Forget get those unfinished Christmas lists and take a brief respitefrom the holiday frenzy.
Sit back, listen and enjoy Saturday as local artists provide an evening of poetry, art and music.
The Carroll County Arts Council wants to "heighten sensitivity tothe power of poetics through words and music" with its presentation of "Offerings."
Organizers promise the audience an entertaining evening with a diverse gathering of poets, writers and musicians. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students.
Doors open at 8 p.m. at Winchester Exchange, 15 E. Main St., Westminster.
You may want to start your weekend just a little early. Two musical events Thursday might catch your ear.
The Symphony Society of Carroll County welcomes the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, performing its holiday program. The evening features Hilary Hahn, 11, in her BSO debut. Tickets are $17 for adults and $5 for students.
Sounds of the season begin at 8 p.m. at Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road.
Or enjoy an evening of cool jazz sounds by area performers at 8 at Maggie's Restaurant, Green Street, Westminster.
Then you can treat your ears Saturday to some reedy sounds. Student musicians will perform "The Twelve Bassoons of Christmas" at noon at Cranberry Mall.
Bundle up the children Friday and head for the park. Piney Run's naturalist will lead a hike to beaver lodgesalong the lake, looking for animal tracks along the way. Children infourth grade and older are invited to learn about winter habits of the park's animal population.
The event is free, but registration is required. Dress warmly and arrive by 4 p.m. at 30 Martz Road, Eldersburg.
The New Windsor Conference Center and the SERRV International Gift Shop serve cuisine to tempt you away from the kitchen from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The International Cuisine will feature tastes from the Middle East. Try pilaf with apricots and almonds, eggplant casserole and fish with tahina sauce and other other foreign fare. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children6 and younger. After lunch, finish up your shopping at the shop, which is open all day and offers handcrafted items from different countries.
Come to 500 Main St., New Windsor.
If you are single and 25 or older and want a little holiday cheer, join Sunday Singles for a Christmas party Sunday. Cost is $6 ifyou arrive by 8 p.m. at Frock's, Bond Street, Westminster. Or $8 if you come later.
Admission includes munchies, drinks and games.