Carroll Digest

December 12, 2004

Libraries accepting winter wear for people in need

The Carroll County Public Library is teaming up with Neighbors in Need for the 21st year to provide holiday help to the needy.

The library accepts donated gloves, mittens, scarves and hats for adults and children through mitten trees set up at all five branches.

Donations will be accepted until Jan. 3.

The mitten trees were initially called Charlie Brown's Mitten Tree, until six years ago when its name was changed to reflect the public library mascot, Corky. Each library branch has a Corky Mitten Tree that patrons can hang donations on.

Items can be donated at local library branches or by contacting Neighbors In Need at 410- 857-2999.

Information: 410-386-4500, ext. 196.

Diners can support United Way effort

The Carroll County United Way will hold its third annual Feast for Charity from tomorrow though Dec. 19 at participating Carroll County restaurants.

Local restaurants will donate a portion of the cost of different menu items to the Carroll County United Way to support services delivered by a broad range of agencies.

Restaurant patrons will find a United Way thank-you on their tables, indicating what menu items are part of the feast.

The following restaurants already have selected items as their contributions to the feast:

Harry's Main Street Grille, 25 cents per appetizer.

Maggie's, 50 cents per appetizer.

A Gourmet Affair, 50 cents per wrap.

Bullock's Family Restaurant, 25 cents per dessert.

Cactus Willie's, 25 cents per beverage Tuesday through Friday.

Baugher's Country Restaurant, 25 cents per piece of pie or cake.

Frisco Family Pub, 5 percent of sales on Tuesday.

Forbidden City, 25 cents per appetizer.

Casa Rico, 50 cents per appetizer.

Pizza Huts of Maryland, $1 per large regular-price pizza at all Carroll County locations.

Last year, Carroll County residents contributed more than $240,000 to the local United Way campaign and received more than $900,000 in services from United Way-supported agencies.

This year's campaign goal is $260,000.

Information: 410-840-2837.

Calendar of Events available from county

The Carroll County 2005 Calendar of Events is now available from the Carroll County Visitor Center at 210 E. Main St., Westminster.

The books, which detail a variety of events for the year, including carnivals, festivals, concerts, art exhibits and stage productions, also are available by calling 410-848-1388 or 800-272- 1933.

The Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and most holidays.

Saturday is the last holiday Farmers' Market

The Carroll County Christmas Farmer's Market will hold its final market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Carroll County Agriculture Center on Smith Avenue, Westminster.

The holiday market will conclude with a food drive for Carroll County Food Sunday. Customers are asked to donate canned goods and other nonperishable foods to help needy families have a better holiday.

Stalls will offer handcrafted baskets, clothing, dolls, pillows, woodcrafts, painted items and jewelry.

Homemade baked goods, jams, jellies and candies will be available, along with fresh eggs and other seasonal produce including greens and wreaths.

The cafeteria is open for breakfast and lunch.

Information: 410-848-7748.

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