March 19, 2006


St. John schedules 5-day mission

St. John Roman Catholic Church will hold a parish mission Saturday through March 29 at the church, 43 Monroe St., Westminster.

Friars of the Primitive Order will speak at all the weekend Masses. Mission talks will begin at 7 p.m. March 27 and 28.

Confessions will be heard from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and the rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. March 27 to 29.

The mission's concluding Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m. March 29, followed by a Marian procession and consecration.

Information: 410-876-2248.

Talent competition is set for Saturday

Westminster High School will hold the "Moment of Fame" talent competition Saturday at the school, 1225 Washington Road.

The cafe will open at 5 p.m. Preliminary competition will begin at 7 p.m., and finals will start at 9:15 p.m.

More than 20 singers, songwriters, dancers and bands will compete before a panel of judges for a $500 prize.

Advance tickets are $5 for students and senior adults, and $7 for adults; $2 more at the door.

Information: or 410-751-6325.

Bridgewater choir to sing March 26

The 49-voice Bridgewater College Concert Choir will perform as part of its spring tour at 10:45 a.m. March 26 at the Westminster Church of the Brethren, Bond Street and Park Place.

The choir includes a 24-voice chorale and student-directed handbell choir. Three members are from Carroll County: Brent Darsch, a business administration major from Hampstead; Andrew Duffey, a philosophy, religion and history major from Westminster; and Nathan Hollenberg, a philosophy and religion major from Westminster.

The program will feature classical, traditional and spiritual works, including "O Magnum Mysterium," "Jesu," "Meine Freude," "Ain't Got Time to Die" and "The Battle of Jericho."

The public is welcome.

Information: 410-848-8090.

Library to offer tax program, book club

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

"AARP Tax Aid Program" for ages 50 and older at 6 p.m. tomorrow and March 27. Registration is required. If filing jointly, come as a couple. Bring last year's return.

"Cuentos y Cantos: La alegria/happiness" at 7 p.m. Thursday for all ages (children under 3 with an adult). Translated English stories and traditional Hispanic favorites will be told.

"The Life and Hard Times of a Soldier in the Gettysburg Campaign" at 1 p.m. Saturday for all ages (3 and younger with an adult). Richard Anderson of the Snyder Foundation for Animals Inc. will describe the life of a soldier during the Civil War. He will cover the animals, clothing, food, gear, enlistment, artillery and medicine used in the conflict. Registration is required.

Book Club for adults at 6:30 p.m. April 5 to discuss The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara.

Information: 410-386-4488.

Westminster teen wins cadet speech contest

Cadet Maj. Jacob Reed of Westminster, 15, of the Carroll Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, recently placed first in the advanced category of the Maryland Wing of the CAP cadet speech competition, called Speak-Off.

Reed won for preparing a five- to seven-minute speech on an aerospace topic and will represent the wing at the Middle East Region Cadet Speak-Off in late April.


PE faculty to hold first diabetes day

The physical education department at Oklahoma Road Middle School will hold its first Diabetes Awareness Family Fun Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the school in Eldersburg.

Students are collecting pledges for the American Diabetes Association, and the culminating activity Saturday will be a soccer tournament for grades six, seven and eight.

Other activities will include face-painting, a dunking booth to sink the teachers, moon bounces, small carnival games and concessions, including baked goods.

Information: 410-751-3600.

Events planned at Eldersburg library

Eldersburg branch library, 6400 W. Hemlock Drive, is offering:

"American Girls Night" at 7 p.m. tomorrow for ages 7 to 10. Girl Scout Senior Troop 619 will introduce American Girl dolls and make a craft. Take a doll if you wish.

"Aha! Science at Your Library Presents Mysterious Motion" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday for ages 7 to 10. Children will learn how motion detectors and sensors work. Materials will be provided.

"Rude Mechanicals' Shakespeare Workshop: A Midsummer Night's Dream" at 7 p.m. Wednesday for third- through eighth-graders. Century High School's Shakespeare acting troupe will hold workshops at the library to teach youngsters a play and work with them on creative and interactive activities.

"Homeschoolers Program: Rocks Rock -- Geology Fun" for ages 7 to 10 at 2 p.m. Thursday.

"KidWorks Presents: Bumblebee Buzz" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday for all ages (3 and younger with an adult). The program will feature bedtime stories, music and activities.

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