Vacation Bible School next week

Westminster First Church of God will hold Vacation Bible School, "Quest for God's 10 Commandments," from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 14-18 at 25 N. Center St.

The Time-Stone Travelers program is for children ages 3 to 11, who will learn about five discovery sites.

Registration is requested.

Information: 410-848-7131.

Library offers fun for the whole family

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

"The Magic of Roger Lindsay" for all ages (3 and younger with an adult) at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. tomorrow.. Roger and Prop, the Magic Bunny, perform tricks of magic, illusion and audience participation.

"Let's Talk Classics" for teens and adults at 7 p.m. Thursday to discuss Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy.

"Live and In Person: Clifford, the Big Red Dog" at 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday for all ages. The friendly animal will visit with children.

"Barbecue With the Vampire" at 7 p.m. Aug. 14 for teens to solve the mystery of who really is the vampire in teens' clothing.

"Drawing and Painting Techniques" for ages 7 to 14 at 1 p.m. Aug. 15. Art Works will offer this preview class showing how to draw in several media.

Registration is required for most programs.

Information: 410-386-4488.

Senior Center plans offerings for month

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

Gail Jones will discuss hoarding and cluttering at noon Tuesday.

A peach festival will be held Aug. 22, starting with a fried chicken lunch and peaches and ice cream at 11:30 a.m. Just Us will entertain with country-western music at 1 p.m. Reservations are required by Aug. 15.

Information: 410-386-3850.

Lions Club to hold Smallwood Festival

The Deer Park Lions Club will hold its 30th annual Smallwood Festival from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Reese Volunteer Fire Company carnival grounds on Route 140.

More than 250 vendors will sell crafts, antiques, flea market and yard sale items.

Vendor spaces are still available for $30 for a 24-foot-by-22-foot space.

For vendor information, call 410-848-8254, or send name and address (no money) to: Smallwood Festival, P.O. Box 596, Finksburg, Md. 21048-0596; an application will be mailed.


Group plans block party in Mount Airy

The Mount Airy Main Street Association and Downtown Business Association will hold a sidewalk sale and block party from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Merchants will hold their annual sidewalk sale from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Starting about 2 p.m. through the evening, the block party will feature a farmers' market, food, games, karaoke and family activities.

Information: 301-829-4444.

Winery hosts blues festival

Linganore Winecellars will hold a Bayou Blues Wine Festival from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy.

The event features guided tours of the winery, tastings and recipes, commemorative glasses, and arts and crafts. Two children's playgrounds are available.

Music will be performed by Dixie Power Trio and Zydeco Crayz both days.

Admission is $10 for ages 21 and older; $5 for ages 18 to 20; and free for younger than 18. An adult must be with anyone younger than 21. Gates open at 11 a.m. No pets or outside alcohol are allowed.

Information: 410-795-6432.

Synagogue preps for holy days

Beth Shalom Congregation of Carroll County is offering the Entertainment Book for sale at $25.

The congregation also is selling Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur tickets. Registration is due by Aug. 21.

The High Holy Days will include tot and youth services and child care.

The synagogue is seeking vendors of unusual and unique items for a holiday gift show Nov. 12.

The synagogue is at 2020 W. Liberty Road, near Winfield.

Information: 410-875-2800.

Library offers kids' programs

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

"Live and In Person: Clifford the Big Red Dog" at 10 a.m. tomorrow for all ages. The TV dog will visit with children.

"Bats! Beasts or Best Friends?" for ages 7 to 12 at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow. Richard Anderson from the Snyder Foundation will discuss bat myths, characteristics and lifestyle, and show some specimens.

"The Tortoise and the Hare" puppet show for all ages (children 3 and younger must be with an adult) at 7 p.m. Aug. 15 and 10 a.m. Aug. 16. Registration is required.

Mount Airy Book Club for adults at 1 p.m. Aug. 16 to discuss Hoot by Carl Hiaasen.

Information: 410-386-4488.


Fitness center offers dance, yoga classes

The Freedom Area Recreation Council's nonprofit fitness center, Freedom Fitness, will offer a new yoga class at 8 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Aug. 21 in Carrolltown Center, Eldersburg.

The cost for the four-week mini-session is $49 for new participants.

A new Hi/Lo Dance Body Bar class will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Aug. 22 that includes basic dance combinations.

The class will cost $79 for eight weeks.

Information: 410-795-9101.

Lions clubs plan double basket bingo

The Freedom District Lions and Lioness will hold a double basket bingo Aug. 26 at the Freedom District fire hall on Route 32 at Freedom Avenue.

Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. for a continental breakfast. The first session of bingo will begin at 10:30 a.m.

After a break for lunch and dessert, a second session of bingo will be held, ending by 5 p.m.

Tickets for meals, 40 games of bingo and door prizes are $40. Raffles and King Tut games for baskets also will be available.

More than 80 Longaberger baskets will be given away.

Enough tickets have been sold to ensure the event will be held.

Information: 410-795-0920, 410-795-5115 or 410-795-5334.

Library announces offerings for month

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

Summer Arts and Crafts for all ages (children younger than 3 with an adult) from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

"The Tortoise and the Hare" puppet show for all ages (children 3 and younger with an adult) at 7 p.m. Thursday, and at 11 a.m. Friday.

Free Spirit Book Club for adults at 2 p.m. Saturday to discuss Speaks the Nightbird by Robert R. McCammon. Take a snack or beverage to share.

"Paper and Pages: Origami Fun" for ages 7 to 10 at 1 p.m. Aug. 14. The history of paper folding and a craft will be featured.

"Teen Mystery Game: Roswell That Ends Well" at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 for teens. This story involves extraterrestrial foul play at a luau at Point Doom Beach House. Teens can play the characters to solve the mystery.

"Kindermusik" for young children Aug. 17 and 18. The program combines music, movement and literacy for young children. Class for ages 3 to 4 is at 1:30 p.m., and ages 5 to 7 at 2:30 p.m. Amy Asman from Jams Music Store will present the program.

Registration is required for some programs.

Information: 410-386-4488.


Development group to hold early meeting

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

Nate Howard, co-host of Maryland Public Television's "Artworks This Week," will discuss "How We Work to Bring the Best to You."

The cost is $6, plus tip, payable at the meeting.

Reservations are required by Wednesday at 410-751-1100.

Church of Brethren plans peach festival

Pipe Creek Church of the Brethren will hold a peach festival from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at 26 Pipe Creek Road, Union Bridge.

The festival will feature kettle fried chicken platters, other foods, peaches and ice cream, a bake table, craft and yard sale vendors, a silent auction and children's games.

The First Fruits Bluegrass Gospel Band and Uniontown Bible Church Praise Team will provide music.

Information: 410-775-7426.

Republican Club to hold corn roast

The West Carroll Republican Club will hold a corn roast Sunday at Union Bridge Community Center on Ladiesburg Road.

Dinner will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and include fried chicken, hot dogs, pork and beans, corn on the cob, cole slaw, tomatoes, watermelon and beverage.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $15.50 for carryouts, $5 for children 6 to 12, and free for younger than 6.

A silent auction will be held from noon to 2:30 p.m.

Information: 410-775-7402; tickets, 301-829-8984.

Grandchildren invited for day

The Taneytown Senior Center will hold Bring a Grandchild Day Thursday.

Grandparents and grandchildren will exercise at 9:30 a.m., and have a corn-husking contest at 10:30 a.m.

Lunch reservations are required.

Information: 410-751-4556.

Taneytown library announces activities

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

"Live and In Person: Clifford, the Big Red Dog" at 7 p.m. Wednesday and 9:45 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

"Pottery Painting Party" at 3 p.m. Aug 15 for teens. Glazed to Perfection will provide materials for painting pottery. Registration is required.

Information: 410-386-4488.


History center will be open this afternoon

The Manchester Historical Center in the basement of the Municipal Building will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today.

The museum has exhibits of clothing, collections photographs and artifacts.

The school room features Manchester High School and grade-school class pictures.

The center has recently added old county maps from the 1800s, including the Manchester area.

The center also is collecting obituaries for its genealogy section.

Special tours may be arranged by calling Julia Berwager at 410-239- 7673.

The Municipal Building is at 3208 York St.

Information: 410-239-3200 or 410-374-4404.

Hampstead to hold annual golf event

The town of Hampstead will hold its 11th annual golf tournament Sept. 8 at Oakmont Green Golf Course, 2290 Golf View Lane.

Entry fee is $80. Deadline to enter is Sept. 1.

Play will begin at 1 p.m. with contests, a steak dinner after the tournament, and prizes.

Proceeds benefit the town's scholarship fund, Maryland Special Olympics and Maryland Concerns of Police Survivors.

Information: 410-239-8954.

Library is featuring children's activities

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

"The Tortoise and the Hare" puppet show for all ages (children age 3 and younger with an adult) at 10 a.m. Tuesday, and 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

"Bats! Beasts or Best Friends?" for ages 7 to 12 at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Richard Anderson of the Snyder Foundation will discuss bat myths, characteristics and lifestyle, and show some specimens.

"Author Visit: Jonathan Scott Fuqua" for ages 7 to 10 and teens at 2 p.m. Thursday. The Baltimore author will discuss his career, including his choice to write after struggling in school. Books will be for sale.

The North Carroll Book Discussion Group for ages 9 to 13 at 6:45 p.m. to discuss Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski.

The North Carroll Book Club for adults at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28 to discuss Devil in the White City by Erik Larson.

Information: 410-386-4488.

Church news

Grace United Methodist -- Summer Sunday school will be held at 9:15 a.m. Sundays. Special events will be held today. Worship will be at 10:30 a.m. The church is at 4618 Black Rock Road, Hampstead. 410-374-9400.

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