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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.; 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.

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:  k3pzn@qis.net.  

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.  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.

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.

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
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).   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.

First Saturday
Country Breakfast – 7-11 a.m.  Served February to December.  All you can eat:  pancakes, Hahn sausage, scrambled eggs, hashed brown potatoes, egg and ham casserole, sausage gravy and biscuits, creamed chipped beef, assorted fruit, assorted pastries, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, milk and juices.  $  Church of the Ascension, 23 N. Center 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.)



CARROLL COUNTY CARNIVALS

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.

 

FARMERS MARKETS

Carroll County Farmers' Market - Carroll County Agriculture Center.
Information:  Anita Bullock, 410-848-7748
Summer Hours:  8 a.m.-1 p.m.; Winter hours:  8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Official opening date June 14 through Sept. 6.  Christmas Market:  Nov. 1-29, Dec. 6-13 - 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Fresh local, in-season produce, baked goods, eggs, jams and jellies, homemade crafts.

Carroll Hospital Center Farmers' Market – Third level of the hospital parking garage.  Information:  Colleen Duerr, 410-871-7073 or cduerr@carrollhospitalcenter.org  Thursdays, starting June 12 to Sept. 25, 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Call for opening information.

Downtown Westminster Farmers' Market - Municipal Parking Lot, Route 27 and Railroad Avenue.
Information:  Missie Wilcox, City of Westminster, mkw1498@aol.com or 410-465-0397.
Saturdays through Nov. 22 - 8 a.m.-noon
Producers Only market.  Farm fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, meats, cheeses, baked goods, jams and jellies and plants.

Hampstead Farmers' Market - 1341 N. Main Street.
Information:  443-821-1339
Saturdays, Opening day June 7 through Sept. 27 - 9 a.m.-noon
Fresh, seasonal produce, eggs, beef, flowers, plants, homemade offerings and local artisans.

Lineboro Farmers' Market – 4033 Lineboro Road, Manchester
Information:  Lazarusmissions@gmail.com
First and third Saturdays, starting June 7 and ending Sept. 20 – 8-11 a.m.
Fresh, seasonal produce, homegrown and homemade items.

Mt. Airy Main Street Farmers' Market - Park Avenue between Cross Street and Veterans Way
Information:  301-829-1983
Wednesdays through Sept. 10 - 3:30-6:30 p.m.  
Fresh produce, eggs, baked goods, honey, crafts and entertainment.

Taneytown Farmers' Market - Memorial Park, Route 140.
Information:  443-918-8100
Opening day June 7 through Aug. 30. - 9 a.m.-noon.  
Local fruits, vegetables, herbs, baked goods, eggs, honey, flowers and plants.  Entertainment or demonstrations every Saturday.

Westminster Antique Mall Farmers' Market - 433 Hahn Road
Information:  443-536-3581
Tuesdays, call for opening day - 3:30-6:30 p.m. 

 

McDANIEL COLLEGE FRENCH FILM SERIES:
All screenings begin at 5 p.m. in Decker Auditorium, Lewis Hall of Science, McDaniel College. Free and open to the public.  Additional information:  410-857-2460.

Wednesday, Sept. 3
Approved for adoption (COULEUR de PEAU: MIEL) - Post-screening discussion led by Richard Brett, Associate Professor of Communication and Cinema, and Debra Lemke, Chair of the Sociology Department.
The 2012 lm is an autobiographical documentary adapted from the novel by Jung.  In French, with subtitles.  Not rated, 74 mins.  

Tuesday, Sept. 9
ELZA (LE BONHEUR D’ELZA) -  Post-Screening Discussion led by Silvia Baage, Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages.  This 2012 Roxbury International Film Festival winner for “Best Narrative Feature” is based on the director’s true story of searching for her biological father, despite her mother’s objections.  In French, with English subtitles.  Not rated, 78 mins.

Monday, Sept. 15
THE AUCTION (LE DEMANTELEMENT) -  The 2013 fillm is about an aging farmer who decides to abandon the only life he as ever known when his eldest daughter shows up at the family farm in desperate need of money. Willing tosacrifice his farm for his family, he faces the challenges of dismantling his lifestyle.  In French, with English subtitles.  Not rated, 111 mins.  

Wednesday, Sept. 24
A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA (UNE BOUTEILLE A LA MER) - Post-Screening Discussion led by Mohamed Esa, professor of foreign languages.  This 2013 film is based on the award-winning novel byValérie Zenatti.  The story follows the turbulent long-distance friendship between two young people that are separated by a history they are both trying to understand and change. Not rated, 99 mins.

 

 

JULY

Through July 25
Shepherd’s Staff’s “Back-to-School” Program  - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Monday, Tuesday and Friday; 3 p.m.-7 p.m. – Thursday.  School supplies, new backpacks, monetary donations to purchase new shoes, new/nearly new school clothing, and new or used books are being accepted.  A special need for new or gently used clothing 2T-5T and larger sized clothing for high school students. Shepherd's Staff, 30 Carroll Street, Westminster.  Additional information:  410-857-5944, www.shepstaff.org or email to shepstaff@comcst.net.

July 1-4, 8-11
Traditions Weeks Staff Concerts – 8 p.m.  Each evening is a roots music-style cabaret with the staff of Traditions Weeks.  Celtic, bluegrass, blues, Scandinavian, and other musical traditions.  $  Alumni Hall, McDaniel College.  Information:  Common Ground on the Hill.

July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
From Our Table to Yours:  Share, Swap and Take – 9 a.m.  Have an abundance of herbs and vegetables?  Consider sharing them with others at the community swap.  Adults.  Eldersburg CCPL.

July 6, 13, 20, 27
A Month of Sundays Concert Series - 6:45–9 p.m.  Outdoor concert.  Westminster City Park, 11 Longwell Avenue.  Information:  410-857-2000 or http://westgov.com.  

July 6-8
Green Terror Basketball High School Elite Camp – Overnight camp.  Registration 3-4 p.m. July 6 and ends July 8.  $  Boys' grades 9-12.  McDaniel College.  Information:  Kevin Curley, 410-857-2573 or kcurley@mcdaniel.edu.

July 8-9
Get to Know eMagazines – Learn to access popular magazines from the library, for free!  Zinio allows library customers to access current and back issues of favorite magazines on a tablet, smartphone or computer.  Take your device and get hands-on training.  Ages 11-Adult.  July 8 – 1 p.m., Westminster CCPL; 4 p.m. – Taneytown CCPL; 7 p.m. – North Carroll CCPL.  July 9 – 11 a.m. – Finksburg CCPL; 1:30 p.m. – Mt. Airy CCPL; 7 p.m. – Eldersburg CCPL.

July 12-13
17th Annual Common Ground on the Hill Roots Music & Arts Festival – 10 a.m.-9 p.m. – July 12; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. – July 13.  On Saturday, rockers Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane fame will spinoff with their blues/bluegrass/jazz/rock fusion band Hot Tuna.  Sunday will feature the New Riders of the Purple Sage, bluesman Guy Davis, sounds of Walt Michael & Co. and the Eastman String Band, blues with Mary Flower and Scott Ainslie, and dance with Footworks and Sankofa Dance Theatre.  $  Carroll County Farm Museum, Westminster.  Information:  Common Ground on the Hill.

July 18-19
Celebrate Summer! – 6 p.m.-?  July 18 - Free movie beach blanket bingo outdoors with activities including:  Yo Yo professional show, beach ball volleyball and hula hoops.  July 19 – Yo Yo classes and competition with national champion yo-yo expert.  Sidewalk chalk art competition.  3 North Main Street, Mt. Airy.  Information:  301-829-8300 or www.mountairymainstreet.org.

July 19-20
Citizen Meets Soldier – 1863 - 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Civil War encampment and living history.  Two days of special events commemorating Civil War history at the actual encampment sites of J.E.B. Stuart's Calvary and Sykes' Union V Corps.  Cavalry, infantry, and artillery drills and skirmishes are happening as visitors get a front row view of the military forces of 150 years ago and the effect on civilians.  All this happehed at the Union Mills Homestead, where both Union and Confederate forces rested both before and after the decisive battle at Gettysburg.  $ per car.  Union Mills Homestead, 3311 Littlestown Pike, (Silver Run) Westminster.  Information:  410-848-2288 or http://unionmills.com.

July 26-Aug. 1
Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair - 10 a.m.-11 p.m.  Local 4-H and FFA members showcase their skills and talents.  Great events, food.  Antique Dancing Tractors, along with Racing Pigs, Combine Demolition Derby, Wild West Night, Car Demolition Derby, Lawn Mower Racing, Tractor Pull, Chain Saw Carver, and much more.  Carroll County Agriculture Center, Westminster.

Tuesday, July 1
Oh Say Can You See! – 7 p.m.  See June 30 for information.  Ages 10 – Adults.  North Carroll CCPL.

Wednesday, July 2
Monthly Nutrition Talk – 9:30-10:30 a.m.  Terry Serio, Maryland Cooperative Extension Service, will lead the discussion.  Westminster Senior and Community Center.

Westminster Book Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m.  This month's selection is John Adams by David McCullough. Adults. Westminster CCPL.

Thursday, July 3
July 4th Luncheon – 11:30 a.m.  RSVP by June 25.  Westminster Senior and Community Center.

Independence Day Celebration – 11:30 a.m.  Special lunch.  Entertainment by Maria Rose and Danny Elswick.  Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

July 4th Party – 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m.  Entertainment by Captain Chuck.  Mt. Airy Senior and Community Center

Independence Day Celebration – noon.  Lunch reservations required by June 26.  Entertainment by Wayne Winemeiller.  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Friday, July 4
Old Fashioned July 4th Picnic, Celebration & Fireworks – 11 a.m.-11 p.m.  . On stage entertainment, children's games, food and crafts for sale.  Farmhouse tours; Living History Center, exhibit buildings, and Museum Gift Shop open.  $  Museum season passes are honored.  Fireworks begin approximately 9:30 p.m., sponsored by The Kiwanis Club of Westminster.  Carroll County Farm Museum.  Information:  410-386-3880 or http://carrollcountyfarmmuseum.org.

Monday, July 7
Bus Trip to Harrington Casino – 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  Cost is $30.  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Tuesday, July 8
Freedom Celebration – 11:30 a.m.  Entertainment by Maria Rose and Danny Elswick.  RSVP for lunch by June 30.  Westminster Senior and Community Center.

HSCC Box Lunch Talk:  250 Years of Westminster History – noon-1 p.m.  Kevin Dayhoff, Baltimore Sun history writer, will trace the history of William Winchester's town, how, in 1764, he planned to sell 45 lots along "King Street" on a 16-acre portion of the northern end of "White's level" on the main road to Baltimore Town and was to be named 'Westminster.'  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. Sponsored by the Historical Society of Carroll County.

Paper Flower Wreaths for Any Season – 2 and 6:30 p.m.  Make a gorgeous paper wreath.  Bring a small Styrofoam™ ring and hot glue gun, if possible; all other materials will be provided. Registration begins June 24. Ages 14–Adults.  Finksburg CCPL.

Lecture:  Policing and Politicizing the Commons: The Criminalization of Homelessness and the Struggle for Justice – 8 p.m.  Jess Singer, community organizer, clinical social workers and public policy advocate, is the keynote speaker.  $  Alumni Hall, McDaniel College.  Information:  Common Ground on the Hill.

Wednesday, July 9
North Carroll Senior Book Discussion Group – 11 a.m.  Please join the group for a discussion of The Jump-Off Creek by Molly Gloss.  Adults.  North Carroll Senior Center.

Thursday, July 10
1950's Sock Hop Party – 11 a.m.  Special dinner.  Entertainment by Doug Phebus.  Reservations required by July 3.  Call 410-386-3900.  North Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Sexual Predators on the Internet – noon.  Presentation by Bruce Lohr, Maryland Crime Prevention Specialist.  Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

Mary Surratt and the Assassination of Lincoln – 7 p.m.  A costumed presentation of Mary Surratt's story and the role of her boarding house and her son in the plot to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln.  Adults.  North Carroll CCPL.

Medicare 101 – 7 p.m.  See June 18 for information.  Presented by Tina Herrero-Backe, SHIP/SMP Coordinator.  Adults.  North Carroll CCPL.

Friday, July 11
Concert in the Park:  Soulflower – 7-9 p.m.  Snack bar, playground.  Cooper Park next to Sykesville Middle School.  Free.  Information:  410-795-8959 or www.SykesvilleMainStreet.com.

Saturday, July 12
Free Spirit Book Club – 2 p.m.  The selection for this month is My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor.  Adults.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Movie in the Park:  Elf – dusk.  Snack bar, playground.  (2003)  Rated PG.  97 mins.  .  Information:  410-795-8959 or www.SykesvilleMainStreet.com.

Common Ground on the Town – 9 p.m.-midnight.  After blues-rock band Hot Tuna finishes their 7 p.m. headliner at the Common Ground on the Hill Festival, head to downtown Westminster to enjoy more music at these venues:   Réveillons! perform traditional Celtic music from Quebec at O'Lordan's Irish Pub and Restaurant; Christopher James & Friends perform blues at Johansson's Dining House; and the Eastman String Band play "Alt-Grass" at the Westminster Public Library.  All with easy walking distance of the other.  No admission charge.  Free parking in two downtown parking garages.  Free admission, dinner reservations recommended for O'Lordans & Johansson's.  Information:  Common Ground on the Hill.

Sunday, July 13
Ice Cream Sundae Social – 1-4 p.m.  Music, clowns, wagon rides.  Fee for tours of the historic house and grist mill.  Blacksmith Shop and Gift Shop open.  $  Union Mills Homestead, 3311 Littlestown Pike, (Silver Run), Westminster.  Information:  410-848-2288 or info@uniomills.org.

Monday, July 14
Garden Club Workshop – 10 a.m.  $  Sign-up required at front desk.  Mt. Airy Senior and Community Center.

Tuesday, July 15
Farmers Market Coupon Distribution – 10 a.m.-noon.  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Legal Aid Clinic – 1-4 p.m.  Taneytown Maryland Crime Prevention Specialist.  

Finksburg Book Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m.  The selection for June is Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.  Adults.  Finksburg CCPL.

Book Charms – 7 p.m.  Add some literary elements to your jewelry collection! Learn how to create very personalized charm bracelets that will show off your reading tastes. You'll be wearing your summer reading list on your wrist! All supplies will be provided. All attendees need to register. Registration begins July 1. Ages 13 – Adult. Taneytown CCPL.

Wednesday, July 16
Paul McCartney Impersonator Entertainer – 12:30 p.m.  Jed Duvall will entertain.  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Monthly Jam Session – 1 p.m.  Country Jammer.  Westminster Senior and Community Center.

Mt. Airy Book Discussion Group – 1 p.m.  This month's choice is The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie!  Be sure to take a dish to share for the summer luncheon.  Adults.  Mt. Airy CCPL.

Thursday, July 17
Farmers Market Coupon Distributed – 10 a.m.-noon.  Taneytown Maryland Crime Prevention Specialist.  

Pen-Tangling:  Yoga for Your Brain – 6:30 p.m.  Learn and practice drawing in a few easy zentangle-like patterns. This program of drawing patterns will reduce stress while promoting creativity.  No special artistic talent is required.  Registration begins July 3.  Ages 12–Adults.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Fun in the Sun, Safe in the Shade – 1 p.m.  The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County will explain how to have fun in the sun while staying safe in the shade.  Additional trees will be planted to provide additional shade to the Finksburg Library.  Registration begins July 3.  Ages 4–Adult.  Finksburg CCPL.

Taneytown Adult Book Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m.   The group will discuss Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris. New participants are always welcome!  Adults.  Taneytown CCPL.

Friday, July 18
Mid-Summer Special Lunch – 11:30 a.m.  RSVP by July 10.  Westminster Senior and Community Center.

Concert in the Park:  Exit O– 7-9 p.m.  Snack bar, playground.  Cooper Park next to Sykesville Middle School.  Free.  Information:  410-795-8959 or www.SykesvilleMainStreet.com.

FLICC Movie:  Nebraska – 7:30 p.m.  Story of an aging, booze-addled father who makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.  (2013)  Rated R.  115 mins.  $  Carroll Arts Center.

Saturday, July 19
History Scavenger Hunt – call for times.  Downtown Taneytown.  Information:  410-6756-2100.

Monday, July 21
Craft It Yourself:  Odds and Ends Box – 7 p.m.  Learn how to make a one-of-a-kind box for sewing notions, note cards, or whatever you'd like!  Using an old book, glue, balsa wood, and a few other materials, you'll make a unique craft through a detailed demonstration.  Adults.  Westminster CCPL.

Tuesday, July 22
Name That Hazard – 12:15 p.m.  Presentation by Valerie Hawkins, Carroll County Emergency Preparedness.  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Wednesday, July 23
Farmers Market Coupon Distribution – 9 a.m.-noon.  North Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Friday, July 25
Concert in the Park:  Pet Rock – 7-9 p.m.  Snack bar, playground.  Cooper Park next to Sykesville Middle School.  Free.  Information:  410-795-8959 or www.SykesvilleMainStreet.com.

Saturday, July 26
1st Annual Christmas in July Bazaar – 8 a.m.-3 p.m.  Christmas crafts, food and baked goods, stampin’ up, and homemade crafts.  Hampstead American Legion, 4600 Legion Lane, Hampstead.  Information:  Stacey Nash, 443-744-1184.

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

Victoria Vox at the Library! – 1 p.m.  Concert on the library floor with singer-songwriter-ukulele player Victoria Vox.  All ages, children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Taneytown CCPL.

Monday, July 28
North Carroll Book Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m.  The selection for July is The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith.  New members are always welcome!  Adults.  North Carroll CCPL.

Tuesday, July 29
Sexual Predators on the Internet – 12:15 p.m.  Presentation by Bruce Lohr, Maryland Crime Prevention Specialist.  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Cupcake Challenge – 2:30 p.m.  Starry Night Bakery will give tips and pointers to help produce amazing cupcakes that will stand up to any challenge.  All attendees need to register.  Registration begins July 15.  Ages 14–Adult.  Taneytown CCPL.

Un“wine”d @ Your Library – 7 p.m.  Learn how to recycle wine corks into wine stoppers and make some wine charms to decorate your special wine glasses.  Refreshments served.  Registration begins July 15.  Adults.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Wednesday, July 30
Crime Prevention Talk:  Sexual Predators on the Internet – noon.  Presentation by Bruce Lohr, North Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Weird Science (Reference Center) – 2 p.m.  Don’t be blinded by science!  Learn all about how to use the Science Reference Center, the library’s premium, online science database, to find up-to-date, full-text articles from trustworthy, printable sources.  Other free library resources will also be discussed in this informal session.  All attendees need to register.  Registration begins July 16. Ages 13–Adults. Westminster CCPL.

Community Kitchen Care and Share – 7 p.m.  Help build a sense of community by sharing ideas, recipes, and kitchen gadgets.  Take a dish and its recipe to share along with anything from the kitchen to swap or share with friends.  Adults.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Thursday, July 31
Senior Day at the 4-H Fair – 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  Senior submissions to be judged must be at the Senior Centers by July 30th.  Free entertainment with Chuck Fisher and Gail Bethel in the big tent at 1 p.m.  Free cake and ice cream.  All seniors.

Mt. Airy Senior Book Discussion Group – 12:30 p.m.  The July selection is The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas.  Adults.  Mt. Airy Senior and Community Center.

 

AUGUST

Through Aug. 9
2014 Summer Reading Program at CCPL – Readers of all ages are encouraged to sign up for the program between June 1 and Aug. 9.  The summer will be filled with activities, programs with special guests, puppet shows, and prizes.  Register online at www.library.carr.org or at any branch of the Carroll County Public Library. There will also be a special summer reading program for adults.  All programs are free!  Call your library for additional information.

Through Aug. 2
Reigning Cats and Dogs – call for times.  Paintings, drawings, relief sculpture and fiber arts are used to create realistic, cartoon and playful imagery, giving a royal spin on our furry friends that reign supreme in our hearts and lives.  Free.  Carroll Arts Center.

Exhibit:  Lionheart – Wild Imaginings, the lion and the young boy sculpture in front of the Westminster Library, conjure different meanings for viewers.  Artists are invited to create a two-dimensional interpretation on the theme of "Wild Imaginings," focusing on childhood memories, the spirit of imagination, courage, gentleness of spirit, or their own interpretation of the sculpture itself.  All artwork will be displayed and for sale in the Director's Hall Gallery, Carroll Arts Center.

Aug. 1-31
Counted Cross Stitch Art Display – call for hours.  Ed Darrah has been stitching for 12 years counted cross stitch art.  His work will be displayed in the Mt. Airy Senior and Community Center.

Aug. 2, 17, 30
Inch by Inch, Row by Row, We're Gonna Make This Garden Grow - 11 a.m. – Aug. 2, 30; 2 p.m. – Aug. 17.  An invitation is extended to families to get outside and get dirty, learn hands-on gardening at the Westminster Community Garden located at East Middle School/Skate Park Gardens.  All ages, children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  Westminster CCPL.

Aug. 4, 19, Sept. 8, 16
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.

Aug. 4-8
Green Terror Basketball Boys’ Day Camp – call for times.  Gym opens 8 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and opens 8 a.m. on Friday.  Aug. camp lunch not provided.  $  McDaniel College. Ages 7-17.  Information:  Kevin Curley, 410-857-2573 or kcurley@mcdaniel.edu.

Aug. 6, Sept. 3
Monthly Nutrition Talk – 9:30-10:30 a.m.  Terry Serio, Maryland Cooperative Extension Service.  Westminster Senior and Community Center.

Aug. 7-9
“L'Elisir d'Amore, The Elixir of Love” – 7:30 p.m. – Aug. 7-9; 3 p.m. – Aug. 10.  Performed by Carroll Opera, this is one of the world’s most frequently performed operas and is a cherished combination of romance and comedy.  Sung in Italian with English subtitles.  August 7 and 9 performances by Emerging Artist cast.  Libretto by Felice Romani, directed by Stephen Strosnider.  $  Scott Center, Carroll Community College.  Information/tickets:  410-386-8000.

Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28
From Our Table to Yours:  Share, Swap and Take – 9 a.m.  If you have an abundance of herbs and vegetables, consider sharing them with others.  On Thursdays during August, the lobby of the library will have a table where items can be placed to share with community members.  Adults.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Aug. 14, 28
Drop-In Knitting – 6:30 p.m.  Share ideas, patterns, books and projects.  Beginners welcome.  Be sure to take size 8 needles and light-colored worsted yarn (look for #4 on the label).  Adults.  Taneytown CCPL.

Aug. 17-24
Carroll County Restaurant Week – all day.  Choose from participating restaurants and enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at fixed prices, starting at $10.14 with $5 increments.  A list of participating restaurants, menus and prices can be found on the Carroll County Restaurant Week website or "Like" the Carroll County Restaurant Week Facebook page.  Additional information:  Carroll County Chamber of Commerce/Carroll County Office, 410-848-9050.

Aug. 21, Sept. 18
Senior Information & Assistance – 10-11:30 a.m.  Kathy Wood will be on hand to answer and assist.  Information:  kwood@ccg.carr.org.  Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

Aug. 28-30
Back from the Beach Book Sale – 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. – Aug. 28; 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. – Aug. 29, 30.  Shop the large collection of books, CDs and DVDs for sale at special prices.  All ages, children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Aug. 28-Sept. 19
Exhibit:  Kepler-186f:  Paintings by René Trevińo – Opening reception Aug. 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m. with an artist talk at 6 p.m.  Treviño explores his own identity as an under-represented minority in a post-Warhol society.  The Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall, McDaniel College.  Free and open to the public.  Information and gallery hours:  410-857-2595 or http://www.mcdaniel.edu/art.  Artist's website:  http://renetrevino.net/.

Friday, Aug. 1
Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair - 10 a.m.-11 p.m.  Local 4-H and FFA members showcase their skills and talents.  Great events, food.  Antique Dancing Tractors, along with Racing Pigs, Combine Demolition Derby, Wild West Night, Car Demolition Derby, Lawn Mower Racing, Tractor Pull, Chain Saw Carver, and much more.  Carroll County Agriculture Center, Westminster.

Memory Café – 10-11:30 a.m.  A social engagement program for people with dementia, their families and friends where they can share experiences with fellow caregivers and their loved ones.  Health care and social care professionals will also be on hand.  A unique blend of education, support and social camaraderie.  Mt. Airy Senior and Community Center.

Sykesville Main Street First Fridays- shops open late.  Refreshments, wine, pottery painting.  Live music by acoustic duo Soulflower. 7-9 p.m.  Information:  Ivy Wells, 410-795-8959.

Saturday, Aug. 2
138th Annual Dutch Picnic Festival – 8 a.m.-6 p.m.  Food and activities all day.  Fried chicken and ham dinner 1-5 p.m.  Entertainment by:  Damascus Road Trio – 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sunday Night Big Band – 1:30-2:30 p.m.; and Westminster Municipal Band – 3-6 p.m.  Silent auction, flea market and children's stand.  Trinity Lutheran Church, 833 Deer Park Road, Westminster.  Information:  410-848-893 or office@trinitywired.org.

The Bitter Fruits:  A Civil War Story of Tragedy & Triumph – 11 a.m. - Mt. Airy CCPL; 1 p.m.– Eldersburg CCPL.  The letters of Annie and James Colwell are chronicled in this book, The Bitter Fruits, which was based upon the master thesis of a descendant, then expanded and published by the Cumberland County Historical Society in 1998.  Refreshments served.  Adults.  

44th Annual Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival – noon-5 p.m.  Chicken platters, and all the roasted corn you can eat.  Music and vendors.  Tours of the historic house, grist mill and blacksmith shop.  Gift Shop will be open.  $  Union Mills Homestead, 3311 Littlestown Pike, (Silver Run) Westminster.  Information:  Jane Sewell, 410-848-2288.

Buddhist Meditation – 3 p.m.  Craig Storti of the International Meditation Center will share his expertise.  There will be a question and answer session for anyone wanting to learn more.  Adults.  Taneytown CCPL.

Tuesday, Aug. 3
Doctor Who? – 6 p.m.  Join the party and help celebrate one of the longest running science fiction shows on television – 51 years!  Refreshments served.  All ages, children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  Taneytown CCPL.

Tuesday, Aug. 5
Bus Trip:  Maryland Live Casino – 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Trip to Arundel Mills Mall.  Registration deadline July 18.  Westminster Senior and Community Center.

Eldersburg/Sykesville Sixth National Night Out – 6-9 p.m.  Free admission, door prizes, free food and water.  Many free handout gifts.  Sponsored by the Sheriff's Department and Sykesville Police.  All ages.  Sykesville Fire Department Grounds, 6680 Sykesville Road.  Information:  Ellen Dix, 410-549-2748 or ellen9438@verizo.net.

Free Movie Night:  Up – 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.  This 2009 film centers on an elderly widower named Carl Fredricksen and an earnest young Wilderness Explorer named Russel.  The elderly widower sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream, by tying thousands of balloons to his home, to see the wilds of South America and to complete a promise made to his lifelong love.  PG, 97 mins.  Carroll Art Center.

Wednesday, Aug. 6
Talk:  Medicare Part D Savings Programs – 12:15 p.m.  North Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Westminster Book Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m.  This month's selection is Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jaime Ford.  Adults.  Westminster CCPL.

Nutrition Q&A – 7 p.m.  . Elisabeth D'Alto, Martin's In-Store Nutritionist, will lead a question and answer session about nutrition, food, and health.  She will also talk about some popular nutrition books available at the library.  Ages 15-Adult.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Thursday, Aug. 7
Senior Information & Assistance – 12:30 p.m.  Kathy Brown will be available, by appointment, to help with questions.  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

It's Not Your Grandmother's Canning – 7 p.m.  Representatives from the University of Maryland Extension office will give a brief overview of current food preservation practices.  Also discussed will be truths versus myths of home food preservation.  Adults.  Mt. Airy CCPL.

Ladies Night Out – 7 p.m.  Back by popular demand is a fun evening of crafting, chatting and snacking.  Learn to make fun wine charms and enjoy delicious treats.  Refreshments will be served.  Registration begins July 24.  Adults.  Taneytown CCPL.

Saturday, Aug. 9
Second Annual "yART Sale" – 8 a.m.-1 p.m.  Artwork, frames, and art books will be sold at “yard sale” prices, with most being priced under $10.  Donors wishing to contribute art for the “yART Sale” will be asked to drop off their pieces on the following days: Aug. 2 - 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Aug. 4 - 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Aug. 5 - 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Aug. 6 - 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Carroll Arts Center.  

Community Yard Sale – 8 a.m.-3 p.m.  Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

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 will be served.  Ages 13-Adult.  Taneytown CCPL.

Be a Pokémon® Master! – 1 p.m.  Try Pokémon® RPG and see how well you do.  There will be a Game Master to lead the game and pre-generated characters will be available if you do not want to make one.  Ages 10-Adult.  Taneytown CCPL.

Modern Board Games at the Library – 1 p.m.  From Dominion to Super Smash-Up.  Ages 13-Adult.  Taneytown CCPL.

First Annual Hops in History Festival – 1-6 p.m.  Artisans from the Carroll Midnight Home Brewing Club will demonstrate early brewing techniques.  Samples of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages available using ingredients used by our ancestors.  $ Historical Society Campus, 210 E. Main Street, Westminster.  $  Limited tickets available.  Information/tickets:  Fred at 410-848-6494, ext. 202 or fred@hsccmd.org

Free Spirit Book Club – 2 p.m.  The selection for August is Return to Oakpine by Ron Carlson.  Adults.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Sykesville Movies in the Park:  Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory – Dusk.  Snack shack features popcorn, hot dogs, nachos, candy and drinks.  Movie is free.  Information:  Ivy Wells, 410-795-8959.

Monday, Aug. 11
Game Night at the Library – 6:30 a.m.  Playing board games live versus online creates a fun environment but interacting with the people you live near can significantly strengthen your community, spur organization, and build friendships. Ages 13-Adult.  Finksburg CCPL.

Craft It Yourself: Alcohol Ink - 7 p.m.  Learn how to use special inks and rubbing alcohol to create beautiful tiles that can be used as coasters, trivets, or whatever else you can think up! All materials will be provided.  Adults.  Westminster CCPL.

Tuesday, Aug. 12
HSCC Box Lunch Talk:  Wormseed Oil:  Distilled in Carroll County – noon-1 p.m.  Brown bag your lunch and listen to Edwin Magin as he explains the distilling process that produced the oil and Larry Haines as he discusses the intensive work, done by hand and how the crop was grown.  Dessert and beverages are provided.  $  Grace Hall, Grace Lutheran Church, 21 Carroll Street, Westminster, MD.  Information:  410-848-6494.  Sponsored by the Historical Society of Carroll County.

Meals That Heal – 12:30 p.m.  Terry Serio of the University of Maryland Extension, will present a program regarding healthy and healing foods.  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Mini Shadow Box Fridge Magnet – 7 p.m.  Learn to make shadow box fridge magnets to display vacation memories, remember special occasions and more.  All supplies provided.  Take a photograph that can be made into a 2-inch circle sticker.  Registration begins July 29.  Ages 11-Adult.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Bring Your Own Device and Learn – 7 p.m.  If you own an iPad, e-reader, or tablet, and want to learn how to access free digital content through the library, take the device in to learn how to download e-books, audiobooks and magazines.  Adults.  North Carroll CCPL.

Wednesday, Aug. 13
North Carroll Senior Book Discussion Group – 11 a.m.  The selection for August is Digging to America by Anne Tyler.  Adults.  North Carroll Senior Center.  Sponsored by North Carroll CCPL.

Peach Festival- Lunch and with peach dessert in honor of National Peach Month.  Reservations required by Aug. 8.  Westminster Senior and Community Center.

Create a Pot – 6:30 p.m.  Decorate as pot for your favorite plant.  Pots and supplies will be provided.  Registration begins July 30.  Adults.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Thursday, Aug. 14
Walk and Talk:  Belle Grove Square - 6:30 p.m.  Join Steve Allgeier, Horticulture Consultant from the University of Maryland Extension office, as he discusses the variety of trees and shrubs found around the Belle Grove Square area.  Event co-sponsored by the Westminster Tree Commission, Carroll County Forestry Board and the University of Maryland Carroll County Extension.  Ages 12-Adult.  Westminster CCPL.

Summer Crafting:  Make a Wine Bottle Bud Vase – 7 p.m.  Adults.  Mt. Airy CCPL.

Friday, Aug. 15
Kids & TSC Fun Day – Day filled with fun and games for all ages.  All ages welcome!  Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

Farm to Fork – 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.  The afternoon session is an opportunity to meet farmers and gardeners who will share their 'field' with informational displays about farming and community support agriculture.  The evening session will be an outdoor celebration of all things food.  Special guest for the evening will be Al Spoler, host of WYPR's Cellar Notes and Radio Kitchen.  Live music will be provided by the Standard Delivery Combo.  All ages, children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  Finksburg CCPL.

Sykesville Concert in the Park:  Crossfire - 7-9 p.m.  Concert free.  Snack shack features popcorn, hot dogs, nachos, candy and drinks.  Information:  Ivy Wells, 410-795-8959.

Movie:  Saving Mr. Banks – 7:30 p.m.  Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson bring to life the untold true story about the origins of one of the most treasured Disney classics of all time.  John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) directs this acclaimed film that reveals the surprising backstory behind the making of Mary Poppins.  Rated PG-13.  125 mins.  $  Carroll Arts Center.  Tickets available on line or at the box office.  

Saturday, Aug. 16
River Valley Run:  10k Trail, 5k Road, 1-Mile Kid's Fun Run - 6:30 -11 a.m.  The races will go through 500 wooded acres and river valleys or the country roads of Carroll County.  The Kid's Fun Run goes through the River Valley Old West Town.  $  River Valley Ranch, 4443 Grave Run Road, Manchester.  Information:  LaDessa Aument, 443-712-1010.

Herbs:  What Are They Good For?  2 p.m.  Join two Carroll County Master Gardeners and learn more about herbs, how to grow them and how to use them.  Registration begins Aug. 2.  Ages 11-Adult.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Sunday, Aug. 17
Tailgate Fest – 8 a.m.-1 p.m.  Sponsored by the Carroll County Amateur Radio Club.  $  Front Lot, Carroll County Agriculture Center.  Information:  k3pzn@qis.net.  

Tuesday, Aug. 19
Computer Help Desk – noon-3 p.m.  The computer lab is manned with teen volunteers ready to assist with all types of computer needs:  emails, Facebook and other social media accounts, starting a blog, intro to kid-friendly computer sites like Minecraft and Club Penguin, getting started with Microsoft PowerPoint and Word and even downloading smart phone pictures.  Ages 8-adult.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Legal Aid Walk-In Clinic- 1-4 p.m.  Take your legal papers and meet with paralegals.  No appointment necessary.  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Game Night for Seniors – 4-8 p.m.  RSVP for meal by Aug. 15, 10 a.m.  Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

Finksburg Book Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m.  The selection for this month is Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifta Brunt.  Adults.  Finksburg CCPL.

Wednesday, Aug. 20
Luau – 11 a.m.-12:15 .m.  Lunch, mocktails and hula contest before lunch.  Reservations required by Aug. 12.  Elvis tribute by Sid Stallings.  Westminster Senior and Community Center.

Luau – 11:30 a.m.  Special menu.  Entertainment by Capt. Chuck Fisher at 12:15 p.m.  Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

Luau – 11:45 a.m.  Be sure to go dressed for a luau.  Mt. Airy Senior and Community Center.

Luau – noon.  Special meal.  Entertainment by Johnny Walker Redding at 12:30 pm.  Reservations required by Aug. 12.  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Mt. Airy Book Discussion Group – 1 p.m.  Join the group to discuss Fannie Flagg's The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion.  Adults.  Mt. Airy CCPL.

Crochet 911 – 7 p.m.  Join Caroline Brocato to learn how to crochet.  Please bring a size J hook and light colored yarn to the class.  If you know how to crochet, please join the group.  Ages 11-Adult.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Thursday, Aug. 21
Medicare 101 – 4 p.m.  A free one-hour workshop that will include 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 to protect yourself from healthcare fraud.  Presented by Tina Herrero-Backe, SHIP/SMP Coordinator.  Adults.  Westminster CCPL.

DIY Charger Stations – 6:30 p.m.  Learn to recycle lotion bottles and pretty fabrics to create your own cell phone charger station.  Registration begins Aug. 7.  Adults.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Taneytown Adult Book Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m.  Choice for August is Flora by Gail Godwin.  New participants are always welcome.  Adults.  Taneytown CCPL.

Friday, Aug. 22
Fourth Annual Family & Friends Golf Classic – 6:45 a.m. – registration.  Light breakfast and coffee followed by announcements at 7:15 a.m. and a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m.  Dinner presentation of prize announcements at 12:30 p.m.  Special tournament guest is Howard Stevens, former NFL player with the Baltimore Colts.  A 2015 Chevrolet Hole-In-One prize, courtesy of Len Stoler Chevrolet Westminster.  Proceeds benefit the Marriage & Relationship Education Center (MREC).  Oakmont Green Golf Course, 2290 Golf View Lane, Hampstead.  Information:  John Shuey, 410-984-0040 or johndshuey@verizon.net and Bill McKenna, 410-386-9003 or info@mrecenter.org.  Website:  www.mrecenter.org.

Cool Jazz for a Hot Summer Night – 7:30 p.m.  Performance by the Richard Walton Group.  The band’s current musicians include Michael Bronson, Michael Gottleib, Dave Krug, David Meer, Eric Robertson, Mitchell Shaivitz and Richard Walton.  $  Carroll Arts Center.  Information:  410-848-7272.  Tickets can be purchased by going to www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.

Saturday, Aug. 23
Everything Children Consignment Sale – 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Quality maternity clothes, children's play, school and dress clothes; children's shoes, boots and sporting equipment; baby equipment, and Pack-n-Play, swings, strollers, toys and much more.  Half-price sale from 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Carroll County Agriculture Center.  Sponsored by the Junior Woman's Club of Westminster.  Information:  JWCkidsconsign@gmail.com

First Time Home Buyers- 10 a.m.  A panel of experts will be on hand to advise and answer questions.  Topics covered include mortgage lending process, title company procedures, home inspections, and real estate sale and buying options.  Adults.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Sunday, Aug. 24
Belle Grove Square Concert – 6-7:15 p.  Concert in the park by the Westminster Municipal Band.  The band's Color Guard will present the colors for the evening.  Be sure to take a lawn chair or blanket for seating.  Free.  Bond and West Green Streets, Westminster.  Information:  Sandy Miller, 443-375-2926.

Monday, Aug. 25
Nutrition Chat:  Meals that Heal – 11:30 a.m.  Terry Serio, University of Maryland Extension.  Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

North Carroll Book Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m.  Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro is the choice discussion for August.  Adults.  North Carroll CCPL.

Tuesday, Aug. 26
Peach Festival – 11:30 a.m.  Peaches and ice cream follow lunch.  Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

How to Self-Publish and Market Your Book – 6:30 p.m.  Craig Schenning, owner of Maple Creek Media, will discuss how to self-publish and make it available for readers around the world.  Ages 13-Adult.  North Carroll CCPL.

Thursday, Aug. 28
Labor Day Lunch and Program – 11:45 a.m.  Mt. Airy Senior and Community Center.

Mt. Airy Senior Book Discussion Group – 12:30 p.m.  Join the seniors as they discuss Spider Woman's Daughter by Anne Hillerman.  Adults.  Mt. Air CCPL.

Friday, Aug. 29
End of Summer Tea Party – 11 a.m.  Reservations required by Aug. 21.  North Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Murder Mystery Dinner & 1920's Costume Party – 7-9 p.m.  Three course dinner, Happy Hour drink prices all evening.  Gangsters, flappers, molls and dolls welcome.  Guests are cast as detectives or suspects.  You could be accused of murder!  1920's dress or cocktail attire recommended.  $  Advance reservations required.  Baldwin's Station Restaurant, 7618 Main Street, Sykesville.  Information:  Whodunnit for Hire, 410-795-1041.

Saturday, Aug. 30
Labor Day Indoor Flea Market – 8 a.m.-2 p.m.  Crafts, flea market items, collectibles and more.  Food available all day.  Free Admission.  Carroll County Agriculture Center.  Information:  Nichole McLaughlin, 410-848-6704.

Work with a Master Gardener – 9 a.m.  Carroll County Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions while working in the Library's Native Garden.  Servicer hours are available for students 12-17 years.  Be sure to wear work clothes and take gardening gloves.  Registration begins Aug. 16.  Ages 12-Adult.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Sunday, Aug. 31
All branches of the Carroll County Public Library will be closed.

 

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 4-7
Steam Show Days – 7 a.m.-8 p.m. – Sept. 4, 5, 7; 7 a.m.-dusk - Sept. 6.  Antique farm machinery, steam and gas engines, antique cars on display.  Working demonstrations, including saw milling, shingle sawing and branding, baling, threshing and grinding.  Hugh flea market and food for sale.  Farm house tours.  Free.  Carroll County Farm Museum.  Sponsored by the Mason Dixon Historical Society, 410-386-3880.

Sept. 4-Nov. 8
12th annual Members Show – Registration required no later than Aug. 16.  Annual showcase celebrating the talents of the Carroll Arts Center members and, at the same time, gives the staff an opportunity to identify talent for future exhibits at the Arts Center.  Carroll Arts Center.

Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25
Songs at 6:30 Concert Series – 6:30-8:30 pm.  Live music on the Westminster library lawn.  Take a lawn chair or blanket for seating.  Information:  City of Westminster, 410-848-9161.

Sept. 6-7
Stamp Scrap Art Tour – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. – Sept. 6; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. – Sept. 7.  Rubber stamp convention.  Vendors.  Food available all day.  Be one of the first 100 people in line and receive a key to the treasure chest.  The person with the key that opens the chest will receive $100.00 in Tour Bucks to be spent at the show.  $  Shipley Arena, Carroll County Agriculture Center.  Information:  http://www.stampscraparttour.com/.

Sept. 12-14
Wee-cycle Mart & Momsfest – 9 a.m.-7 p.m. – Sept. 12; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. – Sept. 13; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Sept. 14.  Clothing (maternity to teens); toys, games and puzzles; baby equipment and furniture; books, movies, CD's and DVD's; kids arts and crafts and scrapbooking; sports stuff.  Featured on Saturday will be over 20 services and vendors that support mothers.  $ plus bag of food to support Carroll County Food Sunday.  Shipley Arena, Carroll County Agriculture Center.  Information:  http://www.wee-cyclemart.com/index.html.

Sept. 15-20
Historic Mt. Airy, 110 S. Main Street.  Information:  Mt. Airy Main Street Association, 301-829-8300 or http://www.mountairymainstreet.org/.

Sept. 16-17
Bus Trip:  Visit Three Frank Lloyd Wright Houses – Tour Fallingwater and grounds and Kentuck Knob the first day.  Overnight at the Ramada Inn in Ligonier, PA.   Next day tour the Duncan House and grounds.  $  Call for details.  Pre-registration required by Aug. 8.  Information:  410-848-6494 or info@hsccmd.org.

Sept. 19-21
Taneytown Family Fun Days –call for times and information:  Bob Mitchell, 410-751-1100 or rsmitchell@taneytown.org.

Sept. 20-21
The Maryland Wine Festival – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. – Sept. 20; noon-6 p.m. – Sept. 21.  Featured are Maryland wines, wine seminars, continuous on-stage entertainment, crafts and a variety of Maryland and local foods.  Handicap-accessible shuttle service.  Farm House tours.  Living History Center exhibit buildings and gift show.  $  Carroll County Farm Museum.

Sept. 25-28
Westminster Fall Fest – 6-10 p.m.  Parade on Sept. 25 and Midnight Madness shopping Sept. 26 with shopping and dining to midnight in downtown Westminster.  Live performances; karaoke; car show, rides and much more.  Free.  Westminster City Park, 11 Longwell Avenue.  Information:  410-848-9161 or http://www.westminsterfallfest.com/.

Sept. 25-Oct. 17
As You Will:  A Mixed Media Exhibit by Marty Weishaar – Opening reception Sept. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m. with an artist talk at 6 p.m.  Weishaar's seemingly disorganized objects are thoughtfully constructed of common materials such as packing tape, zip ties, cardboard, matchbox cars and spray foam.  Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall, McDaniel College.  Free and open to the public.  Information and gallery hours:  410-857-2595.  Artist's website:  http://martyweishaar.com/.

Monday, Sept. 1
All branches of the Carroll County Public Library will be closed.

Tuesday, Sept. 2
The Faith Club – 7 p.m.  If you are interested in reading about faith and having an interfaith dialog, you are invited to join the discussion group, led by Ted Chaskelson, where a broad spectrum of beliefs will be explored in an informative and respectful atmosphere.  This month’s book is Radical: My Journey Out of Islamist Extremism by Maajid Nawaz.  The program is presented by Carroll County Interfaith Council and hosted by Carroll County Public Library.  Adults.  Finksburg CCPL.

Wednesday, Sept. 3
Westminster Book Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m.  This month's selection is Defending Jacob by William Landay.  Adults.  Westminster CCPL.

Sykesville Main Street First Fridays- shops open late.  Refreshments, wine, pottery painting.  Live music by the Usual Suspects, 7-9 p.m.  Information:  Ivy Wells, 410-795-8959.

Thursday, Sept. 4
Memory Café – 10-11:30 a.m.  See Aug. 1 for information.  Mt. Airy Senior and Community Center.

Friday, Sept. 5
Bingo – 6:30-10 p.m.  Money bingo to benefit the Auxiliary to the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company (MAVFC).  $  MAVFC Activities Building, Carnival Grounds, Twin Arch Road, Mt. Airy.  Information:  301-829-0100.

Saturday, Sept. 6
Classic & Antique Car Show – 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  60 trophies given out.  Dash plaques to the first 100 cars.  Flea market, antiques and collectibles.  Free.  Fairhaven Retirement Community, 7200 3rd Avenue, Sykesville.  Information:  Cindy Yingling, 410-795-8801 or cindy.yingling@emacommunities.org.

Sykesville Main Street Chili & Beer Festival – noon-5 p.m.  Chili cook-off and tastings.  Craft beers, food, and music.  Information:  Ivy Wells, 410-795-8959.

First Time Home Buyers- 1 p.m.  See Aug. 23 for information.  Adults.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Bluegrass Bonanza at the Carroll Arts Center – 7 p.m.  Carroll County Ramblers and Iron ridge will take the stage for an evening of toe-tapping traditional bluegrass.   $  Carroll Arts Center.

Monday, Sept. 8
Drawing for Hand-Stitched Quilt – 11:30 a.m.  Print of the Twin Arch Bridge and the Ham.  Tickets available.  This is a Site Council fundraiser for the Mt. Airy Senior and Community Center.

Medicare Savings and You – 1:30 p.m.  Do you or someone you know need help paying Medicare expenses or Part D prescription drugs?  Learn about Medicare savings programs and how to protect yourself from Medicare fraud and abuse.  A Q&A session will be available at the end of this program.  Adults.  Finksburg CCPL.

McDaniel College Monday Night Music – 7 p.m.  The Monday Night Music series will explore flute and string bass literature, featuring Linda Kirkpatrick on flute, Lynn Fleming on bass and Rachel Andrews on piano.  Free and open to the public.  McDaniel Lounge, McDaniel College.  Information:  410-857-2599.

Tuesday, Sept. 9
HSCC Box Lunch Talk:  Researching Your War of 1812 Ancestor– noon-1 p.m.  Rebecca Koford will discuss and explain records for both outside and inside the National Archives.  The presentation includes information about the digitization project to put the 1812 soldier's pensions on line.  Brown bag your lunch, dessert and beverages are provided.  $  Grace Hall, Grace Lutheran Church, 21 Carroll Street, Westminster, MD.  Information:  410-848-6494.  Sponsored by the Historical Society of Carroll County.

Bring You Own Device and Learn – 7 p.m.  See Aug. 12, North Carroll CCPL for information.  Adults.  North Carroll CCPL.

Wednesday, Sept. 10
Empty Nesters – 10 a.m.  The kids are back in school.  If you are used to caring for your child all day but now have a gap of time when you are on your own, join the Empty Nesters for a chat, sip some coffee, and make a small craft.  Adults.  Mt. Airy CCPL.

North Carroll Senior Book Discussion Group – 11 a.m.  Join the group to discuss The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri at the North Carroll Senior Center.  Adults.  North Carroll CCPL.

Food for Thought – 11 a.m.  A representative from the Maryland Emergency Agency (MEMA) will present a safety preparedness talk. No registration needed.  Westminster Senior and Community Center.

Visiting Artist Lecture:  Amanda Burnham – 7 p.m.  Baltimore resident Burnham uses her drawings to investigate and record evolving urban and suburban built landscapes.  All ages.  Free and open to the public.  Peterson Hall, Room 104, McDaniel College.  Information:  410-857-2595.

Thursday, Sept. 11
Patriot Day Celebration – 11:30 a.m.  Lunch with reservations required by Sept. 3.  Westminster Senior and Community Center.

Friday, Sept. 12
Labels – 12:30 p.m.  Presentation by Terry Serio, University of Maryland Extension.  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Saturday, Sept. 13
1st Annual Double Bubble Fun Run – noon-4 p.m.  This is a 13-station fun run for the whole family, ages 2 and up.  There will be foam stations, bubble stations, color stations, obstacle stations and lots of surprises.  At the end of the run will be Super Heroes dancing, confetti cannons shooting confetti and streamers.  DJ John dancing in the afternoon.  After all this the K9 Frisbee Frank and Shiloh show.  Vendors for food and entertainment items.  $  Sykesville Fire Department Grounds, Sykesville Road.  Information:  Wild and Crazy Entertainment, 410-552-0955.

14th Annual Antiques Appraisal Day – 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Volunteer appraisers are on hand to evaluate up to three items per person.  This is a community service that provides valuations for owners of prized antiques and collectables.  $  Call for pricing.  Grace Hall, Grace Lutheran Church, 21 Carroll Street, Westminster.  Information:  Linda Confer, 410-848-6494, ext. 201 or linda@hsccmd.org.

What is Reiki? - 1-2:30 p.m.  Reiki, a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation, also promotes healing.  George Yeager, a Certified Reiki Master Teacher, will explain how Reiki is based on the idea that an unseen life force energy flows through.  If one's life force energy is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress.  If our life force energy is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.  Begin your journey to self-healing.  Adults.  Eldersburg CCPL.

Sykesville Movies in the Park:  – Dusk.  Snack shack features popcorn, hot dogs, nachos, candy and drinks.  Movie is free.  Information:  Ivy Wells, 410-795-8959.

Tuesday, Sept. 16
Over 80 Birthday Party – 12:30 p.m.  Entertainment by The Good Timers, featuring Julie Hall.  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Legal Aid Visit – 1-4 p.m.  Information and help will be available.  Mt. Airy Senior and Community Center.

Game Night for Seniors – 4-8 p.m.  RSVP for meal by Sept. 12, 10 a.m.  Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

Wednesday, Sept. 17
Medicare 101 – 6 p.m.  See Aug. 21, Westminster CCPL for information.  Adults.  Westminster CCPL.

Thursday, Sept. 18
Apple Fest – 11:30 a.m.  Lunch with apple dessert in honor of National Apple Month.  Reservations required by Sept. 12.  Westminster Senior and Community Center.

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

Friday, Sept. 19
Ravens Football Party – 10:30 a.m.  Entertainment by Capt. Chuck Fisher at 11 a.m.  Special meal served at noon with reservations required no later than Sept. 12.  North Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Movie:  Philomena – 1 and 7:30 p.m.  A true story of a mother’s 50 year search for her lost son.  A pregnant teenager in 1952 Ireland, Philomena (played by Judi Dench) is sent to Roscrea Convent as a “fallen woman.”  Her baby is taken away by the nuns for adoption in America.  During her search, she meets Martin Sixsmith (played by Steve Coogan), a world-weary political journalist that becomes intrigued by her story.  Together they set off for America.  The 1 p.m. showing will have open captioning for the hearing impaired.  The 7:30 p.m. show will have captioning upon advance request.  Assistive listening devices are available.  $  Carroll Arts Center.  

Saturday, Sept. 20
North Sea Gas Brings Scottish Tunes – 7:30 p.m.  Dave Gilfillan, Ronnie "Mac" McDonald and Grant Simpson.  $  Carroll Arts Center.

Monday, Sept. 22
A Day for Book Lovers – 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  The event features a panel of national authors and book signings and is especially designed for book clubs, book-discussion groups, and current or future book club members.  Decker Center Forum, McDaniel College.  Information:  Carroll County Public Library at 410-386-4500.

North Carroll Book Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m.  Join the group to discuss the One Maryland, One Book Selection The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande.  Adults.  North Carroll CCPL.**

Startup Local Workshop – 7 p.m.  New and aspiring entrepreneurs are invited to join Jason Stambaugh, Founder and CEO of Startup Local, as he shares information about startup business fundamentals, local small business resources, and how to win $5,000 for your startup business idea by competing in the Carroll Biz Challenge 2014.  Registration begins Sept. 8.  Ages 13-Adult.  Westminster CCPL.

Tuesday, Sept. 23
Exploring Your Roots…On Line – 9:45 a.m.  Janet Colburn, an avid genealogist, will demonstrate the library's two databases, Ancestry.com and HeritageQuest Online, to research a family tree.  She will also share tips and techniques about doing family genealogy.  Adults. Mt. Airy CCPL.

Fall into Fall – 11:30 a.m.  Special meal followed by an Apple Cook-Off at 12:30 p.m.  Be sure to take an apple dish for the Taste Judging Contest - recipe and/or ingredient list should be supplied.  Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

Fall Celebration – 11:30 a.m.  Special lunch.  Reservations required by Sept. 15.  Westminster Senior and Community Center.

Launching Your New Business – 5:30 p.m.  Instructor Roger Voter will discuss:  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.  Register through Carroll Community College at 410-386-8100 or www.carrollcc.edu.  Adults.  North Carroll CCPL.

Septic Care:  Important Information for Homeowners – 7 p.m.  Certified septic system installer and inspector, George Schooley, Legacy Contracting, will share information on how a septic system works and the proper maintenance needed to keep the septic systems working properly.  Mr. Schooley will do a brief presentation on the care of septic systems, followed by a Q&A session.  Adults.  Finksburg CCPL.

Building a Civil Community Book Discussion Group – 7 p.m.  A monthly discussion group to discuss civility and the many opportunities afforded each day to spread kindness in all relationships.  The first monthly selection is Choosing Civility by P.M. Forni.  Adults.  Mt. Airy CCPL.

Thursday, Sept. 25
Crime Prevention Presentation:  Bullying/Cyber Bullying – noon.  Bruce Lohr of the Maryland Crime Prevention Bureau.  Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

Saturday, Sept. 27
Work with a Master Gardener – 9 a.m.  See Aug. 30 for information.  Registration begins Sept. 13.  Ages 12-Adult.  Eldersburg CCPL.

2014 Emergency Preparedness Expo – 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free events for families focusing on emergency preparedness.  Live demonstrations, static displays, give-a-ways and raffle prizes.  Free.  Carroll County Farm Museum.  Information:  Valerie Hawkins, 410-386-2455 or https://www.facebook.com/CCOPSSS.

9th Annual Maryland Microbrewery Festival – 11 a.m.-7 p.m.  Tasting available of Maryland microbrews.  Continuous music.  Craft and food vendors.  $  Union Mills Homestead, 3311 Littlestown Pike, (Silver Run) Westminster.  Information:  Jane Sewell, 410-848-2288 or info@unionmills.org.

Special Fall Tea – 11:30 a.m.  Call for more information.  Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

Monday, Sept. 29
Christopher James Live in Concert – 11 a.m.  Maryland State Arts Council Award-winning blue musician, Christopher James.  Registration required, beginning Sept. 15.  All ages, children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  Finksburg CCPL.

Tuesday, Sept. 30
Bullying/Cyber Bullying – 12:30 p.m.  Discussion lead by Bruce Lohr.  South Carroll Senior and Community Center.

Rhythm Griots:  We Are All Connected – 7 p.m.  Traditional Senegalese music is featured with tama drum expert Massamba Diop and Senegalese singer Backa Niang.  All ages, free and open to the public.  McDaniel Lounge, McDaniel College.  Information:  410-857-2599.

 

** 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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