Victoria Banks

Victoria Banks

Carroll Live on Stage presents Victoria Banks  Tuesday, February 21 • 7:30–9:30 p.m. Victoria Banks is a Canadian country artist who has toured with superstars including Reba McEntire, Wynonna Judd, Lonestar, Randy Travis and Johnny Reid. Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Rd., Westminster. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Visit for tickets and more information. 

Books Galore Available at Annual Book Fair  Friday & Saturday, March 3–4  The Penguin Random House Book Fair celebrates its 20th Anniversary. The Book Fair features discounted book sales, activities for children of all ages, family movie night, national Penguin Random House guest authors and more. Free Admission. Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Rd., Westminster. Visit for more information.

Black History Month: U.S. Colored Troops  Sunday, February 26  •  2 P.M., Free Admission  Bob O’Connor, one of the country’s most highly regarded researchers of the United States Colored Troops, will present the legislation of May 1863 that set up their enlistment and the facts concerning the 209,000 black soldiers of the Union Army. O’Connor’s research on USCT prisoners of war and on the casualties in various battles is unprecedented; his presentation will include names of USCT soldiers from Carroll County. For ages 10 to adult. Carroll County Public Library, Westminster Branch, 50 East Main Street, Westminster. Visit for more information.

Sykesville Nursing Home Receives National Recognition Sykesville’s Fairhaven facility was recently named in “U.S. News Best Nursing Homes” by U.S. News & World Report. The Integrace community is one of 2,000 communities to earn the designation nationwide, and one of just 36 in Maryland.

The announcement was made as U.S. News & World Report released its new Nursing Home Finder tool (, which offers comprehensive information about care, safety, health inspections, staffing and more for nearly every nursing home in the country. To create the resource, U.S. News evaluated more than 15,000 homes nationwide, across each state in 100 major metropolitan areas.

To qualify as a Best Nursing Home this year, facilities had to earn an average of 4.5 stars or better during the 12 months of federal reports ending in October 2016 and had to consistently meet certain performance standards set by U.S. News during the period.

Fairhaven provides a range of services to support both residents and their greater communities, including independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, short-term rehabilitation and more. To learn more, please visit