Community Notes


October 30, 2005


Westminster schedules leaf pickup

The Westminster Department of Public Works will provide leaf pickup on a regular basis through the fall beginning tomorrow.

Open burning of leaves and other yard debris is prohibited by law in the city. The leaf vacuum unit will be used daily, except in inclement weather.

The schedule for leaf pickup is:

Monday: East of Route 27.

Tuesday: East of Route 31 and west of Route 27.

Thursday: South of Uniontown Road and west of Route 31.

Friday: North of Uniontown Road and west of Route 31.

Leaves may be raked into the gutter if prior arrangements have been made through the department. Otherwise, leaves should not be placed in the gutter more than 12 hours ahead of scheduled pickup.

Leaves should not be placed in the gutter during inclement weather, as they could block the storm drainage system.

Information: 410-848-9077 or 410-857-9286.

Ascension Episcopal sets Mistletoe Mart

Ascension Episcopal Church will hold its 22nd annual Mistletoe Mart from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 12 inside the church buildings at 23 N. Court St., Westminster.

The event features 50 juried craft vendors and gift shops offering wreaths and florals, confections, coffees and teas, pottery, gifts, decorations, jewelry, art works, ornaments, leather goods, yard accessories, candles, woodcrafts, stationery, clothing accessories and children's gifts.

A cafe, tea room and country store also are available. Admission is $4, and $1 for children younger than 12.

Information: 410-848-3251.

Westminster library programs

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

"An American Girl: Kaya" for ages 7 to 10 at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Girls can dress up and bring their dolls if they wish. Children will learn about the Native American Kaya and her culture through stories, song, crafts and food samples. Registration is required.

Book Club for adults at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss The Touch by Colleen McCullough.

"Save on Heating Costs This Winter: Learn How to Make Your Own Window Quilts" from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday for teens and adults. Lauren Keppel will demonstrate how to design and create a custom-made window quilt. Those who have a portable sewing machine may bring it. Materials will be provided for hands-on learning.

Junior Book Club for ages 7 to 10 years at 4 p.m. Nov. 9 to discuss Donuthead by Sue Stauffacher.

"Let's Talk Classics" for teens and adults at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 to discuss Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.

Teen Online Book Club next month to read and discuss The First Part Last by Angela Johnson at

Information: 410-386-4488.

Dyson completes basic training

Marine Corps Pvt. Benjamin J. Dyson recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C..

He is the son of Donna P. and William A. Dyson of Westminster.


Christmas bazaar set at St. John's

St. John's United Methodist Church's women will hold their 24th Christmas at the Church holiday bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the social hall and education building at 1205 N. Main St., Hampstead.

A turkey salad or roast beef platter will be served. The cost is $7 for adults, and $3.50 for children up to 10 years old. Soups, hot dogs, barbecue and dessert also will be sold.

The bazaar will feature a silent auction, baked goods, and mixes for soups, teas, dips and cookies. Craft vendors will offer wood crafts, jewelry, homemade candy, pillows, kitchen items and toys.

Information: 410-239-8088.

Upperco church presents concert

Grace United Methodist Church will present the husband-and-wife team of Tom Page and Mary Lou Troutman in concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at the church, 4618 Black Rock Road, Upperco.

Also known as Dust & Ashes, the couple travel the country, bringing their love of God to churches and others. They write much of their own music based on Scripture and experience.

They also sing folk, country and other styles.

The couple will sing at the 10:30 a.m. worship service Nov. 6.

Information: 410-374-9400.

Nature Center lists activities

Charlotte's Quest Nature Center is open from noon to 5 p.m. the first and third Sunday of each month at 3400 Wilhelm Lane, Manchester.

The center is open weekdays by appointment.

Activities include:

Nature Nook for ages 2 to 6 at 9:30 a.m. Friday. Crafts, hands-on experiences, stories, hikes and live animals will be featured. The cost is $1 for members, and $2 for nonmembers.

Outdoor classroom for ages 5 to 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 10. Home-schooled children and others can learn about nature and natural science. The topic will be seeds. The cost is $2 for members, and $3 for nonmembers.

Earth Kids Club for ages 8 to 16 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 11. Children learn about issues relating to the environment. The cost is $2.

To register for events, call 410-429-4329.

Information: 410-374-3395.

North Carroll library lists programs

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

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