XALT to meet tomorrow at high school

XALT, a time for teens and young adults to come together for worship and prayer, will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow in the Winters Mill High School cafeteria in Westminster.

The group is led by participating young people and meets the second Monday of the month.

The school is at 560 Gorsuch Road.

Information: 410-848-0446.

Senior center sets activities for January

The Westminster Senior Center has announced activities for this month.

Yoga classes will be held at 9 a.m. Mondays, Jan. 23 to April 3. The cost is $40. Registration with the instructor will be held at 9 a.m. tomorrow. Please call the center if attending registration.

Creative Rubber Stamping will be offered at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow. The cost is $2, and registration is required.

A Coffee Klatch will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Reservations are requested.

A nutrition talk will be given at 9:30 a.m. Thursday on healing foods.

A Sentimental Journey program will be held Jan. 17. Seniors can take bells, whistles and funny hats to ring in the New Year at lunch. The Flying Scotsman will entertain at 1 p.m.

Betty Lou's Progressive 500 Card Party will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 18. Call 410-848-9199 for information.

The senior center is at 125 Stoner Ave.

Information: 410-386-3850.

Library is offering book clubs, photos

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

"Goldilocks and the Three Bears Puppet Show" for all ages (children 3 and younger with an adult) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, 1 p.m. Wednesday and at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday.

"Let's Talk Classics" for teenagers and adults at 7 p.m. Thursday to discuss Cannery Row by John Steinbeck.

Junior Book Club for ages 7 to 10 years at 4 p.m. Jan. 18 to discuss Crash by Jerry Spinelli.

"Get Your Photos Organized" at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 for teens and adults. Photo organization, preservation, journaling and scrapbooking will be discussed. Registration is required.

"Teen Online Book Club" will meet this month to read and discuss Looking for Alaska by John Green at

Information: 410-386-4488.

Student is perfect on SAT II Latin test

Celia Kelly, a Latin IV student at Westminster High School, has achieved a perfect score of 800 on the SAT II test in Latin.

The test assesses the student's reading ability in Latin and requires a wide-ranging knowledge of the language.

Students take the SAT II tests to demonstrate to colleges their mastery of specific subjects such as English, history, mathematics, science and language.


Senior center offers music, haircuts, talks

The North Carroll Senior Center, 2255 Hanover Pike, Greenmount, has announced coming activities.

A nutrition talk will be held at noon tomorrow.

The Senior Moments Band will perform Tuesday.

Haircuts will be available from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday.

Information: 410-239-6400.

Hampstead offers holiday tree pick-up

Hampstead will provide holiday tree pick-up for residents tomorrow and Jan. 16.

Trees must be completely stripped of all ornamentation.

Information: 410-239-7408.

North Carroll High to hold college night

North Carroll High School will hold a College Night for interested parents and students at 7 p.m. Thursday.

An overview of the new SAT, information on Advanced Placement courses, and a financial aid workshop will be available.

Snow date is Jan. 19.

Information: 410-751-3450.

Book clubs plan to meet at library

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

The North Carroll Book Discussion Group for ages 7 to 10 and teens at 6:45 p.m. tomorrow to discuss The Orphan of Ellis Island: A Time Travel Adventure by Elvira Woodruff.

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

"American Girls Night -- Molly's Winter Camping Adventure: Tell Your Favorite Camping Story" for ages 7 to 10 at 6:45 p.m. Jan. 19. Stories, theater presentations and a craft will be presented by the North Carroll High School Honor Society. Children can take their dolls or dress up if they wish. Registration is required.

The North Carroll Book Club for adults at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23 to discuss Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Mcguire.

"Teen Online Book Club" this month to read and discuss Looking for Alaska by John Green at

Information: 410-386-4488.

Church news

Grace United Methodist -- A praise Communion service will be held at 10:30 a.m. today. Sunday school is at 9:15 a.m. Sundays. Club 7.7 offers young teens fellowship, food, music and activities. Cry of Mercy will provide live music at the next meeting at 7 p.m. Friday. The church is at 4618 Black Rock Road, Hampstead. 410-374-9400.

Around town

Firehouse bingo -- Manchester Volunteer Fire Department will hold bingo Friday at the Firemen's Activities Building on York Street. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., food will be served at 6 p.m. and games begin at 7:30 p.m. 410-239-2286.


Stroll set for Saturday in Mount Airy

The Mount Airy Main Street Association and Downtown Business Association will hold a Second Saturday Stroll from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The event features music on the streets, and member stores staying open late, offering specials for shopping.

Information: 301-829-4444.

Mount Airy offers activities for all

Mount Airy Senior Center, 705 Ridge Ave., has announced coming activities.

Senior Information and Assistance will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Terry Serio from the Carroll County Extension Office will present "Recipe for Success" at noon Wednesday.

A belly-dancing class will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursdays starting Jan. 12. The cost is $24 for eight weeks.

Mount Airy Senior Book Club for adults will meet at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 26. See the center for the selection.

Information: 410-795-1017.

Beth Shalom to hold kids' movie night

Beth Shalom Congregation of Carroll County will hold a double-feature kids' movie night Jan. 21 at the synagogue, 2020 W. Liberty Road, near Winfield.

Two full-length feature films will be shown. The first G-rated film appropriate for all ages will start at 6:30 p.m. The main movie, at approximately 8:30 p.m., will be a recent blockbuster with a probable rating of PG, but chosen for family appeal.

Popcorn and drinks will be provided. Friends are welcome.

The cost is a minimum donation of $7.50 per child or $10 per family.

Reservations are required.

Information: 410-875-2800.

Winter birdseed sale begins this month

The Central Maryland Audubon Chapter is holding a Winter Birdseed Sale fundraiser.

A variety of seed for backyard bird feeders is available. Birdseed order forms are available at local library branches, or online at

Pick-up will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 28 at Clarksville Elementary School in Howard County, and Feb. 11 at Prospect United Methodist Church, Old Annapolis and Woodville roads near Mount Airy.

Proceeds benefit local sanctuaries.

Information: 301-831-5060, 410-795-6546 or 410-531-6658.

Marine completes basic training in S.C.

Marine Corps Pfc. Jordan W. Martin recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., designed to challenge Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

He is the son of Tracy Y. and Mark B. Martin of Woodbine.


Drama club presents 'Class Acts'

The Liberty High School Drama Club will present Class Acts at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the school auditorium, 5855 Bartholow Road, Eldersburg.

Class Acts is a series of skits directed and performed by the students.

Refreshments will be available.

Tickets are $6 in advance from the school or $7 at the door.

Information: 410-751-3560.

Senior center shares coming activities

South Carroll Senior Center has announced coming activities.

BGE will give a "Save Energy - Save Money" energy conservation workshop at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Carroll County Public Library Bookmobile will visit the center at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Game Night will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.

An open jam session, featuring country music, will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. every Friday.

The Macular Degeneration Support Group will meet at 10:30 a.m. Friday. The speaker will be a doctor from Sinai Hospital.

Haircuts will be given from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 17.

A trip to Toby's Dinner Theatre to see Mame will be taken from 9:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 25.

The center is at 5745 Bartholow Road, Eldersburg.

Information: 410-549-1357.

Freedom Fitness has hip-hop workshop

Freedom Fitness will hold an Urban Funk Hip-Hop workshop from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Jan. 20 at the studio in Carrolltown Center in Eldersburg.

"It's Time to Get Funk-tional!" includes choreographed dance movements in combinations to keep the heart pumping.

The class will be taught by Harold Sanco, 1998 U.S. National Master's Aerobic champion and two-time bronze medalist at the National Step Challenge Competition.

The cost is $20 for one person, or $30 for two. Registration is required.

Information: 410-795-9101.

Eldersburg library offers fun for all

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

"Teen Mystery - Barbecue With the Vampire" at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Participants can become characters in the story to solve the mystery of who has been turning the residents of Jugular Springs into bats. Registration is required.

"Homeschoolers Hour: Knights and Castles" for ages 7 to 10 at 2 p.m. Thursday.

"Goldilocks and the Three Bears Puppet Show" for all ages (children 3 and younger with an adult) at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday.

"Aha! Science at Your Library presents Roaring Rockets" at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Materials will be provided. Registration is required.

Information: 410-386-4488.


New Year's revival set at church

Strawbridge United Methodist Church will hold a New Year's Three-Night Revival at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday at 2901 Wakefield Valley Road.

A meal will be served at 6:15 p.m. during the revival.

Bishop Reginald Kennedy from Revivalist Gospel Tabernacle in Baltimore will be the speaker. The Sisters in Harmony, Gospel Tabernacle Choir and Strawbridge Praise Team will sing.

Information: 410-635-6480.

Taneytown EDC to hold breakfast

Taneytown Economic Development Commission will hold a networking business breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Friday at Thunderhead Bowling Centre.

Mark Eisner, president of Advance Land and Water Inc., will discuss, "Our No. 1 Scarce Commodity in Carroll County."

The cost is $5.50, payable at the meeting. Reservations are required by Wednesday at 410-751-1100, ext. 20.

Free throw contest scheduled Jan. 22

The Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph Taneytown Council 11631, will hold its annual Basketball Free Throw Championship for boys and girls ages 10 to 14 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 22 at Northwest Middle School.

Registration will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 21 at the school and at 1 p.m. Jan. 22. Snow date is Jan. 29.

Youths get three warm-up tosses and 15 free throws in competition. The youth making the most free throws in each age category wins.

Participants must have proof of age and written parental consent.

Information: 410-756-1214.

Lions Club to hold blood drive Jan. 17

The Valley Lions Club of Pleasant Valley will hold a community blood drive from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Pleasant Valley fire hall, 2030 S. Pleasant Valley Road.

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended by calling Bobbie Davis at 410-848- 3163.

Church news

Keysville Evangelical Lutheran -- Worship for the Baptism of Our Lord will be held at 10:30 a.m. today with Deacon Charles Barnhart's message, "Wisdom - Learned in the Sandpile." Sunday school will be held at 9:30 a.m. The church is at 7301 Keysville Road, Keymar. 410-756-6064.

St. Paul's United Methodist -- Musicians are welcome to take their instruments and play for a "discipleShip" worship at 8 a.m. today. A light cafe will be held after worship. The Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24 to discuss Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. 410-635-2442.

Around town

Book group -- Taneytown library branch, 10 Grand Drive, will hold the Sip & Chat Book Discussion group at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 19 to discuss Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. 410-386-4488.

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