Community Notes


December 25, 2005


Buddhism subject of free course

Cedarhurst Unitarian Universalist Church in Finksburg is offering a course in "Buddhist Teachings 2: Art and Philosophy" from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays Jan. 10 to Feb. 7 at 2912 Club House Road.

The goal of the course is to review the basic message of enlightenment, while looking at related art and philosophy.

The story of the Buddhist religion will be told through some of its images and more philosophical concerns, including the emptiness (shunyata) of dharmas and the "emptiness of emptiness."

Buddhist philosophy is a life-affirming spiritual message adaptable in many different ways. This course is a continuation of "Buddhist Teachings 1: From Samsara to Nirvana," but it is not necessary to have taken that course.

The class is free, but students should obtain a copy of The Experience of Buddhism: Sources and Interpretations by John S. Strong for course readings.

Students should also try to get Buddha: Radiant Awakening, edited by Jackie Menzies, for seeing the art to be discussed.

The Rev. Henry Simoni-Wastila will lead the course.

Information: 410-861-8820.

Library offers discussions of books

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

Book Club for adults at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 4 to discuss The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

"Let's Talk Classics" for teens and adults at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 to discuss Cannery Row by John Steinbeck.

Information: 410-386-4488.

Local man deployed to Iraq and Kuwait

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicholas P. Grue was mobilized from Naval Expeditionary Logistics Support Force Charlie, based in Williamsburg, Va., and deployed to Iraq and Kuwait.

Grue's unit will work directly for the Army in a combat service support mission. Sailors are relieving Army personnel as part of a scheduled force rotation. The son of Patricia and Dennis Grue of Westminster, he joined the Navy in March 2002.

Area students honored for achievements

The Optimist Club of Westminster recently honored area students for their achievements as part of the Youth Appreciation Award Program.

Six seniors were recognized for their success in academics, athletics, character and community service. They were Mary Weigman and Ryan Payne, Westminster High; Jennifer Jupitz and Mickael Sykes, Winters Mill High; and Joanna Gilford and Jordan Wike, Carroll County Career and Technology Center.


Scouts plan Gold Award Ceremony

Girl Scout Troop 1665 of Mount Airy will hold a Gold Award Ceremony at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mount Pleasant Ruritan Club near Walkersville.

Four senior members of the troop have earned the Girl Scouts' highest award for a community service project, leadership, organizational skills and commitment to the community.

The Gold Award Girl Scouts are Laura Harding, Bonnie Charles, Katie Maier and Brittany Smagala.

Senior center plans `Noon Year's Eve'

Mount Airy Senior Center has announced coming activities.

Terry Serio from the Carroll County Extension Office will present "Recipe for Success" at noon Wednesday.

A "Noon Year's Eve" celebration will be held at 11:45 a.m. Friday with lunch and entertainment by Steve Flynn at 12:30 p.m. Reservations are required and seating is limited.

Free blood pressure screening will be offered from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Jan. 3.

"Walkways" will be held at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 4.

The center is at 705 Ridge Ave.

Information: 410-795-1017.

Beth Shalom to hold Shabbat services

Beth Shalom Congregation of Carroll County will hold Shabbat services for the holidays at the synagogue, 2020 Liberty Road near Winfield.

Hanukkah will be celebrated at 8 p.m. Friday.

Afterward, potato latkes will be served.

Interfaith families are welcome.

Information: 410-875-2800.

Navy airman in ANNUALEX

Navy Airman William L. Brooks recently concluded Annual Exercise while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk, forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan.

ANNUALEX 2005 consists of joint wartime exercises involving the Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

Brooks is the son of Kathleen L. and William L. Brooks of Taylorsville. A 1999 graduate of South Carroll High School, he joined the Navy in April 2004.

Seaman recruit completes training

Navy Seaman Recruit Daniel W. Anderson recently completed Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

He is a 2004 graduate of Urbana High School.


New Year's party planned at firehouse

New Windsor Fire and Hose Company No. 1 will hold a "Come Rock in 2006" New Year's Eve party Saturday at the new fire hall, 101 High St.

Doors will open at 8 p.m. The Serious Jokers band will play at 9 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person and $50 per couple.

Tickets are available at the firehouse from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow through Thursday.

Information: 410-635-3135 or 443-375-8271.

Taneytown library announces events

The Taneytown library branch, 10 Grand Drive, will offer:

"Yu-Gi-Oh" for ages 8 to 14 at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Super Simple Scrapbook for teens 12 to 17 at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Teens should bring an empty cereal box. Registration is required.

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