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Events in Carroll County

Year Round
Mt. Airy 10K Volksmarch - 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  McDonald's, 1706 Ridgeside Drive, Mt. Airy.  Information:  Jerry Baugher, 301-829-3685.

Sykesville 10 KM Volksmarch - 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  The Inn at Norwood, 7514 Norwood Avenue, Sykesville.  Information:  Linwood Van Horn - 410-871-9464.

Westminster 10 KM Volksmarch - 7 a.m.-dusk.  Shell Gas Station and Convenience Store, 74 W. Main Street, Westminster.  Information:  Ocie Sigley, 410-874-0534.

Volunteers and Foster Homes Needed - Goldheart Golden Retriever Rescue seeking foster homes and volunteers for homeless Golden's until forever home is found.  Information:  410-877-9697, goldheart@goldheart.org or visit www.goldheart.org.

Sundays and Wednesdays
Western Maryland Railway Museum - Sundays, 1-4 p.m.; other days by appointment.  Memorabilia, archives and pictures.  41 N. Main Street, Union Bridge.  Information:  410-775-0150.

Mondays
Drop-In Computer Basics - 2 p.m.  Get help in setting up an e-mail account, downloading an e-reader or tablet device, navigating the internet or start exploring the jungle of social networking.  Adults.  North Carroll CCPL.

Drop-In Computer Instruction - 7 p.m.  Drop in for basic computer lessons:  how to use a mouse, create an e-mail account, surf the internet, and become part of a social network like Facebook.  Adults.  Taneytown CCPL.  

First Mondays
North Carroll Knitters Night - 7 p.m.  Knitters and crocheters all welcome to join the monthly gathering to share tips, projects and patterns.  Adults.  North Carroll CCPL.

Needle Nuts – 7 p.m.  Knitters of all levels are welcome.  Share your projects and talents with others.  Want to learn to knit, join the group and be sure to take size 8 needles and worsted weight yarn.  Ages 12-Adult.  Westminster CCPL.

Second and Fourth Mondays
North Carroll Writers Group – 6:30 p.m.  NCWG is dedicated to helping people improve their writing.  Meet bimonthly to share work in a non-judgmental atmosphere.  Library will be closed on May 26, group will meet on May 27.  North Carroll CCPL.

Tuesdays
Tuesday Night Bingo - 5:30 p.m.-midnight.  Held each Tuesday with the exception of holidays, carnival week and other weeks as announced.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for food purchase.  Bingo starts at 7 p.m.  $ New Windsor Fire Department Social Hall, 101 High Street, New Windsor.  Information:  Dorothy Rue, 40-635-6373.

First Tuesdays
The Next Step - 7-8 p.m.  Support for the new lifestyle of a non-tobacco user.  Free.  Ground Floor Conference Room, Carroll Hospital Center.  Information:  410-871-7000.

Second Tuesdays
Knit and Crochet Drop-Ins – 7 p.m.   Learn to knit or crochet or a new stitch or get a ‘quick’ refresher.  If you need help getting motivated to start a new project or complete an unfinished one, this is the place.  Ages 12-Adult.  Finksburg CCPL.

Second and Fourth Tuesdays
Drop-In Knitting - 6:30 p.m.  To share ideas, patterns, books and projects.  Beginners should take a size 8 needle and light colored yarn (look for #4 on the label).  Ages 12-Adult.  Taneytown CCPL.

Wednesdays
Needles, Hooks and Books - 10 a.m.  Knit and talk about ideas, techniques, patterns and books.  Mt. Airy Town Hall.  Information:  Toni Minkel - 301-829-2348.

Alcoholics Anonymous - 8:30 p.m.  Calvary U.M. Methodist Church.

Second and Fourth Wednesdays
Knit Wits - 7 p.m.  Beginners and experienced knitters welcome.  Beginners take a light colored worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles to class.  Ages 11-Adult.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Third Wednesdays
Crochet 911 - 7 p.m.  Join Caroline Brocato to learn how to crochet.  Beginners and experienced crocheters.  Take a size J hook and light colored yarn to class.  Ages 11-Adult.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Thursdays
Carroll County Business Professionals Networking - 7:30 a.m.  Weekly presentations. Harry's Main Street Grille, 65 W. Main Street, Westminster.

Trap Shoot - 6:30-10 p.m.  Must supply own shells.  $  Mt. Airy Chapter Izaak Walton League of America, Woodville Road, Mt. Airy.

First Thursdays
Needle Nuts – 7 p.m.  Wanted:  novice to expert crocheters and knitters.  Join the group and share your project or talents.  Beginner knitters take a size 8 needle and crocheters take a size H hook and worsted weight yarn.  Westminster CCPL.

Second Thursdays
Drop-In Knitting - 6:30 p.m.  Share ideas, patterns, books and projects.  Beginners take a size 8 needle and light colored worsted yarn (look for #4 on the label).  Ages 12-Adult.  Taneytown CCPL.

Third Thursdays
Drop-In Computer Instruction – 11 a.m.  Improve your skills, get help with e-mail, searching the internet, word; processing, e-readers, or other types of computers skills.  Adults.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Fridays
Celebrate Recovery - 7:30-9 p.m.  Twelve-step Christian-based recovery program to help people deal with life's hurts, habits and hang-ups.  Free, open to the public.  West Falls Christian Community Church.  Information:  301-829-0733.

Friday Night Bingo – 5:30-10 p.m.  Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department (SFDFD), 6680 Sykesville Road, Sykesville, MD.  Information:  443-609-4917.

First Fridays
Chocolate and Chat – 1 p.m.  An informal book sharing.  Tell others what you've been reading and get ideas of what to read next.  Adults.  Taneytown CCPL.

Writer's Circle – 2 p.m.  This group will meet monthly to discuss thoughts and ideas.  Personal writing is as easy as PIE – Purpose, Idea and Example.  No previous experience is needed, just a pen, a notebook or laptop.  Adults.  Taneytown CCPL.

Saturdays
Narcotics Anonymous - 7:30 p.m.  St. James Episcopal Church, 204 N. Main Street, Mt. Airy.


CARROLL COUNTY CARNIVALS

May 24-31
Gamber & Community Fire Company Carnival/40th year - 6-11 p.m.  Rides, food, games and entertainment.  Carnival Grounds, 3838 Niner Road, Finksburg.  Information:  Charlie Green, 410-795-3445 or www.gambervfd.org.

May 26-31
Union Bridge Fire Company Carnival - 6-11:30 p.m.  Rides, food, games and entertainment.  Carnival Grounds, 8 W. Locust Street, Union Bridge.  Information:  David Buffington, 443-605-4108 or www.ubfc8.org/.

June 2-7
Mt. Airy Lions Club Carnival - 6-11 p.m.  Rides, games, home cooked food, including crab cakes, French fries, funnel cakes and more.  Live entertainment nightly:  Monday – Slick Time (Contemporary Rock & Roll); Tuesday – Georgia Lea and Stone Cold Country; Wednesday – Whitehouse Effect (Contemporary Rock); Thursday – Hard Swimmin' Fish (R&B); Friday –The Fabulous Bel Airs (Classic Rock & Roll, Motown, Basic 60's and 70's); Saturday – The Knight Brothers (Country, Gospel, Contemporary Rock).  Carnival Grounds, 1008 Twin Arch Road, Route 27 & Twin Arch Road, Mt. Airy.  Information:  Ben Gue, 301-829-2112 or www.mtairylions.com/carnival.

June 2-7
New Windsor Fire & Hose Company Carnival - 5-11 p.m.  Rides, food, games and entertainment.  Dinner in Social Hall, starting at 5 p.m.  Carnival grounds, 101 High Street.  Information:  410-635-6373 or www.nwfd10.org.

June 9-14
Taneytown Volunteer Fire Company Carnival – 4:30-11 p.m.  Rides, food, games and entertainment.  Shows start at 7:30 p.m.  Monday – Tall in the Saddle; Tuesday - Rivers Bend Band; Wednesday – Cootleg; Thursday – Roll the Dice; Friday – Wild Fire; Saturday – Borderline.  Lunch served daily, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Greasy Spoon; call in orders:  443-744-3995.  Dinners start at 4:30 p.m. in the Activities Building.  Rides start at 7 p.m. nightly.  Shows start at 7:30 p.m. nightly.  Carnival grounds, 49 Memorial Drive, Taneytown.  Information:  Jim Haines, 410-756-4208 or www.taneytownvfd.homestead.com.

June 16-21
Sykesville Freedom District Fire Company Carnival - Call for times.  Rides, food, games, entertainment.  Information:  David Kreimer, 443-609-4917 or www.sykesvillefire.org.

June 30-July 5
Manchester Fire Company Carnival - 5 p.m.-midnight.  Rides, games, entertainment and food.  3400 Locust Street, Manchester.  Information:  410-239-2286.

July 1-6
Harney Volunteer Fire Company Carnival - 4:30-10:30 p.m.  Rides, games, food stands.  Dinners start at 4:30 p.m. in dining hall.  Rides start at 6 p.m.  Nightly entertainment starts at 7 p.m.  Monday – Hanover Express(Bluegrass); Tuesday – Half Serious (Rock/Classic Rock); Wednesday - Borderline (variety Country); Thursday – Big Wheely & The White Walls (50 & 60's Rock); Friday – The Rivers Band (Country); Saturday – Roll the Dice (variety Country Southern Rock).  Carnival Grounds, 5130 Harney Road, Taneytown.  Information:  www.harneyfire11.org.

July 7-12
Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Company Carnival - 4 p.m.-midnight.  Rides, food, games.  Entertainment:    Fire company grounds, 1320 W. Old Liberty Road (Route 26), Sykesville.  Information:  Robert Farver, 410-795-1333 or www.winfieldvfd.org.

July 14-19
Reese Volunteer Fire Company Carnival - 6-11 p.m.; Saturday 4-11 p.m.  Rides, food, games and entertainment.  Fire company Carnival grounds, 1745 Baltimore Boulevard, Westminster.  Information:  410-848-7172 or www.reesevfc.org.

July 21-16
Mt. Airy Volunteer Fire Company Carnival - 5:30-10:30 p.m.  Rides, food/dinners, games, entertainment:  Carnival grounds, 1008 Twin Arch Road (Route 27 and Twin Arch Road), Mt. Airy.  Information:  Terry Baker, 301-829-0100, ext. 363. or www.mavfc.org.

August 11-16
Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company Carnival - 6-11 p.m.  Rides, food, games and entertainment.  Parade Saturday at 5 p.m.  Fire company carnival grounds, 1341 N. Main Street, Hampstead.  Information:  Bob Rill, 443-277-9721 or www.hampsteadvfd.org.


APRIL

Through April 2
The McDaniel College Honors Exhibition - noon to 4 p.m. – Monday –Wednesday, Friday; noon to 8 p.m. - Thursday; noon-5 p.m. – Saturday.  Free and open to the public.  Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall, McDaniel College.  Information:  410-857-2595.

Through April 25
The Art of Anuradha Das:  Breaking Boundaries, Voices of Hope – 9 a.m.-8 p.m. – Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. – Friday and Saturday; closed Sunday.  Born in India, Anu Das’ work deals with the social and cultural issues of women that transcends geography to include women who are affected by conflicts on the borders of any country, that suffer from isolation, displacement, physical and psychological abuse and disabilities.  Free.  Gallery, Scott Center, Carroll Community College.  Information:  Maggie Ball, 410-386-8256.

April 4-12
Downtown Westminster Restaurant Week – hours vary.  Options available for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Unique and fine dining options in Westminster and surrounding area.  Participating restaurants will offer diners price-fixed meals.  Information:  410-848-5294.

April 5, 13, 19, May 3, 18, 31
Inch by Inch, Row by Row, We're Gonna Make This Garden Grow – 10 a.m. – April 5, 19, May 3, 31; 2 p.m. – April 13, May 18.  First meeting will be March 22 at the Westminster Library Branch, the rest of the weeks, meetings will be at the East Middle School/Skate Park Gardens, weather permitting.  Garden-related activities throughout the growing season will have different activities.  Library staff will help and instruct.  Work clothes are recommended.  All ages, children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  

April 5, 14
Only the Shadow Shows – Join Skip Bird, Observatory Director of the Westminster Astronomical Society, as he explains and demonstrates how to make eclipses and why you don't see them every month.  Weather permitting, Skip have time machines available, provided by the Society, to observe the sun and stars.  All ages, children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  April 5, 2 p.m. – Mt. Airy CCPL; April 14, 7:30 p.m. – Westminster CCPL.

April 6-May 16
Memorial Exhibit:  All He Had to Say:  The Paintings of Richard Neubauer – 7 a.m.-11 pm. – Monday-Thursday; 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – Friday-Saturday.  Reception April from 2-4 p.m.  Self-taught artist, Richard Neubauer, who passed away in September 2013, has said all he could say.  A draftsman at AlliedSignal after serving in the Korean War, Neubauer worked into retirement painting the portraits of hundreds of retirees.  His love of the classical art form and literature drove him to read much and study the manner and styles of Masterworks in the National Gallery, a favorite haunt for his research.  Information:  Call 410-386-8000

April 8-18
The Kathryn E. Wentz Juried Undergraduate Exhibition – see April 2 for hours.  Artists' reception April 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Exhibition by students with professional artists and art educators serving as jurors.  Winners to be announced during the reception.  Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall, McDaniel College.  Information:  410-857-2595.

April 8, May 13
Bring Your Own Device and Learn – 7 p.m.  Take your smartphone, iPad, e-reader or tablet and learn how to access free digital content through the library.  Learn how to download e-books, audiobooks and magazines to your device in this hands-on program.  Adults.  North Carroll CCPL.

April 10, May 29
Groundbreaking Film Series – 6 p.m.  View some of the most innovative movies from the 20th century and discuss the film afterwards.  Refreshments served.  Adults.  Eldersburg CCPL.

April 11-12, 24-26
Musical:  West Side Story – 7 p.m. – April 11-12, 24-26; 2 p.m. – April 12, 26.  The Liberty Drama Club will perform the award-winning adaption of the classic romantic tragedy "Romeo and Juliet."  $   Schnorr Auditorium, Liberty High School, 5855 Bartholow Road, Eldersburg.  Advanced seating encouraged.  Tickets:  http://www.lhsdramaclub.com/box-office.htm.  Information:  www.lhsdramaclub.com or libertydramaboosters@gmail.com.

April 11-21
7th Annual PEEP Show – 10 a.m.-7 p.m. – daily.  A sweet display of marshmallow masterpiece displays of creativity, humor and sugar!  Buy vote chips for your favorites.  PEEP treats and souvenirs.  Free.  Carroll Arts Center.  Information:  410-848-7272 or www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.

April 12, 17, May 28
Medicare 101 – 10 a.m. – April 12, North Carroll CCPL; 6 p.m. – April 17 and May 28 - Westminster CCPL.  If you are eligible for Medicare in the coming months or if you already have Medicare and want to learn more, join this free one-hour workshop.  Discussion will include the four parts of Medicare and how they work, Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plans, if you qualify for Medicare Savings Programs (all savings programs are not low-income programs, free preventive services offered by Medicare, and how to protect yourself from healthcare fraud.  Presented by Tina Herrero-Backe, SHIP/SMP Coordinator.

Evil Dead: The Musical – 7:30 p.m.  Based on Sam Raimi's 1980's classic cult films, the deadpan spoof tells the tale of five college kids who travel to a cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force.  Show contains explicit language, substantial graphic horror, violence and gore.  $  WMC Alumni Hall, McDaniel College.  Information and tickets:  410-857-2448.

April 12, May 10
Magic:  The Gathering – 11 a.m.  Join the oldest of trading card games, with more than 12 million players.  Two hours of gaming fun.  Newcomers to the game will have a chance to learn and experienced players can face off one another or trade cards.  Refreshments served.  Ages 13-Adult.  Taneytown CCPL.

Board Games at the Library
– 1 p.m.  Play some modern board games and learn what the fuss is all about, from Dominion to Super Smash-Up.  Ages 13-Adult.  Taneytown CCPL.

April 14-19
Main Street Easter Egg Hunt – Shops will be open during normal business for kids to look for a hidden egg in each participating Main Street shop and for a chance to win a big basket of Spring Treats.  Entry forms are available at all participating shops.  Drawing to be held the evening of April 19.  Historic Downtown Mt. Airy.  Information:  mamsa@mountairymainstreet.org

April 14, May 12
Game Night at the Library- 6:30 p.m.  Drop in and play board games live vs. online.  This will create a fun environment where interacting with other people you live near can significantly strengthen your community, spur organization, and build friendships.  Ages 13-Adult.  Finksburg CCPL.

April 22-May 2
McDaniel College Senior Capstone Exhibition One – See April 2 for hours.   Reception April 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with Gallery Talk at 6 p.m.  The show features art from students working in digital media and graphic design.  Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall, McDaniel College.  Information:  410-857-2595.

April 26-27
Tractor Pull – 8 a.m.-10 p.m. – April 26; 7 a.m.-4 p.m. – April 27.  Truck and tractor pull.  Farm stock classes and Interstate Pullers classes.  $  No glass containers or pets will be allowed.  Carroll County Ag Center.  Information:  410-848-6704 or http://carrollcountyagcenter.com.  
Civil War Living History Reenactment – 11 a.m.-6 p.m. – April 26; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. – April 27.  Witness living history as various regiments’ camp on the grounds and engage in a skirmish.  Artisans demonstrate skills from the 1800's.  Food for sale; Farmhouse tours, Living History Center, exhibit buildings, and Museum Gift Shop open Noon - 5pm. Museum season passes are honored.  Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 South Center Street, Westminster.  Information:    410-386-3880 or www.carrollcountyfarmmuseum.org.

April 29-June 7
Montgomery Portrait Artists Exhibit:  For the Birds – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. – Tuesday, Thursday.  The Gallery is open during special events in the theatre.  The portrait and figurative work is by a group of five artists from Montgomery County – Kathy Bush, Al Laoang, Bill Mapes, Jeanean Songco Martin, and Louise Rudy.  Works include all graphic and painting mediums.  Opening reception is May 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Free and open to the public.  Carroll Arts Center.

April 30, May 12
Launching Your New Business – 5:30 p.m.  Launch your new business with confidence and on the right foot.  Topics include: options for business entities; resources available to start-ups; costs of services needed; licensing and tax considerations; loans and financial resources; marketing on a budget; getting your business off the ground and finding customers.  Instructor: Amy Wallace.  Register through Carroll Community College at 410-386-8100 or www.carrollcc.edu.  Adults.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Tuesday, April 1
Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department Fund Raiser – 11 a.m.-8 p.m.  The fire department will receive 10% of the day's receipts.  Silent auction and attic treasures on site.  Oscar's Ale House, 1438 Liberty Road, Eldersburg.  Information:  Ellen Dix, 410-549-2748 or ellen9438@verizon.net.

The Faith Club:  Jesus and Muhammad (choose your own title) – 7 p.m.  Led by Melanie Blevins, the participants will discuss a broad spectrum of beliefs in an informative and respectful atmosphere.  Adults.  Finksburg CCPL.  Information:  Facebook or Sharon at 410-259-8947.

Honor's Lecture:  Einstein's Legacy - Studying Gravity in War and Peace – 7:30 p.m.  Professor David Kaiser, MIT, physicist and historian of science, is the guest speaker.  Free and open to the public.  McDaniel Lounge, McDaniel College.  Information:  410-857-2290.

Wednesday, April 2
AARP Smart Driver Course – 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  Registration required by March 24.  Small fee.  Westminster Senior and Community Center.

Crime Prevention – noon.   Bruce Lohr will discuss 'Auto Theft.'  North Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Westminster Book Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m.  This month's book is A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy.  Adults.  Westminster CCPL.

Mysteries and Lore of Western Maryland – 7 p.m.  Author Susan Fair will explore the area's creepy creatures, crazy characters, spooky spirits and legendary locations.  Ages 11-Adult.  Eldersburg CCPL.

SmartTALK with CIA Attorney Niki Grandrimo – 7 p.m.  McDaniel College alumna Niki Grandrimo, a 1998 graduate, will discuss her role as a CIA attorney working to protect the homeland from terrorist attacks.  Free and open to the public.  Decker Center Forum, McDaniel College.  Information:  410-857-2290.

Thursday, April 3
Shred Day – 9:30-11:30 a.m.  Shred truck will be located on the parking lot.  Westminster Senior and Community Center.

Chocolate Candy Making from The Chocolate Connection – 7 p.m.  A representative of The Chocolate Connection will demonstrate how to make Easter candy.  Registration begins March 20.  Adults.  Finksburg CCPL.

Ring in Spring Concert – 7 p.m.  The Freedom Area Ringers Bell Choir will play a selection of music.  All ages; children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  Light refreshments will be served.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Lecture with David Ganz - 7:30 p.m.  David Ganz, visiting professor at Notre Dame University and Emeritus Chair of Paleography, speaks on the transmission of medieval texts.  He lead the project to digitize the Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts of the British Library.   Free and open to the public.  McDaniel Lounge, McDaniel College.  Information:  410-857-2290.

Sonar – 7:30 p.m.  This ensemble, all graduates of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, present a fresh innovative and uncompromising approach to music, performing music of one of America's most iconic composers, Steve Reich.  $  Scott Center Theatre, Carroll Community College.  Information:  410-386-8575.

Friday, April 4
AARP Safe Driver's Course – 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  Registration required.  Small fee.  North Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Senior Activity Night – 4:30-8 p.m.  Dinner at 5 p.m., reservations required by April 3.  Join your friends for a night of cards, games, billiards, and use of the computers.  The exercise equipment will also be available.  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Guest Artist Piano Recital
- 7:30 p.m.  Presented by the McDaniel College Department of Music and the Carroll County Music Teachers Association.  Free and open to the public.  McDaniel Lounge.  Information:  410-857-2599.

Saturday, April 5
Spring Indoor Flea Market – 8 a.m.-2 p.m.  Crafts, flea market items, collectibles.  Food available all day.  Carroll County Agriculture Center.  Information:  410-848-6704.

Getting Hooked on Memoirs
– 2 p.m.  Dr. Kenneth Shook, author of Getting Hooked on Memoirs and Family Cars Trigger Memoirs, will discuss memoir writing.  Adults.  Westminster CCPL.

Getting Started on Your Genealogy – 2 p.m.  If you've thought about searching for your ancestors but didn't know how to start, Eileen Souza, owner of Old Bones Genealogy, will present you with five easy steps to kick-start your research.  Adults.  Finksburg CCPL.

Hidden Treasures, Lost – then Found – 2 p.m.  Join local author, Mary Jane Buettner, as she uncovers a hidden treasure in Carroll County - St. John Catholic Church.  A Gothic masterpiece and once the tallest Carroll County landmark.  The priceless artifacts of the church, including Franz Mayer stained glass windows, marble statuary, 14 tableaus, designed with horsehair and wood paste, all disappeared.  Adults.  Taneytown CCPL.

Kozlov Cello Studio Recital – 3 p.m.  Young cellists, from beginner to advanced, will share their talents playing classical music by Mozart, Bach and other famous composers.  Refreshments served.  All ages, children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Sweethearts and Scoundrels – 7:30 p.m.  A Valentine's Day Cabaret performed by faculty members, Sarah Howes, Peter Burroughs and friends.  Something for every musical taste, including opera, musical theatre, art song, Latin pop, and more.  $  Ticket price includes dessert reception following the show.  Scott Center Theatre, Carroll Community College.  Information:  410-386-8575.

Gospel Songstress Shelley Ensor – 8 p.m.  Shelley directs the Trinity Baptist Gospel Choir, the Voices of Faith of First Baptist Church of Baltimore, the Men's Choir of St. Luke's UMC, the Bertinna Randall Gospel Choir of St. Mark UMC, and leads the St. Paul's UCC choir in Westminster. She has led the Common Ground Gospel Choir for 17 years and is revered at Common Ground on the Hill as one of its most inspired and respected instructors.  Currently, Shelley is the director of the McDaniel College Gospel Choir.  $  Carroll Arts Center.  Information:  410-857-2771 or www.commongroundonthehill.org/concertticketslist.html.  Information:  Maria Wong, maria@commongroundonthehill.org.

Sunday, April 6
Mimosas on Sykesville Main Street – noon-4 p.m.  Shops open offering drinks and refreshments.  Information:  www.SykesvilleMainStreet.com

Isn't It Romantic?  Publishing in the Romance Genre – 1:30 p.m.  The Washington Romance Writers will discuss the latest tips and tricks to writing and publishing romance and share their experiences in the ever-changing landscape of 21st century publishing -- formats such as print, digital, etc. and various methods using traditional, digital-first, self-published, agented/un-agented.  Take your questions and be prepared for a great good time! Last year's panel had to be shushed by the librarian!  Refreshments will be served.  Westminster CCPL.

Monday, April 7
Craft It Yourself:  Marker Mugs – 7 p.m.  Turn ordinary white dishes and mugs into unique works of arts with simple permanent markers.  All supplies will be provided.  Ages 15-Adult.  Westminster CCPL.

Tuesday, April 8
HSCC Box Lunch Talk:  Civil War – At the Front and on the Home Front – noon-1 p.m.  The Fleagle family of Carroll County contributed four sons to the Union cause.  Using wartime letters, photographs and artifacts, living historian Hilda Koontz will provide a vivid account of the lives of those soldiers and the family that kept the home fires burning. The program is based on a collection of family letters preserved for 150 years.  Take your lunch or buy it.  Dessert and beverages are provided.  $  Grace Hall, Grace Lutheran Church, 21 Carroll Street, Westminster, MD.  To order lunch:  410-857-7953.

Cupcake Liner Wreath – 7 p.m.  Learn to make a fun and unique wreath using cupcake liners.  Registration begins March 25.  Ages 11-Adult.  Eldersburg CCPL.

A Virtual Tour of Civil War Monuments – 7 p.m.  History buff Nancy Householder will tell stories of how the statues and monuments at Gettysburg came into being.  Many were put up by the veterans themselves.  Each one is unique and has story to tell.  Ages 10-adult.  Registration begins March 25.  Finksburg CCPL.

Get Ready for the Lunar Eclipse:  April 15 - 7 p.m.  Skip Bird from the Westminster Astronomical Society, will be on hand to discuss the eclipse.  Before and after the program will be viewing of the sun and stars.  All ages, children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  Taneytown CCPL.

Student Jazz Guitar Ensemble – 7 p.m.  Evening will also include solos and duets.   Ensemble is under the direction of music lecturer Tim Jenkins.   Free and open to the public.  Little Baker Chapel, McDaniel College.  Information:  410-857-2599.

Bothe Poetry Reading – 7:30 p.m.  Reading by American poet and visual artist Eric Pankey.  The Heritage Chair in Writing at George Mason University, Pankey has authored 10 poetry collections, including “Trace,” which was published in February 2013, and the forthcoming “Crow-Work.”  Free and open to the public.  McDaniel Lounge, McDaniel College.  Information:  410-857-2290.

Wednesday, April 9
AARP Smart Driver Course – 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  Limited space, reservations required.  Small fee.  Mt. Airy Senior and Community Center.

Law Day – 10 a.m.  Presentation will be "Advantages of Having a Medical Power of Attorney and a Living Will."  Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

Make a Craft of the Month – 10 a.m.  Call the Center for information and to sign up.  Westminster Senior and Community Center.

Parents' Make & Take:  Flannel Board Folders – 6:30 p.m.  Spring break is around the corner!  Learn how to create a portable flannel board to help pass the free time while the kids are out of school.  Toys will be available for the kids to play with while the grown-ups make a great new educational toy.  All ages, children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  Only adults need to register. Registration begins March 26.  Westminster CCPL.

Thursday, April 10
Free Shredding for Seniors – 9:30-11:30 a.m.  North Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Poems for Pancakes – 6 p.m.  Celebrate National Poetry Month by reading a poem and getting a pancake.  Read an original composition or an old favorite.  Pancakes served!  Ages 8-Adult.  Taneytown CCPL.

Library Family Café:  Sharing Books & Playing with Very Young Children – 6:30 p.m.  Join the conversation about making books fun and playing with young children, birth through age five.  Also discussed will be how the library can help you and your children, as well as share ideas with other parents and caregivers.  Program in English and Spanish.  Children's activities offered.  Registration required:  Ruthanne Lillis at rlillis@carr.org.  Be sure to give the ages of your child(ren) if they will be attending.  If no computer, call 410-386-4450, ext. 7732 to register.  Snack will be served.  Westminster CCPL.

Familia Biblioteca Café: Compartir libros y jugando con los niños muy pequeños - 6:30 p.m. Únase a la conversación sobre libros diversión y el juego con los niños, el nacimiento hasta los cinco años. También se discutió cómo la biblioteca puede ayudar a usted y a sus hijos, así como intercambiar ideas con otros padres y cuidadores. Programa en Español e Inglés. Las actividades de los niños. Requiere Registro: Ruthanne Lillis, en rlillis@carr.org . Asegúrese de que la edad de su hijo(a) si se va a asistir. Si no hay ningún equipo, llame 410-386-4450, ext. 7732 para registrarse. Refrigerio.  Westminster CCPL.

Embroidery Eggs – 6:30 p.m.  Learn how to make and decorate an embroidery egg.  All ages, children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  Registration begins March 27.  Mt. Airy CCPL.

Genre-flecting Book Club – 7 p.m.  This spring quarter will be historical fiction and this month's book is In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alverez.  Adults.  Finksburg CCPL.

New Media in the Arab World:  Global Issues Colloquium- 7 p.m.  This event,organized by Global Initiatives, brings Adel Iskandar, adjunct instructor of communication, culture and technology at Georgetown University, to McDaniel to discuss the role of new media in the Arab world.  Free and open to the public.  McDaniel Lounge, McDaniel College.  Information:  410-8587-2290.

Friday, April 11
AARP Smart Driver Course – 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  Small fee.  Pre-registration required by April 8 – 410-386-3700.  Lunch included.  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Honoring Our Volunteers – 11:30 a.m. – lunch; 12:15 p.m. – Recognizing Volunteers; 12:45 pm. – entertainment by Rear View Mirror.  Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

Student Voice and Piano Recital – 7:30 p.m.  The recital features a selection of vocal and piano soloists performing a variety of music spanning from classical to contemporary. Free and open to the public.  Levine Recital

Saturday, April 12
Easter Bunny Breakfast – 6 a.m.  Visit with the Easter Bunny, join in the egg hunt.  Hampstead Volunteer Fire Department, 1341 N. Main Street, Hampstead.  Information:  410-374-2424 or www.hampsteadvfd.org.

6th Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® - 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Sponsored by The International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence, this walk is a fun opportunity for men to educate the community about a very serious subject and to rally the community to take action to prevent sexualized violence.  Walk starts in Dutterer's Park and ends at Westminster City Park.  Information:  410-857-0900.

Main Street Heat Chili Cook-Off – 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  An International Chili Society sanctioned chili cook-off competition featuring chili tasting, music, contests with prizes, great food, beer tent, kid rides, and vendors.   Cook-off winners in the Red, Green, and Salsa categories will go on to compete in the National championship.   Registration begins at 11 a.m. for 'a corn-hole tournament' with prizes.  Historic Downtown Mount Airy, 110 South Main Street, Mount Airy.  Information:  mamsa@mountairymainstreet.org.  

Jeff Auen Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop – 1:30 p.m.  Fingerstyle guitar employs a number of techniques used across all music genres - bass, rhythm and lead all at once!  In this beginner/intermediate fingerstyle workshop you will to start with a very basic alternating bass line and overlay a nice melody, then you finish with a favorite Pete Huttlinger tune called "Darcy's Guitar," utilizing everything learned in the workshop.  $  T404, Carroll Community College.  Information:  410-386-8575.

Free Spirit Book Club – 2 p.m.  The April selection is The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht.  Adults.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Victoria Vox @ the Library – 2 p.m.  Singer-songwriter-ukulele player Victoria Vox, accompanied by cello player, Katie Chambers, will entertain with songs from her 2013 album.  All ages, children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Sunday, April 13
Coin Show – 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Dealers buying and selling gold, silver, old coins and paper money.  Westminster Fire Hall, 28 John Street.  Information:  443-623-7025.

From Seed to Plate – 2 p.m.  Join the folks from Living Waters Garden Center as they show you how to plan, plant and tend the edible family garden.  Come dressed to get dirty!  Seeds will be planted to take home.  All ages, children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  Westminster CCPL.

Monday, April 15
Cardiac Yoga & Balance – 9:30-11 a.m.  Presented by Teri Mapp and Michele Burton of Carroll Hospital Center.  Westminster Senior and Community Center.

Senior Health Insurance Program – 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  Tina Herrero-Backe will meet individually to discuss the program.  Appointment required by calling 410-386-3806.  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Health Program:  Cardiovascular Disease – 12:15 p.m.  Bonny Kindt, R.N., Carroll Hospital Center, will make the presentation.  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Nickel Bingo – 12:30-4 p.m.  Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

Legal Air Clinic – 1-4 p.m.  Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

Poem in Your Pocket – 2:30 p.m.  Throughout history poems have been stowed in pockets.  Come and listen to a lively selection of hilarious poems that young and old will enjoy!  You can make your own pocket-sized booklet of rhymes.  Poem in Your Pocket Day is April 24 so come collect your poems so you're ready to celebrate!  All ages, children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  Mt. Airy CCPL.

Checkers and Backgammon @ Finksburg Library – 6:30-8:15 p.m.  Players of all levels are welcome to play two of the oldest board games.  Beginner to expert welcome.  Player's choice, First Come, First Serve.  Take a board, if you have one.  Games and players rotate throughout the evening.  Light refreshments served.  Ages 13-Adult.  Free.  Finksburg CCPL.  Sponsored by the Carroll/Baltimore County Board & Card Gamers Meet Up Group.  RSVP:  casin21157@gmail.com

Finksburg Book Discussion Group
– 6:30 p.m.  This month's book is Still Alive by Lisa Genova.  Adults.  Finksburg CCPL.  

Green Cleaners for Spring Cleaning – 6:30 p.m.  Start your spring cleaning by making your own green cleaning items.  Dr. Virginia Brown, University of Maryland Extension, will discuss the advantages of green cleaning, how to properly store, and how to prevent poisoning from household items.  You will learn to make two green cleaners and take home a recipe book.  Registration begins April 1.  Adults.  Taneytown CCPL.

Wednesday, April 16
North Carroll Senior Book Discussion Group – 11 a.m.  This month's book is A White Wind Blew by James Market.  Adults.  North Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Emergency Preparedness Talk – noon.  'Name that Hazard' will be the discussion for the day.  North Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Volunteer Recognition Day – noon.  Entertainment at 1 p.m. with Chuck Fisher.  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Mt. Airy Book Discussion Group – 1 p.m.  This month's selection is The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman.  Adults.  Mt. Airy CCPL.

Country Jammers – 1 p.m.  Monthly jam session.  Westminster Senior and Community Center.

It's Time for Peeps! – 6:30 p.m.  This class will cover getting prepared for the adorable chicks, how to care for them and what options you have in the community as resources.  Keeping a backyard flock can be a great addition to the family, if done correctly.  Registration begins April 2.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Thursday, April 17
Bake Sale and Easter Dinner – 10 a.m. – Bake sale until sold out; 11:45 a.m. – Easter dinner.  Mt. Airy Senior and Community Center.

Poems for Pancakes – 10:30 a.m.  Celebrate National Poetry Month by reading a poem and getting a pancake.  Read an original composition or an old favorite.  Pancakes served!  All ages, children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  Finksburg CCPL.

Special Easter Luncheon – 11:30 a.m.  Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

Easter Luncheon – 11:30 a.m.  Easter Bonnet contest begins 11 a.m.  Reservations required by April 9.  Westminster Senior and Community Center.

Site Council Meeting – 1 p.m.  All Senior Center members are encouraged to attend.  Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

Easter Celebration – noon.  Luncheon followed by an egg hunt.  Reservations required by April 9.  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Crafternoon Delight:  Cupcake Liner Wreath
- 2 p.m.  See April 8 for information.  Registration begins April 3.  Ages 11-Adult.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Writing Your Own Resume – 6:30 p.m.  Local technical writer, Bill Palmer, will explain the basics of a solid resume and how to create the best one for you.  Adults.  Mt. Airy CCPL.

Taneytown Adult Book Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m.  This month's discussion will be The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman.  Adults.  Taneytown CCPL.  

Rendezvous with Destiny – 7 p.m.  Dr. Dean Kotlowski of Salisbury University will lead the evening discussing the book Rendezvous with Destiny: How Franklin D. Roosevelt and Five Extraordinary Men Took America into the War and into the World.  Required registration begins March 31.  Adults.  Finksburg CCPL.

McDaniel String Ensemble – 7 p.m.  Under the direction of music lecturer Nicholas Currie.  Free and open to the public.  Little Baker Chapel, McDaniel College.  Information:  410-857-2599.

Friday, April 18
All branches of the Carroll County Public Library will be closed.

Saturday, April 19
Carroll County Farmers' Market – 8 a.m.-2 pm.  The Easter bunny will visit the market. Vendor discount drawings.  Breakfast and lunch available.  Carroll County Agriculture Center.  Information:  410-848-7748 or www.carrollcountyfarmersmarket.com.

City of Westminster Easter Egg Hunt – 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  10:30 a.m. – children ages 1-4; 11:30 a.m. – children ages 5-8.  Westminster City Park, 11 Longwell Avenue.  Information:  410-848-9161 or www.westgov.com.

Time Travel with Emily Dickinson – 2 p.m.  Join Ms. Mimi Zannino as she embodies the life and times of Emily Dickinson with poetry, letters and times of one the country's most fascinating literary figures.  All ages, children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  Refreshments served.  Mt. Airy CCPL.

Sunday, April 20
All branches of the Carroll County Public Library will be closed.

Monday, April 21
Legal Presentation – noon.  Preparing a Medical Power of Attorney and a Living Will."  North Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Student Solo Recital – 7 p.m.   Recital features a selection of vocal and instrumental soloists performing a variety of music spanning from classical to contemporary. Free and open to the public.  McDaniel Lounge

Tuesday, April 22
AARP Driver Safety Class – 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  AARP members and non-members.  Small fee.  Lunch included in fee.  Reservations required by calling 410-386-2701.  Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

Emergency Preparedness Program – 12:15 p.m.  Valerie Hawkins will discuss when to take shelter and when to evacuate.  Mt. Airy Senior and Community Center.

What Tree is That? – 6 p.m.  Celebrate Earth Day by exploring tree life around the Finksburg Library.  Steve Allgeier, Horticulture Consultant for the University of Maryland Extension, will lead the walk and talk.  He will discuss the desirable attributes and potential liabilities of the trees, address general care and pruning and end the program with a tree planting on the library grounds.  Required registration begins April 8.  All ages, children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  Finksburg CCPL.

Mother's Day Mini Scrapbook – 6:30 p.m.  Create a mini foldable scrapbook album – a perfect gift for mom, grandma or for yourself.  All supplies provided.  Required registration begins April 8.  Adults.  North Carroll CCPL.

Jewelry Recycling – 6:30 p.m.  Learn how to upcycle old pieces of jewelry into something new and exciting.  Take your bracelets, necklaces or pendants to give them new life.  Registration begins April 8.  Ages 1-Adult.  Taneytown CCPL.

Upcycled Wipes Containers – 7 p.m.  Learn how to make empty plastic disinfectant wipes containers into a useful bag dispenser.  Registration begins April 8.  Ages 11-Adult.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Thursday, April 24
Shredding Event – 9:30-11:30 a.m.  Free shredding of documents and papers for senior participants.  Mt. Airy Senior and Community Center; Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

Mt. Airy Senior Book Discussion Group – 12:30 p.m.  The selection for April is Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman.  Adults.  Mt. Airy Senior Center.

Building a Civil Community:  What's a Person to Do? – 7 p.m.  It’s all around us: inspiring stories of paying it forward and random acts of kindness.  But then there is rude behavior.  Really rude behavior.  Civility and respect towards one another impacts our relationships.  But what exactly is civility and why does it seem to be on a decline in today’s society?  Can incivility impact a business’ bottom line?  How about the effectiveness of your volunteer organization?  Is civility alive and well in your neighborhood?  Join Kelly Frager, owner of Etiquette for Everyday, as she discusses how to promote civility in our personal and professional lives and in our communities. Your observations and input will be greatly welcomed!  Refreshments served.  Adults.  Mt. Airy CCPL.

IGNITE CARROLL 3– 6:30-9 p.m.  Free.  Carroll Technology Council sponsors IGNITE CARROLL 3.  Carroll Arts Council.  Information:  Denise Beaver, 443-244-1262 or www.carrolltechcouncil.org.

Poems for Pancakes – 7 p.m.  Celebrate National Poetry Month by reading a poem and getting a pancake.  Read an original composition or an old favorite.  Pancakes served!  Ages 5-Adult.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Student Chamber Music Ensembles- 7 p.m.  Concert will include performances by the Flute Choir, Flute Quartet, and the Woodwind Quintet.  Dr. Linda Kirkpatrick directs.  Free and open to the public.  Little Baker Chapel
Ridington Lecture:  American Indian Art – 7 p.m.  Harvey Markowitz, assistant professor of sociology and anthropology at Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia will discuss his research examining the inter-relationships among American Indian religions, landscapes, cultures, histories and identities.  Baker Chapel, McDaniel College.  Information:  410-857-2290.

Friday, April 25
Volunteer Recognition Program – 10:30 a.m.  North Carroll Senior and Community Center.

FLICC Presents Silver Linings Playbook – 7:30 p.m.  This 2012 film is about former teacher Pat Solatano moving back with his parents, after a stint in a mental institution, and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife.  Things get challenging when he meets Tiffany, a mysterious girls with problems of her own.  Rated:  R. $  Carroll Arts Center.

Saturday, April 26
Site Council Yard Sale – 8 a.m.-2 p.m.  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

29th Annual Yard Sale & Flea Market – 8 a.m.-3 p.m.  Tables available.  Mt. Airy Lions Club, Carnival Grounds, 1008 Twin Arch Road, Route 27 & Twin Arch Road, Mt. Airy.  Information:  Ben Gue, 301-829-2112 or www.mtairylions.com.

Walk MS – 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.  Come together with friends, family and co-workers to help raise over $1 million for MS research, programs, and services for the 6,500 Marylanders living with MS.  The walk is approximately three miles.  Registration opens at 9 a.m. with the walk beginning at 10 a.m.  Carroll Community College.  Information/registration:  444-641-1209, Katie Amos at Katie.amos@nmss.org or http://walkmaryland.org.  444-641-1209

The Kidney Sellers:  A Journey of Discovery in Iran - Dr. Sigrid Fry-Revere, who lived in Iran as she researched her book, will discuss the medical ethics of the Iranian organ donation system and the culture of the country.  Adults.  11 a.m. – Westminster CCPL; 2 p.m. – Mt. Airy CCPL.

Social Media for Dummies – 11 a.m.  If you've wondered how to connect with your kids on Twitter or how to find out how your old high school friend is doing on Facebook, then this is the class for you.  Registration begins April 12.  Adults.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Belly Dance at the Library – 2 p.m.  Join the Hood College Belly Dancing Club as they demonstrate how to do this dance.  Registration begins April 12.  Adults.  Taneytown CCPL.

Sunday, April 27
New Home Buyers Seminar – 1:30 p.m.  Learn how to avoid the top ten mistakes home buyers make – from selecting the realtor to picking the home to securing a mortgage to the settlement process.  Adults.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Spring Concert by the Children's Chorus of Carroll County – 2 p.m.  Under the direction of Diane Jones, the chorus will perform a wide variety of music.   Free, donations appreciated.  St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Eldersburg.

Spring Concert:  Make Them Hear You – 7 p.m.  Presented by the McDaniel College Department of Music College Choir.  Under the direction of Music Department Chair Margaret Boudreaux, the concert will feature the signature song from the musical "Ragtime."  The College's Madrigal Singers will also perform.  Free and open to the public.  Big Baker Memorial Chapel, McDaniel College.  Information:  for-857-2599.

Monday, April 28
Nutrition Chat – 11:30 a.m.  Terry Serio will discuss Edging in the Essential Nutrients.  Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

North Carroll Book Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m.  The April selection is April 1865: The Month That Saved America by Jay Winik.  New members welcome.  Adults.  North Carroll CCPL.

Tuesday, April 29
Unexpected History:  Carroll County's Heritage in 30 Objects – 6:30 p.m.  Stephen Israel, archaeologist and retired Army Corps Engineer, will discuss the county's history and development through 30 objects from the past.  He is presently conducting an archaeological dig of a Late Archaic Native American site in the Piedmont Uplands at Pine Valley Park in Manchester.  Registration begins April 15.  Ages 7-Adult.  Finksburg CCPL.

Wire Bead Rings – 7 p.m.  Supplies provided.  Required registration begins April 15.  Ages 14-Adult.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Composting Basics – 7 p.m.  Robin Fishpaw of Charlotte's Quest Nature Center will offer some tips, tricks and best practices for composting.  Adults.  North Carroll CCPL.

Great Smokey Mountains Bus Trip – Call the Senior Center for information.  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Wednesday, April 30
Volunteer Recognition Luncheon – 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m.  Presentation to volunteers.  Live entertainment by Nancy Abramson.  Mt. Airy Senior and Community Center.

Pin It with Pinterest – 2 p.m.  Are you looking for that perfect dress?  Need an idea for a project at work?  Looking for a new recipe for your family?  Come to this introduction to Pinterest that will show you how to open an account and start pinning.  Required registration begins April 16.  Ages 13-Adult.  Westminster CCPL.



MAY

May 1-4, June 26-28
Romeo and Juliet – 7:30 p.m. – May 1, 2, 3, June 26, 27; 2 p.m. – May 4, June 28.  May 1 will be a post show Talk Back with cast and invited experts.  William Shakespeare's play, directed by Bill Gillett.  $  Rotary Amphitheatre, Carroll Community College.  Information:  Call 410-386-8000

May 2-4
45th Annual Flower & Plant Market – noon-4 p.m. – May 2; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. – May 3; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. – May 3.  Specialty plants, hanging baskets, perennials, annuals, vegetable plants, and shrubs.  Tours of the historic Shriver Homestead and Grist Mill.  Free admission to the grounds.  Union Mills Homestead, 3311 Littlestown Pike.  Information:  410-848-2288 or www.unionmills.org.

May 6-16
McDaniel College Senior Capstone Exhibition Two – See April 2 for hours.  Reception May 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with Gallery Talk at 6 p.m.  This show features work from students working in studio art.  Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall, McDaniel College.  Information:  410-857-2595.

May 10-11
Mother's Day Weekend Show and Sale – 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Handmade functional pottery for sale.  Pottery making demonstrations.  Farm animals.  Refreshments.  Entertainment.  Raku and blacksmithing demonstrations.  Shiloh Pottery, 1027 Brodbeck Road, Hampstead.  Information:  410-239-8888 or www.shilohpottery.com.

May 13-June 7
Paint Out Westminster Exhibit and Sale - See April 29-June 7 for times gallery is open.  The Plein Air paintings created during the Westminster Flower and Jazz Festival will be on display and for sale.  Admission to the Exhibit is free.  Director's Hall gallery, Carroll Arts Center.  

May 17-18
Blacksmith Days – 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Blacksmiths demonstrate specialty blacksmithing.  Hands-on classes.  Auction of equipment and forged items.  Farmhouse tours, Living History Center, exhibit buildings, and Museum Gift Shop - Noon – 5pm.  Museum season passes are honored Noon to 5pm both days.  Carroll County Farm Museum, Westminster.  Information:  410-386-3880 or www.carrollcountyfarmmuseum.org.

Old Gas Engine & Flea Market- 9 a.m.-7 p.m.  Vendors, crafts, food.  Entertainment by Long Ryde.  Breakfast starts at 6 a.m.  Tractor and equipment parade Sunday at 1 p.m.  Manchester Fire Company carnival grounds.  Information:  410-239-2286.

Festival – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. – May 17; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. – May 18.  Arts, crafts, food, entertainment.  Children's corner.  Mt. Airy Lions Club, Carnival Grounds, 1008 Twin Arch Road, Route 27 & Twin Arch Road, Mt. Airy.  Information:  Ben Gue, 301-829-2112 or www.mtairylions.com.

Mt. Airy May Fest – 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Crafter/vendor event located in Historic Downtown Mt. Airy.  Food items, rides for the children and music for everyone.  Main Street, Mt. Airy.  Information:  301-829-5466 or http://www.mtairylions.com.

May 18-19
Carroll Singers Presents America the Beautiful – 3 p.m. – Sunday; 7:30 p.m. – Monday.  $  Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road.  Tickets available at Coffey Music, Menchey Music Westminster, Carroll Arts Council and through all Carroll Singers Chorus members.  
May 21, 28
Mt. Airy Farmers' Market – 3:30-6:30 p.m.  Local produce, baked goods, breads, flowers, herbs, plants, lavender lotions and products.  Entertainment weekly.  Carroll County Master Gardener is on site to answer plant and pest questions every fourth Wednesday.  Check the website for special events - http://mountairymainstreet.org/.  Mt. Airy Municipal Parking Lot, 10 Park Avenue.  Information:  301-829-1983 or mountairymarket@yahoo.com.

Thursday, May 1
Law Day – 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Attorneys will be preparing free Medical Power of Attorney and Living Wills.  By appointment only and need to be made no later than April 25.  Mt. Airy Senior and Community Center; South Carroll Senior and Community Center.  Appointment for Taneytown Senior and Community Center required by calling 410-386-2700.

Senior Law Day – 9 a.m.-noon.  Free preparation of a Medical Power of Attorney and Living Will.  Appointment required.  North Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Emergency Preparedness – noon.  Presentation to include how to take care of family pets.  Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

Friday, May 2
4th Annual Rotary Roast – 6-10 p.m.  An evening of fun, great food, live music, games of chance and a silent auction.  Proceeds benefit local charity organizations.  Sponsored by the Bonds Meadow Rotary.  $  Winfield Fire Hall, 1320 W. Old Liberty Road (Route 26), Sykesville.  Information:  www.bondsmeadowrotary.org.

Saturday, May 3
A Spring Fling – 8 a.m.-2 p.m.  Crafts, vendors, flea market and local business and entertainment.  Breakfast and lunch available.  Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department Carnival Grounds.  Information:   Pbuck@sykesvillecfire.org or fire house 410-795-8021.

Clyde Gibson Annual Fishing Derby – 8:30-11 a.m.  Fishing derby for ages one to 14.  Prizes for largest fish, smallest fish, and most weight.  Registration required to be eligible for a prize.  Prospect Park, Prospect Road, Mt. Airy.  Information:  301-892-5466 or http://www.mtairylionsclub.com.  

Craft It Yourself!  Book Vase – 10 a.m.  Create a unique book lover's vase to display your posies.  Materials will be provided.  Ages 14-Adult.  Westminster CCPL.

Travel Time with Emily Dickinson – 1:30 p.m.  See April 19 for information.  Ages 11-Adult.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Movie and Dessert – 1 p.m.  Just in time for Memorial Day, watch a film and enjoy a dessert.  Refreshments served.  All ages, children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  Call the library or visit library.carr.org for the movie title.  Mt. Airy CCPL.

Train Wreck in Concert - 2 p.m.  This is an alternative rock band specializing in alternative, new wave, and progressive music from the late 70's, 80's and early 90's.  Take your lawn chair or blanket for an outdoor concert.   Registration begins April 19.  All ages, children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  Finksburg CCPL.

Sunday, May 4
Fine Art & Wine Festival – noon-5 p.m.  Juried art and wine festival featuring local and non-local wines and artists.  Live music, demos and more.  Sykesville Main Street.  Information:  www.sykesvillemainstreet.com.

May the Fourth Be with You:  A Star Wars Celebration – 1:30 p.m.  Indulge your love of Star Wars with crafts, games and other activities.  There will even be a photo op available.  All ages, children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  Westminster CCPL.

Performance by the Musical Theatre/Opera Workshop
– 7 p.m.  Music and theatre students will perform a program of selections from both musicals and opera.  Under the direction of music lecturer Kyle Engler.  Free and open to the public.  WMC Alumni Hall, McDaniel College.  Information:  410-857-2599.

Monday, May 5
Bus Trip to Hollywood Casino in Grantville, PA- 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  $15 free play and 25% off casual dining.  $  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Mother's Day Book Art – 7 p.m.  Make an incredible book of art.  Decorate your house or give it to your favorite mother as a gift.  Supplies/instruction provided.  Ages 11-Adult.  Taneytown CCPL.

An Evening of Madrigals – 7:30 p.m.  Repertoire will reflect this year's concert date:  Cinco de Mayo.  Free and open to the public.  Little Baker Chapel, McDaniel College.  Information:  410-857-2599.

Tuesday, May 6
The Faith Club:  The Essential Message of Judaism (choose your own title) – 7 p.m.  Discussion will be led by Ted Chaskelson.  Finksburg CCPL.  Information:  Facebook or Sharon at 410-259-8947.

Wednesday, May 7
Heritage Tree Walk and Talk:  Trees of Downtown Westminster – 6:30 p.m.  Celebrate Arbor Day (April 25) by exploring the trees and shrubs found on the grounds around City Hall.  Steve Allgeier, Horticulture Consultant for the University of Maryland Extension, Carroll County, will lead the walk.  He will highlight various attributes of these specimens and discuss why an urban tree canopy is so important to the city.  His talk will also touch on potential liabilities, concerns, and general care of these plants.  Meet at the parking lot on Emerald Hill Lane, directly behind City Hall at 6:30 or meet with a librarian a little earlier.  Ages 10-Adult.  Westminster CCPL.

Westminster Book Discussion Group -6:30 p.m.  This month's selection is Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History by Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio.  Adults.  Westminster CCPL.

Thursday, May 8
Special Mother's Day Celebration – 11 a.m.  Fabulous Fifties Sing Along show.  Reservations required for lunch by May 1.  North Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Special Mother's Day Luncheon – 11:30 a.m.  Reservations required by May 1.  Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

Mother's Day Celebration – 11:45 a.m.  Program with live entertainment by Rear View Mirror.  Mt. Airy Senior and Community Center.

Mother's Day Luncheon – noon.  Reservations required by 10 a.m. May 1.  Entertainment by Steve Flynn.  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

VIDEOPALOOZA – 6-10 p.m.  McDaniel’s communication and cinema department hosts this annual showcase of student-produced digital features. A public speaking contest for McDaniel students with prizes to be awarded precedes the film screening.  Free and open to the public.  Decker Auditorium, Lewis Hall of Science, McDaniel College.  Information:  410-857-2290.

Free Admission!  Prime Seating! – 6:30 p.m.  Carroll County resident Mary Hoy, a graduate of Salisbury University and teacher at the Camp Hashawa Outdoor School for 15 years, will explain how to attract a more diverse population of songbirds to your backyard and how to keep them.  Ages 10-Adult.  Westminster CCPL.

Genre-flecting Book Club – 7 p.m.  Keeping with the spring quarter of historical fiction, this month's selection is Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow.  Adults.  Finksburg CCPL.

Jazz Night at Decker Center Forum – 8 p.m.  Ensembles to perform are the Thursday Jazz Ensemble, the Monday Jazz Ensemble, and the Jazz Combo with vocalists.  Styles represented will include classic big band swing, bebop, Latin, Funk, Jazz-rock, and Tin Pan Alley.  Free and open to the public.  Decker Center Forum, McDaniel College.  Information:  410-857-2599.

Friday, May 9
Site Council Mother's Day Tea – 1 p.m.  Reservations required.  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Carroll Jazz Singers:  Songs of Sinatra – 7:30 p.m.  A celebration of jazz favorites popularized by Frank Sinatra, under the direction of Rebecca Bell.  Free and open to the public.  Scott Center Theatre, Carroll Community College.  Information:  410-386-8575.

College Band Concert – 7 p.m.  Dr. Linda Kirkpatrick will direct the band of 50 students, faculty members, band alumni and community musicians.  Everything from the classics to pop will be performed.  Free and open to the public.  WMC Alumni Hall, McDaniel College.  Information:  410-857-2599.

Saturday, May 10
Ride the Rails of Western Maryland – times to be decided.  Meal will be provided on the train.  $  Further details to be announced.  Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

Carroll County Farmers' Market – 8 a.m.-2 p.m.  Mother's Day specials.  See April 19 for information.  Carroll County Ag Center.  Information:  410-848-7748 or www.carrollcountyfarmersmarket.com.  

Paint Out Westminster – 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  For the third year in a row, and in conjunction with the Westminster Flower and Jazz Festival, the Carroll County Arts Council is hosting a Plein Air event with artists painting "plein air" (on-site) at various locations throughout downtown Westminster.  The event will be held rain or shine.  Artists, 18 years or older, who are interested in participating can visit the Art Center's website, www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org for information.  Carroll Arts Center.  See May 13-June 7 for exhibit and sale.

Westminster Flower and Jazz Festival – 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Unique jewelry, crafts, plants, shrubbery, and flowers right on Main Street.  Local shops and restaurants are open.  Music by local bands.  Free parking.  Historic Downtown Westminster, East and West Main Streets.  Information:  410-848-9161 or www.westgov.com.

Swing Music and Dance - 10 a.m.  In collaboration and celebration of the Westminster Flower & Jazz Festival, Herb Sell and his ensemble and Gottaswing Dancers will entertain.  All ages, children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  Westminster CCPL.

Free Spirit Book Club – 2 p.m.  The selection for this month is The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen.  Adults.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Spring Concert by the Westminster Symphony Orchestra – 3 p.m.  The orchestra, composed of McDaniel College students, as well as Carroll Community College students and community musicians, is under the direction of Dr. Linda Kirkpatrick.  $  Scott Center, Carroll Community College.  Information:  410-386-8000.

Green Cleaners for Spring Cleaning – 7 p.m.  See April 15 for information.  Registration begins April 29.  Adults.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Gospel Choir Concert -7:30 p.m.  Program will include spirituals, traditional and contemporary gospel music.  Under the direction of music lecturer Shelley Ensor.  Free and open to the public.  WMC Alumni Hall, McDaniel College.  Information:  410-857-2599.

Tuesday, May 13
HSCC Box Lunch Talk:  How Much Do You Know About McDaniel College? – noon-1 p.m.  McDaniel College will soon celebrate its sesquicentennial.  College Historian James Lightner will share a look back at the past 147 years of its development - from its founding as Western Maryland College in 1867 to the present day, focusing on personalities and changes in the campus, curriculum, and student life.  Take your lunch or buy it.  Dessert and beverages are provided.  $  Grace Hall, Grace Lutheran Church, 21 Carroll Street, Westminster, MD.  To order lunch:  410-857-7953.

Eating Seasonal Fruits & Veggies – 12:30 p.m.  Presentation by Terry Serio, University of Maryland Extension.  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Wednesday, May 14
Old American's Celebration Luncheon – 11:30 a.m.  Entertainment by Douglas Phebus.  Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

Older American's Month Celebration – noon.  Special lunch.  Reservations required by May 7.  North Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Older American's Celebration Month – noon.  Luncheon reservations required by May 7.  Entertainment will be South Carroll Senior Center's Got Talent at 12:30 p.m.  Want to share your talent, register by calling or stopping by the Senior Center by May 9.  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Rock N' Roll and Guitar Ensembles – 7:30 p.m.  The Guitar Ensemble opens with music written and arranged for classical guitars, followed by the Rock N' Roll Ensemble performing the music of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.  Free and open to the public.  Scott Center Theatre, Carroll Community College.  Information:  410-386-8575.

Thursday, May 15
Information & Assistance – 10 a.m.  Appointment required, call 410-386-3830 or email kwood@ccg.carr.org.  Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

Crafternoon Delight:  Upcycled Wipes Containers – 2 p.m.  See April 22 for information.  Registration begins May 1.  Ages 11-Adult.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Taneytown Adult Book Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m.  This month's choice is The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine.  New participants welcome.  Adults.  Taneytown CCPL.

BBQ 101:  Make Your Own Sauce – 7 p.m.  Grilling season is here and it's time to take your cookout to the next level.  Learn how to make a delicious BBQ sauce that can be altered to suit anyone's taste.  Registration begins May 1.  Adults.  Eldersburg CCPL.

10th Anniversary Golf Tournament – 7:30 a.m. – registration and Continental breakfast; 8:30 a.m. - Shotgun Start.  $  The Links at Challedon, Mt. Airy.  Sponsored by the Carroll Tech Council.  Information:  Denise Beaver, 443-244-1262 or www.carrolltechcouncil.org.

Saturday, May 17
Chamber Music on the Hill Presents Jose Miguel Cueto and Nancy Roldan in Concert – 7 p.m.  Jose Miguel Cueto on violin and pianist Nancy Roldan on piano will include music by Franz Liszt, Beethoven, and Alberto Ginastera and Astor Piazzolla.  Free reception immediately following the concert.  $  Little Baker Chapel, McDaniel College.  Tickets available at the Carroll Arts Center or by calling MaryEllen at 410-596-1022.  Information:  www.mcdaniel.edu/cmoth.

Sunday, May 18
Masterworks Chorale of Carroll County Spring Concert – 7 p.m.  In collaboration with the Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra, Mozart's "Requiem" will be performed.  Director is Dr. Margaret Boudreaux and accompanist is Ted Dix, McDaniel College organist.  $  Big Baker Memorial Chapel, McDaniel College.  Information and tickets:  410-871-3371 or www.masterworksofcc.org.

Monday, May 19
Beads & Bags Bingo -5:30 p.m. – door open; 7 p.m. – bingo starts.  Pandora and Coach Bags; 20 games of bingo, 4 specials; 50/50 and two raffles.  Food available.  $  Legacy Hall, Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department, 6680 Sykesville Road, Sykesville.  Information/tickets:  www.sykesillefire.org or 410-795-8021.

North Carroll Book Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m.  The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom is this month's choice.  New members are welcome.  Adults.  North Carroll CCPL.

Tuesday, May 20
Emergency Preparedness – 12:15 p.m.  Valerie Hawkins will discuss emergency preparedness plans that include family pets.  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Legal Aid Walk-in Clinic – 1-4 p.m.  Take your legal questions to the Senior Center for a paralegal from Legal Aid to answer.  No appointment required.  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Finksburg Book Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m.  Join the group for a discussion about this month's choice, The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.  Adults.  Finksburg CCPL.

Busy Bags!  Parent Make and Take – 7 p.m.  Looking for something to help keep your preschooler busy during the summer? Join us as we make a busy bag full of fun and interesting things to keep your little one occupied!   Registration begins  May 6.  Adults.  Mt. Airy CCPL.

Carroll Live on Stage Presents Jesse Lynch's Jazz 101
– 7:30 p.m.  Last concert of the season.  Jesse Lynch will lead the audience on a journey through the evolution and history of jazz through music and multi-media presentation in his touring program Jesse Lynch’s Jazz 101.   The stage will heat up with explosive energy and electrifying technique in the sounds of Joplin, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong and other jazz greats.  Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road.  Information:  410-848-7123 or http://www.carrollliveonstage.org.  

Wednesday, May 21
North Carroll Senior Book Discussion Group – 11 a.m.  This month's selection is The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon.  Adults.  North Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Health Talk
– noon.  A representative from the Carroll Hospital Center will discuss "cardiovascular health."  North Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Mt. Airy Book Discussion Group – 1 p.m.  The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult is the selection for this month.  Adults.  Mt. Airy CCPL.

Thursday, May 22
Memorial Day Luncheon – 11:45 a.m.  Mt. Airy Senior and Community Center.

Memorial Day Luncheon – noon.  Entertainment by Maria Rose and Danny Elswick (RFD-TV) at 12:30 p.m.  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Emergency Preparedness Program – 12:15 p.m.  Valerie Hawkins returns to discuss planning for emergencies that include family pets.  Mt. Airy Senior and Community Center.

Mt. Airy Senior Book Discussion Group – 12:30 p.m.  The selection for May is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  Adults.  Mt. Air Senior and Community Center.

Special Memorial Day Luncheon and Patriotic Presentation – 11:30 a.m.  Presentation:  America - In Speech, Sight and Sound by Paul Whitson at 12:30 p.m.  Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

Saturday, May 24
Hampstead Day- 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  Main Street festival with antiques, crafts, entertainment, kid's rides, classic antique car show.  Bus shuttle from North Carroll High School.  Main Street, Hampstead.  Information:  4443-250-5165 or http://hampsteadlionsclub.org.

Social Media for Dummies – 11 a.m.  See April 26 for information.  Registration begins May 10.  Adults.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Sunday, May 25
All branches of the Carroll County Public Library will be closed.

Monday, May 26
All branches of the Carroll County Public Library will be closed.

Tuesday, May 27
TV Flashbacks – 12:30 p.m.  Comedy Club Play at the Center.  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Make Felted Soap – 6:30 p.m.  Felted soap is made by adhering wool batting around a bar of soap to create a soap and washcloth all in one. Bring a bar of soap and your creative spirit and we will show you how to do it!  Wool supplies will be provided.  Be prepared to get your hands (and maybe your clothes!) wet.  Registration begins May 13.  Adults.  North Carroll CCPL.

Wednesday, May 28
Tumblr-Fun – 2 p.m.  How would you like to post anything (from anywhere!), customize everything, and find and follow what you love?  Come to this introduction to Tumblr and learn how to create your own Tumblr blog.  Required registration begins May 14.  Ages 13-Adult.  Westminster CCPL.

Friday, May 30
Mother's & Father's Day Celebration – 11 a.m.  Entertainment by Patsy Cline and Her Men.  Lunch reservations required by May 23.  North Carroll Senior and Community Center.


** The Americans with Disabilities Act applies to the Carroll County Government and its programs, services, activities, and facilities.  Anyone requiring an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or who has a complaint should contact Madeline M. Morey, The Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator, 410-386-3800, 1-888-302-8978, MD Relay 7-1-1/1-800-735-2258 or email mmorey@ccg.carr.org as soon as possible but no later than 72 hours before the scheduled event.


CONTACT INFORMATION
CCPL Registration Number - 410-386-4488 or website:  www.library.carr.org
Carroll Arts Center, Westminster - 410-848-7272 or www.CarrollCountyArtsCouncil.org
Carroll Technology Council - 443-244-1262 or website:  www.carrolltechcouncil.org
Historical Society of Carroll County - 410-848-6494 or http://hscc.carr.org.
McDaniel College - 410--857-2599
Mt. Airy Senior and Community Center - 410-795-1017/301-829-2407
North Carroll Senior and Community Center - 410-386-3900
South Carroll Senior and Community Center - 410-386-3700
Taneytown Senior and Community Center - 410-386-2700
Westminster Senior and Community Center - 410-386-3850


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