Catching cabin fever? A few activities may tempt you to venture out

NEIGHBORS

January 17, 1994|By CINDY PARR

So far, the new year has brought some interesting weather.

The amount and type of precipitation has, for the most part, made the outdoors too treacherous to enjoy the usual sledding, ice skating and skiing.

Unfortunately, this has left most folks at the mercy of their homes, participating in a variety of indoor activities.

Let's hope this week will bring better weather to break up our cabin fever.

There are certainly several activities in Central Carroll County this week for the adventurous souls willing to brave the winter elements.

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Attention parents.

Carroll County Child Care Association is sponsoring a lecture, "Parenting: When Love Is Not Enough," at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Westminster United Methodist Church.

Author and journalist Susan White-Bowden will be the guest speaker.

The lecture is free.

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The Carroll County Sheriff's Office will sponsor a personal protection and firearm safety seminar tomorrow, Thursday and Saturday at 100 N. Court St. in Westminster.

The 12-hour course, to be taught by certified National Rifle Association instructors, will focus on the use and maintenance of firearms and firearm safety.

Tuesday and Thursday classes will meet from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday's class will meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Deep Run Gun Club.

The course is limited to 25 people and costs $25 per person.

K? To register or for information, call Linda May at 848-9666.

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The Westminster branch of Carroll County Public Library will offer two reading programs for children.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, "Grandma's Feather Bed" will offer Appalachian folk tales and music.

Children ages 3 and up are invited. Children under 5 must be accompanied by a caregiver. Registration is required.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, "Dinosaur Fever" will be presented for children in kindergarten through second grade. A safari of Jurassic Park dinosaurs will highlight the program. Registration also is required for this program.

To register for either program, call 848-4250.

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If you're a sports enthusiast, then you don't want to miss the Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame Kick-Off Banquet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Atrium at Carroll Community College.

The banquet will be sponsored by the Rotary Club of Westminster. All proceeds will benefit the club's community projects.

This event will offer an evening of food, fun and a few of Baltimore's favorite sport figures.

Guests will include former Colts Tom Matte and Bruce Laird, Baltimore Oriole pitching coach Elrod Hendricks and Baltimore Spirit soccer coach Kenny Cooper.

Tickets are $40 per person.

For tickets or information, call 848-3326 or 876-1515.

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New Year's parties have come and gone, but here are a few fun and entertaining events to help relieve the post-holiday blues:

Carroll County Chamber of Commerce's annual Gala Dinner-Dance will be from 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 29 at Wilhelm Ltd. Caterers in Westminster.

Mardi Gras will be the theme for the evening. Tickets are $30 a person, plus a cash bar.

Tables of 10 are available, and the variety band Just Us will provide the music.

This is the event's 12th year.

"This is an annual event whose proceeds go to sustain our scholarship fund, which gives two graduating seniors in the county $500 each," said Helen Utz, the chamber's executive director.

"The scholarship is named for Charles D. Schaffer, the former executive director of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce."

Reservations are required and will be taken until Jan. 26.

Information: 848-9050 or 876-7212.

A Charity Dance sponsored by Westminster Knights of Columbus also will take place Jan. 29 from 8 p.m. to midnight in the St. John's School gymnasium.

This event will raise funds to send a hearing-impaired child to St. John's School.

The cost is $5 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at the school office.

Music will be provided by radio disc jockey Jack Edwards.

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