Center plans reading events for children

NEIGHBORS

November 08, 1994|By SHERRY GRAHAM

Childhood is often a time of magical moments. A time for dreaming and wondering about everything around you. One way to experience new and magical things is through books.

As an encouragement for children to become lifelong readers and lovers of books, Carrolltown Center is having a Storybook Weekend Saturday and Sunday. The event is scheduled in conjunction with National Children's Book Week, Nov. 14 to 20.

The Storybook Weekend will include two readings in Center Court of the mall. Both readings are Saturday, one at 10:30 a.m. and the other at 11:30 a.m.

Librarians from the Eldersburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library are scheduled to share some of their favorite books with all who come to listen.

Several children from local elementary schools and drama troupes will be costumed as popular story characters. Beloved dogs Spot and Clifford will roam the mall and give away free bookmarks.

Also on tap at Carrolltown Center this weekend is a talent show presented by students of local dance studio Talent Express. Show participants will entertain audiences with their dancing skills at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the mall's Center Court.

Two fund-raising sales are going on this weekend at the mall. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is offering Entertainment Books for sale from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Lions Club of South Carroll is having Candy Day throughout the mall Saturday.

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Praise comes in many forms. Sunday Dawn, a contemporary gospel group, will present songs of praise at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church at the 8:30 a.m. service Sunday. Members of the group are Dan Foss, Janet Foss, Megan Foss, Steve Oberste, Helen Schildwachter and Robin Volkman.

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November weather can be a wonderful time for a fall hike. Children ages 6 through 8 are invited to search for the fall treasures that nature offers. The hike will begin at the Piney Run Nature Center at 4 p.m. Thursday. Information: 795-6043.

The Piney Run Recreation and Conservation Council will meet at the nature center from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

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The Sykesville area lost a voice last week when Mrs. Polly Ely passed away at the age of 81. I met Mrs. Ely in person several times during the past two years, but I first met her in print when my family moved to this area some 23 years ago.

Through her writing in the Sykesville Herald, The Sun and the Carroll County Times, I met her family, her neighbors, her church members and just about everybody else who lived in Sykesville.

Polly had a way of telling it like it was -- or at least how she saw it.

Reading her columns about local events large and small, about the relish and jellies she and her family made, about the accomplishments of her grandsons and visits from friends, I always felt the love she had for Sykesville and those who live there.

I will miss her.

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