Personal creativity has a tendency to surface in a variety of ways during these warm-weather months.
A nice afternoon finds me outdoors enjoying my new interest, gardening.
Gardening gives me the opportunity to add and to arrange colorful spring flowers in my otherwise predominantly green landscape, and to find a little relaxation.
It also allows me to be creative while I improve the appearance of my yard.
For others, the art of being creative is more than just a hobby, but a career that requires much time, energy and attention.
Terry Whye works at being creative by operating her pottery studio full time.
"I have been working from my Finksburg studio since 1985, but I have been doing pottery for 30 years," Ms. Whye said.
"My background is heavily influenced by exploring the natural world, and I have turned that interest into offerings of fine containers for floral arrangements and garden pottery."
Ms. Whye also creates pottery that would be used for celebrating life and the many occasions -- birthdays, anniversaries, births, graduations, reunions -- we experience.
"I am currently exploring the female figure and sculpting garden goddesses," said Ms. Whye, 39.
"This came about through my own research in the women's spirituality movement. My exploration of the female figure took me back to 30,000 years ago. My research has led me to clay sculptures which came from Europe 27,000 years ago."
This summer, Ms. Whye will open her studio to teach three sessions of pottery to women and youth.
A clay class, available to children 11 to 14, will begin in June. It will focus on hand-building techniques used in making pottery.
"The class size consists of only six students, which assures a good deal of attention," Ms. Whye said.
"I hope that students will leave with the knowledge of their own creativity. Some people feel that they do not have a creative outlet. I want to supply the means for them to tap into their creativity."
Two classes for women will be offered in June.
All three sessions will include eight two-hour classes.
The cost per student is $160.
Ms. Whye also will offer workshops throughout the summer at various locations in the county. Information: 374-9661.
This is National Nursing Home Week in Maryland, and nursing homes in Carroll County will be educating residents about long-term health care for the elderly.
This year's theme, "Caring for Generations," has been designed to recognize individuals who work with nursing home residents and are responsible for their 24-hour-a-day care.
If you have the opportunity, take a few moments this week to visit an elderly nursing home resident and thank those who provide their care.
Don't miss the Community Jubilee from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Carroll County Farm Museum.
This event, honoring senior citizens, is sponsored by the Carroll County Bureau of Aging, the Senior Planning Council and the Farm Museum.
Line dancing, a tap-dancing demonstration, free bingo and white elephant tables, and a hat parade are among the activities that are planned.
Enjoy a free museum tour or listen to music from the '40s through the '60s played by the Retirees' String Band from the North Carroll Senior Center.
There will be plenty of food for sale and lots of prizes.
The cost is $1. Children under 12 are free.
If you're high school age or older, plan to attend the Hawaiian Luau from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at the Firm Rock Foundation Church in Westminster.
The luau, sponsored by Rock House, will include food, music, games and fellowship, and a contest for the best Hawaiian costume.
A $2 donation is required.
Carroll County General Hospital will sponsor a seminar Saturday on "Types of Effective Parenting." It will consist of workshops from 8:30 a.m. to noon at First United Presbyterian Church, 65 Washington Road, Westminster.
Topics to be offered to parents include "Characteristics of Healthy Families" and "Positive Discipline Techniques." Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, deputy assistant U.S. attorney general, will be the keynote speaker.
Mrs. Townsend, daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy and a mother of four, will talk about growing up as a member of the Kennedy clan, her family and how these relationships influenced her parenting style.
The cost of the seminar is $7.50 per couple or $5 per adult.
Free child care will be offered for a limited number of children.
To register or for more information, call 857-6979.
The Pleasant Valley Fire Hall will be the site for a night of dancing madness Saturday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Put on your dancin' shoes and come out to hear Stringer DJ play your favorite oldies, modern country and rock 'n' roll songs.
The cost is $8 per person. Snacks will be available.
All proceeds will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Tickets can be purchased at the Samuel C. Hoff Agency. Information: 857-0303.