Community Notes


News and events from around Carroll County

August 21, 2005


Basket bingo benefit planned for Saturday

A basket bingo benefit will be held Saturday at the Sykesville-Freedom District fire hall to help with the expenses of buying a service dog for an autistic 7-year-old boy.

Grant Fleming was born severely autistic. He is nonverbal and fearless of such things as going into the water, walking in the street or touching a hot stove. The black Labrador retriever will accompany Grant, help him and alert the family of danger.

The dog will cost $10,000 and is not covered by insurance.

The bingo will be held at 7 p.m., but doors open at 5:30 p.m. for food sales. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

The fire hall is on Route 32 at Freedom Avenue.

Information: 410-239-1174.

Piney Run announces trip to National Zoo

Piney Run Park and Nature Center has announced a trip to the National Zoo in Washington from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. The cost is $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers, per person.

Information: 410-795-6043.


St. John's sets peach festival

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church will hold its annual peach festival from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday on the grounds at 827 Leister's Church Road, Westminster. The Alesia Band will perform.

Information: 410-848-6402.

Prayer in the Park is Saturday in Westminster

The Carroll County Heritage Foundation will hold its seventh annual Prayer in the Park at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Westminster City Park off Longwell Avenue.

The evening will feature Christian music, youth groups, a children's choir, praise and worship, and prayers for students as they start the new school year.

Refreshments will be available. An offering will be taken to cover expenses. In case of rain, the event will be held at Westminster High School.

Information: 410-876-8714.

Municipal Band to hold concert Aug. 28

The Westminster Municipal Band will present its annual community end-of-summer concert at 6 p.m. Aug. 28 at Belle Grove Park at Green and Bond streets.

The program will feature a variety of music from the group's repertoire.

In event of rain, the concert will be held in St. Paul's Church next to the park.

Information: 410-848-8852.


Annual car show in Taneytown is Saturday

Taneytown Volunteer Fire Company will hold its eighth annual car show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the carnival grounds at Memorial Park off Route 140.

The car show is open to antiques, rods, customs, special interest and trucks. Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon.

Awards will be presented at 3:30 p.m.

Registration is $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show. Dash plaques will go to the first 200 entries. Goody bags will include a meal ticket and voting form.

Door prizes and a 50/50 raffle will be offered.

Information: 410-756-2705 or 410-756-6381.

Pleasant Valley slates all-night bingo at fire hall

Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company will hold an all-night bingo Sept. 2 at the fire hall, 2030 S. Pleasant Valley Road.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served until 7:30 p.m., when games begin.

Tickets are $30 and must be purchased by Aug. 31. They include 108 games, a fried chicken platter, coffee and iced tea all night, and door prizes.

Information: 410-857-5738.

Taneytown fire company to hold golf tournament

Taneytown Volunteer Fire Company will hold its fifth annual golf tournament at 8 a.m. Sept. 10 at Cedar Ridge Golf Course in Gettysburg, Pa.

Entry fee is $60. Contests will include closest to the pin on par-threes and longest drive. Entry deadline is Sept. 3.

Information: 410-756-2697.


Grace United offers classes

Grace United Methodist Church's Christian Education Program is offering activities for members to keep up with their commitment during the summer.

Regular classes will meet today, but participants will meet in the gym for an intergenerational movie and snacks at 9:15 a.m. Aug. 28.

Worship is at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday.

The church is at 4618 Black Rock Road, Hampstead.

Information: 410-374-9400.

Volunteer fire department to hold bingo Friday

Manchester Volunteer Fire Department will hold bingo Friday at the Firemen's Activities Building on York Street.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Food will be served at 6 p.m., and games begin at 7:30 p.m.

Information: 410-239-2286.

Book clubs to meet at North Carroll library

North Carroll branch library, 2255 Hanover Pike, Greenmount, will offer:

The North Carroll Book Club for adults at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow to discuss Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi.

"Teen Online Book Club" this month will read and discuss Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling at

Information: 410-386-4488.


Church holds ice cream day

Prospect United Methodist Church will hold an Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the church, 5923 Woodville Road, Mount Airy.

The cost is $3 for a sundae, $3 for a banana split and $1.50 for a kiddie cup.

Entertainment will be provided by Dolores Knight and Family.

Information: 301-865-3136.

Winery will participate in history, arts, wine fest

Berrywine Plantations/Linganore Winecellars of Mount Airy will participate in a history, arts and wine festival at the Landon House in Frederick County from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Aug. 28.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 11 and younger. Civil War re-enactors are $5, with re-enactors' children 11 and younger free.

Information: 301-874-3914.

Mount Airy Senior Center to offer book club, concert

Mount Airy Senior Center has announced activities.

The book club will meet at 12:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama.

The Singing Seniors will perform at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

Fun and Games with Bev will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday.

The center is at 705 Ridge Ave.

Information: 410-795-1017.

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