Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

May 07, 2006

CENTRAL

Flowers and jazz in Westminster

The Westminster Flower and Jazz Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday along Main Street downtown.

A 5-kilometer Fun Run/Walk will be held on the Wakefield Valley Trail on Tahoma Farm Road. Events include a 200-yard dash for children at 8 a.m.; a one-mile fun run at 8:15 a.m. for ages 7 and older; and the timed 5K run at 8:30 a.m. Registration is required.

The festival will feature flowers, plants and displays from Cowlick Nurseries, M&W Nursery, Sue's Flowers and Wakefield Valley Nursery. More than 70 vendors will offer crafts and gifts for Mother's Day.

Music will begin at 10 a.m. at the Westminster library with performances by the Psycho Jammers, Herb Sell Trio, Audrey Cimino, and dance instructors George and Tina. The Eric Byrd Trio will play from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Information: 410-848-9000.

Nature center lists activities

Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Road, offers activities for all ages.

All About Nature for ages 7 to 11 will be held at 2 p.m. (for home-schooled students) or 4:30 p.m. (for after-school students) Thursday. The cost is $2 for members, $3 for nonmembers.

A Spring Hike Along Spiegle Hill will be taken from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. May 14 for ages 12 to adult. The cost is $2 for members and $4 for nonmembers.

Information: 410-848-2517.

Church plans Web awareness

Grace Fellowship Chapel will hold a Web awareness program, "What in the World is God Doing on the Internet?" at 7 p.m. today at 20 Bell Road, Westminster.

Inspirational singing, testimonies, and previews of TV shows, The Da Vinci Delusion, with D. J. Kennedy from Coral Ridge ministries; "Hell's Best Kept Secret" from Living Waters; and "Questions are Answers" will be featured.

The Story of Jesus for Children will be shown.

The goal is to examine the outreach potential of the Web among the worldwide church.

Information: 410-871-9722.

NORTH

Historical center in Manchester open

The Manchester Historical Center - in the basement of the Municipal Building - will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today.

Special tours may be arranged by calling 410-239-7673.

The museum has rooms for clothing, school, bicentennial and photos and artifacts. The schoolroom features Manchester High School classes and grade school class pictures.

An addition is a book containing records from the Wink and Fuhrman Casket and Coffin from 1879 to 1955 for those researching family history.

The Municipal Building is at 3208 York St.

Information: 410-239-3200 or 410-374-4404.

Shiloh church plans festival

Shiloh United Methodist Church will hold Spring Fest from noon to 4 p.m. today at 3100 Shiloh Road, near Hampstead.

The festival includes pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, moon bounce, volleyball, outdoor games and D's Magic. All activities are free.

The church will sell food, snacks and drinks. The United Methodist Women will hold a flea market and bake sale, and the American Red Cross will have a Blood Mobile on site for blood donations.

Rain date is May 21.

Information: 410-374-4231.

NORTHWEST

Photo exhibition in Taneytown

The Taneytown History Museum will hold an exhibition of photography by Michael L. Smith starting Saturday at 24 E. Baltimore St.

Smith will be at the museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday to present his works and sign autographs.

His work will be for sale at the museum. Smith is best known for his "Mad Bird" photo, which depicts a bluebird with a scowl.

The museum is normally open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. weekends. Tours are by appointment.

Information: 410-756-4234.

Valley Lions Club plans blood drive

The Valley Lions Club of Pleasant Valley will hold a community blood drive from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. May 16 in the Pleasant Valley fire hall, 2030 S. Pleasant Valley Road.

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended by calling Bobbie Davis at 410-848-3163.

SOUTHWEST

Bingo fundraiser at Gamber fire hall

The Ronnie Legore Activities Park will hold a fundraiser basket bingo Friday at the Gamber fire hall, Route 32 at Niner Road.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and games start at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door for 20 games and one last chance game. Early bird and jackpot games, a 50/50 raffle and food will be available.

Information: 410-795-4374.

Lions Club plans benefit yard sale

The Taylorsville-Winfield Lions Club will hold a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 14 at the club's community park and Little League fields on West Old Liberty Road off Salem Bottom Road.

Proceeds will go to improvements at the park.

Donations of items are being accepted. Spaces are available to rent by calling 410-875-2630 or 410-876-1983.

Information: 410-875-4072.

St. James sets groundbreaking

St. James Episcopal Church of Mount Airy will hold a groundbreaking for its new building at 7 p.m. Friday at 1399 N. Main St.

The building will include a sanctuary and four classrooms for the church's nursery school.

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