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'Legacy' Premiere -- The Community Media Center will hold the premiere of the television documentary "Carroll County's Legacy" on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 6 p.m., at the Community Media Center on Washington Road in Westminster. The screening will be followed by a question and answer period with the producer, Marilyn Maguire from Maryland Public Television. The premiere is free and open to the public, although reservations are required. To RSVP, call 410-386-4415.

Making an Impression -- The film, "Mary Cassatt: American Impressionist," will be screened on Thursday in two showings, at noon and again at 7 p.m., at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster, as part of its First Thursday Art History Film series. Tickets are $10. The 1999 film will be accompanied by a lecture about Cassatt's work and life presented by Visual Arts Coordinator Susan Williamson. Call 410-848-7272.

Songs of Smither -- Common Ground on the Hill will present folk and blues singer and song writer Chris Smither in concert on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 8 p.m. at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster. Tickets are $19 adults, $17 seniors and students Call 410-848-7272.

Events

Sunday dance -- On Saturday, Jan. 10, Sunday Singles Inc. will sponsor an over-21 dance with the band 'Second Wind' at the Optimist Club Hall, 6315 Sykesville Road, Eldersburg. The dance is open to those 21 or over. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the dance ends 11 p.m. Admission is $10. Sodas and water will be for sale. Dress is casual. Call Dennis at 301-916-0275 or sspresident@comcast.net; Gina at 410-598-5759 or sstreasurer@comcast.net; or Patty at sssecretary@comcast.net.

Bouncy Fun -- Four Seasons Sports Complex and Fitness Center, 20 Hampstead-Mexico Road, Hampstead, hosts sessions where children can play on the center's inflatable course on Mondays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $4 per child for members; $5 per for non-members. The schedule is subject to change; call 410-239-3366.

Continuing Education -- Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, will host a Continuing Education & Training Open House on Monday, Jan. 12, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Attendees can learn about continuing education and training courses in computers, small business, health, wellness and fitness, motorcycle safety, nursing and allied health and others. For details, call 410-386-8100.

Focus on Quilting -- Residents of Carroll Lutheran Village will host a quilt exhibit Friday, Jan. 16, 2 to 4 p.m. in the Wellness Center, 902 Mission Square, Westminster. Quilts range from hand-stitched to newer machine sewn. The Village Quilters will present demonstrations of quilting techniques and will offer advice on the care of quilts. Call BJ Chase at 410-871-2281.

Hoop Knights -- Boys and girls ages 10 to 14 years of age are invited to participate in the 2008-09 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship, co-sponsored with Taneytown Area Youth Basketball, on Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Northwest Middle School gym, 99 Kings Drive, Taneytown. Registration begins at 2 p.m., with the competition starting at 3 p.m. All entrants must be present and registered by 3:30 p.m. There is no registration fee. Snow date for the competition is Sunday, Jan. 25. All participants are required to provide a copy of their birth certificate as proof of age and written parental consent. Pre-registration will be Saturday, Jan. 17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Northwest Middle School. Pre-registration is recommended. The competition is organized by age and gender groups. Each local participant receives a participation certificate. Contact Allen Shatzer at 410-756-1214 or allen.shatzer@yahoo.com.

Square dances -- Four County Square Dances will host a dance on Saturday, Jan. 10 at Eldersburg Elementary School, 1021 Johnsville Road, Sykesville, 8-10 p.m. Cost is $6. Contact Janice at  301-829-2430 or e-mail artdelagrange@hotmail.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.

*Jan. 9, liver and onions, $8.

*Jan. 16, catfish, $9.

*Jan. 23, stuffed chicken breast, $8.

Big breakfast -- Trinity Lutheran Church, 833 Deer Park Road, Westminster, will host a pancake breakfast on Jan. 10, 7 to 11 a.m. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Proceeds support Trinity's participation in the Christmas in April Program, which provides home repair services for needy citizens. Call Roy at 410-848-4934.

Country breakfast -- A country-style breakfast buffet will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church Social Hall, 44 Frederick St., Taneytown, on Sunday, Jan. 11, 7 a.m. to noon. French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, potatoes, hominy, sausage gravy, chipped beef, toast, fruit cup, beverages. Cost is $6 for adults; $3.50 for children 7-10; and free for ages 6 and under. Early bird, 7-8 a.m., is $5 adults; $3 for ages 7 to 10. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph Taneytown Council 11631.

History

Tavern BLT -- The program, "Cockey's: From Grande Dame to Derelict and Back Again," will be the next Box Lunch Talk offered by the Historical Society of Carroll County, at noon Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Carroll Post, American Legion, corner of Green and Sycamore streets in Westminster. Since its construction in the early 1820s, Cockey's Tavern has undergone many changes. Jonathan Herman of Herman Construction will discuss the building's most recent renovation. Admission is $1 for HSCC members; $4 for non-members. Bring a lunch, dessert and beverages provided, or buy lunch at the legion. Lunches must be ordered by 11:30; call 410-857-7953 for selections and to place an order.

Carroll's Birthday -- The Carroll County birthday celebration, Monday, Jan. 19, 2 to 4 p.m., will focus on the historical findings at the site of the 1830s log house owned by Elizabeth Lowry and family, free African Americans. The house later became the Clubhouse for the Ladies Aid of Meadow Branch Church of the Brethren. The birthday celebration will be held at the Westminster Fire Department's John Street Quarters, 28 John St., Westminster, and will feature Lynn Jones, archaeologist from John Milner Associates. Free admission. Call the Historical Society of Carroll County at 410-848-6494.

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, Jan. 7, 6:30 p.m., the Westminster Book Club, for adults, will discuss "A Hope In the Unseen" by Ron Suskind.

*Thursday, Jan. 8, 7 p.m., Let's Talk Classics for Teens & Adults, featuring the book, "Anthem," by Ayn Rand.

*Monday, Jan. 19, all branches of the Carroll County Public Library will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

*Tuesday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m., "The Frog Prince: A Winter Puppet Show," will be held for all ages. Also Wednesday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m.

Meetings

Carroll NARFE -- The Carroll County Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet Jan. 8, at 11:30 a.m., at Cactus Willies, 140 Village Shopping Center, Westminster. Ben Rogers, financial analyst, will discuss financial options during the economic crisis. Call 410-857-9926.

Carroll AARP -- The Carroll County Chapter of AARP will meet Friday, Jan. 9, 11 a.m. at The Elks Lodge, at Route 140 and Gorsuch Road, Westminster. Jack Kolb will discuss "Important Information for Heirs." A buffet lunch will be served at noon, and Vincent Perticone will play the guitar. Call Joe at 410-848-1838, Shirley at 301-829-0791 or Paul at 410-374-9249.

SSA alumni -- The Social Security Alumni Association is forming a Chapter in Carroll County and is looking for current and former SSA employees. Interested parties may contact Joe at 410-848-1838.

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 Fred at 410-848-4760.

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.

Parenting

Mothers of Preschoolers -- This group meets the second Friday morning of each month with a children's program available at Faith Family Church, 4150 Sykesville Road, Finksburg. Also playgroups and field trips. Call Sarah at 410-552-9522, Ext. 8.

Pleasant Valley Playgroup -- meets on Fridays, 10 a.m.-noon, at St. Matthew's United Church of Christ, Pleasant Valley. Open to all families in Carroll County with children ages infant to 5. No dues. Call Deanna at 410-751-6844 or Emily at 410-876-2428.


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