Tourism council to update visitor's guide to county

The Tourism Council of Carroll County Inc. is preparing to publish the second edition of its visitor's guide, Destination Carroll County, this fall.

The guide is produced by the nonprofit council as a service to the Carroll County Office of Tourism, which uses the booklet in its promotion and advertising of the county.

This magazine-style publication features maps and information on the towns, the Civil War, historic sites, attractions, parks, lodging, restaurants and shopping.

Advertising copy deadline for the guide is July 15. Businesses are urged to act promptly to ensure that their ads are included in the new guide. Assistance is available for those who do not have camera-ready copy.

Advertisers also will receive a free listing on the Tourism Council's Web site with a link to their business. The guide will be distributed throughout Carroll County and to all Maryland welcome centers.

Information: 410-775-0308 or 410-259-6163.

Discount tickets available for amusement parks

The Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks in Westminster sells discount amusement park tickets.

Discounts are offered for Dutch Wonderland, Hershey Park, Paramount's Kings Dominion and Six Flags America.

Tickets can be purchased at the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Information: 410-386-2103.

Democratic Club to hold its annual picnic July 10

The Carroll County Democratic Club will hold its summer picnic from 2 p.m. to sundown July 10 at the Union Mills Lions Club Park on Old Hanover Road off Littlestown Pike.

The event is free to dues-paying members, but all are welcome. Dues are $10 per person or $20 per family.

Beverages, hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided. Members are asked to take a dessert if their last name begins with A to L, and a salad if it begins with M to Z.

Reservations are required by July 3 at carrolldemocratic

Information: 410-876-6201 before 8:30 p.m.

United Way names Shank as 2005 campaign chair

The United Way Community Partnership of Carroll County has chosen Michael Shank as 2005 campaign chairman.

Shank is vice president at Branch Bank & Trust Co. in Carroll County and is active in the community with the Arc, public schools and colleges, and the Chamber of Commerce.

Other members of the 2005 campaign cabinet include: Denny Ahalt, Dan Dutterer and Brenda Fisher from New Windsor State Bank; Kim Booe from the Carroll County Times; Judy Casey from Branch Banking & Trust; Ron Drager from Silberstein Insurance Group; Stacey Foxwell from National Public Radio; Colleen Graham from SunTrust Bank; Mary Harris and Andrew Smith from Westminster Union Bank; David L. Hogue from Bank of Hanover; David H. Roush; Barry Stoll and BB&T; Insurance.

The 2004 United Way campaign raised $229,533 in Carroll County for area nonprofits that provide activities and services to Carroll County residents.

Program set on working with trauma survivors

The Carroll County Local Management Board will sponsor a workshop, "Risking Connections Training: Working with Adult Trauma Survivors," tomorrow through Wednesday at the Westminster Riding Club, 366 N. Colonial Ave., Westminster.

The Sidran Institute will present the program, recommended for anyone who works in the field of substance abuse, mental health or trauma.

The cost is $10 for all three days.

Information: 410-386-3600.

Tails of Hope Sanctuary to be honored for its work

The Tails of Hope Sanctuary in Mount Airy will receive the Animal Rescue Award at the seventh annual American Red Cross Hometown Heroes Breakfast tomorrow.

Tails of Hope will be honored for its commitment to animal welfare and the prevention of mistreatment that leads to the need for animal rescue services.

The group helps to provide temporary foster homes, transportation, veterinary assistance and education to pet owners.

County library is taking Harry Potter reservations

Carroll County Public Library is taking reservations for the new Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, to be released July 16.

Patrons must put in their reservations by 9 p.m. tomorrow to be sure of getting a copy of the book, which will be available at 12:01 a.m. July 16. All public library branches will be open the night of July 15 for activities.

The film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone will be shown at the Mount Airy, North Carroll and Westminster branches July 15. Doors open at 8:45 p.m., and the film begins at 8:55 p.m.

Activities at the Taneytown and Eldersburg branches will begin at 11 p.m. July 15. Patrons can play trivia games, make crafts and enjoy refreshments.

Information: 410-386-4488.

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