Community Notes


News and events from around Carroll County

August 28, 2005


Bear Branch offers activities for all ages

Bear Branch Nature Center offers activities for all ages and interests.

"Can You Canoe?" will be held between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7. Anyone wanting to learn how to canoe can attend this hands-on lesson on Lake Hashawha. All ages are welcome; children 15 and younger must be with an adult.

A Tiny Tykes Hike will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 10 for children ages 3 to 6 with an adult. The cost is $1 for members, and $2 for nonmembers.

A day canoe trip for age 8 to adult will be taken from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 10 to a location to be determined by water conditions. The cost is $20 per single paddler; $35 for two paddlers; and $10 per child passenger, and includes transportation, equipment and snacks.

The second annual Mini-Triathlon for children ages 8 to 14 will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 11 at Hashawha Environmental Center. Participants will swim 0.1 miles, bike 0.6 miles and run 0.6 miles, in that order. Children must bring swimwear and a bicycle. Prizes will be awarded. The cost is $5 for members, and $7 for nonmembers.

Homeschool Archery for Beginners will be held at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sept. 15 and 27 for age 8 to adult. The course is required for the Fall Homeschool Archery Club. The cost is $3 for members, and $5 for nonmembers for each program.

Registration is required for programs.

The nature center is at 300 John Owings Road, north of Westminster.

Information: 410-848-2517.

Meet author, join club at Westminster library

Westminster branch library, 50 E. Main St., will offer:

Book Club for adults at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7 to discuss Three Weeks With My Brother by Nicholas and Micah Sparks.

Meet Lucia St. Clair Robson at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 for teens and adults. The author will discuss her latest historical novel, Shadow Patriots, about the American Revolution.

"Let's Talk Classics" for teens and adults at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 to discuss The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

"Who Am I Related To?" at 2 p.m. Sept. 9 for adults. Katrina Kipe will lead this four-part program on genealogical research. Registration is required.

"Teen Online Book Club" next month to read and discuss The Teacher's Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts by Richard Peck at

Information: 410-386-4488.


Animal blessing service planned today at Shiloh

Shiloh United Methodist will hold its eighth annual Blessing of the Animals service at 9:30 a.m. today on the church grounds.

If it rains, the service will be held indoors, and only photos of the animals should be taken.

Pets and livestock are welcome. Past blessing services have included dogs, cats, hamsters, lizards, mice, cows, chickens and rabbits.

Worship services are held at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday.

The church is at 3100 Shiloh Road, Hampstead. 410-374-4231.

North Carroll library offers educational fun

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

"Weird Science" for ages 7 to 10 at 6:45 p.m. Thursday. Children will learn about electromagnets, sinking submarines, submarine candles, monster salt crystals and floating in air. Registration is required.

"Wow Saturday: Fowl Play" at 10 a.m. Saturday for all ages (children 3 and younger with an adult). This summer reading program features stories, music and activities.

"Teen Online Book Club" next month to read and discuss The Teacher's Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts by Richard Peck at

Information: 410-386-4488.

North Carroll High creates Athletic Hall of Fame

North Carroll High School has created an Athletic Hall of Fame to recognize former athletes, coaches, administrators and others for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the school's athletic program.

Nominations will be accepted in these categories: athletes, coaches, administrators and other service/contributions. Nominees must be out of the school for at least five years to be considered.

Nomination forms are available in the school's main office or athletic office. Forms will be accepted in the athletic office from the beginning of each school year until the end of March.

A committee of the North Carroll principal, athletic director, faculty and community members will determine the recipients for that year.

Inductees will be honored at the annual North Carroll Athletic Banquet with a plaque highlighting their contribution to the athletic program.

A plaque with the members of the Athletic Hall of Fame will also be kept in the school's main gym lobby.

Information: Troy Warehime, athletic director, 410-751-3450.


Actors sought for production of `Odd Couple'

The Little Community Theater will hold auditions for its fall production of The Odd Couple by Neil Simon from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Elmer Wolfe Elementary School, 119 N. Main St., Union Bridge.

All roles are open. Six men and two women are needed, as well as production assistance.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

Bob Perry will direct the show and Sharon Templeton will assist.

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