Winters Mill students offer talent show

The Winters Mill High School Student Government Association will present its second annual student talent show at 6 p.m. Friday in the school auditorium and cafeteria at 560 Gorsuch Road, Westminster.

The show will feature acting, music and comedy.

A silent auction in the cafeteria will have a variety of items. The doors open for bidding at 4:30 p.m., and bidding will continue until one half-hour after the talent show.

Auction items include eight reserved tickets to the 2006 graduation, greens fees for four at Oakmont Green Golf Course, a $200 certificate from Balfour for a class ring, and a senior portrait session by Victor O'Neil Studio.

Proceeds will benefit Winters Mills' sister school, L.E. Rabouin High School, in New Orleans, La.

Tickets are $5.

Information: 410-386-1500.

Worship time for teenagers

XALT, a group 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.

The group is led by participating youth.

Information: 410-848-0446.

Girls Scouts sponsor dance

Girl Scout Cadette Troop 502 and Senior Troop 112 are sponsoring a St. Patrick's Day fifth-grade dance from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at Westminster United Methodist Church social hall, 165 E. Main St.

Admission is $5. The dance features DJ Stinger, food and door prizes.

Dancers must be picked up by a parent.

Information: 410-876-8106 or 410-848-4808.

PTSA offers basket bingo

The Winters Mill High School PTSA will hold a basket bingo Saturday at 560 Gorsuch Road, Westminster.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with hot roast beef and fried chicken dinners for $5.50. Games begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Information: 410-857-4026 or 443-340-5383.

Westminster library plans activities

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

"AARP Tax Aid Program" for those 50 and older at 6 p.m. tomorrow and March 20 and 27. Registration is required. If filing jointly, come as a couple. Take last year's return.

"My Baby and More" at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Colleen Newman will present the Happiest Baby Program for parents and their infants, birth to 9 months, and expectant parents. Registration is required.

"Cuentos y Cantos: Los Animales de la Granja/Farm Animals" at 7 p.m. Thursday for all ages (children younger than 3 with an adult).

Information: 410-386-4488.

Girls softball taking registration

The Sandymount Recreation Council Girl's Fast Pitch Softball Program is taking registration through Saturday.

Evaluations will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Big Upper Field at Carroll indoor sports. The season runs from mid-April to the beginning of June.

To register, visit


Lisbon church plans ham supper

Lisbon United Methodist Church will hold a ham and oyster supper from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the church hall, 15875 Frederick Road (Route 144).

The menu includes homemade cole slaw, potato salad and gelatin salads; fried oysters, ham, green beans, corn, rolls, relishes and beverages.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 6 to 12.

Information: 410-489-7245.

Lions Club to hold basket bingo

The Taylorsville-Winfield Lions Club will hold a basket bingo March 24 at South Carroll High School, 1300 W. Old Liberty Road.

Baskets will be filled. Refreshments will be available.

Proceeds will provide scholarships for South Carroll and Century High school students.

Information: 410-848-3444, 410-876-1983 or 410-795-9344.

Senior center sets activities

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

A St. Patrick's Day lunch will be held at 11:45 a.m. Thursday with corned beef and cabbage. The Flying Scotsman will entertain at 12:30 p.m. Reservations are required.

"Fun and Games with Bev" will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday.

Mount Airy Senior Book Club will meet at 12:30 p.m. March 23 to discuss True Believer by Nicholas Sparks.

Information: 410-795-1017.

Mount Airy library offers programs

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

"Connecting Boys with Books" at 7 p.m. Tuesday at South Carroll High School, 1300 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield, for adults. The Learning Advantage Partnership will present a free program with Michael Sullivan, director of Weeks Public Library, Greenland, N.H., and author of Connecting Boys with Books. Sullivan has studied and written extensively on the need to help boys become lifelong readers to better prepare them for the future. Parents with boys in elementary and middle schools are especially encouraged to attend.

"Internet Basics: Keeping it Simple" for teens and adults at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Mount Airy Book Club for adults at 1 p.m. March 22 to discuss The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

Information: 410-386-4488.

Winfield VFD presents awards

The Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department recently presented 2005 awards to members.

Casey Naill was named Firefighter of the Year and Tommy Courtney Rookie of the Year.

The top fire responder was John Laster, with 186.1 hours, and the top Emergency Medical Services responder was Eddie Zepp, with 154.1 hours.

James Main had the most fire training time, with 366 hours, and Kristen Remmers had the most EMS training, with 138 hours.

The most Fire/EMS standby hours went to Dave Wallace, with 820.3 hours. The top fundraiser was Scott Legore, with 608 hours. Thirty-year service awards were presented to Pat Boone and Billy Gardner.


Fire agency plans fantasy weekend

The Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department will hold its second annual Firefighter Fantasy Weekend April 21-23.

The event is open to South Carroll residents 18 and older who are interested in learning more about their local fire department.

Participants will:

Spend the weekend with Sykesville fire and Emergency Medical Service crews taking part in realistic training exercises, including putting out a real building fire.

Learn other aspects of fire and EMS work, including vehicle rescue and CPR certification.

Live at the firehouse, staying overnight, and respond on all fire and EMS calls during the weekend.

The idea is to provide an authentic firehouse experience and a better understanding of what fire and EMS crews do to protect the community.

A $50 registration fee is required. Space is limited to eight participants.

Information: 410-795-8021 or e-mail

School to hold youth yoga classes

Freedom Fitness will hold yoga for elementary school students at 4 p.m. at Piney Ridge Elementary, 6315 Freedom Ave.

Class dates are March 21 and 28; April 11, 18 and 25; and May 2, 16 and 23.

The cost is $39. Advance registration is encouraged.

Information: 410-795-9101.

Senior center plans week of activities

South Carroll Senior Center, 5745 Bartholow Road, Eldersburg, has planned:

Free blood pressure checks will be given from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday. Kathy Brown from the Carroll County Health Department will discuss heart health at 12:15 p.m..

A St. Patrick's Day celebration will be held at noon Thursday. Frank Cappodora will play the piano at 12:30 p.m.

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

Nutrition education will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

A movie will be shown and pizza served at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

Information: 410-549-1357.

Library offers youth activities

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

"Antietam Battlefield in a Box" at 7 p.m. Wednesday for teens and adults. A park ranger from the Antietam National Battlefield will bring a large map that shows the roads, bridges and other features of the battlefield. Participants will move around the map, following the movements of troops during the Civil War battle.

"Aha! Science at Your Library Presents Mysterious Motion" at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday and 4:30 p.m. March 22 for ages 7 to 10. Children will learn how motion detectors and sensors work. Registration is required.

"American Girl: Addy and the Civil War" at 10 a.m. Saturday for ages 6 to 10. Stories, activities and crafts are planned. Dolls are welcome. Registration is required.

"Yo-Yo Mania" for ages 8 and older at 2 p.m. Saturday. Yo-yo champion Chuck Pribulick will demonstrate yo-yo tricks.

"American Girls Night" at 7 p.m. March 20 for ages 7 to 10. Girl Scout Senior Troop 619 will introduce some of the American Girl dolls and make a craft. Take a doll if you wish. Registration is required.

Information: 410-386-4488.


Key student to compete in oratory

Rebecca Barry, a ninth-grader at Francis Scott Key High School, is one of 20 finalists in the WJZ 13 Black History Oratory Contest.

She will compete today in the finals at 1 p.m. at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture in Baltimore.

She will give a speech based on quotes from Benjamin Banneker. The top three students will earn cash prizes.

Fire company marks 75 years

Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company will celebrate its 75th anniversary during the annual installation and awards banquet Saturday at Martin's Westminster.

The event will include a dance and a program of speakers emphasizing the company's service to the community. Memorabilia will be displayed, and special presentations will be made.

The fire company was formally organized March 20, 1931, and a public meeting held April 13, 1931, at which 46 citizens joined to protect the surrounding community.

The company's first piece of apparatus was a hand-pulled ladder wagon, built by member Charles Geiman, that carried three ladders and 24 buckets.

The Patriotic Order of Sons of America lodge hall in the village of Pleasant Valley served as the first fire station. It was purchased by the fire company in 1946 and expanded until the current fire house was built in 1983.

Pleasant Valley serves almost 70 square miles of central northern Carroll County. The company responded to 414 fire/rescue calls and 508 medical service calls in 2005.

Information: 410-848-1977.

Taneytown Lions to serve breakfast

Taneytown Lions Club will hold its annual spring benefit breakfast for its community programs from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Taneytown Carnival Grounds activities building, Memorial Park.

The menu will include pancakes, sausage, eggs fried to order, pudding and hominy, sausage gravy, and beverages.

The cost is $5 for adults, $2.50 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for those younger than 6.

Information: 410-751-1227.

Taneytown library offers activities

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

"Yu-Gi-Oh" for ages 8 to 14 at 2 p.m. Wednesday Youths should take their own cards to play the game with others.

The Sip & Chat Book Discussion for adults at 7 p.m. Thursday to discuss Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy.

Information: 410-386-4488.

Church news

Keysville Evangelical Lutheran -- Worship for the second Sunday in Lent will be held at 10:30 a.m. today with Deacon Charles Barnhart's message, "Life - From the Inside Out." 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. Luke's (Winter's) Lutheran -- Weekly Lenten services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through April 5. The church is at 701 Green Valley Road in New Windsor. 410-635-6177.

St. Paul's United Methodist -- Church school is at 9 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday. The next Book Club meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. March 28 to discuss Night by Elie Wiesel. The church is at 200 Main St., New Windsor. 410-635-2442.


Nightclub for teens at church

Grace United Methodist Church has a monthly community teen nightclub for youths in fifth to eighth grades.

An "Unleash the Green" event for St. Patrick's Day will be held from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday at the church, 4618 Black Rock Road, Upperco.

Activities include "Fear Factor - Irish Stew With a Blender?" 2xtreme competition "Over the Rainbow," and a private concert by Under Command, plus door prizes.

A $3 cover donation is requested. Reservations are requested by tomorrow.

Information: 410-239-1978.

Senior center offers activities

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

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

Eight free beginner classes in Gentle Yoga for Seniors ages 60 and older will be offered at 2 p.m. Mondays starting March 20. Students should wear a comfortable sweat suit and must fill out a release form. Registration is required.

"Researching Family History" will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon March 23, 30 and April 6. The cost is $35 through the Department of Recreation and Parks. To register, call 410-386-2103.

A trip to Midway, Del., will be taken at 7:45 a.m. March 30. The cost is $20, with a rebate of $15 in coins from Midway. Reservations are required by Wednesday. All travelers must fill out emergency information before the trip.

Information: 410-239-6400.

Library branch lists programs

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 The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare.

"Comprando Su Primera Casa?" for adults at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Lynda Cancino from Equitable Mortgage Corporation will present the program.

"American Girls Night - Kirsten's Handkerchief Dolls and String Games" for ages 7 to 10 at 6:45 p.m. Thursday. 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. Registration is required.

"Stamping with Jan" at 7 p.m. March 20 for adults. Participants should take a photo to make a personalized 6-inch-by-6-inch page using basic stamping and scrapbooking techniques.

Information: 410-386-4488.

Senior community needs garden tools

Officials of the Residences at HampsteadSchool, a nonprofit senior living community in Hampstead, are seeking donations of gardening tools.

The tools will be used this spring and summer by senior community residents in a vegetable and floral garden project.

Information: 410-596-7874.

Church news

Greenmount United Methodist -- Lenten Bible study will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through April 5 with the theme "Holy Words and What They Mean." Church school is at 9 a.m. and worship at 10 a.m. every Sunday. The church is at 2001 Hanover Pike. 410-374-8371.

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