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Sunday 11-01

Bear Scouts? "Sticks, stones and stars" is the theme for the Scout Day at Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Road, Westminster. The event, Sunday, will include programs on forestry, geology and astronomy. Call 410-848-2517 for registration information regarding times, ages and fees.

Park partners Help beautify Charlotte's Quest Nature Center, 3400 Wilhelm Lane, Manchester, on Sunday, 3-4 p.m., by joining an afternoon of gardening or trail maintenance. Volunteers are asked to bring gloves and basic tools (labeled, if possible). Call 410-374-3395.

Monday 11-02

Belly dance North Carroll Senior and Community Center, located in North Carroll Plaza, 2328 Hanover Pike, Hampstead, hosts Belly Dancing classes on Mondays, 1-2 p.m. with instructor Kandy Runlet. Cost is $35 for eight classes or $5 each class. Dance is for health and expression. Call 410-386-3900.

Supporting vets Lt. Col. (retired) Ronald Hollingsworth will present a program, "Supporting the Vietnam Veteran," on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Main Street, New Windsor. The event is sponsored by the New Windsor Heritage Committee and is open to the public. Free. Call 410-635-6342.

Tuesday 11-03

Stress test "Take a Knee: Handling Our Stressful Lives," is a program for adults at the Mount Airy Library, 705 Ridge Avenue, Mount Airy. Dr. Jerry Stone, Director of the Chaplain Family Life Center at Fort Belvoir, Va., will discuss the latest in contemporary brain chemistry research, trauma psychology and mind-body studies to increase happiness and peace in our lives.

Wednesday 11-04

Supper at New Windsor New Windsor Fire Company Auxiliary will host an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner Wednesday, 4-7 p.m., at the fire station, 101 High Street. Cost is $6 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, and $7 for carryouts.

Guilded quilt Everybody's Quilt Guild will meet Wednesday, 7 p.m., in the Portico of St. John Catholic Church, Monroe Street, Westminster. Speaker Norma Campbell will speak and present a show, "Twenty Years of Quilts." Open to all. Call 410-239-3809.

Thursday 11-05

Pressure screening The Carroll County Health Department will host free blood pressure screenings at Westminster Family Center, 11 Longwell Ave., Westminster, on Thursday, 9-11 a.m. Call 410-857-5000.

Best in business The Carroll County Business Awards, hosted by the Carroll County Department of Economic Development and the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, will be held Thursday, 5-7:30 p.m. at the Portico of St. John, 43 Monroe St., Westminster. $50. To register, call 410-848-9050, Ext. 1.

Friday 11-06

Country Christmas The Christmas in the Country bazaar will be held Friday and Saturday at Oakland United Methodist Church Hall, 5971 Mineral Hill Road, Eldersburg. Crafts, baked goods, tree ornaments, gift baskets, white elephants and food. Hours are Friday, 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 410-795-2127 or 410-795-2029.

Saturday 11-07

Breakfast bunch Two an all-you-can-eat breakfasts will be held Saturday in Gamber and Westminster. At Calvary United Methodist Church, 3939 Gamber Road, a pancake breakfast will be held from 6 a.m.-10:30 a.m. The event includes a bake table, and the cost is $6 for adults, $3 for ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and under. Call 410-795-9343. In Westminster, at the Church of the Ascension, 23 N. Court St., Westminster, a breakfast buffet will be held 6:30-10:30 a.m. Call 410-876-0736.

Farmers market Carroll County Christmas Farmers Market will open Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Carroll County Agriculture Center, off Smith Avenue, Westminster. Hand made crafts, baked goods, gourmet food items, and seasonal decorations. Crafts and fine arts, Christmas ornaments and holiday plants. Free admission. Call 410-848-7748.

Holiday kickoff Sam's Creek Church of the Brethren will host its Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the church hall, Marston Road near New Windsor. Hand crafted gifts, decorations, produce, baked goods, and lunch. For more details, call 410-848-0687.

Early Christmas Christmas at the Church, at St. John's United Methodist Church, 1205 N. Main St., Hampstead, will be held Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Vendors, silent auction, baked goods and lunch. Call Pat at 410-374-3145 or the church office at 410-239-8088.

Sewell Farm's 25th Sewell Farm, at 3400 Harney Road, Taneytown, will host a 25th anniversary Fall Festival on Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with hay rides, vendors, blacksmithing demonstrations, free hot cider and a scavenger hunt over 50 acres. The farm's country craft andChristmas store will also be open. Call 410-756-4397 or go to

Book preview On Saturday, 1-5 p.m., the Finksburg Library, 2265 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg, will host a pre-release party for the book, "Jasper," by local author Brian K. DiMaggio. The event is for ages 8-adult. DiMaggio will sign copies of his new book, Jasper, about a person who has the ability to change his dreams in any way he wishes.

Barenberg on stage Grammy-nominated acoustic guitarist and composer Russ Barenberg will perform Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster, as part of the Common Ground on the Hill series. Barenberg integrates bluegrass, jazz and American/Celtic fiddle and dance traditions. Tickets are $19 for adults; $17 seniors and students. Call 410-848-7272.

Sunday 11-08

Sunday breakfast A Country Style Breakfast Buffet will be hosted by the Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 44 Frederick St., Taneytown, on Sunday, 7 a.m.-noon. Cost is $6 for adults, $3.50 for children ages 7-10, and free for ages 6 and under. Early bird special, 7-8 a.m.; cost is $5 adults; $3 children.

Autumn display Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Road, Westminster, will host a fall colors hike on the trails of the Hashawha Center, Sunday, 1-3 p.m. Also learn to identify trees and leaves by shape, texture and color. Bring a water bottle and field guide if you have one. For ages 10 and up. Cost is $5. Call 410-848-2517.

Monday 11-09

Lifting off "Balloon Rockets," a program on a day when public schools are out, will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at North Carroll Library, 2255 Hanover Pike, Greenmount, for ages 7-11. What is a balloon rocket? Come find out, build one and let it fly. Call 410-386-4480.

Pirate parade Taneytown Library, 10 Grand Dr., Taneytown, will host a Pirate Party on Monday at 2 p.m., for all ages. The party will feature stories, music and more! Make crafts, go on a treasure-hunting adventure, and enjoy pirate snacks. Costumes are welcome. Call 410-386-4510.

Tuesday 11-10

Building on history "Town & Country: Commercial Buildings in Carroll County," will be the subject of the next Boxed Lunch Talk hosted by the Historical Society of Carroll County, Tuesday, noon to 1 p.m. Architectural historian Ken Short will discuss the story of the county's commercial and industrial buildings and their development from the 1830s through the 1920s. Held at the American Legion Carroll Post, corner of Green and Sycamore streets, Westminster. Bring a lunch, or buy lunch at the Legion by calling 410-857-7953 by 11:30 a.m., to place an order. Dessert and beverages provided. Call 410-848-6494.

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