corvette Club will hold a car show during the concert.

July 31: Gene Vincentt & the Cadillac Cruisers with Gene's Road House Horns. The 13-piece show band has worked with about 275 national star acts over the past 25 years, such as the Beach Boys, Little Richard, Blood, Sweat & Tears, the Mamas & the Papas, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Frankie Valli and Brenda Lee.

Street Cars of Desire will hold a car show at the concert.

Donations of toiletry items, baby food, diapers, formula, paper goods and cleaning supplies will be collected at the concerts to benefit Human Services Programs Inc. of Carroll County.

Food vendors will be available at all concerts.

Information: 410-386-2103.

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