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Sunday, 05-24

Picnic Pests Piney Run Nature Center, 30 Martz Road, Sykesville, will host Picnic Pests and Movie, Sunday, 3-4 p.m. Learn about the insects that might join your Memorial Day picnic, then watch a movie. Open to all. Cost is $5. Call 410-795-6043.

Monday, 05-25

Memorial Day The City of Westminster will host its annual Memorial Day Parade and Service on Monday, beginning at 10 a.m. The parade steps off on Pennsylvania Avenue and follows main Street to the Westminster Cemetery, Church Street. If parade is canceled due to weather, the service will be held at National Guard Armory, Hahn Road, Westminster. Call Daniel Bohn at 410-848-6179.

Church carnival St. John Catholic Church and School, 43 Monroe St., Westminster, will kick off its annual carnival Monday, noon to 10 p.m. The carnival runs through Saturday, May 30, and hours are Tuesday-Thursday, 6-10 p.m.; Friday 6-11 p.m.; and Saturday, 5-11 p.m. Call 410-848-4744.

Union Bridge The Union Bridge Fire Company, 8 W. Locust St., Union Bridge, will host its annual carnival beginning on Monday and running through Saturday, May 30. Call David Buffington at 410-775-7422.

Tuesday, 05-26

Summer Reading Mount Airy Library, 705 Ridge Ave., will host a summer reading presentation at 1 p.m. for all ages. Come for poems, puppets, summer reading information and fun. The session is especially for home schoolers or those not yet in school. Call 410-386-4470.

Manga Madness The Finksburg Library, 2265 Old Westminster Pike, will host a Teen Tuesdays program, "Manga Madness," at 6:30 p.m. for ages 11 to 17. Teens and pre-teens are invited to take part in crafts, gaming and manga. Refreshments will be provided. Call 410-386-4505.

Wednesday, 05-27

Senior Day The Carroll County Health Department will host a senior day on Wednesday, 9 a.m. to noon, with a Chronic Disease Prevention Program offering free blood pressure screening and free body composition analysis for seniors The event will be held at the Carroll County Family YMCA, 1719 Sykesville Road, Westminster.

Thursday, 05-28

Sing-along Maryland Sings, A regional song and dance ensemble, will host auditions for its 2009-10 performance troupe on Thursday at Eldersburg Elementary School, 1021 Johnsville Road, Eldersburg, 6:30-8 p.m. For details, call 410-526-7241 or go to

Friday, 05-29

Busy beavers Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Road, Westminster, will host a program, "Busy Beavers?" on Friday, 6:30-8 p.m., for ages 8 and younger. The nocturnal program will include a hike to the center's wetland in search of beavers. Bring a flashlight. Wear old, sturdy shoes that you don't mind getting a little wet and dirty. Cost is $5. Call 410-848-2517.

Outreach bingo St. George's Episcopal Church will host a Vera Bradley bingo Friday at the Manchester Fire Department Activities Building, York Road, Manchester. Doors open at 6 p.m.; bingo starts at 7 p.m. Food will be available for purchase. Tickets $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Proceeds benefit St. George's outreach missions, including Vacation Bible School and Youth Group Mission Trips to Mississippi. Call 410-635-3057.

Saturday, 05-30

Model showcase The Sykesville-based MG Models will present its Spring Showcase Saturday, 2 p.m. at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster. The performance includes the Savage Dance Co., as well as a runway fashion show, evening gown presentation, a live video shoot, and a portfolio presentation. Tickets $18 adults, $10 students and free for ages 3 and younger. Call 410-848-7272.

Sykesville strawberries Messiah Lutheran Church of Sykesville will hold its 19th annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Sykesville Freedom District Fire Department grounds, Route 32 at Freedom Avenue, Sykesville. Strawberries, strawberry shortcake, baked goods, craft vendors, activities and entertainment. Also a giant slide by Astro Events, water tag by Take Aim and a moon bounce by Hopz Party Rentals. Admission is free. Call 410-795-9174.

Eagles market The Fraternal Order of Eagles, 130 Airport Dr., Westminster will host its spring craft show and flea market on Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. To be held rain or shine. Call 410-848-0668.

Leaps and bounds Boundless Bash, an event featuring children's' inflatable attractions, games, vendors, music and food, will be held Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Carroll County Agriculture Center, 700 Agriculture Center Dr., Westminster. General admission $5; all-day pass is $10. The event is a benefit for Hailey's Wish, which has the goal of creating an accessible playground for children. Call 410-377-5106.

Berries and a band St. Luke's (Winter's) Lutheran Church, 701 Green valley Road, New Windsor, will hold its annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Funnel cake, strawberries and ice cream, fried chicken, hot dogs and drinks. Also games, a silent auction and more. The William F. Myers Band will perform 5-8 p.m. Call 410-635-6177.

Drums in Finksburg Jaqui MacMillan and the Drum For Joy Orchestra will be at the Finksburg Library, 2265 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg, Saturday at 2 p.m., for a performance of songs and stories of Africa. The program is for all ages, and kids can make their own coffee can drum. Call 410-386-4488.

Sunday, 05-31

Cascade triathlon The Cascade Lake Triathlon and Duathlon, sponsored by Piranha Sports, will be held Sunday, 7 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., at and around Cascade lake in Hampstead. Snydersburg Road between Cape Hom Road and Hampstead-Mexico Road will be closed for the event, and other local roads will see some traffic from the racers. For more details and registration information, call 410-658-3200.

Reptile rendezvous "Meet the Reptiles" is a program at the Piney Run Nature Center, 30 Martz Road, Sykesville, Sunday, 2-4 p.m. Learn about the reptiles that reside in the nature center. Bring a camera and get your picture taken with a snake or turtle. Open for all ages. Cost is $5. Call 410-795-6043.

Music Ministry St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Bond and Green streets, Westminster, will present a concert in the sanctuary on Sunday at 7 p.m.) The Sanctuary Choir, Spirit Singers, handbells, soloists and the Westminster Trombone Choir will perform. Free, but donations will be accepted. Call 410-848-5975 or go to

Monday, 06-01

Movie making Filmmaker Paul Oakes will discuss the basics of movie making on Monday, 7 p.m., at the Finksburg Library, 2265 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg. The program, for ages 11 and older, will include a demonstration of how to edit movies using Windows Movie Maker. Teens can earn Library Bucks for attending. Call 410-386-4488.

Couple o' carnivals Both the New Windsor Fire Company carnival, 101 High St., New Windsor, and the Mount Airy Lions Club carnival, 1008 Twin Arch Road, Mount Airy, will open on Monday and continue through Saturday, May 30. For details on New Windsor's carnival, call 410-635-6373. For details on Mount Airy's event, call 301-418-1041.

Tuesday, 06-02

Back to work Mount Airy Branch Library, 705 Ridge Ave., Mount Airy, will host the program, "How to Survive a Layoff," on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Presenter Chris Holcomb will discuss what happens if you find yourself laid off, or believe that a layoff is on the horizon; and will offer tips on what to do to return to the workforce quickly. Call 410-386-4470.

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