Taxpayers group to hold meeting about tax rights...

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

March 31, 2002

Taxpayers group to hold meeting about tax rights

Carroll County Taxpayers Association will meet at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Westminster Senior Center.

Residents can learn about their rights and procedures to fight high property tax increases.

The senior center is at 125 Stoner Ave.

Information: 410-840-9699.

Professor to discuss Islam and male authority

A retired Pakistani professor will discuss "Women, Islam and Male Authority" at 7 p.m. Thursday in McDaniel Lounge at Western Maryland College.

Tahera Aftab, a distinguished visiting professor at Gettysburg College, is editor and publisher of the Pakistan Journal of Women's Studies and Alam-i-Niswan & Panghat, a newsletter for rural women in that country.

Aftab retired in February 2000 as a professor of history from the University of Karachi. While there she served as department chairwoman and director of the women's studies program, which she founded in 1989.

She earned a master's degree from University of Lucknow and a doctorate from University of Karachi. Aftab, who earned a Fulbright post-doctoral research award in 1987, has published dozens of articles in professional journals and book chapters on many, including women in Pakistan, and women and Islam.

The lecture is free to the public. Information: 410-857-2563.

Dance, drum programs set for Bon Secours center

The Bon Secours Spiritual Center in Marriottsville will hold two events in April.

The Dances of Universal Peace series returns from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. The dances, inspired by Samuel Lewis, are meditations in movement, using the body, mind and spirit to bring peace. The folk-like dance is simple to learn.

The Drumming for Peace Circle series will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. April 8. Participants are asked to bring a drum or rhythm instrument if available. The event offers drumming and prayers for peace.

Admission is free, but donations and reservations are requested for both events.

The center is at 1525 Marriottsville Road. Information: 410-442- 1320, Ext. 312.

Women of the Civil War topic of society meeting

The Historical Society of Carroll County will hold its monthly lunch talk at noon April 9 at Church of the Ascension at 23 N. Court St., Westminster.

Betsy Estilow, a professor at Hood College in Frederick, will discuss women and their lives during the Civil War.

Participants should bring a lunch. Beverage and dessert will be provided. Admission is $2 for nonmembers; free for historical society members. Reservations are recommended.

Information: 410-848-6494.

Carroll family center plans events for April

Carroll County Family Center will offer these activities for member families next month.

The theme for the month is "Poetry in Motion," with poetry featured for parent/child activities.

A field trip to Carroll Community College to learn about class offerings will be taken from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday.

A Parent Leadership meeting will be held at 11 a.m. April 16. A training session in Ocean City for staff and some parents will be discussed.

An infants and toddlers play group will be held from 10 a.m. to noon April 12 and 26.

The center will be closed April 18 for staff training.

Registration is required for programs, especially trips.

The Family Center is at 10 Distillery Drive, Westminster. Information: 410-857-0629 or 410- 876-7805.

Transportation board to discuss region's future

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board will hold two public meetings in Carroll County to discuss Vision 2030, a blueprint for the future of the region.

Vision 2030 is commissioned by the mayors of Annapolis and Baltimore, and elected officials from Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties.

The final report, gathered from discussions with and ideas from citizens, will spell out what needs to happen and how government, businesses and citizens could work together.

The Carroll Vision 2030 meetings will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 10 at Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road; and May 1 at Sykesville Middle School, 7301 Springfield Ave. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m.

Participants will be asked to state their preferences for development approaches through the use of 3-D imagery and modeling; and will break into small groups for brainstorming exercises to discuss topics that affect the life of residents and employees.

Information: 410-386-2973.

Government agencies mark Fair Housing Month

Next month is Fair Housing Month, celebrating diversity and ensuring equal opportunity.

The Fair Housing Act and other federal and state laws prohibit discrimination because of race, color, national origin, sex, family composition or disability. Anyone believing they have been discriminated against in housing or public accommodations may be able to file a complaint.

Discrimination is illegal and valid complaints should be pursued. The Bureau of Housing and Community Development's Housing Counseling Office has information to assist with questions.

Information: county, 410- 386-3600; Maryland Commission on Human Relations Baltimore Office, 410-767-8600; local HUD office, 800-669-9777.

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