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Construction plan is topic of meeting

The Mayor and Common Council of Westminster will hold a meeting on the West Green Street reconstruction project at 7 p.m. Thursday in the fellowship hall of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Bond and West Green streets.

Last year, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. installed new gas mains from New Windsor Road to Bond Street.

The city, which is funding the project, has completed construction plans and related bidding documents. Bids are due March 2, and work could begin as early as April.

City and engineering officials will provide information on the timeline, traffic control, parking and refuse removal, and answer residents' questions on the project.

Information: 410-848-9002.

West Middle to present 'Into the Woods'

West Middle School will present Into the Woods at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the school auditorium at 60 Monroe St.

The musical has been specially adapted for young performers. The play is a cockeyed fairy tale with Brothers Grimm characters, including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the witch.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children and seniors at the door only.

Information: 410-751-3661.

Senior center plans activities

The Westminster Senior Center, 125 Stoner Ave., has announced activities.

Creative Rubber Stamping will be held at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow. The cost is $3.

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

A Valentine's Day party will be held Tuesday. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. Paul Seipp will entertain at 12:30 p.m. Take pictures of your sweetheart or loved one to be posted in the dining room, and wear red, pink or white.

Betty Lou's Progressive 500 Card Party will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Information: 410-848-9199.

Prize bingo will be played at 12:45 p.m. Thursday.

Jam sessions will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays. Anyone who plays an instrument is welcome.

Donors sought for blood drive

The Junior Youth Group of Cedarhurst Unitarian Universalists will sponsor a Red Cross community blood drive from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 25 at 2912 Club House Road, Finksburg.

Free childcare will be provided.

Interested donors should contact Erinn Farver at 410-861-8820 or e-mail for an appointment.

Around town

Christian teens -- 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, 560 Gorsuch Road, Westminster. 410-848-0446.


Church to celebrate anniversary

Grace United Church of Christ will celebrate its 250th anniversary with "Snip-its of Grace United Church of Christ's History" every second Sunday of the month.

Beginning at the 10:15 a.m. worship today, a "snip-it" will be given about the church's beginning.

Michael Schlatter, a traveling minister who arrived in 1747 from the Synod of the Reformed Church in Holland, came to gather Reformed people in the New World into congregations and find pastors for them.

The church is at 40 W. Baltimore St., Taneytown.

Information: 410-756-2302.

Trinity Church offers Back to Basics class

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Taneytown will hold a "Back to Basics" course from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays this month at 38 W. Baltimore St.

Classes will be Basic Christianity on Tuesday, Basic Bible on Feb. 21 and Basic Prayer on Feb. 28.

All are welcome.

Information: 410-751-1203.

Fire company set for bingo banquet

Union Bridge Fire Company will hold a bingo banquet March 4 at the fire hall, 8 W. Locust St.

Doors will open at 4:30 p.m., and games start at 7 p.m. Dinner will be served.

Tickets are $25.

Information: 410-775-0001.

Senior center plans programs this month

The Taneytown Senior Center, 220 Roberts Mill Road, has announced activities.

The Taneytown Purple Passionate Red Hats will hold a Valentine Tea at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. The cost is $15.

The annual Filipino Party Day will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Free income tax assistance will be available through the AARP TaxAide program, by appointment, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Feb. 28.

Reservations are required for programs.

Information: 410-751-4556.

Library offers craft activity, book clubs

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

"Holiday Crafts: Valentine's Day" from 10 a.m. to noon and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow for all ages (children 3 and younger with an adult). Children can make seasonal crafts and gifts.

The Sip & Chat Book Discussion for adults at 4:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss The Princess Bride by William Goldman.

"Teen Online Book Club" this month to read and discuss As Simple As Snow by Gregory Galloway at

Information: 410-386-4488.


St. Peter's to hold basket bingo

St. Peter's Lutheran Church will hold a holiday Longaberger basket bingo Friday at the Manchester Firemen's Activities Building on York Street.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and games begin at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be available.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Proceeds benefit the church parking lot.

Information: 410-374-2622, 410-374-4202 or 410-876-6504.

Senior center announces activities

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

A country-western Valentine's party will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Johnny G. will lead in karaoke.

Free income tax preparation, by appointment, will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Thursdays to March 30. Information: 410-239-6400.

Library to offer book discussions

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

The North Carroll Book Discussion Group for ages 9 to 13 at 6:45 p.m. tomorrow to discuss Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis.

"American Girls Night - Addy's Stitching Party" for ages 7 to 10 at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday. The North Carroll High School Honor Society will present stories, theater skits and crafts. Children will make a beanbag and play a beanbag game. Children can take their dolls or dress up. Registration is required.

The North Carroll Book Club for adults at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 to discuss Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin.

Information: 410-386-4488.

Hampstead police cruisers get laptops

The Hampstead Police Department now has laptop computers in its vehicles that can access motor vehicle records and other law enforcement information at the scene.

The computers allow officers to work from their vehicle, communicate with other law enforcement agencies using the same programming and coordinate multi-jurisdictional responses to incidents.

The computers were purchased with a grant from the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, with matching funds from the town.

Student wins speaking contest

North Carroll High School senior Katie Sandberg recently won the Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts' Speak-Off competition.

High school students must prepare and deliver a 5- to 7-minute speech on natural resources conservation.

Katie will receive a scholarship and will have the opportunity to present her speech at the association's summer convention.


Religion lecture tomorrow

The Maryland Humanities Council will present a free lecture on "Religious Fundamentalism: A Global and Comparative Perspective" at 7:15 p.m. tomorrow at Fairhaven Retirement Community, 7200 Third Ave., Sykesville.

Bjorn Krondorfer will address the conflict of growing religious fundamentalism by introducing some concepts from fundamentalist movements in Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Islam.

Krondorfer is associate professor of religious studies at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Information: 410-549-6731.

Dance academy to offer free classes

Merritt Athletic Club's Dance Academy will offer free classes for girls and boys ages 2 to 12 tomorrow through Saturday at the Eldersburg center.

Ballet, tap, modern, jazz/hip hop and musical theater can be sampled for free. Registration is requested, but not required.

Membership is not required.

Information: 410-549-2894, ext. 118.

Freedom Fitness to offer partners yoga

Freedom Fitness will offer a partners yoga workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the studio in Carrolltown Center in Eldersburg.

No yoga experience is necessary. Take a yoga mat. The cost is $30 per couple.

Information: 410-795-9101.

Liberty High to hold bull roast Feb. 25

The Liberty High School Lionbackers will hold a bull roast at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at the American Legion in Sykesville.

Games, prizes, music and dancing will be featured, along with a full menu and beverages. Tickets are $30.

Proceeds will go toward an in-ground irrigation system in the Lion's Den Stadium Field.

Information: 410-549-0834 or 410-549-5443.

Church child center taking registration

Faith Lutheran Church's Faith Child Development Center is registering for fall 2006 classes.

This preschool is for ages 2 to 5 from September through May. The weekday program is aimed at helping children develop spiritually, socially, emotionally and cognitively.

The preschool is at the church, 1700 St. Andrews Way, Eldersburg.

Information: 410-795-9982.

Eldersburg library offers craft activities

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

"Basic Scrapbooking for Everyone" at 7 p.m. tomorrow for adults and teens. Participants should take at least three photographs to begin a basic scrapbook.

"Super Sitters" for teens at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Teens will make a Super Sitter kit with creative resources and props.


Shabbat dinner set for March 3

Beth Shalom Congregation of Carroll County will hold its Shabbat Across America Dinner on March 3 at the synagogue, 2020 W. Liberty Road, near Winfield.

Services begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m.

An adult four-course chicken dinner costs $18 for Beth Shalom members and $22 for nonmembers. A children's menu of a fruit cup, chicken fingers, fries and dessert will be $5.

Reservations with payment must be made before Feb. 20.

Canned goods are requested for Carroll County Food Sunday.

Information: 410-875-2800.

Senior center plans lunches, tax help

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

A Valentine lunch of turkey will be served at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday. The cost is a donation of up to $3.48. Maybelle Jerkwater from Bowlegs, Okla., will entertain after lunch.

Income tax assistance is available by appointment from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays and Fridays through April 7.

Terry Serio from the Carroll County Extension Office will present "Terry's Thyme" at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Free blood pressure screening will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. The Carroll County Health Department will give a talk on strokes, "When Minutes Matter."

Red bingo will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday. Lunch reservations are required to play bingo. The cost is a donation up to $3.48 for lunch and $1 for a bingo card. Two free cards are given for prize donations.

Mount Airy Senior Book Club will meet at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 23 to discuss Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

Information: 410-795-1017.

Library offers events for children, adults

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

Book Buddies for Beginning Readers for ages 6 to 8 at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

"Internet Basics: Keeping it Simple" for teens and adults at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Mount Airy Book Club for adults at 1 p.m. Wednesday to discuss His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis.

Information: 410-386-4488.

Dental center opens Ridge Road office

The Family Dental Center of Mount Airy recently held a grand opening for its new office at 4644 Ridge Road.

The office is open six days a week with flexible hours for patients.

Dr. Sonia Clesner owns the practice. Other staff members include Esther Su, orthodontist; hygienist Linda Mabry; and Mabry's daughters Kari and Kim, receptionists.

Information: 410-875-2323.

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