March of Dimes walk-a-thon set for Sunday

NEIGHBORS

April 18, 1994|By CINDY PARR

Put on those walking shoes and prepare to be a part of the 1994 Central Maryland March of Dimes Walk-A-Thon for Healthier Babies.

In Carroll County, the walk-a-thon will take place Sunday, with registration beginning at 8 a.m. at the Carroll County Farm Museum.

The museum will serve as the start and finish point for the five-mile journey through the Westminster area.

Susan White-Bowden, honorary chair of this year's walk-a-thon in Carroll, is encouraging all ages to get involved.

"It is very important for those of us who can walk to help those who cannot walk," Ms. White-Bowden said.

"I have been very involved with the walk-a-thon for many years, and it has always been the goal to lower the infant mortality rate and help everyone achieve their dream of having a healthy baby."

This will be the third year for the walk-a-thon in Carroll County and organizers hope that it remains a well-attended and successful event.

"In 1992, the first year the walk took place in Carroll County, we had 89 walkers raise $6,247, and in 1993, we had 360 walkers raise $24,292," said Sarah Elliott, March of Dimes community director for Carroll County. "This year we would like to see 500 walkers participate and raise $50,000."

In addition to the walk, a number of activities are planned for participants.

Music from the '50s and '60s will be highlighted and automobiles from the same period will be on display.

Entertainment, food and prizes also will be available.

"We are hoping to make it a fun day for everyone," Ms. White-Bowden said. "We are also encouraging middle-[school]- and high-school-age children to walk. Those who walk can receive credit for their community service requirement."

Also included in the walk-a-thon will be the Senior Stroll and Buggy Brigade, a two-mile route for senior citizens and parents with young children.

NB For more information or a pledge sheet: 1-800-972-WALK (9255).

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Congratulations to the staff and the many volunteers of the Carroll County Farm Museum who make the Maryland Wine Festival such a great success each year.

The Maryland Wine Festival was recently chosen as one of the top five festivals/events in North America by TOURS! magazine, a publication of the National Tour Association.

Chosen from 20 state events provided by the Maryland Department of Economic and Employment Development, the festival will appear in the quarterly publications of TOURS! and also as a new, regular feature in all 1994 issues of the magazine.

The 1994 Maryland Wine Festival will be held Sept. 17 and 18 at the museum. This will be the 11th annual festival and will feature 10 Maryland wineries.

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This Friday beginning at 7 p.m., "Mother Goose Sing-A-Long," a Theatricks' Family Theater Production, will take the stage at Westminster High School.

The program is sponsored by the Christian Preschool and Kindergarten in Westminster.

The show will consist of nursery rhymes and a sing-along featuring children's favorites.

Tickets for the show can be purchased at the preschool office, at First United Presbyterian Church, 65 Washington Road, Westminster.

The cost for children under 12 is $2.

Older children and adult tickets cost $4.

A bake sale will be held before and after the performance.

All proceeds from the bake sale and the show will benefit the Christian Preschool and Kindergarten.

& Information: 857-4389.

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Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, the Carroll County Family YMCA will present Healthy Families Day for kids and parents.

Exhibits and information booths, as well as fitness testing for kids 6 through 17, will be available. The event is free to the public.

& Information: 848-3660.

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If you're a Baltimore Orioles fan, don't miss "The Birds Are Back" rally from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Cranberry Mall.

Ex-Oriole pitcher Dave Johnson and the Oriole Bird will be on hand to sign autographs and talk to fans.

Fun and prizes by mall merchants also await.

Attention cat owners: The Carroll County Health Department will conduct an Anti-Rabies Vaccination Clinic from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Carroll County Maintenance Facility on Meadow Branch Road in Westminster.

The rabies vaccinations are for cats older than 3 months.

Maryland law requires all dogs and cats older than 4 months to be vaccinated against rabies.

& Information: 876-1884.

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This is the week we celebrate and honor our volunteers (National Volunteer Week), our children (Week of the Young Child) and our libraries (National Library Week).

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