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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,  HYPERLINK "mailto:goldheart@goldheart.org" goldheart@goldheart.org or visit www.goldheart.org.

Sundays and Wednesdays
Western Maryland Railway Museum - Sundays, 1-4 p.m.; Wednesdays – 9 a.m.-3 p.m., other days by appointment.  Memorabilia, archives and pictures.  41 N. Main Street, Union Bridge.  Information:  410-775-0150.

Mondays
Narcotics Anonymous – 8:30 p.m.  On Our Own, 265 E. Main Street, Westminster.

First Mondays & Second Tuesdays
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.

First Mondays & Third Tuesdays
North Carroll Knitters Night – 7 p.m.  Knitters and crocheters are welcome to join this semi-monthly gathering to share tips, projects and patterns.  Adults.  North Carroll CCPL.

Second Mondays
Carroll County Amateur Radio Club – 7:30 p.m.  The club meets each month, except December anyone interested in amateur radio is welcome to attend.  Business is conducted four times a year with all other meetings focusing on a presentation and socialization.  Membership is open to anyone interested in amateur radio.  Send an email for meeting place:   HYPERLINK "mailto:k3pzn@qis.net" k3pzn@qis.net.  

Second & Fourth Mondays
North Carroll Writers Group – 6:30 p.m.  NCWG is dedicated to helping people improve their writing.  Meet semi-monthly to share work in a non-judgmental atmosphere.  Adults.  North Carroll CCPL.

Tuesdays
Hugs & Stitches – 5:30-7:45 p.m.  Help crochet and knit scarves, hats, mittens and afghans for those in need in Carroll County.  All items made during the meeting are for charity.  Jan. 9, 2015 meeting will be held at the Westminster CCPL, only.  Arts & Craft Room, Westminster Ridge.  Information:  Sandi Schneider, 410-848-8860 or  HYPERLINK "mailto:crafter359@aol.com" crafter359@aol.com.

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.

Second Tuesdays
Game Night at the Library – 6:30 p.m.  Play board games and interact with people rather than playing online.  Stop by for game night.  Ages 13-Adult.  Finksburg 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.

Line Dancing Lessons – 7-9:30 p.m.  Sykesville Fire Department.  Information:  sykesvillefire.org.

First Wednesdays
Empty Nesters - 10 a.m. The school year is in full swing! If you are looking for something to do while you are on your own and your kids are in school, why not hang out and meet some new people and have fun! Refreshments served. Adults. Mount Airy CCPL.

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. Will NOT meet Dec. 25.  Ages 11-Adult.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Third Wednesdays
Country Jammers- 1 p.m.  Monthly jam session.  No registration required.  Westminster Senior and Community Center.

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
Narcotics Anonymous – 7:30 p.m.  Grace Lutheran Church, 21 Carroll Street, Westminster.

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

Alcoholics Anonymous – 8:30 p.m.  Prospect United Methodist Church, Annapolis & Woodville Road, Mt. Airy.  Information:  

Thursdays, Saturdays
Narcotics Anonymous - 7:30 p.m.  St. James Episcopal Church, 204 N. Main Street, 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 and Fourth 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). Will NOT meet Dec. 25. 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 – doors open; 7 p.m. – bingo start.  Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department (SFDFD), 6680 Sykesville Road, Sykesville, MD.  Information:  443-609-4917.

Narcotics Anonymous – noon. Westminster Recovery Center, 124 E. Main Street, Westminster.

Narcotics Anonymous – 7 p.m.  Ascension Episcopal Church, 23 N. Court Street, Westminster.

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 – 8:30 a.m.  Crossroads Community Church, 897 Leidy Road, Westminster.

Overeaters Anonymous – 4:30 P.M.  Westminster Recovery Center, 126 Main Street, Westminster.

First Saturday
Country Breakfast Buffet – 6-10 a.m.  Full, all-you-can eat breakfast.  Fresh brewed coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate, milk and juices.  (Feb.-Dec.)  $  Holy Cross Hall, Church of the Ascension Episcopal Church, 23 N. Court Street, Westminster.  Information:  Cheryl Vecera, 410-848-3251.

Second Saturday
Saturday Singles Dance – 7:30-11 p.m.  Open to everyone 21 years and older.  $  Winfield Fire Hall, 1320 West Old Liberty Road, (Winfield) Sykesville.  Information:  443-255-5849.  (No dance in July.)


FARMERS MARKETS
Carroll County Farmers' Market - Carroll County Agriculture Center.
Information:  Anita Bullock, 410-848-7748
Winter hours:  8 a.m.-2 p.m. HYPERLINK "mailto:ccfm@comcast.net"
Christmas Market:  Dec. 6-13 - 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Fresh local, in-season produce, baked goods, eggs, jams and jellies, homemade crafts.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION
Monday, Dec. 15
Sacred Journeys: An Evening with Director Leo Eaton– 7 p.m.  Part of a six-part series, the Lourdes episode follows a group of active duty and retired U.S. military veterans from around the world, wounded in Afghanistan, Iraq and other American wars, as they travel to the Catholic shrine of Lourdes in Southwest France in search of healing and reconciliation.  More than five million pilgrims from around the world visit this shrine to the Virgin Mary every year, to drink and bathe in the waters of a spring that Catholics believe has miraculous powers.  Mr. Eaton will lead a post-film discussion.  The “Lourdes” episode will air on PBS on Dec. 16 and the remaining episodes “Hajj,” “Shikoku,” “Kumbh Mela,” “Osun-Osogbo” and “Jerusalem will air on Tuesdays through Dec. 30.  Tickets are not required and seating is on a first-come, first served basis.  Carroll Arts Center, Westminster.


FINANCIAL LITERACY SERIES
Dec. 5, Jan. 9
Monthly Money Talks – 9:30 a.m.  Financial advisor Suanne Bradshaw will present this series, focusing on educating retirees and pre-retirees about important financial matters.  Dec. – Annuities and Your Retirement; Jan. 9 – Estate Planning with Special Guest. Registration required two weeks before event. Adults. Eldersburg CCPL.


DECEMBER

Through Dec. 1
Carroll Singers Winter Concert – 2:30 p.m.  – Nov. 30; 7 p.m. – Dec. 1.  $  Westminster High School.

Through Dec. 7
Historic Mayberry Mills Arts, Crafts & Gift Show – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. – Monday-Saturday; noon-4 p.m. – Sunday.  Unique gifts, hanging baskets, herbs, bedding and vegetable plants displayed in a pre-Civil War flour and grain mill.  Historic Mayberry Mill, Stone & Mayberry Roads, Taneytown. Information:  Mary Ann Galandak, 410-848-6213.

17th Annual Festival of Wreaths- 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.  More than 150 theme wreaths will be displayed.  Silent auction, with proceeds going to the Art Council. Free admission.  Carroll Arts Center.

Through Dec. 12
Introvert | Extrovert:  Paintings by J. T. Kirkland – Nov. 20 Opening Reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; artist talk at 6 p.m.  Call for gallery hours.  Free and open to the public.  Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall, McDaniel College.  Information:  410-857-2595.  Information:  410-857-2595 or  HYPERLINK "http://jtkirkland.com/home.html" http://jtkirkland.com/home.html.

Through Dec. 13
8th Annual Festival of Trees – 10 a.m.-9 p.m. – Monday-Friday; 1-5 p.m. – Sunday.  Silent auction closes Dec. 13 at 4 p.m.  Features are over 60 lighted, beautifully decorated Christmas trees, including a selection of special designs – Vintage Disney, Sock Hop, local sports themes, and trees that honor the season.  Proceeds benefit The Shepherd's Staff outreach programs.  TownMall of Westminster, the Belk Court.  Information:  410-857-5944.  Trees can be picked up Dec. 14 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Through Dec. 23
Gallery of Gifts – Regular business hours.  Annual tradition of transforming the Tevis Gallery into the "Gallery of Gifts" during the holiday season.  Special cash and carry exhibit that resembles a boutique rather than the traditional gallery exhibit.  More than 35 artists will have their festive wares displayed.  Complimentary gift bagging for all purchases.  Carroll Arts Center.

Dec. 1-21
Holiday Visit to the Farm – 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  The Farm Museum will be decorated in holiday fashion.  There will be Santa visits, holiday music and mule-pulled wagon rides on weekends, weather permitting.  Food available and farmhouse tours.  The Living History Center will be open.  $  Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center Street, Westminster.  Information:  410-386-3883 or  HYPERLINK "http://www.carrollcountyfarmmuseum.org" www.carrollcountyfarmmuseum.org.

Dec. 4-5
Holiday Bazaar – 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  Fundraiser for the Westminster Senior and Community Center sponsored by the Site Council.  Westminster Senior and Community Center.

Dec. 6, 7
8th Annual Carroll County Artists Studio Tour – 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Carroll County artists, including current and former McDaniel students, showcase their work and offer demonstrations.  For information where studios are located:  443-340-0955.

A Main Street Christmas- 4-8 p.m.  Tree lighting, live holiday music, Santa parade and a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.  Historic Downtown Mt. Airy, 110 S. Main Street, Mt. Airy.  Information:  301-829-8300.

Dec. 7, Jan. 11
Musical Interludes at Your Library: Sounds of the Season – 2 p.m.  The Carroll County String Project will entertain with a specially themed concert.  All ages, children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Dec. 11, Jan. 7
Medicare 101 – 4 p.m. – Dec. 11; 5 p.m. – Jan. 7.  Tina Herreroo-Backe, SHIP/SMP Coordinator will present a one hour workshop to discuss the four parts of Medicare and how they work:  Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plans, find out if you qualify for Medicare Savings Programs (all savings programs are not low-income programs), free preventive services offered by Medicare, and how protect yourself from healthcare fraud.  Adults. Westminster CCPL.

Dec. 11-Jan. 17
Exhibit - Puros: Vistas of Cuba – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. – Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Featured are the works of five local photographers that depict people, places and perspectives that are purely Cuban.  Photos were taken in May 2014.  Free and open to the public.  Director’s Hall Gallery.

Exhibit - Umbrella Project – see above for hours.  Exhibited art by Amy Svec and Vince Coates will be paintings, mobiles, poetry and much more from two of the area’s most vibrant and dynamic abstract artists.  Free and open to the public.  Community Gallery.  A celebratory reception for both exhibits will be on Jan. 8, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.  Carroll Arts Center, Westminster.

Dec. 12-13
A Christmas Carol- 3 p.m. – Dec. 12; 3 and 8 p.m. – Dec. 13.  This classic Charles Dickens’ story is a live performance by the Maryland Ensemble Theatre.  $  Carroll Arts Center, Westminster.

Dec. 12, Jan. 16
Introduction to Tai Chi Chuan – 2 p.m. Tai Chi emphasizes relaxation, meditation and harmony of both mind and body.  Tai chi chuan is referred to as ‘internal martial arts.’ Registration begins two weeks before program date.  Adults.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Dec. 13, Jan. 10
Magic: The Gathering – 11 a.m. Two hours of gaming fun.  Newcomers to the game will have a chance to learn and experienced players can face off with one another or trade cards.  Refreshments. Ages 13-Adult.  Taneytown CCPL.

Dec. 14, 21, Jan. 4, 11
Yoga for Stress Relief – 2 p.m.  Learn to unwind and de-stress during the holiday season with a beginner’s yoga class taught by A Mindful Yoga Studio. Yoga mats will be available or take your own.  Registration begins to weeks before program date. Adults.  Westminster CCPL.

Dec. 19, 20, 21
A “Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas” – 8 p.m. – Dec. 19; 3 and 8 p.m. – Dec. 20; 3 p.m. – Dec. 21.  A special event with the screening of the beloved animated film with the Vince Guaraldi jazz score.  After the free film, the Eric Byrd Trio will perform the jazz score.  Free. Carroll Arts Center, Westminster.

Tuesday, Dec. 2
Legal Aid Assistance – 1-4 p.m.  Once a month, the Western Chapter of the Maryland Legal Aid has a representative at the Westminster Senior and Community Center to offer assistance to seniors in the community.

Ugly Sweater (or Tie) Party- 5-7 p.m.  Don your tackiest Christmas sweater, or necktie, and join the group for fruitcake, frivolity and pries for the most outlandish sweater.  Carroll Arts Center, Westminster.

Make Your Own Holiday Ornaments - 6:30 p.m.  Learn how to craft paper star ornaments, including the Moravian stars.  Supplies provided.  All attendees need to register.  Registration begins Nov. 18.  Adults.  North Carroll CCPL.

The Rainbow Book Club – 7 p.m.  This month’s selection is Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son by Lori Duron.   Presented by PFLAG Westminster.  Adults.  Finksburg CCPL.

Wednesday, Dec. 3
Arthritis Exercise Program – 12:30-1:30 p.m.  New 8-10 week session.  $  Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

Westminster Book Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m.  This month’s selection is Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.  Adults.  Westminster CCPL.

Thursday, Dec. 4
Mt. Airy Senior Bus Trip – 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  Kennedy Center “Shear Madness Salon”.  $  Must be registered with the Center to go on trip.  Reservations:  Judy Phebus, 443-540-3365.  Mt. Airy Senior & Community Center.

Holiday Skits – 10:30 a.m.  The drama club will perform short comedy skits for the holiday season.  Reservations for lunch required by Nov. 26.  North Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Memory Café – 11:45 a.m.  Social engagement program for people with dementia, their families and friends, where they can share experiences with fellow caregivers and their loved ones, along with health and social care professionals.  Mt. Airy Senior & Community Center.

Coffey Holiday Recital – 6-8 p.m.  Free holiday music recital by Coffey Music students.  Stop in any time.  Free.  Carroll Arts Center, Westminster.

So You Want to Start a Blog? – 6:30 p.m.  Learn the simple in’s and out’s of blogging and social media.  You will discuss why you want to blog, what you hope to gain, who your target audience would be and what social media tools will help you reach these personal goals.  Registration begins Nov. 20.  Adults.  Eldersburg CCL.

Septic Care: Important Information for Homeowners – 7 p.m.  Certified septic system installer and inspector George Schooley of Legacy Septic & Excavation will share information on how the septic system works and the proper maintenance needed to keep it working.  Q& A session will follow the presentation.  Adults.  Taneytown CCPL.

Videopalooza – 7 p.m.  Student-produced digital features by the McDaniel College’s Communication and Cinema Department.  Decker Auditorium, Lewis Hall of Science, McDaniel College.  Information:  410-857-2450.

Jazz Night at the College – 8 p.m.  Under the direction of Bo Eckard, the performance will include the Thursday Jazz Ensemble, the Monday Jazz Ensemble, and the five-piece Jazz Combo 2with vocalist.  Music 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, Dec. 5
Sykesville’s 12-Hours of Christmas – noon-midnight.   Live music, wine, refreshments, special sales and more.  Shops open till midnight.  Sykesville Main Street.  Information:  Ivy Wells, 410-795-8959.

Winter Wine Warmer – 5-8 p.m.  PDQ Vocal Quartet, hors d’oeuvres, tour of historic Shellman House and the opportunity to do holiday shopping in The Shop at Cockey’s. $ Advance tickets may be purchased starting Nov. 26.  Cockey’s, 216 Main Street, Westminster.  Information: 410-848-6494.

College Band Concert – 7 p.m.  Under the direction of Dr. Linda Kirkpatrick, the band, featuring nearly 50 students, faculty members, band alumni and community musicians, will perform a variety of music, from classical to pops.  The concert is free and open to the public.  WMC Alumni Hall, McDaniel College.  Information:  410-857-2599.

Saturday, Dec. 6
Christmas Studio Show and Sale – 5 a.m.-noon.  Homemade stoneware pottery.  Raku, throwing, spinning, blacksmithing demonstrations.  Refreshments and recipes.  Farm animals.  Shiloh Pottery, 1027 Brodbeck Road, Hampstead.  Information:  Ken Hankins, 410-239-8888.

Christmas Bazaar- 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.  Giant indoor flea market, photos with Santa, fudge, baked goods, books., Christmas and specialty rooms, shopping room for children, baskets, plants, home party shopping room.  Lunch and more.  St. John’s Catholic Church, Monroe Street, Westminster.  Information:  410-848-4744.

Movie:  Frozen – 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.  2013 Disney’s musical.  Lyrics for the songs on the big screen.  Sing along.  Frozen treats for sale at the concession stand.  Prizes for best costumes.  Advance tickets not required.  Seating is first come, first served basis.  Rated PG.  102 mins.  

Local Author Fair – 1 p.m.  This will be an excellent opportunity to meet and talk with local writers and discuss their books.  Enter to win a Kindle.  A Celebrating America program.  Refreshments will be served.  All ages, children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  North Carroll CCPL.

Merry Main Street – 1-9 p.m.  Costumed character, crafts, live music, reindeer cupcake making.  Meet the Grinch.  Santa arrives by fire truck at 6 p.m. and the mayor will light the tree.  Outdoor movie.  Model trains run from 3-9 p.m.  Events at the Town House run from 1-4 p.m.  Carolers arrive at 5 p.m.  Pictures with Santa at the Caboose.  Shops open till 9 p.m.  Sykesville Main Street.  Information:  Ivy Wells, 410-795-8959 or  HYPERLINK "http://www.sykesvillemainstreet.com" www.sykesvillemainstreet.com.

The Westminster Symphony Orchestra – 3 p.m. The orchestra, composed of McDaniel students, Carroll Community College students, and community musicians, will present their winter concert.  Free and open to the public.  WMC Alumni Hall, McDaniel College.  Information:  410-857-2599.

Annual Christmas Mid-Night Madness – 5-10:45 p.m.  Over 150 dealers offering discounts, with many on hand to ‘wheel and deal’.  Westminster Antique Mall, 433 Hahn Road, Westminster.  Information:  Judy Dodrer, 410-857-4044.

A Scots-Appalachian Holiday – 8 p.m. Walt Michael & Co. and special guests Pete Clark and Gregor Lowry will bring Southern Appalachian, Celtic, old-time music to life. $ Carroll Art Center. Information/Tickets: Tickets -  HYPERLINK "http://common-ground.ticketleap.com/walt-michael-2014/" http://common-ground.ticketleap.com/walt-michael-2014/.  General Information: Common Ground on the Hill,  HYPERLINK "http://www.commongroundonthehill.org/westminsterconcerts.html" \t "_blank" http://www.commongroundonthehill.org/westminsterconcerts.html, email:  HYPERLINK "mailto:commonground@commongroundonthehill.org" \t "_blank" commonground@commongroundonthehill.org or  HYPERLINK "tel:410-857-2771" \t "_blank" 410-857-2771.

Sunday, Dec. 7
Interview Tea with William Winchester – 1:30 p.m.  Celebrate Westminster’s 250th anniversary with Westminster resident and architect, Dean Camlin, as he is interviewed by Carroll County columnist and author, Dean Minnich.  Learn about the city’s beginnings and events that have happened in the past 250 years.  All ages, children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  Westminster CCPL.

Gospel Choir Concert – 3 p.m.  Traditional and contemporary music under the direction of Shelley Ensor.  Free and open to the public.  WMC Alumni Hall, McDaniel College.  Information:  410-857-2599.

Monday, Dec. 8
Holiday Book Art – 7 p.m.  Learn to make holiday decorations out of books.  All supplies provided.  Ages 13-Adult.  Taneytown CCPL.

A Book, a Brew, and Football – 7:30 p.m.  A special evening with WBAL Sports Anchor, Gerry Sandusky. Admission fee includes a copy of Sandusky’s Forgotten Sundays, one drink and snacks. $2, per admission, will be donated to Alzheimer’s research.  Maggie’s Restaurant, Westminster.  Registration, required, will be announced through the library’s website: library.arr.org.

Tuesday, Dec. 9
HSCC Box Lunch Talk:  From Bank Robbers to Bootleggers – noon-1 p.m.  HSCC Curator, Cathy Baty, will takes a lighthearted look at some of Carroll County’s memorable crimes and unusual criminal activities. Brown bag your lunch. Dessert and beverages are provided. $ Grace Hall, Grace Lutheran Church, 21 Carroll Street, Westminster. Information: 410-848-6494. Sponsored by the Historical Society of Carroll County.

Senior Health Talk – 12:15 p.m.  Terry Serio of the Maryland Extension Service, will discuss “Healthy Eating on the Go.   South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Button Snowflakes and Straw Hat Snowmen – 7 p.m.  Time to decorate!  Make button snowflake ornaments and a straw hat snowman.  Registration begins Nov. 25. Adults.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Button Jewelry – 7 p.m.  Craft jewelry pieces from buttons.  All supplies provided.  If you have a special charm or accessory and want to include it, be sure to take it with you.  Registration begins Nov. 25.  Adults.  Taneytown CCPL.

Wednesday, Dec. 10
Mt. Airy Garden Club Fall Workshop – 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  $  Take scissors.  Registration required, starting Nov. 8.  Mt. Airy Senior & Community Center.

Senior Health Seminar – 10-11 a.m.  A representative from the Carroll Hospital Center will present “Ask a Diabetes Educator”.  North Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Holiday Bash & Luncheon – 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Entertainment by Memory Music.  RSVP by Dec. 2.  Westminster Senior and Community Center.

North Carroll Senior Book Discussion Group
– 11 a.m.  The selection for December is Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.  Adults. North Carroll Senior Center.

Senior Health Seminar – 12:15 p.m.  A one-on-one meeting with Pamela Xenakis to discuss “Ask a Diabetes Educator”.  Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

Cookie Exchange – 12:30 p.m.  Christmas cookie swap!  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Red Cross Blood Drive – 12:30-9 p.m.  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Healthy (and Happy) Holiday Eating – 7 p.m.  A health coach from WellAdvantage will offer tips to stay on track for a health - and still happy – holiday season.  Registration begins Nov. 26 and recommended, but walk-ins are welcome.  Adults.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Thursday, Dec. 11
Christmas Karaoke – noon.  Karaoke with Barbara Love.  No reservations required.  Westminster Senior and Community Center.

German Music – 12:15 p.m.  Music by Pearl Strings.  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Holiday Book Crafting: Make a Holliday Tree & Hedgehog – 7 p.m.  Librarian Mark Foley will instruct how to turn an old paperback into a holiday tree and holiday hedgehog.  Registration required, starting Nov. 27.  Ages 13-Adult.  Mt. Airy CCPL.

Make and Take Holiday Decorations for the Home – 7 p.m.  Projects include gingerbread and snowmen magnets, painted holiday ball, and a snowflake that can be finished at home.  Registration begins Nov. 27.  Ages 11-Adult.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Sounds of the Season – 7 p.m.  The Carroll County String Project will entertain with a specially themed concert.  Holiday music will be performed on violin, flute, piano and more.  All ages, children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  Westminster CCPL.

Friday, Dec. 12
Seniors’ Holiday Party – 10:30 a.m.  Entertainment by Standard Delivery, special catered holiday meal.  Reservations for lunch required by Nov. 26.  North Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Cookies on Main Street - 6-8 p.m.  Homemade cookies from local businesses – and you get to take the recipe home.  Shops open to 8 p.m.  Sykesville Main Street.  Information:  Ivy Wells, 410-795-8959 or  HYPERLINK "http://www.sykesvillemainstreet.com" www.sykesvillemainstreet.com.

Saturday, Dec. 13
The Hobbit Returns – 1 p.m.  Learn to make your own Hobbit terrarium to commemorate the last installment of The Hobbit trilogy.  Registration begins Nov. 29.  Ages 10-Adult.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Modern Board Games at the Library – 1 p.m.  Ages 13-Adult.  Taneytown CCPL.

Free Spirit Book Club – 2 p.m.  This month’s choice is The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande.  This program is presented in collaboration with the One Maryland One Book initiative of the Maryland Humanities Council.  A Celebrating America Program.  Adults.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Westminster Ringers Concert – 6:30 p.m.  Winter handbell concert featuring Accelerando and the Westminster Ringers.  $  Scott Theater, Carroll Community College, Westminster.  Information:  Debbie Henning, e-mail -  HYPERLINK "mailto:wrmanagingdirector@gmail.com" wrmanagingdirector@gmail.com.

Sunday, Dec. 14
Jazz Pizazz with The Charles Eron Trio - 1:30 p.m. An afternoon of jazz standards, contemporary and original compositions by the McDaniel graduate Charles Eron and his band members, Paul Morale on electric bass and Ben Reiff on drums.  All ages, children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Sounds of the Season
– 3 p.m.  See Dec. 11, Westminster CCPL for info.  All ages, children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  Mt. Airy CCPL.

Children’s Chorus of Carroll County – 3 p.m.  Annual winter concert by the children of central Maryland.  Under the direction of Diane Jones.  Big Baker Memorial Chapel, McDaniel College.  Free admission but donations appreciated.  Information:   HYPERLINK "http://www.ccccnotes.com/" http://www.ccccnotes.com/.

Monday, Dec. 15
Senior Christmas Lunch – 12:15 p.m.  RSVP by Dec. 5.  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

The Final Hobbit Movie – 6 p.m.  Celebrate the ending of the trilogy.  Costumes are encouraged and prizes to be won (including tickets to the movie).  Refreshments served.  All ages, children ages three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  Taneytown CCPL.

Tuesday, Dec. 16
Senior Legal Aid Assistance – 1-4 p.m.  Free civil legal help to seniors 60 years and older.  Appointments required, 800-679-8813 for a specific time.  Drop-ins welcome.  Mt. Airy Senior and Community Center.

Finksburg Book Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m.  Selection for this month is The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.  Adults.  Finksburg CCPL.

1st Night of Hanukkah Menorah Lighting
– 7-8 p.m.  Giant menorah will be lit on Main Street.  Food, dreidels and more.  Information:  Ivy Wells, 410-795-8959 or  HYPERLINK "http://www.sykesvillemainstreet.com" www.sykesvillemainstreet.com.

Wednesday, Dec. 17
Christmas Celebration- 11:30 a.m.  Special lunch, followed by Maria Rose and Danny Elswick entertainment.  Taneytown Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Mt. Airy Book Discussion Group – 1 pm.  Book by W. Bruce Cameron, The Dogs of Christmas¸ is the selection for December.  Adults.  Mt. Airy CCPL.

Holiday Strings and Piano – 7 p.m.  Holiday music by local librarian violinist Christina Cook, cellist Melissa Lemon and Mt. Airy resident Melissa Long.  All ages, children thee and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  Mt. Airy CCPL.

Thursday, Dec. 18
Holiday Sing-A-Long & Lunch – 11 a.m.  Reservations for lunch required by Dec. 11.  North Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Solstice Celebration – 11:30 a.m.  RSVP for lunch by Dec. 10.  Westminster Senior and Community Center.

Mt. Airy Senior Book Discussion Group – 12:30 p.m.  Choice for December is Window of Time by Karen Weinberg.  Adults.  Mt Airy Senior Center.

Taneytown Adult Bok Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m.  Selection for the month is The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty.  New participants always welcome.  Refreshments served.  Adults.  Taneytown CCPL.

Friday, Dec. 19
Christmas Party – 10:30 a.m. – Children’s visit with Santa.  11:45 a.m. – Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.  Reservations must be in no later than 10 a.m. Dec. 12.  12:30 p.m. – holiday entertainment by Doug Phoebus Music.  Mt. Airy Senior and Community Center.

Saturday, Dec. 20
Parents’ Make & Take: Busy Bags - 11 a.m.  Make an assortment of activities for children to do independently.  Sitter provided for children.  Registration begins Dec. 6.  All ages, children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  Westminster CCPL.

Monday, Dec. 22
Winter Blood Drive – 2-7 pm.  Red Cross blood drive.  Sign up in advance at  HYPERLINK "http://www.redcrossblood.org/" http://www.redcrossblood.org/.  Walk-ins welcome.  Adults.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Are You an iParent? – 6:30 p.m.  Gain new knowledge and abilities and learn new tools to successfully guide your child/ren through the changing landscape of digital media and technology.  You will be introduced to resources that will help guide you on a self-paced journey to becoming better informed. Part of the Quality Digital Media Partnership series with WQED-PBS, Littleelit.com, and Carroll County Public Library.  Registration begins Dec. 8.  Adults.  Finksburg CCPL.

Wednesday, Dec. 24
All branches of the Carroll County Public Library will be closed.

Thursday, Dec. 25
All branches of the Carroll County Public Library will be closed.

Tuesday, Dec. 30
Toast to the New Year Luncheon – 11 a.m.  RSVP by Dec. 22.  Westminster Senior and Community Center.

Noon Year’s Eve Luncheon- 11:30 a.m.  RSVP by Dec. 23, 10 a.m.  Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

Happy Noon Year Party & Dance – 11:45 a.m.  Mt. Airy Senior and Community Center.

Senior New Year’s Celebration – 12:15 p.m.  RSVP by Dec. 20.  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Wednesday, Dec. 31
All branches of the Carroll County Public Library will be closing at 5 p.m.



JANUARY

Jan. 8, 15, 29
Yoga with Syeda- 6 p.m.  Join Syeda Kahn for a free, invigorating yoga session in a soothing atmosphere.  Registration required two weeks before program date.  Drop-ins on a first come basis.  Adults.  Finksburg CCPL.

Jan. 8-Feb. 28
Sculpture Exhibit:  Reach - See Dec. 11-Jan. 17 for gallery hours.  Exhibited will be sculptures by five regional artists:  Mary Bowron of Boyds, MD; Patrick Timothy Caughy of Catonsville, MD; Patrick McGuire of Sparks, MD; Virginia Sperry of Mt. Airy, MD; and Terry Whye of Finksburg, MD.  An opening reception will be held on Jan. 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.  Carroll Arts Center, Westminster.  

Jan. 27, Feb. 3
Creating Business Momentum – 6-8:30  p.m.  Give your business clear, attainable goals and learn to create actions steps necessary for complete achievement.  Register through www.carrollcc.edu/register/noncredit.  Cost is is $75, including $30 fee.  Maryland senior adults pay fees only.  Adults.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Jan. 29-Feb. 20
Paintings and Drawings by John Hampshire – call for gallery hours.  Opening reception is Jan. 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m. with an artist talk beginning at 6 p.m.  Free and open to the public.  Rice Gallery, McDaniel College.  Information:  410-857-2595 or  HYPERLINK "http://johnhampshire.weebly.com" http://johnhampshire.weebly.com.

Thursday, Jan. 1
All branches of the Carroll County Public Library will be closed.

Friday, Jan. 2
Memory Café – 10-11:30 a.m.  See Dec. 4 for information.  Mt. Airy Senior & Community Center.

Tuesday, Jan. 6
Legal Aid Assistance – 1-4 p.m.  See Dec. 2 for information.  Westminster Senior and Community Center.

Hugs and Stitches Crochet & Knit for Charity – 5:30 p.m.  The group of knitters and crocheters meet weekly to make scarves, hats, mittens and afghans to be donated to local charities.  New members welcome but must be a beginner crocheter or knitter.  Although the group usually meets each week at Westminster Ridge, they will meet at the Westminster Branch the first Tuesday in January. Ages 12 - Adult. Westminster CCPL.

The Rainbow Book Club – 7 p.m.  The selection for January is The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell by William Klaber.  This club is presented by PFLAG Westminster–Carroll County and is hosted by the CCPL.  Adults.  Finksburg CCPL.

Wednesday, Jan. 7
Health Talk - 9:30-10:30 a.m.  Nutrition talk presented by Terry Serio, Maryland Cooperative Extension Service.  Westminster Senior and Community Center.

Westminster Book Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m.  The Pioneer Woman by Ree Drummond is the selection for the month of January.  Adults.  Westminster CCPL.

Thursday, Jan. 8
Crime Prevention Talk – 12:15 p.m.  Bruce Lohr from the Maryland Crime Prevention Task Force, will discuss “Human Trafficking” in the community.  Mt. Airy Senior and Community Center.

Friday, Jan. 9
Middle Eastern Belly Dancing Demo – 11 a.m.  Local belly dancer Liz Slaterbeck will teach a dancing workshop, explain the history of the dance, and give a performance.  All attendees must register, beginning Dec. 26.  All ages, children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  Finksburg CCPL.

FLICC Presents “Chef” – 1 and 7:30 p.m.  2014 comedy about a gifted chef who suddenly quits his demanding job at a trendy LA restaurant to start a no-frills food truck business in Miami, Florida.  The matinee showing at 1 pm will have captioning to increase the enjoyment of movies for those with hearing impairments. The 7:30 pm showing will have captioning if requested in advance. Assistive Listening Devices are always available.  $  Carroll Arts Center, Westminster.

Saturday, Jan. 10
Unplug and Play! – 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Family and friends can play checkers, chess, Mancala, Chinese checkers, Yahtzee, Uno, crazy eight, apples-to-apples.  All ages, children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  Taneytown CCPL.

Writing Fiction that Sells – 1 p.m.  Kathryn Johnson, teacher At Washington DC Writer’s Center, will offer advice on how to “keep it brisk” and “writing a great query”.  Ms. Johnson is an Agatha Christie Award nominee and has just release her new contemporary romantic-suspense series, Affairs of State this year.  Adults.  Finksburg CCPL.

Free Spirit Book Club – 2 p.m.  The selection for the month is Mount Vernon Love Story by Mary Higgins Clark.  Adults.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Common Ground on the Hill Presents Blues Legend Guy Davis – 8 p.m.  $  Carroll Arts Center, Westminster.  Information/Tickets: Tickets -  HYPERLINK "http://common-ground.ticketleap.com/walt-michael-2014/" http://common-ground.ticketleap.com/walt-michael-2014/.  General Information: Common Ground on the Hill,  HYPERLINK "http://www.commongroundonthehill.org/westminsterconcerts.html" \t "_blank" http://www.commongroundonthehill.org/westminsterconcerts.html; email:  HYPERLINK "mailto:commonground@commongroundonthehill.org" \t "_blank" commonground@commongroundonthehill.org or  HYPERLINK "tel:410-857-2771" \t "_blank" 410-857-2771.

Monday, Jan. 12
Crime Prevention Talk - noon.  Bruce Lohr of the Maryland Crime Prevention Task Force will discuss “Human Trafficking”.  North Carroll Senior and Community Center.  

Understanding Dementia – 7 p.m.  Learn the different type of dementia and how they affect the brain in terms of communication, and other challenging behavior.  Helpful tips and strategies for the caring of individuals with memory impairment.  A list of resources will be provided.  Registration begins Dec. 29.  Adults.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Tuesday, Jan. 13
HSCC Box Lunch Talk:  Charles Carroll of Carrollton: A Founding Father – noon-1 p.m.  Jim Shriver will explore the life and times of one of Maryland’s signers of the Declaration of Independence.  He will include highlights of Carroll’s contributions to the formation of our country and state through and after the American Revolution, plus his family’s unique and varied connections within Maryland.  Brown bag your lunch. Dessert and beverages are provided. $ Grace Hall, Grace Lutheran Church, 21 Carroll Street, Westminster. Information: 410-848-6494. Sponsored by the Historical Society of Carroll County.

Crime Prevention Talk – 12:15 p.m.  Bruce Lohr from the Maryland Crime Prevention Task Force, will discuss “Human Trafficking” in the community.  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Simply fun Snowman Decoration – 6:30 p.m.  All materials provided.  Registration begins Dec. 30.  Adults.  Taneytown CCPL.

Wednesday, Jan. 14
Information & Assistance – 10 a.m. - noon.  Kathy Wood will be available to discuss care giving, housing options, medicine costs, transportation, and many other topics.  Mt. Airy Senior and Community Center.

North Carroll Senior Book Discussion Group – 11 a.m.  The January selection is Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.  Adults.  North Carroll Senior Center.

Making Your Exercise Resolution Stick – 7 p.m.  A health coach from WellAdvantage will discuss the physical and mental benefits of regular exercise and how to succeed in turning that New Year’s resolution into a health, lifelong habit.  Registration recommended, but walk-ins welcome.  Registration begins Dec. 31.  Adults.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Thursday, Jan. 15
Taneytown Adult Book Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m.  The selection for discussion for this month is The Paris Wife by Paula McClain.  New participants are always welcome.  Refreshments served.  Adults.  Taneytown CCPL.

Budget & Savings – 6:30 p.m.  A representative from the BB&T Bank will discuss how to create a budget, determining wants vs. needs, and establishing a savings plan.  Adults.  Mt. Airy CCPL.

How to Build a Successful Full-Time Music Career – 7 p.m.  Jeremy Willet will lead this music administration class to help equip local artists, musicians, and music administrators with tips, resources, and connections to inspire the next generation of music by navigating through the administrative roles behind the music business.  Registration begins Jan. 1.  Ages 17 - Adult.  Eldersburg CCPL.

The Log Cabin Caner – 7 p.m.  Rick Barrick, who learned to revive and save the life of chairs in need of caning, will demonstrate how to weave natural materials together to create a sturdy and strong surface.  Ages 12-Adult.  Westminster CCPL.

Sunday, Jan. 18
Celtic Harp Music by Lydia Bandy – 2 p.m.  Local piano teacher, composer and performer, will entertain with classical, jazz and popular music.  CDs available for purchase.  All ages, children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Monday, Jan. 19
All branches of the Carroll County Public Library will be closed.

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with “The Butler” – 1 p.m.  This 2013 biography tells the story of Cecil Gaines, a White House butler who served seven American presidents over three decades.   Rated PG13, 132 mins.  $  Carroll Arts Center, Westminster.

Tuesday, Jan. 20
State Health Insurance Program for Seniors – 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  Appointment required.  Reservations with Tina, 410-386-3806.

The Unruffled Mind – 2 p.m.  Craig Storti, from the International Meditation Center, will present a brief history of the center (with slides) and lead a 30 minute meditation, followed by questions and answers.  After registered attendants, admission will be on a first come basis. Registration begins Jan. 6.  Adults.  Finksburg CCPL.

Finksburg Book Discussion Group – 6:30 pm.  The Jan. book is The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman.  Adults.  Finksburg CCPL.

Wednesday, Jan. 21
Mt. Airy Senior Center Trip – 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Trip to rocky Gap Casino.  Must be registered with the center to go on trip.  $  Reservations:  Judy Phebus, 443-540-3365.

Crime Prevention Talk – 11:45 a.m.  Bruce Lohr from the Maryland Crime Prevention Task Force, will discuss “Human Trafficking” in the community.  Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

Mt. Airy Book Discussion Group - 1 p.m.  This month’s selection is Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen.  Adults.  Mt. Airy CCPL.

Arm Knitting Again – 6 .m.  Take two skeins of super chunky yarn, the Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick is the yarn of choice.  Registration begins Jan. 7.  Ages 10-Adult.  Finksburg CCPL.

Thursday, Jan. 22
Cabin Fever Party & Ugly Sweater Day – 11:30 a.m.  RSVP by Jan. 13.  Westminster Senior and Community Center.

Mt. Airy Senior Book Discussion Group – 12:30 p.m.  Dorothy Gilman’s book, Tightrope Walker is the selection for this month.  Adults. Mt. Airy Senior Center.

Monday, Jan. 26
North Carroll Book Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m.  The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is the January selection.  All opinions count and new members are welcome.  Adults.  North Carroll CCPL.

Monday Night Music Presents Music for Organ and Strings– 7 p.m.  Performing will be Ted Dix on organ, Nicholas Currie on violin, James Tung on violin, and Tim Anderson on cello.  Free and open to the public.  Little Baker Chapel, McDaniel College.  Information:  410-858-2599.

Tuesday, Jan. 27
Cabin Fever Party – noon.  Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

Blogging 101: How to Create & Market a Blog - 7 p.m.  Freelance writer and blogger, Martine Foreman, will discuss the how's and why's of blogging.  She will also present the basics of blogging and answer questions.  Registration required for all attendees, beginning Jan. 13.  Adults.  Mount Airy CCPL.

Financial Wellness 101 Workshop - 7 p.m. Richard Thompson, an Educator with 700credit.org,  will share resources to help with financial stresses and the five key principles for saving money.  Registration begins Jan. 13.  Adults.  North Carroll CCPL.

Snack Bowls and Dips - 7 p.m. Get ready for Superbowl Sunday by making a snack bowl from recycled vinyl records!  Attendees should bring a pair of oven mitts.  All attendees need to register, beginning Jan. 13.  Adults.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Wednesday, January 28
Women's Self-Defense and Awareness Class - 7 p.m. Learn self-defense without taking a martial arts course.  Learn tips and techniques to defend yourself in a variety of situations from expert Allen Evans.  Registration begins Jan. 14.  Ages 13-Adult.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Thursday, January 29
Super Bowl Party – 11 a.m.  RSVP for lunch by Jan. 22.  Westminster Senior and Community Center.

Puppet Show – 12:30 p.m.  CCPL present the show.  Open to all ages, no reservation required.  Westminster Senior and Community Center.

Super Bowl Party – 11:30 a.m.  Celebrate with lunch. Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

Cool Computer Keyboard Crafts - 6:30 p.m.  Make one or several items using keys from recycled computer keyboards and other computer-related items. All materials supplied. Registration begins Jan. 15. Ages 11-Adult.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Saturday, Jan. 31
Children’s Movie: The Little Engine That Could Earns Her Whistle – 1 p.m.  ArtsPower’s song-filled adventure portrays Watty Piper’s story of the Little Blue Engine who dreams of someday leaving the train yard to pull the big cars on the main line.  $  All ages.  Carroll Arts Center, Westminster.


CONTACT INFORMATION
CCPL Registration Number – 410-386-4488 or website:   HYPERLINK "http://www.library" www.library.carr.org
Carroll Arts Center, Westminster – 410-848-7272 or  HYPERLINK "http://www.CarrollCountyArtsCouncil.org" www.CarrollCountyArtsCouncil.org
Historical Society of Carroll County - 410-848-6494 or  HYPERLINK "http://hscc.carr.org" \o "blocked::http://hscc.carr.org/" 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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