Events in Carroll County
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, firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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: email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Narcotics Anonymous - 7:30 p.m. St. James Episcopal Church, 204 N. Main Street, Mt. Airy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Narcotics Anonymous – 8:30 a.m. Crossroads Community Church, 897 Leidy Road, Westminster.
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.
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 Farmers' Market - Carroll County Agriculture Center.
Information: Anita Bullock, 410-848-7748
Winter hours: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
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.
Downtown Westminster Farmers' Market - Municipal Parking Lot, Route 27 and Railroad Avenue.
Information: Missie Wilcox, City of Westminster, firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Sykesville Main Street Farmers' Market – next to Fountain Park
Information: Ivy Wells, 410-795-8959
Sundays through October - 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Produce, baked goods, wine tastings, kids activities.
Created Equal American Civil Rights Struggle Series.
These programs are sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Ages 11-Adult. Eldersburg CCPL.
Saturday, Oct. 4 - The Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Baltimore Riots of 1968 – 1 p.m. No one know what Martin Luther King, Jr. would have preached on Palm Sunday or Easter Sunder 1968, because he was assassinated in Memphis on April 4. What is known is that as he body was interred, America exploded in the greatest spate of domestic violence since the Civil War. Peter Levy will examine the uprising that took place across the United States, with special focus on the one that took place in Baltimore.
Tuesday, Oct. 7 - Created Equal Film Series: Slavery by Another Name – 6:30 p.m. Based on the Pulitzer Prize book by Douglas Blackmon, this story is about men charged with crimes like vagrancy, often guilty of nothing, who were bought and sold, abused and subjected to, sometimes, deadly working conditions as unpaid convict labor.
Saturday, Oct. 11 - Freedom Summer 1964: The Front Line Assault on the Segregated South – 1 p.m. Betty Robinson will recount her participation in the summer of 1964 with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. She will speak and answer questions about that period, share stories of the two years she spent in the south, as well as discuss the challenge that are faced in the region today.
Created Equal Film Series: Freedom Rider – 2 p.m. This film tells the terrifying, moving and suspenseful story of a time when white and black volunteers, riding a bus into the deep south, risked being jailed, b eaten or killed as white local and state authorities ignored or encouraged violent attacks.
Tuesday, Oct. 14 - Created Equal Film Series: The Loving Story – 7 p.m. Story of Mildred and Richard Loving, a technically illegally married couple in Virginia. She was of African American and Native American descent and he was white. One night in 1958, they were a wakened in their bedroom and arrested.
Saturday, Oct. 18 - Pride and Protest: Poetry of the American Civil Rights Movement – 1 p.m. Jeffrey Lamar Coleman explores the impact of the social movement's upheaval on American writers and illuminates their artistic and political contributions to the struggle. The presentation pays special attention to poems written in response to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Saturday, Oct. 24 – Created Equal Film Series: The Abolitionists - 1 p.m. This film vividly brings to life the struggles of the men and women who led the battle to end slavery.
These films have been chosen by the Film Lovers in Carroll County. Carroll Arts Center, Westminster. Tickets are available on-line or at the box office.
Thursday, Oct. 16 – Knuckleball – 7:30 p.m. 2012 sports documentary about the only knuckleballers in 2011, Tim Wakefield and R. A. Dickey. Not rated, 92 mins. $
Friday, Oct. 17 – "42" – 1 and 7:30 p.m. 2013 biographical story of racial integration of American professional baseball by player Jackie Robinson, who wore jersey number 42 through his major league career. Film stars Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey. Rated PG, 128 mins.
Battle of the Books Information Sessions – check the website for the full schedule and all the CCPL branches. Parents and coaches of CCPS students thinking about being a part of the competition are encouraged to attend an information session. Discussed will be information about the battle, the books, rules and preparations tips for both the elementary and middle school battle.
Through 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/.
Play: Buried Child - 7:30 p.m. 1979 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, San Shepard's novel of a dysfunctional family in America's Midwest. $ WMC Alumni Hall, McDaniel College. Tickets and information: 410-857-2448 or www.mcdaniel.edu/theatre.
REX the Piggy Bank Needs a Home! – Any business, church, organization, youth group, school, individual or household can support the REX Fund to raise dollars for the many under- and uninsured residents of Carroll County. In 2013, over 200 individuals with medical needs were helped. Just adopt Rex in October and return him filled. The Shepherd's Staff. Information: 410-857-5944 or email@example.com for Rex and to discuss delivery options.
Girls Love Mail …. Library hours. Girls Love Mail is a group devoted to providing the gift of hand-written letters to breast cancer patients. A handwritten letter can made a difference. Drop off the letter or create one at the library the letter will be delivered. All ages, children under three must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Finksburg CCPL.
Oct. 2, 9, 16
Savvy Women, Smart Investors: The Foundations of Investing – 6:30 p.m. Back by popular demand. Suzanne Bradshaw, a local financial advisor is hosting a series of three workshops designed to help women with their financial goals. First workshop will discuss the very basics of investing. Registration begins Sept. 18. The second workshop, Suanne and a guest will discuss show and why savvy women need to take charge of their financial future. Registration begins Sept. 25. The third workshop Suanne and guest will present the unique challenges that widows and their friends may face when making important decisions for the next stage of their life. Registration begins Oct. 2. Adults. Eldersburg CCPL.
Fall Harvest of Quilts, 2014 – 5-9 p.m. – Oct. 3; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. – Oct. 4; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Oct. 5. Miniature quilt silent auction with all proceeds being donated to local charity. Raffle quilt, raffle basket, vendors, boutique and members' tables. New this year will be quilt appraisals by Karen Dever. St. John's Catholic Church Portico, 43 Monroe Street, Westminster. Information: 443-506-9121 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct. 3, Nov. 7
Memory Café – 10-11:30 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.
Rotary Carroll County Oktoberfest – noon-8 p.m. – Oct. 4; noon-6 p.m. – Oct. 5. Authentic German food, beer, live music, entertainment for the entire family. 'Roll Out the Barrel' ceremony, Lederhosen & Dirndl contest, polka dance. Kid's chicken dance and much more. $ Children 10 and under free; arrive in authentic German attire and get in free. Shipley Arena, Carroll County Ag Center, Westminster. Information: www.carrolloktoberfest.com.
Oct. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26
Sykesville Ghosts and Legends Tour – Sykesville Main Street. Information: Ivy Wells, 410-795-8959 or www.sykesvillemainstreet.com.
Oct. 8, Nov. 5
Empty Nesters – 10 a.m. The kids are back in school so if you have time to spare, stop in for a chat, a sip of coffee and perhaps make a small craft. Meet new friends and have fun. Adults. Mt. Airy CCPL.
Oct. 9, 16
Gourd Birdhouse Art – 7 p.m. Some birds migrate to warmer climates during the winter season and others remain in the area. To help those staying behind, why not make a gourd birdhouse, the perfect shelter. Gourds, paint and 'a few' ideas provided. You provide the talent. Registration begins Sept. 25. Adults. Westminster CCPL.
Oct. 10, Nov. 14
Monthly Money Talks – 9:30 a.m. Retiree and pre-retiree local financial advisor Suzanne Bradshaw is committed to educating and servicing adults concerning retirement. Oct. 10 talk will be about Take Stock in the Market and Nov. 14 will be Annuities & Your Retirement. Registration for Oct. 10 is Sept. 26 and Nov. 14 is Oct. 31. Q&A. Open and frank discussions regarding important financial matters. Adults. Eldersburg CCPL.
Oct. 16, Nov. 19
Medicare 101 – 4 p.m. A one hour workshop to explain and discuss the four parts of Medicare and how they work: Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plans; Medicare Savings Programs, find out if you qualify (all programs are not low-income programs); free preventive services offered by Medicare; and learn how to protect yourself from healthcare fraud. Presented by Tina H. Westminster Senior & Community Center
Fall Harvest Days – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Traditional autumn activities: apple butter making, farm machinery demonstrations, tractor and mule-pulled wagon rides, scarecrow making, and children's games. Country food and crafts for sale. On-stage entertainment. Farmhouse tours; Living History Center, exhibit buildings, and Museum Gift Shop open. $ Carroll County Farm Museum. Information: 410-386-3880 or email@example.com.
Great American Cake Show & Wedding Cake Competition – 11 a.m. This year's wedding cake theme is "The Colors of the Rainbow." Talented artists from cross the country compete. Demos and classes taught by world-class sugar artists. Cake supply vendors, bake sale, free hands-on activities for children and youth. Raffles. Light fare available. Carroll County Ag Center. Information: 40-967-1954 orwww.greatamericancakeshow.com.
Oct. 20, 27
Sweatshirt Jacket Class – Sharon Gardener will demonstrate. Supplies needed are listed in the Mt. Airy Newsletter and available by calling the center. Reservation for lunch required by Oct. 17 and 24. Mt. Airy Senior & Community Center.
Oct. 21, 23, 24, 27, 29, 31
Ghost Walk of Westminster – 6:30 p.m. Take a guided stroll through downtown Westminster to visit the local ghosts and learn about some of the legends. The walk is approximately a mile and a half. Ages 10-Adult, children 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Registration begins two weeks before a program date. Westminster CCPL.
Oct. 21, Nov. 18
Building a Civil Community Book Discussion Group – 7 p.m. Join this monthly discussion about civility and the many opportunities, each day, to spread kindness in all relationships. Refreshments served. Adults. Mt. Airy CCPL.
Oct. 23-Nov. 14
7th Biennial Faculty Exhibition- call for gallery hours. Oct. 23, Opening reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and at 6 p.m. – artist talk. Exhibit covers a wide range of media styles, including photography by Susan Ruddick Bloom, paintings by Steven Pearson, paintings and sculpture by Kateryna Mychajlyshyn, ceramics by Ken Hankins, and jewelry by Linda Van Hart. Free and open to the public. Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall, McDaniel College. Information: 410-857-2595.
Wednesday, Oct. 1
Monthly Nutrition Talk – 9:30-10:30 a.m. Terry Serio, Maryland Cooperative Extension Service will answer questions and concerns. Westminster Senior & Community Center.
Westminster Book Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m. This month's selection 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. Adults. Westminster CCPL.
Thursday, Oct. 2
Getting to Know Apps – 1 p.m. Explore apps that are good to use with children. Learn the most valuable component when using technology with kids. Parent interaction. Adults. North Carroll CCPL.
Mariachi Revelación– 6:30 p.m. An evening of celebrating the cultural heritage of the south-of-the-border neighbors through music played by the Mariachi Revelación– the best mariachi group in the Maryland, Virginia and D.C. area. The Americans with Disabilities Act applies.* All ages; children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Westminster CCPL.
Visiting Artist Lecture: Margaret Rorison – 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. Peterson Hall, Room 104, McDaniel College. Information: http://margaretrorison.com.
Sunday, Oct. 5
Westminster Coin & Currency Show – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dealers buying and selling old coins, paper money, gold and silver. Westminster Fire Hall, 28 John Street. Information: 443-62307025 or coinshows.com.
Carroll Live on Stage Concert: WindSync – 3 p.m. Wind ensemble that is recognized for their innovative and unconventional performances. They play exclusively from memory and create dramatic musical interpretations with costumes, masks and choreography. $ Westminster High School. Information: Carroll County Community Concert Assoc., 410-848-7123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chamber Music on the Hill Presents David Kreider and Maxim Kozlov – 3 p.m. Kreider on piano and Kozlov on cello will include the works by Beethoven, Franck and Shostakovich. $ Decker College Center Forum, McDaniel College. Tickets/Information: McDaniel College.
Monday, Oct. 6
Bus Trip: Harrington Casino – 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. South Carroll Senior & Community Center.
Free Concert: Hungrytown – 6:30 p.m. Hungrytown, the married duo of Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson, will entertain in the café. They are referred to by Country Jukebox as representatives of traditions-based folk music. All ages; children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Eldersburg CCPL.
Craft It Yourself: Tote Bag – 7 p.m. Create a unique canvas tote bag to carry stuff to school, work or the library. All supplies will be provided. Registration begins Sept. 22. Ages 13-Adult. Westminster CCPL.
Tuesday, Oct. 7
Oktoberfest - 11:30 a.m. Special luncheon. Rsvp required by Sept. 30, 1 p.m. Taneytown Senior & Community Center.
Oktober-Fest – 11:45 a.m. Entertainment by the Social Security Chorus. Reservations required by Sept. 30. Mt. Airy Senior & Community Center.
Oktoberfest Party and Costume Contest – 11 a.m. RSVP by Sept. 29. Westminster Senior & Community Center.
Octoberfest – noon. Entertainment by the Pearl Strings. South Carroll Senior & Community Center.
The Faith Club – 7 p.m. Ted Chaskelson will lead this month's discussion about Radical: My Journey Out of Islamist Extremism aby Maajid Nawaz. The program is presented by the Carroll County Interfaith Council and hosted by the library. Check out Facebook for more information or call the library. Adults. Finksburg CCPL.
From Chintz to Wedgwood: The Makings of an English China Collection for Shillings on the Pound – 7 p.m. Local collector and Anglophile, Kay Edwards, will describe her experience living in England and Wales for 18 months and finding every little village has a charity shop. This was the beginning of her journey collecting English china on a budget. adults. Mt. Airy CCPL.
Wednesday, Oct. 8
Rocky Gap Casino Trip – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Must be registered at the center to go on trip. If guest going along, must be 18 years. $ Mt. Airy Senior & Community Center.
North Carroll Senior Book Discussion Group - 11 a.m. Please join us for a discussion of All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr at the North Carroll Senior Center. Adults
Crime Prevention Talk – 12:15 p.m. Bruce Lohr, Maryland Crime Prevention Task Force, will discuss Bullying & Cyber Bullying. North Carroll Senior & Community Center.
Thursday Oct. 9
Bus Trip – 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit to Kitchen Kettle Village and Bird-in-Hand Farmer's Market. RSVP deadline Sept. 25. Westminster Senior & Community Center.
Sing-a-Long – 11 a.m.-noon. Entertainment by the North Carroll Singers. North Carroll Senior & Community Center.
Senior Bingo – 12:30 p.m. Taneytown Senior & Community Center.
Saturday, Oct. 11
Sykesville Fall Festival – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Rain date, Oct. 18) Children's activities, live music, entertainment, art, crafts, food and more. Main Street Sykesville. Information: Ivy Wells, 410-795-8959 or www.sykesvillemainstreet.com.
Big Money Give-a-Way – 1 p.m. gates open. $ Sykesville Carnival Grounds. Information: sykesvillefire.org.
Free Spirit Book Club – 2 p.m. The selection for October is Terrorist by John Updike. Adults. Eldersburg CCPL.
The Route 66 Path to Publication – 2 p.m. Local author Lisa M. Airey landed a book contract through non-traditional means. Join her for a candid conversation about getting that book deal – and all the hard work that comes afterwards. Ages 13-Adult. Westminster CCPL.
Oktoberfest – 3-7 p.m. Authentic homemade German cuisine, including bratwurst, sauerbraten, specially baked German apple dessert. Live German style music by the Variety Tones. Dancing, children's activities, fall items, mums and asters. St. Luke's Winter Lutheran Church, 701 Green Valley Road, New Windsor. Information: 410-635-677 or email@example.com.
TwinklFest – 3-5 p.m. Group and solo pieces by musicians ages 3-17. A Pre-Twinkle demonstration and the All Star Orchestra will perform. Cookie and punch reception following the performance Carroll Arts Center. Information: 443-789-0109 or www.facebook.com/suzukitwinklefest.
Monday, Oct. 13
15th Annual 'A Culinary Event' – 6-9 p.m. Tax deductible fund raiser for the Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County. Local restaurants, caterers, and bakeries will showcase their talents by serving everything from soup-to-dessert. $ Martin's Westminster, 505 Jermor Lane. Information: 410-857-0900 or www.rapecrisiscc.org.
Glass Etching for Fun – 7 p.m. Glasses and stencils will be provided for practice and a demonstration on how to do more complicated designs on your own. Be sure to wear a long-sleeved shirt. Registration begins Sept. 29. Adults. Taneytown CCPL.
Tuesday, Oct. 14
S.H.I.P. – 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Terry Serio, Maryland Extension Service, will discuss "Get Into The Swim of Things With Fish." South Carroll Senior & Community Center.
HSCC Box Lunch Talk: Carroll County's Historic Almshouse– noon-1 p.m. 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.
Decoupage 201 – 6 p.m. Choose a palate of colors, a theme, a repetition of images and decoupage a cigar box. Registration begins Sept. 30. Ages 15-Adult. Finksburg CCPL.
Take Your Own Device and Learn – 7 p.m. Take your smartphone, iPad, e-reader or tablet and learn how to access free digital content through the library. Learn how to download e-books, audiobooks and magazines in a hands-on program. Adults. North Carroll CCPL.
Wednesday, Oct. 15
Taneytown Adult Book Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m. The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell is this month's choice. New participants are always welcome. Adults. Taneytown CCPL.
Thursday, Oct. 16
Crime Prevention Talk – noon. Bruce Lohr, Maryland Crime Prevention Task Force, will discuss Bullying & Cyber Bullying. Mt. Airy Senior & Community Center.
Saturday, Oct. 18
Harvest Fest and Barnyard Bingo – 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Food, crafts, artisans, music and more. Wendy the Cow will decide the 2014 winner. Free admission. Memorial Park, Taneytown. Information: 410-751-110 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, Oct. 19
Play: To Kill a Mockingbird – 3 p.m. Story based on Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Performed by the National Players. $ Carroll Arts Center.
Tuesday, Oct. 21
Bus Trip – 8:30 a.m. Trip to Rocking Horse Ranch, tour of West Point, FDR Mansion and a Hudson Valley River Cruise. $ Reservations required. South Carroll Senior & Community Center.
Emergency Preparedness Talk – noon. Representative from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency will discuss common hazards in Maryland and how to prepare for such emergencies. Taneytown Senior & Community Center.
Legal Aid Clinic – 1-4 p.m. No fee. Taneytown Senior & Community Center.
Finksburg Book Discussion Club – 6:30 p.m. Regina Calcaterra's book, Etched in Sand is the selection for October. Adults. Finksburg CCPL.
An Evening with Christina Baker Kline – 7 p.m. Noted author of Orphan Train, Bird in Hand, and The Way Life Should Be will discuss her books at the Carroll Arts Center. $ Tickets price includes a copy of Orphan Train, and dessert. Special thanks to McDaniel College for partnership this event. Adults. Westminster CCPL. Information/tickets: https://library.carr.org/Orphan Train.
Wednesday, Oct. 22
Mt. Airy Garden Club Fall Workshop – 10 a.m. Take scissors. $ Registration required by Oct. 20. Mt. Airy Senior & Community Center.
Red Cross Blood Drive – 2-7:30 p.m. North Carroll Senior & Community Center.
Thursday, Oct. 23
Medicare Part D – 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Open enrollment assistance. Call 410-386-3806 for an appointment. Taneytown Senior & Community Center.
Mt. Airy Senior Book Discussion Club – 12:30 p.m. The book chosen for this month is The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. Adults. Mt. Airy CCPL.
iPod Day – 7 p.m. Hands-on workshop for cool stuff to do with your Apple portable device. Be sure to take the iPod, iPad or iPhone. Registration required by Oct. 9. Adults. Mt. Airy CCPL.
Carroll Live on Stage: Fernando Varela – 7:30 p.m. Fernando Varela, founding tenor from Forte that appeared on America's Got Talent, will perform classical, opera and popular classics. $ Westminster High School. Information: Carroll County Community Concert Assoc., 410-848-7123 or email@example.com.
Saturday, Oct. 25
Work with a Master Gardener – 9 -11 a.m. Work with the Master Gardener at the Eldersburg Library's Native Garden. Q&A while maintaining the garden. Service hours are available for students ages 12-17. Work clothes and gardening gloves required, as well as registration that begins Oct. 11. Ages 12-Adult. Eldersburg CCPL.
Paranormal Society Talk – 1 p.m. Members of the Fairfield Paranormal Society will discuss the investigations they have conducted, how they collect historical research and participated in scientific and psychic readings. They have also obtained audio, video and photographs of paranormal activity. Ages 13-Adult. Taneytown CCPL.
Carroll County Theatre Showcase – 8 p.m. Local companies will present a wide variety of short scenes and musical number, as well as improvisational theatre. Emcee for this year is Susan Thornton. Participating will be The Carroll County Arts Council, Carroll Community College, Curtains Up Productions, McDaniel College, September Song, TACTICC, and Theatre Without Limits. $ Carroll Arts Center.
Monday, Oct. 27
North Carroll Book Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m. Their selection for October is The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan. New member welcome. Adults. North Carroll CCPL.
Monday Night Music Presents: Stirring Alto Voices – 7 p.m. Featured are Alice Tung on viola, David Duree on clarinet and Rachel Andrews accompanying on piano. Free and open to the public. McDaniel Lounge, McDaniel College. Information: McDaniel College
Tuesday, Oct. 28
Disasters in Maryland Preparedness – 12:15 p.m. Representative from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency will be on hand to discuss. South Carroll Senior & Community Center.
3rd Annual Pumpkin Carving Lab for Adults – 5 p.m. Design a pumpkin as a centerpiece or lawn ornament. Registration begins Oct. 4. Adults. Finksburg CCPL.
DIY Wine Cork Wreath- 7 p.m. Materials supplied. Registration begins Oct. 14. Eldersburg CCPL.
Call the Midwife Fan Get-together – 7 p.m. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the late 40's and early 50's as you discuss this program. Dress in your period finest, if you'd like, because you never know which favorite character might make an appearance. Refreshments served. Adults. Mt. Airy CCPL.
Wednesday, Oct. 29
Crime Prevention Talk – noon. Bruce Lohr, Maryland Crime Prevention Task Force, will discuss Bullying & Cyber Bullying. Westminster Senior & Community Center.
Halloween Parade – 7 p.m. Parade route starts on Pennsylvania Avenue and winds its way down to Longwell Avenue, through West and East Main Streets. Downtown Westminster. Information: 410-848-9161 or www.westgov.com.
Thursday, Oct. 30
Medicare Part D Open Enrollment – 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Be sure to take a list of medications to ensure you get the best options available. Mt. Airy Senior & Community Center.
Halloween Play – 12:30 p.m. Presented by The Comedy Club. South Carroll Senior & Community Center.
Pumpkin Carving Contest & Trick or Treat -5-7 p.m. Sykesville Main Street. . Information: Ivy Wells, 410-795-8959 or www.sykesvillemainstreet.com.
Ladies Night Out: Candle Making – 6:30 p.m. An evening of crafting, chatting and chowing. Refreshments served. Registration begins Oct. 16. Adults. Taneytown CCPL.
A Night in Cuba – 7 p.m. A short film will be shown that explores Cuba's topography, religious practices, cuisine, education, and much more. Also shown will be pictures taken by some Carroll County travelers who have visited the island through the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. Ages 10-Adult. Westminster CCPL.
Friday, Oct. 31
Halloween Carnival - 10:30 a.m. Games and entertainment by Capt. Chuck Fisher. Lunch reservation required by Oct. 24. North Carroll Senior & Community Center.
Halloween Party – 10:45 a.m. Costume judging - 10:45 a.m., lunch - 11:30 a.m. and party games at noon. Taneytown Senior & Community Center.
Halloween Party – 11 a.m. Costume contest and lunch. RSVP for lunch by Oct. 23. Westminster Senior & Community Center.
Halloween Celebration – 11:45 a.m. Costumes appreciated! Lunch reservations required by Oct. 24 before 10 a.m. Party begins at 12:15 p.m. Mt. Airy Senior & Community Center.
Rocky Horror Picture Show – 10 p.m. Musical comedy horror film from 1975 featuring Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick and Tim Curry as the transvestite Dr. Frank N. Furter. $ 95 mins. $ Carroll Arts Center.
Through Nov. 2
2014 Corn Maze – 5-9 p.m. – Fridays, Saturdays; 1-6 p.m. – Sundays. This year's theme is Celebrating Our Anthem. $ Carroll County Ag Center.
Through 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.
Through Nov. 15
27th Annual 'Call for Coats' – call for times. New and gently used outer wear donations for infants to adults to give to those without. Drop off at Admiral Cleaners, sponsor of the program. Call for other drop-off locations. Distribution of donations will be from The Shepherd's Staff location, 30 Carroll Street, Westminster, throughout the cold weather months. Information: 410-848-4339.
Nov. 5, 13
Holiday Cards for Heroes – 7 p.m. Create hand stamped cards to send to the Holiday Mail for Heroes program. The American Red Cross will deliver the cards to veterans, military families and active duty service members around the world. Make a second card for you to take home. All supplies will be provided. Take a tape runner or a paper cutter, if you own one. Ages 13-Adult. Registration for Nov. 5 begins Oct 22. Nov. 5 – Eldersburg CCPL. Nov. 13 – Taneytown CCPL.
41st Annual Mistletoe Mart – 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. – Nov. 6, 7; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. – Nov. 8. Over 50 juried artisans and craftspeople; jewelry, pottery, stained glass, woodenware, baskets, pet beds and goodies, family games, bird houses, textiles and fiber arts, gifts, fine chocolates, and confections, wreaths, photography and paintings. Cafe, hourly door prizes, quilt raffle, country store and more. Church of the Ascension, 23 N. Court Street, Westminster. Information: 410-848-3251 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nov. 7, 8
MABA Alpaca Celebration – 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Meet the alpaca up close. Carroll County Ag Center. Information: 410-848-6704 or www.carrollcountyagcenter.com.
Sandy Mount Holiday Bazaar – 4-9 p.m. – Nov. 7; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. – Nov. 8. Friday night dinner; Saturday breakfast and lunch. Santa shoppe, mixed media shoppe, face painting, Santa and Mrs. Claus, bake shoppe, silent auction, treasures from the attic, handmade crafts. Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to a local charity Free. Sandy Mount United Methodist Church, 2310 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg. Information: 410-861-5788 or http://sandymountumc.com/.
Community Center Bazaar – 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. South Carroll Senior & Community Center.
Nov. 14, 15, 16
Bye Bye Birdie – 7 p.m. – Nov. 14, 15; 3 p.m. – Nov. 15, 16. Original Broadway production was a Tony Award-winning success. Satire on American society set in 1958, inspired by Elvis Presley being drafted into the Army. $ Carroll Arts Center.
A Midsummer Night's Dream – 7:30 p.m. William Shakespeare's story of an enchanted forest with impish fairies, young lovers, and romantic magic. $ WMC Alumni Hall, McDaniel College. Information/tickets: 410-857-2448.
Nov. 20-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 http://jtkirkland.com/home.html.
Holiday Mail for Heroes – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. – Nov. 2, 26; 1-5 p.m. – Nov. 23; 9 a.m.-8:45 p.m. – Nov. 24-25. Drop in to create holiday cards for our veterans, military families and active duty service members. You can make a card or sign a donated holiday card that will be mailed by the Red Cross to the veterans and troops around the world. All ages, children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Westminster CCPL.
Nov. 28-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.
Nov. 22-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.
Nov. 29-Dec. 7
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.
Nov. 30, Dec. 1
Carroll Singers Winter Concert – 2:30 p.m. – Nov. 30; 7 p.m. – Dec. 1. $ Westminster High School.
Saturday, Nov. 1
3D Printer Crash Couse Dare-to-Design – 2 p.m. Learn about 3D printing and how to design your own model. Registration required, beginning Oct. 18. Ages 13-Adult. Taneytown CCPL.*
Sunday, Nov. 2
Chamber Music on the Hill – 7 p.m. Laura Strickling, soprano, and Lisa Stepanova, pianist. Hungarian dinner with the artists at 5 p.m. Concert music will include works by Franz Liszt, Claude Debussy, Cecile Chaminade, Gioacchino Rossini and others. $ Tickets for dinner may be purchased in advance. Decker College Center Forum, McDaniel College.
Tuesday, Nov. 4
Make Your Own Holiday Greeting Cards - 6:30 p.m. Learn card making techniques to add your personal touch to the holiday greeting cards. All supplies provided. Registration required, beginning Oct. 21. Adults. North Carroll CCPL.
The Faith Club – 7 p.m. This month's discussion, Paul Kivel's book, Living in the Shadow of the Cross: Understanding and Resisting the Power and Privilege of Christian Hegemony, will be led by Nan Nelson. Faith Club programs are presented by the Carroll County Interfaith Council. Adults. Finksburg CCPL.
Wednesday, Nov. 5
Monthly Nutrition Talk – 9:30-10:30 a.m. Terry Serio, Maryland Cooperative Extension Service will answer questions and concerns. Westminster Senior & Community Center.
Medical Part D – 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Open enrollment. Reservation required, 410-386-3806. Westminster Senior & Community Center.
Solutions to Joint Pain and Stiffness – 1 p.m. Learn about some of the common causes of arthritis and how to stay in the 'game of life' by caring for your joints. Current treatments and recommendations for maintaining bone and joint health will be discussed. Registration begins Oct. 22. Adults. Eldersburg CCPL.
Westminster Book Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m. November selection is Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. Adults. Westminster CCPL.
Thursday, Nov. 6
Veterans Day Lunch – 11:45 a.m. Entertainment by the Social Security Chorus. Lunch reservations required by Oct. 30 before 10 a.m. Mt. Airy Senior & Community Center.
Learn the Secrets of a Big Loser! - 7 p.m. Join Dan Strayton, General Manager of Health Unlimited Family Fitness, as he gives advice on the strategies he used to help Noah “Biingo” Gray, a teen contestant on the TV show The Biggest Loser. All ages, children three and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Mt. Airy CCPL.
Genealogy Basics: Baltimore as the Golden Door to Immigrants – 7 p.m. Genealogist Debra Hoffman will discuss the importance of Baltimore as a major port of entry for immigrants to America. Learn about Baltimore's history and the sources available to document individuals who arrived through this port. The program is for beginners. Adults. North Carroll CCPL.
Author Signing with Jessica McHugh - 7:30 p.m. Ms. McHugh is an author whose fiction spans the genre from horror to history for the young adult. She will discuss her new young adult series and the first book, Darla Decker Hates to Wait. Refreshments served. Ages 11-Adult. Eldersburg CCPL.
Friday, Nov. 7
Holiday Preview – 5-9 p.m. Shoppers will be able to preview the holiday displays and merchandise in the downtown shops. Wine and refreshments. Entertainment, crafters will demonstrate their artistry. Historic Downtown Mt. Airy. Information: email@example.com.
McDaniel String Ensemble - 7 p.m. Under the direction of Nicholas Currie. Free and open to the public. Little Baker Chapel, McDaniel College. Call for information.
Holiday Bazaar – 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Homemade crafts, baked goods, hay rides, music, Santa's Re-gifting Shop. Lunch served, to include oyster dinner, sandwiches, homemade pies, and homemade soup. Coffee all day. Not juried. Taylorsville UM Church, 4356 Ridge Road. Information: 410-875-410 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bus Trip: Rainbow Dinner Theatre- 8:45 a.m.-5 p.m. Show: Burglar's Holiday. $ Reservations/payment due by Oct. 9. Taneytown Senior & Community Center.
Can a $20,000 House Save the American Dream? – 1 p.m. Dee Williams, author of The Big Tiny A Built-It-Myself-Memoir, co-owner of Portland Alternative Dwellings, teacher and sustainability advocate, will discuss how to trim down your life and have more time for dreams by living the big tiny. Program sponsored by The Sierra Club-Catoctin Group Excom.* Adults. Westminster CCPL.
Paper Flower Workshop – 1:30 p.m. Artist and Librarian, Sharon Wolf, will demonstrate how to create three different paper flowers for the holidays. No experience is required. All supplies provided. Registration begins Oct. 25. Adults. North Carroll CCPL.
Free Spirit Book Club – 2 p.m. The selection for this month is Changeling by Philippa Gregory. Adults. Eldersburg CCPL.
Monday, Nov. 10
Bus Trip: Nina's Dandy Potomac Riverboat – Call for times. $ Must be registered at the center to go on trip; guest must be at least 18 years. Mt. Airy Senior & Community Center.
Veteran's Day Program – -9-11:30 a.m. Music by Maria Rose and Danny Elswick and the Senior Center Singers. Westminster Senior & Community Center.
Bus Trip to Hollywood Casino – 8:30 a.m. Trip to Grantville, Penna. $ South Carroll Senior & Community Center.
Opportunities for Veterans in Carroll County – 12:30-2 p.m. Whether starting a business or advancing your career, locate resources in Carroll County that can support you through the journey. Presented by the SBTDC and Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs. Registration required: Ryan Del Gallo, 443-412-2237. Adults. Westminster CCPL.
Student Jazz Guitar Ensemble – 7 p.m. Under the direction of Tim Jenkins. Free and open to the public. Little Baker Chapel, McDaniel College. Call for information.
Tuesday, Nov. 11
All branches of the Carroll County Public Library will be closed.
HSCC Box Lunch Talk: The Transformation of Union Bridge– noon-1 p.m. 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.
Wednesday, Nov. 12
Digital Day – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Learn about all the digital, e-collections provided by the library –free of charge. Learn how to download and use apps to check out magazines and digital books. Feel free to take your device to get a personalized walk-through. Ages 13-Adult. Westminster CCPL.
North Carroll Senior Book Discussion Group – 11 a.m. Donna Tartt’s novel, The Goldfinch, is the selection for November. Adults. North Carroll Community & Senior Center.
Financing a Veteran-Owned Business – 12:30-2 p.m. Learn to navigate funding opportunities for current military personnel and veterans. Topics include: loan requirements, availability, and processing Presented by the Small business Association lending specialist Mark Williams and Maryland Veterans Affairs Officer Jerry Boden. Registration required: Ryan Del Gallo, 443-412-2237. Adults. Westminster CCPL.
Launching Your New Business – 5:30-8:45 p.m. Roger Voter will discuss how to launch a new business with confidence and on the “right foot”. Registration required through Carroll Community College, 410-386-8100. Adults. Eldersburg CCPL.
Android Phone Home! – 7 p.m. Drop in to see some of the great free apps for the phone and how to get the most out of your megabytes. Be sure to take your Android smartphone. All attendees are required to register, beginning Oct. 29. Adults. Mt. Airy CCPL.
Thursday, Nov. 13
Veterans Day Program – 11 a.m. Special lunch, reservations required by Oct. 31. North Carroll Senior & Community Center.
Student Chamber Music Ensembles – 7 p.m. Concert includes performances by the Flute Choir, Flute Quartet and the Woodwind Quintet, under the direction of Dr. Linda Kirkpatrick. Free and open to the public. Little Baker Chapel, McDaniel College. Call the College for information.
Friday, Nov. 14
Medicare Part D Open Enrollment – 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Be sure to take a list of medications to ensure you get the best options available. North Carroll Senior & Community Center.
Christmas Bazaar – 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Taneytown Senior & Community Center.
Veteran Franchising Opportunities – 12:30-2 p.m. Guest speaker, Richard Bock of FranNet, will discuss the opportunities that offer a quick and low-risk path to becoming your own boss. Topics include franchising incentives for transitioning military, franchise matching services, requirements, and considerations. Registration required: Ryan Del Gallo, 443-412-2237. Adults. Westminster CCPL.
Master Gardeners’ Appreciation Tea – 2 p.m. Volunteers who have helped work on the library’s garden are invited to tea and a flower talk. Adults. Eldersburg CCPL.
Student Solo Recital – 7:30 p.m. Vocal and instrumental soloists perform a wide variety of music, spanning classical to contemporary. Free and open to the public. McDaniel Lounge, McDaniel College. Call the college for information.
Saturday, Nov. 15
Craft It Yourself: Glass Ornaments – 2 p.m. Create a unique glass ornament to use as a decoration, or to give as a gift. All materials provided. Ages 13-Adult. Westminster CCPL.
Sunday, Nov. 16
Selling Your Home – 1:30 p.m. Join Certified Staging Expert Kevin Hogan and author of The Baltimore Home Guide, Paul Gillespie as they discuss and answer questions. Topics will include simple fixes to increase the value, how to price your home, and what can be done to help your agent sell the house. Adults. Eldersburg CCPL.
Masterworks Chorale of Carroll County Winter Concert – 3 p.m. Under the direction of Dr. Margaret Boudreaux, and featuring organist Ted Dix, multiple choirs and instruments will be featured. This winters concert is Baroque Beginnings: Fro Palestrina to Praetorius. $ Big Baker Memorial Chapel, McDaniel College.
Monday, Nov. 17
Alzheimer’s 101 – 7 p.m. The program will discuss the causes and risk factors of this disease, as well as explain its effects on the brain. Learn the four ‘As of Alzheimer’s” disease. Know the ten signs to watch for and how to get a diagnosis, and what to do if it is Alzheimer’s. Also discussed will be the causes of reversible dementia. Registration begins Nov. 3. Adults. Eldersburg CCPL.
Tuesday, Nov. 18
Hawaiian Christmas Show – 8:30 a.m. Trip to Anne Arundel County. South Carroll Senior & Community Center.
Medicare Part D Open Enrollment – 9 a.m.-3 p.m. South Carroll Senior & Community Center.
Legal Aid Walk-In Clinic – 1-4 p.m. South Carroll Senior & Community Center.
Finksburg Book Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m. Book for the month is We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. Adults. Finksburg CCPL.
DIY Holiday Crafts: Ornaments and Votives – 7 p.m. Create crafts to enjoy during the season. Registration begins Nov. 4. Ages 11-Adult. Eldersburg CCPL.
Totes and Tchotchkes – 7 p.m. Learn to make some homemade treasures. Create a personal piece of artwork on a tote bag and turn an old key into wearable art. All supplies provided. Registration required for all attendees, Nov. 4. Ages 12-Adult. Taneytown CCPL.
Wednesday, Nov. 19
Mt. Airy Book Discussion Group – 1 p.m. This month, the Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro will be discussed. Adults. Mt. Airy CCPL.
Thursday, Nov. 20
Mt. Airy Senior Book Discussion Group – 12:30 p.m. The November selection is Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. Adults. Mt. Airy Community & Senior Center.
Taneytown Adult Book Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m. Donna Tartt’s book, The Goldfinch, will be discussed. New participants are always welcome. Adults. Taneytown CCPL.
Teacup Gingerbread Houses – 7 p.m. Learn to make teacup gingerbread houses that will actually fit on the rim of a cup or a glass. Registration required for all attendees, beginning Nov. 6. Adults. Mt. Airy CCPL.
Friday, Nov. 21
Starlight Shopping – 6-10 p.m. Special evening of shopping and dining in downtown Westminster. Carolers and outdoor events. Shops open late. Information: 410-848-9161 or www.westgov.com.
Student Voice and Piano Recital – 7:30 p.m. A selection of vocal and piano soloists performing a variety of music, spanning the classical to contemporary. Free and open to the public. Levine Recital Hall, McDaniel College. Information: McDaniel College.
Saturday, Nov. 22
Christmas in Shipley – 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Christmas bazaar featuring Santa's Secret Shop, baked goods, homemade jams, jellies, pickles, relishes, sauces, etc. Quality gift items, white elephant table Breakfast and lunch at Zion's Cafe. Lunch will feature oyster sandwiches, homemade soups and other homemade items. Zion United Methodist Church, 2716 Old Washington Road, Westminster. Information: Mary Lee Diffendal, 410-833-6295
Annual Christmas in the Country Bazaar – 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Handmade crafts, homemade baked goods, candy and cheese balls, White Elephant table. Lunch with hand-patted oysters. Santa will be on hand for pictures. Children's special gift purchasing room. Wesley Freedom Methodist Church, 961 Johnsville Road, Eldersburg. Information: 410-552-5821.
Sunday, Nov. 23
Westminster Ringers Concert – 3-5 p.m. Handbell concert. Free. St. James Episcopal Church, 307 N. Main Street, Mt. Airy. Information: 301-829-0325 or www.stjamersmtairy.org/events/.
College Choir Concert: An International Holiday Celebration – 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. Big Baker Memorial Chapel, McDaniel College. Information: McDaniel College.
Monday, Nov. 24
Thanksgiving Dinner – 11:45 p.m. Reservations required by Nov. 18 before 10 a.m. Mt. Airy Senior & Community Center.
North Carroll Book Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. New members always welcome. Adults. North Carroll CCPL.
Holiday Cookie Exchange – 7 p.m. Take your favorite cookie recipe and two dozen samples to share. Learn about some great cookie websites, simple and inexpensive techniques for presenting a gift of baked goods, and how to prepare the gift to share. Refreshments served. Registration begins Nov. 10. Ages 12-Adult. Taneytown CCPL
Tuesday, Nov. 25
Thanksgiving Luncheon – 11:30 a.m. Special dinner. Reservations due by Nov. 18, 10 a.m. 12:15 p.m. – Talent show. Taneytown Senior & Community Center.
Thanksgiving Dinner – 11:30 a.m. Entertainment. RSVP by Nov. 17. Westminster Senior & Community Center.
Thanksgiving Dinner – noon. Entertainment by Jack. Reservations required by Nov. 18. North Carroll Senior & Community Center.
Thanksgiving Dinner – noon. Entertainment by Jerry Overby. Reservations required by Nov. 18. South Carroll Senior & Community Center.
Wednesday, Nov. 26
All branches of the Carroll County Public Library will close at 5 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 27
All branches of the Carroll County Public Library will be closed.
Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner – noon-2 p.m. Open to everyone. Donations needed: baked goods, apples, oranges, wrapped candy. St. John's Roman Catholic Church, Monroe Street, Westminster. Sponsored by The Shepherd's Staff. Information: 410-857-544.
Saturday, Nov. 29
Small Business Saturday Shopping Extravaganza – all day event. Downtown Westminster. Information: 410-848-9161 or www.westgov.com.
Miracle of Main – Electric Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony – 5-9 p.m. Entertainment – Westminster Municipal band, sing carols, see the awarding of the Major's cup. Santa arrives. Bake sale and free cup of hot chocolate. Downtown Westminster. Parade route will be Pennsylvania Avenue to Longwell Avenue via West and East Main streets. Information: 410-848-9161 or www.westgov.com.