Business Notes


December 07, 2003

Antrim 1844 to present Christmas Open House

Antrim 1844 will hold a Christmas Open House from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 14.

Guests can tour the holiday decorated mansion and enjoy music and refreshments in the pavilion, where fresh greens will be for sale.

Admission is a $6 donation to Neighbors in Need, a project of Human Services Programs of Carroll County.

Antrim, a former plantation, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Information: 410-876-0237.

TownMall announces holiday attractions

TownMall of Westminster has announced holiday events and shopping promotions.

Holiday activities will include:

Santa will pose for photos with pets from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. today. Proceeds will benefit the Animal Rescue of Maryland Inc. All animals must be leashed or in a carrier.

A teachers' shopping night will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow for all county educators. Teachers showing their school identification at customer service will receive a $5 gift certificate and coupon book.

The Westminster Baptist Church will present holiday music and free gift wrapping in the entertainment court starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

The Baltimore Area N-Track Club will display a 4,000-square-foot train garden Friday to Dec. 31 next to Kaybee Toys. A drawing will be held to win a train set.

Mall hours for holiday shopping will be: noon to 6 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 14, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 21; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays tomorrow to Friday; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 15-19 and 22-23; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Dec. 20; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Christmas Eve.

Information: 410-857-0300.

Carrolltown Center offers holiday activities

Carrolltown Center in Eldersburg offers holiday activities.

Santa Claus will be available for photos from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 20, and noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 24 in the Winter Wonderland Gazebo. Photos cost $5, with proceeds going to the Freedom District Lions and Lionesses Club.

The mall will hold a Baltimore Celebrity Toy Drive from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Baltimore Ravens players Kyle Boller and Ron Johnson will sign autographs in exchange for a toy to benefit the University of Maryland Hospital for Children.

Those wishing to donate a toy before the event may do so at Arena Sports Cards and Games and receive a ticket for a free autograph Tuesday. All donations will be given to patients at the children's hospital.

A Breakfast with Santa, Pig a Pancake and Clifford will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday in the food court. The cost is $5 and includes a photo with Santa, breakfast and goody bag. Reservations are required.

Recording artist David Jack will perform at a free Kid's Fun Show at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday on the Peebles Court stage. The shows combine song, dance and humor in a musical review for all ages. Jack has recorded several children's albums of original music composed by him and his sister Susan Jack Cooper.

Pet photos with Santa will be available from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 18.

Sykesville Tae Kwon Do, Fun Quarters and Little Professor Book Center have forms for a drawing for three gift baskets filled with products and gift certificates from mall merchants.

The mall is on Liberty Road. Information: 410-781-7070.

Shepherd's Staff plans holiday sale fund-raiser

The Shepherd's Staff is selling holiday gift baskets and other items as a fund-raiser to help the needy in the area.

Available items include a tea set basket, tea set, decorative pillows, mission teapot, a bread basket, snowflake pin, message-in-a-pillow, a china cup and saucer, china mug and plate, mission cookie cutters and white china ornaments.

Prices vary from $5 for the ornaments to $30 for the tea set basket.

Items are available at Westminster businesses and at the Shepherd's Staff, 30 Carroll St.

Information: 410-857-5944.

Realtor collecting gifts for Toys for Tots

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices are collecting toys for the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots holiday program.

Carroll County offices will accept new, unwrapped toys through Dec. 15 at these locations: Eldersburg, 2037 Liberty Road; Hampstead, 1631 N. Main St.; Mount Airy, 505 E. Ridgeville Blvd.; Westminster, 1130 Baltimore Blvd.

Community Banks announces dividends

The board of directors of Community Banks Inc. of Harrisburg, Pa., has declared a quarterly cash dividend of 20 cents per share, payable Jan. 2 to shareholders of record on Dec. 17.

Year-to-date dividends have been up 15.3 percent over last year.

The board also approved a 20 percent stock dividend to be paid Jan. 30 to shareholders of record on Jan. 20.

The bank recorded a net income of more than $15 million for the first nine months of 2003. Total assets exceeded $1.8 billion and deposits more than $1.2 billion.

Community Banks has two branches in Carroll County.

Lady Fingers Tea Room offers Christmas teas

The Lady Fingers Tea Room at TownMall of Westminster is offering Christmas teas through Dec. 23.

Hostess and manager Jill Lowe will offer the holiday tea featuring soup, finger sandwiches with cranberry relish, fruit scones with jam and cream, sugar cookies, holiday spice apple tarts and brandy snaps, and a pot of Taylor's of Harrogate tea.

Children's portions are available. Reservations should be made 24 hours in advance.

Lady Fingers is located in the full-service Freestyle Salon and Day Spa in the mall.

Information: 410-848-4584.

Specialty stores set up in TownMall for holidays

TownMall of Westminster has announced the addition of a number of specialty stores for the holidays.

New shops include: Amazing Laser Crystals, Baugher's Orchard, Big Pine Art Gallery, Cell Phone Expressions, Day By Day Calendar Company, Douglas Lawn & Landscape, Hickory Farms, Hover Disc, Leather by Encore, Moonlight Crafts, the Mustard Seed, NASCAR collectibles, Nutty Bavarian, Pro Custom Airbrush, Scenic Views Photography, and Tupperware.

Information: 410-857-0300.

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