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Arts

Walter at Baldwin's -- Recording artist Mac Walter will perform at Baldwin's Station, 7618 Main St., Sykesville, on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. to celebrate the release of his new solo CD, "Long Long While." Doors at Baldwin's Station open at 6:30 p.m. for dining and the show starts at 8 p.m. The cover charge is $16. Call 410-795-1041.

'Miracle' & Ballet -- The 1947 movie, "Miracle on 34th Street," will be shown on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 1 p.m. at the Carroll Art Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster, as part of the holiday movie series. In addition, the show, "Mannheim Steamroller: Christmas Live," will be screened at 4 p.m.; and "George Balanchine's The Nutcracker Ballet" will be shown at 6 p.m. Free. Call 410-848-7272.

Carroll 'Carol' -- A dinner theater show, "Inspecting Carol," will be shown Dec. 5, 6, 12, and 13, beginning at 7 p.m. each night, at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Bond and Green streets, Westminster. The show is a spoof of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," and proceeds benefit Shepherd's Staff. Tickets are $25, including dinner. Come at 6 p.m. to preview a silent auction. Call 410-857-4107.

All the Jazz -- The Carroll County Jazz Ensemble, directed by Glenn Patterson, will present the seventh "Big Band Merry Christmas" concert Saturday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. at Westminster High School. Special guests are Elaine Conover, the Little Swinger Singers from the Carroll County Children's Chorus, the Carroll Singers Trio and Ensemble and eight year old cornet prodigy Geoffrey Gallante of Arlington, Va. Selections include "It Came Upon The Midnight Clear." "Pie Jesu," "Believe," and "Where Are You Christmas?" Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door for floor seating; and $5 advance, $10 at the door for balcony. Purchase tickets at Stu's Music Shop, Coffey Music, Hess Music, Carroll Arts Center, the Candy Striper Gift Shop at Carroll Hospital Center, PNC Bank locations, or call 410-871-6200. Proceeds go to cardiovascular services at Carroll Hospital Center.

Opry Christmas -- The Pennsylvania Opry will present the Country Gospel & Christmas Show on Saturday, Dec. 6, in two performances, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster. The Branson-style holiday variety show features stories, old-time gospel favorites and traditional Christmas music. Tickets are $18 for adults; $15 for arts center members, seniors and students. The show is sponsored by Tevis Oil & Propane and Finch Services. Call 410-848-7272.

'Messiah' Sykesville -- The Christmas portion of Handel's "Messiah" will be performed with soloists, chorus and orchestra at Springfield Presbyterian Church, 7300 Spout Hill Road, Sykesville, on Sunday, Dec. 7, 3 p.m. Soloists include Philip Collister and Janice Wall.; with the South Carroll Choral Society, Rose Eide-Altman, conductor. Free, offering accepted.

'Polar'-ized 'Grinch' -- The classic holiday movie series at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster, will conclude on Sunday, Dec. 7, with the 1966 show, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," and 1:30 p.m.; the 30-minute film, "National Geographic Animal Holiday," at 2:15 p.m.; and last but not least, the "Polar Express," at 3 p.m. Free. Call 410-848-7272.

Holiday Concert -- Westminster High School's Instrumental Concert will be held in the school's auditorium, 1225 Washington Road, Westminster, on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 7:30 to 9 p.m. This is part one of the school's Winter Concert Series, and features the school's Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble. Free and open to all. Call Cheryl at 410-751-6976.

Jazz Ambassadors -- The acclaimed U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors of Washington, D.C., will come to Carroll County for a free Holiday Concert on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. at Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road, Westminster. The Jazz Ambassadors perform big band, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, Dixieland and patriotic selections. The concert is free and open to the community. No tickets are required. Call 301-677-6232.

Concert choir -- On Friday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m., the Carroll Community College Concert Choir will present its Holiday Candlelight Concert at the Theater in the Scott Center, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster. The cost is $5; free for Carroll Community College students, faculty and staff. The Vocal Jazz Ensemble and soloist Nicolas Boyle, with accompanist Joann Benson, will be featured. Call 410-386-8575.

'Tis The Season'-- Carroll Singers, under the direction of Beverly Mauck, will present "Tis The Season" a collection of holiday music on Saturday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 14, 3 p.m. at Westminster High School. Selections include "Sing We Now of Christmas," "Carol of the Advent," "Follow the Star," "Angels We Have Heard on High," "Silver Bells" and "Hallelujah." Featured will be soloists Zanya Null, Ken Middleton, Brian Handley, Deb Levy, Pat Rucker and Stephanie Case. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at Stu's Music, Coffey Music, the Arts Council and from Carroll Singers members. Accompanists are Melanie Many, piano, Gary Mauck, bass and Lew Keyser, drums.

Children's Chorus -- On Dec. 14, 3 p.m. at, Baker Memorial Chapel, McDaniel College, Children's Chorus of Carroll County will present its Winter Celebration concert. The event features Les Petites Voix, the second and third grade choir under the direction of Diana Greene; Il Choro Della Bella Voce, composed of fourth and fifth graders under the direction of Julie Hollenberg; and Cantare Bel Canto, middle and high school singers directed by Diane Jones. The concert is free, though donations are appreciated.

Events

White House Ornaments -- The Republican Women's Club of Taneytown is selling White House Christmas Ornaments. The cost is $20 and they can be ordered by call Marion at 410-346-7380 or Fairy at 410-756-2245.

Troop Wreaths -- Boy Scout Troop 2007 of Westminster is hosting its fifth annual Wreath Sale in the parking lot of the Maryland Store, 2200 Sykesville Road, Westminster, on Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14. Handmade and hand-decorated wreaths and swags starting at $15. Proceeds benefit Friends of Troop 2007. Call 410-751-2050.

Train garden -- The Manchester Fire Department will host its train garden at the station, located on Main Street in Manchester, is open every Saturday and Sunday, through Jan. 4, noon-6 p.m. Special hours on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1-5 p.m., with a rain raffle at 3 p.m. Dec. 24. Free admission.

Holiday Trees -- The Taneytown History Museum's "Holiday of Trees" display is now open. Admission is free. The show features the tree decorating contest and silent auction. The museum is at 24 E. Baltimore St., Taneytown. The museum will collect can goods and other nonperishable items for the Taneytown Food Pantry. Call 410 756-4234 for hours or go to www.taneytownmuseum.org.

'Catherine's Cause' -- a nonprofit foundation to fight drunken driving, will host a "Remembrance Ceremony" on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. at the Carroll Nonprofit Center, 255 Clifton Blvd., Westminster, for those killed on Carroll County roads. E-mail info@catherinescause.com, or call 410-374-8988 or 410-239-8371. You must RSVP to attend.

Starry Show -- The Westminster Astronomical Society will host a Planetarium Show and Star Party on Friday, Dec. 5, at Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Road, Westminster. A planetarium shows begin at 7:30 with a second show at 8:30 if demand warrants. Cost is $1 for members of Bear Branch or $2 for non-members. Call 410-386-2103, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in advance to reserve a seat.

Reese bingo -- The Reese Fire Department Auxiliary will host a Longaberger and Vera Bradley bingo on Friday, Dec. 5, in the social hall, 1745 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; games begin at 7 p.m. Also includes raffles, door prizes. Tickets are $12. Kitchen opens at 6 p.m. with shrimp, barbecue, hot dogs and more.

Museum Magic -- "It's a Wonderful Life, Mr. Scrooge," the annual Holiday Open House at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster, will be open Dec. 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays; and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $2.50, with ages 6 and under free with an adult. Call 410-386-3880.

Christmas bazaar -- a Christmas bazaar will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, at Deer Park United Methodist Church, Route 32 and Deer Park Road, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. A pancake breakfast will be served 7 to 11 a.m. and lunch runs 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Vendors, bake shop, book nook, raffle drawing for prizes, greenery, pet stuff and Christmas wreaths. Call 410-848-2313.

Greens acres -- The Carroll County Farmer's Christmas Market and Handmade Crafts will hold its next show Saturday, Dec. 6, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Carroll County Agriculture Center, off Smith Avenue, Westminster. The event features a greens sale with pine wreaths, boxwood trees and fresh arrangements. Music will be provided by Common Ground musician Christopher James. Admission and parking are free. Call 410-848-7748.

Market and bazaar -- A Christmas flea market and bazaar will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at St. John Catholic Church, Westminster. Free parking, free admission, 18 rooms of Christmas items, food, glassware, toys, books, candy, household items. No vendors.

S&P Railway -- The Sykesville & Patapsco Railway will have holiday open houses on Saturday Dec. 6, 12-9 p.m., as well as Sunday Dec. 7, Saturday Dec. 13, and Sunday Dec. 14, 12-4 p.m. Operating train layouts in G, O, HO, and N scales will be on display in the Pullman car and caboose in Sykesville.

Open house -- On Friday, Dec. 12, 2 to 4 p.m., the Mid-Atlantic of Chapel Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 4511 Robosson Road, Randallstown, will host an open house. RSVP is requested. Call 410-922-2443, ext. 16.

Mayberry event -- There will be a Christmas bazaar and luncheon on Saturday, Dec. 13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Mary's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Littlestown Pike at Mayberry Road, Silver Run. Handmade crafts, food, fruit, baked goods, a silent auction, children activities and a free blood pressure and body composition screening. Proceeds go to Access Carroll, Human Services Programs of Carroll County, special needs of St. Mary's and the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the ELCA. Call 410-346-7146 or e-mail smelc@mail.com.

Good Eats

Post Meals -- Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 467, 519 Poole Road, Westminster, is open for lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Friday and 5-8 p.m. for dinner on Friday. Open to the public. Call 410-848-9888. Each meal comes with two sides and rolls.

*Dec. 5, meatloaf, $8.

*Dec. 12, fried chicken, $8.

Hot cakes -- On Saturday, Dec. 6, 7-11 a.m., a pancake breakfast will be served at Carroll Lutheran Village, 205 St. Mark Way Dining Room. The cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children 10 and under. Also, items for sale will include poinsettias, handcrafted items, jewelry, baked goods, and treasures for cash. Santa Claus will also appear. Call Maryann at 443-605-1011.

Santa Breakfast -- The Gamber & Community Fire Company, Niner Road, will host its Breakfast with Santa, 7-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, apples, biscuits and gravy, cereal, milk, orange juice, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Bring a camera to take photos of kids with Santa or fire equipment. Due to time restrictions, no more than two photos with Santa will be permitted. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-11. Children under 6 are free. Cash or checks accepted. An ATM is available on site. Call 410-795-3445. There is also a Toys for Tots and canned food collection.

History

Presidential BLT -- The next Box Lunch Talk sponsored by the Historical Society of Carroll County will be held Tuesday, Dec. 9, noon-1 p.m. at the Carroll Post, American Legion, corner of Green and Sycamore streets, Westminster. Curator Catherine Baty will present "Hail to the Chiefs: Presidential visits to Carroll County." Bring a lunch; beverage and dessert provided. Cost is $3 for non-members; free for HSCC members.

Library

Westminster Branch Library -- 50 E. Main St., will host the following events. Call the branch at 410-386-4450 or visit the Web site at www.library.carr.org for details.

*Wednesday, Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m., the Westminster Book Club will discuss "Chosen By a Horse" by Susan Richards. For adults.

*Saturday, Dec. 6, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m., music together with Erika, for ages birth-5.

*Saturday, Dec. 6, 1 p.m., Santa Treats for all ages. Ingredients will be provided. Santa stories and songs included. Be aware that nuts will be used in the preparation of these foods.

*Saturday, Dec. 6, 2 p.m., the First Saturday Chess Club will meet, for ages 10 to adults. Bring your own chess board if you like.

*Thursday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m., Let's Talk Classics for teens and adults. "Botchan" by Natsume Soseki.

Meetings

NARFE -- The Carroll County Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet Dec. 11, at 11:30 a.m., at Cactus Willies, 140 Village Shopping Center, Westminster. Call 410-857-9926.

AARP -- The Carroll County Chapter of AARP will meet Friday, Dec. 5, 11 a.m. at The Elks, at Route 140 and Gorsuch Road, Westminster. A buffet lunch will be served at noon and the Senior Singers offer a Christmas program. Call Joe at 410-848-1838 or Shirley at 301-829-0791.

New nest -- Ravens Nest No. 14 of Sykesville and Eldersburg has announced that E.W. Beck's Restaurant is its new home. The regular monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. will be held at Beck's, 7565 Main St., Sykesville. New members welcome and there's no cost to attend. For details, go to www.ravensnest14.org.

Greater Westminster Kiwanis Club -- meets Wednesdays at 7 a.m. at Harry's Grille on Main Street in Westminster. Those interested are invited to attend. Cost for breakfast is $8. Call 410-848-4760.

Carroll Camera Club -- The group meets 7:30 p.m. the third Monday of every month at the Carroll Lutheran Village retirement center. Call 410-795-0354 or 410-876-7284.

Carroll County Toastmasters -- meets 7 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the Westminster Senior Center, 125 Stoner Ave. Call Bill at 410-374-6339 or go to carrollcountytoastmasters.com.


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