Recast center succeeding as a town square


September 13, 1994|By SHERRY GRAHAM

Every community needs a place where people can come together, a place where people gather for a variety of reasons. For most towns, that place is likely to be the town hall, usually on Main Street or Center Street.

But for a community such as Eldersburg that has no town hall, Main or Center streets, finding such a place is a little more difficult.

Residents of the southeast portion of Carroll County watched with interest and speculation this year as the former Carrolltowne Mall was transformed into Carrolltown Center. The extensive face lift and new restaurants were exciting, and people began to wonder what other changes were in store.

Thanks to relationships between the shopping center's owners and numerous community and civic groups, the most significant change has been a gradual and subtle one from shopping center to shopping and community center.

Community activities take place in Carrolltown Center almost any day of the week. Doors open at 7 a.m. on a daily basis for walking sponsored by Northwest Hospital Center.

On Wednesdays, the local Lioness Club sponsors bingo from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Dance groups from Talent Express perform monthly in Center Court. The Knights of Columbus is sponsoring an auto raffle to raise funds for student scholarships. A country-western dance is planned for this fall.

Eager to become an integral part of the Eldersburg community, the owners of Carrolltown Center conducted community and merchant surveys to see what people in the area wanted and needed. Respondents expressed a desire for a strong sense of community in the area.

With that desire in mind, Carrolltown Center has recently opened a Community Room in the mall. Use of the room is available free for groups in the community.

The Freedom Area Rec Council has used the new facility several times and plans to conduct some of its fall programs there. The room was hopping last night with young tae kwon do students (ages 5 and 6). Space is still available in that class; call 795-0711.

Groups interested in reserving the room should contact the mall management office at 781-7070 at least two weeks in advance.

The rec council will conduct registration for some of its programs this week. Basketball registration for boys and girls in kindergarten through grade 12 will be held in the gym at St. Joseph's Catholic Church on Sunday and Sept. 25 and Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The cost is $45 for the first child and $25 for each additional child in a family. Information: 549-0642.

Ceramics classes are offered for all ages at the South Carroll Senior Center on Bartholow Road. Contact Esther Matulonis at 781-4653 for registration and class details.

A new rec council program gives young children the chance to learn basic musical concepts and piano keyboard skills. Space is limited in this class, conducted by Carol Pardoe.

Information: 795-7066.

Polish your boots and get out your Stetson, country dance lessons are returning to the Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Hall beginning tomorrow night. The 10-week session will feature both dance lessons and open dancing from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. The cost is $4 per person at the door, and no registration or reservations are necessary.

The evening will begin promptly at 7 p.m. with a review of the previous week's dance steps, followed by couples dance instruction from 7:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Open dancing will be from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., with line dance instruction from 8:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Dance instructors recommend that participants wear leather-soled shoes for easier sliding. The auxiliary will have refreshments for sale. Information: 795-7122.

After you've mastered the latest steps, make plans to attend the Fire Department's Country Dance on Oct. 29, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The tickets are $8 a person and include beer and setups. Advance tickets are available at the country dance lessons Wednesday evenings or by calling Sue Tarrant at 795-7122.

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