SCHOOL SECURITY is a topic of importance not just to students and parents, but to the community in general.
Larry Faries, head of security for Carroll County public schools, will be the speaker at Freedom Optimist's "Respect for Law" program at 7: 30 p.m. today. The event will be held at the Community Center on Route 32 south of Liberty Road in Eldersburg.
"It's important for parents with children in the school system to come and hear about this," said Dave Kelbaugh, a member of Freedom Optimist Club and organizer of the event. "I'm sure others in the community would be interested in this subject as well."
Faries, a former Maryland state trooper, will speak about school security and answer questions.
The program is one of many community-interest events sponsored by the Optimist Club throughout the year. Freedom Optimist Club supports youth sports programs and essay and oratorical contests.
The club has about 80 members. New members are welcome. The group holds its general membership meetings at 7: 30 p.m. the third Tuesday each month at the Community Center.
Information: Tony Cimino, 410-549-1718.
Registration for the fall season of the Freedom soccer program will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and May 13 and 20 at the Community Center, Route 32 south of Liberty Road.
The program offers recreational teams for boys and girls in kindergarten through 12th grade. Freedom Soccer Club offers travel teams for boys and girls age 8 and older.
Cost is $45 for the first player, $35 for the second and $25 for each additional player in one family. Late registration forms will be available in the Eldersburg library. A late fee of $10 a player will be assessed after May 20.
Placement on a team is only guaranteed for those who register on time.
Information: the soccer hot line: 410-795-7697.
Mental health walk
Springfield Hospital Center will hold its annual "Walk for Your Mental Health" from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 12. Participants can choose paths of varying lengths along the hospital grounds.
The event will begin in front of the Geriatric Building, where Dr. David McDuff and Bernard Horton will briefly discuss living with mental illness.
Entertainment, refreshments and mental health information will be available.
Information: 410-795-2100, Ext. 3693.
The annual Herb Festival at Piney Run Park will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 13 at the park on Martz Road.
Flower and herb sales, herbal cooking demonstrations, specialty garden displays and music will be held throughout the day. Herbal lunch foods will be available. A Maypole dance and children's puppet shows will be featured.
Park entrance fees of $4 for Carroll residents and $5 for noncounty residents will be charged.
Freedom Area Recreation Council is joining Health & Fitness Center at Carrolltown Center to offer four-week summer shape-up classes beginning the first week of June.
Classes include low-impact step aerobics, low-impact dance aerobics, senior moves, interval, and destress and relax. Class days and times vary, with evening and weekend classes planned.
Information: Tracy Cox, 410-549-5583.
New exhibits are on display at Sykesville Gate House Museum of History on Cooper Drive.
A World War II exhibit and an exhibit on Sykesville-Freedom Fire Company are recent additions.
"Gardens and Landscapes" is the new Jones Sisters exhibit, which features photographic equipment used by the sisters in their photography work.
The museum is open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays and Wednesdays.
Nearly six years ago, I began writing this column. After 299 columns, it's time to say good-bye. Someone new will be writing our neighborhood news, and I know Southeast readers will support the new writer as they have supported me by keeping the columnist informed of neighborhood events.
It's been a real pleasure and a blessing to have met so many interesting and wonderful people through this work.
The Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.