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Strawberry festival is Saturday

St. John's Lutheran Church will hold a strawberry festival starting at 4 p.m. until about dusk Saturday at the church, 827 Leister's Church Road, Westminster.

Berries and ice cream, music, food and family activities will be featured.

The Alesia Band will perform.

Information: 410-848-6402.

Clubs to discuss 'Up Island' and Plato

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

Book Club for adults at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss Up Island by Anne Rivers Siddons.

"Let's Talk Classics" for teens and adults at 7 p.m. Thursday to discuss Plato's The Republic.

Information: 410-386-4488.

Senior center has activities on tap

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

Farmers Market Coupons will be given out from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday. Senior Information and Assistance will share information on the new qualifications and assist senior participants who are qualified to sign up for the program. Information: 410-386-3852.

A Father's Day luncheon of stuffed pork will be served at 11:30 am. June 20. Reservations are required.

Information: 410-386-3850.

Teen honored for volunteerism

Nicholas Earp, a junior at Winters Mill High School, has been honored for his volunteer service with the President's Volunteer Service Award.

The award recognizes Americans who have volunteered significant amounts of time to serving their community and country.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program presented Nicholas with the award on behalf of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.


Lions Club carnival has fun for all

The Mount Airy Lions Club will hold its 60th annual carnival tomorrow through Saturday on the Firemen's Carnival Grounds at Twin Arch Road and Route 27.

The grounds open at 6:30 p.m. and rides start at 7 p.m. Discount coupons for $3 off are available for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

The carnival will feature games, rides, food and music.

Scheduled performers and days are: Cabellero tomorrow, Stone Broke Tuesday, Roll the Dice Wednesday, Country Plus Thursday, Vintage Friday, and Ten Cent Penny Saturday.

Information: 301-829-LION.

Beth Shalom school accepting applicants

Beth Shalom Congregation of Carroll County is taking applications for the 2006-2007 religious school year at the synagogue, 2020 W. Liberty Road, near Winfield.

The synagogue provides an educational environment in which the Jewish identities of children and their families are challenged, nurtured, encouraged and inspired.

Information: 410-875-2800.

Peters appointed to state committee

The town of Mount Airy has announced that Councilwoman Wendi W. Peters has been appointed by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. to the Advisory Committee to the Community Legacy Board.

The Community Legacy Program is a statewide program that helps existing communities develop comprehensive revitalization plans and implement projects aimed at reducing sprawl and enhancing quality of life.

Administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development's Division of Neighborhood Revitalization, Community Legacy grants provide funding to local governments and their nonprofit partners for community revitalization initiatives.


Sykesville festival is Saturday

Sykesville will hold its 24th annual strawberry festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Millard Cooper Park off Springfield Avenue.

The festival features strawberry shortcake, a basket raffle and an Art in the Park event.

Proceeds benefit the Gate House and tourism.

Information: 410-795-8959.

Bible school plans to be an adventure

Springfield Presbyterian Church, USA, will hold vacation Bible school, "Adventure of the Treasure Seekers," from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 19-23 at 7300 Spout Hill Road, Sykesville.

Children will go on daily "digs" and explore five of God's promises. Children ages 4 years to eighth grade are welcome. Registration is requested.

Information: 410-795-6152.

Seminar focuses on vision of Jesus

Bon Secours Spiritual Center in Marriottsville will hold a weeklong seminar on "The Vision of Jesus in a Rapidly Changing World" June 25-29.

Diarmuid O'Murchu, a social psychologist, will explore who Jesus is and his place in people's lives today.

Participants should arrive at 5 p.m. June 25. The program will end at 4 p.m. June 29.

The cost is $375. Registration is required by June 11.

The center is at 1525 Marriottsville Road.

Information: 410-442-1320.

Library offers club, 'Gametopia'

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

Free Spirit Book Club for adults at 2 p.m. Saturday to discuss The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Take a snack or beverage to share.

"Gametopia" for teens at 7 p.m. June 12. The Teen Advisory Board is sponsoring an evening of video and board games. Information: 410-386-4488.


New Windsor carnival is tomorrow

The New Windsor Fire Department will hold its annual carnival tomorrow through Saturday at the carnival grounds on High Street next to the new firehouse.

The week features games, bingo, rides, raffles and music. Lunch is available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The New Windsor Fire Prevention Contest for Little Miss, Junior Miss and Miss New Windsor fire prevention queens will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow in New Windsor Station.

Family ride nights are Tuesday and Thursday. The firemen's parade will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

A silent auction will be held Friday, with bids closing at 10 p.m. More than 500 items are up for bid. Scheduled concerts are: Cry of Mercy, tomorrow; Hat Creek Country on Tuesday; No Alibi on Thursday; Kevin Booth & Country Thunder on Friday; and Brothel Brothers on Saturday.

Information: 410-635-6373 or 410-635-2137.

Taneytown panel to hold breakfast

Taneytown Economic Development Commission will hold its monthly networking business breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Friday at Thunderhead Bowling Centre, 4337 Old Taneytown Road.

Del. Donald B. Elliott will give an update on the Maryland General Assembly 2006 legislative session. Maryland Transportation Secretary Robert Flanagan will speak for Sen. David R. Brinkley, who will be unable to attend.

The cost for breakfast is $6, which is payable at the meeting. Anyone interested in the program is welcome.

Reservations are required by Wednesday at 410-751-1100, ext. 20.

Church news

Taneytown Baptist -- Vacation Bible School will be held from 9 a.m. to noon June 19-23 for children ages 3 to 12. Bible stories, crafts, games, puppets, skits, prizes and snacks will be featured. Registration is requested. The church is at 4150 Sells Mill Road. 410-756-4444.


Hampstead pupils to help grow garden

The third-grade class at Hampstead Elementary School will present seedlings they have grown for a Take Pride in America garden at noon Tuesday at the Residences at the Hampstead School, a non-profit senior community.

The garden will be presented with an award from the U.S. Department of the Interior, as well as a flag that was flown over the Capitol. The flag is courtesy of U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski.

Together, seniors and children will plant the vegetable seedlings. At harvest, vegetables and herbs that are not consumed by the seniors will be given to local food banks.

The event will conclude with the first Adopt-A-Grandparent day, with the pupils presenting a "Readers' Theater."

Information: 410-857-2294.

Senior center is holding moving sale

The North Carroll Senior Center, 2255 Hanover Pike, Greenmount, is preparing for its relocation.

A moving sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Donations will be accepted Thursday and Friday.

A video, "Change," on the center's move, will be shown at 11 a.m. June 13 and 14. Packing day will be June 15 and volunteers are needed. Packers will get a free lunch.

Information: 410-239-6400.

Sudoku is part of library fun

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

"Do You Sudoku?" for teens and adults at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Kenneth Shook will explain approaches to solving the number puzzles, and the puzzle's history.

"Manchester Elementary School Night" from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday for all ages. Prizes, surprises, mystery crafts and summer reading program registration will be featured.

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