Community Notes


November 20, 2005


Gerstell sets run/walk fundraiser

Gerstell Academy will hold its fourth annual Thanksgiving One Mile Pie Run/Walk today at the school, 2500 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg.

Registration will begin at 10 a.m., and the race at 11 a.m. Winners in various age groups will receive a pie. Entry fee is $5 per person and $12 for a family of three or more.

Proceeds benefit hurricane relief. Information: 410-861-3000.

City of Westminster leaf pickup change

The City of Westminster Department of Public Works will change its leaf pick-up schedule for this week.

The schedule for this week only is:

Tomorrow: East of Route 31, and tree limbs and brush pickup for the entire city.

Tuesday: West of Route 31, and metal and bagged yard waste for the entire city.

Wednesday: Bulk pickup for the entire city; no bagged yard waste collection.

Only calls for scheduled items will be picked up.

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

Pasta dinner Tuesday at agriculture center

K2Catering, a new business in Westminster, will sponsor a pasta dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Burns Memorial Hall at the Carroll County Agriculture Center, Smith Avenue, Westminster.

The menu will feature three kinds of pasta, garlic bread, salad greens, soup, beverage and dessert. Door prizes and music also will be featured.

The cost is $7 for adults; $5 for children 10 and younger, senior citizens, college students, members of the military, and groups of five or more paying as one.

Proceeds will benefit the Ag Center. Information: 877-368-4765.

Westminster to hold tree-lighting event

The City of Westminster will hold its annual tree-lighting ceremony from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday on the Locust Lane stage just off East Main Street.

Westminster Municipal Band will perform. The Mayor's Cup will be given to the best-decorated store. Santa Claus will visit and the city holiday tree will be lighted.

The Gospel Spreading Church of Union Bridge will provide hot chocolate.

Boy Scouts to sell holiday wreaths

Boy Scout Troop 2007 of Westminster will sell handmade and decorated pine wreaths Nov. 26 and 27, Dec. 3, 4, 10 and 11 in the parking lot of the Smallwood Shoppe at 2200 Sykesville Road (Route 32 and Deer Park Road).

Information: 410-751-2050.

Westminster library events scheduled

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

"Make Christmas and Hanukkah Gift Bags" at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 for teens and adults. Registration required.

Book Club for adults at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 to discuss Because of Winn Dixie.

Information: 410-386-4488.


Workshop set on crafts for Christmas

Charlotte's Quest Nature Center is open from noon to 5 p.m. today at 3400 Wilhelm Lane, Manchester.

The center will hold a "Christmas Crafts Workshop" for all ages from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 3. Participants can make gifts, wrapping paper, wreaths and other crafts.

Earth Kids Club members will present a puppet show for children. The cost is $8 for undecorated wreaths and $10 for decorated wreaths. All other crafts are free.

To register: 410-429-4329. Information: 410-374-3395.

Open house planned for Black Friday

Manchester will hold a Black Friday Open House from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.

The evening will begin with a tree lighting at 6 p.m. in front of the town office, 3208 York St. A Nativity lighting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Church.

Santa Claus will arrive on a fire engine, and the fire hall will have a train garden on display. Hay wagon rides also will be given.

Town businesses, including members of the Manchester Area Merchants Association, will be open for shopping until 9 p.m.

Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3184 Church St., will display its Nativity sets and creches in the Sunday school auditorium.

Information: 410-239-3200.

Seniors sponsoring dinner theater trip

The North Carroll Senior Center, 2255 Hanover Pike, Greenmount, is sponsoring a trip to the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater to see Christmas from the Heart on Dec. 8.

The bus will leave the center at 10 a.m. and return about 5 p.m. The cost is $50, and reservations are required.

Information: 410-239-6400.

Book clubs meet at N. Carroll library

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

The North Carroll Book Club for adults at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 28 to discuss A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving.

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

Information: 410-386-4488.

Torsella completes Coast Guard training

Coast Guard Seaman Kathryn E. Torsella recently graduated with honors from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N.J.

During the eight-week program, she completed training in academics, military customs and courtesies, seamanship skills, first aid, fire fighting, water safety and survival, and marksmanship.

She is the daughter of Darlene R. and John D. Morrison of Hampstead and is a 1998 graduate of North Carroll High School.

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