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Democratic Club to meet tomorrow

The Carroll County Democratic Club will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Frisco Family Pub in Carroll Plaza Shopping Center on Englar Road, Westminster.

The speaker will be Barry Potts, president of the Carroll County Education Association.

Visitors are invited to come for an informal dinner before the program. Those planning to eat must order before the meeting as the kitchen will close early.

Information: 410-848-0218 before 9 p.m.

Groundbreaking for 'green' venue

Black Oak Associates, with Carroll County officials, will break ground for Main Street Eldersburg at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Londontown Boulevard and Bevard Road near Route 32.

The 90,000-square-foot lifestyle center and first "green" shopping venue in the region has already received pre-construction Silver Core and Shell LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

A reception will be held after the groundbreaking.

Reservations are requested at 410-356-5820.

Expo to focus on preparedness

The Carroll County Citizens Corps and the Office of Public Safety Support Services will sponsor the second annual Preparedness Awareness Expo from noon to 6 p.m. Friday at the Carroll Nonprofit Center, 255 Clifton Blvd., Westminster.

Christina Calp, emergency management specialist, said the free event will include vehicle exhibits by the Carroll County Sheriff's Office and area fire departments, both of the county's emergency communications command vehicles, booths with information on emergency readiness, the health department, Emergency Management staff, the Community Emergency Reserve Team, videos on preparedness and more.

The Red Cross will conduct a blood drive, and donors will receive a T-shirt. To register to donate blood, please call 800-448-3543.

WTTR radio will broadcast live from the site.

Information: 410-386-2296.

Library drops fee for movie rentals

The Carroll County public library has ended its borrowing fee for movie rentals.

Now, all copies of movies are free. Previously, one copy was made available for free, which resulted in so many reserves that clients had to wait up to a year to get the movie.

With the free rental, popular movies can be reserved only after they have been in the collection three months. Then, all copies will be available for reservations.

The check out period for movies of seven days and the fines of $1 a day, with a maximum of $10, will remain the same.

Reservations for free movies placed before Sept. 4, when the new policy took effect, will be honored in the order they were received.

Information: 410-386-4500.

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