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Arts

Swinging Kat -- SnorkelKat, composed of Skip Smaldone and Carl Fruendel, will perform in Sykesville's free Concerts in the Park series, 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at Millard Cooper Park, next to Sykesville Middle School. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Bring chairs and blankets. Call 410-795-8959.

Christian Concert -- Hilltop Assembly of God Church will sponsor a Christian Concert to raise funds for a Child Survival Project for Compassion International on Saturday, Aug. 9, noon to 8 p.m. at the Carroll County Ag Center in Westminster. Christian bands will perform and there will be speakers, food, crafts and kids' activities such as a moon bounce, face painting, skateboard demonstrations and more. Tickets are $25 at the door, or $20 if purchased by Aug. 8. Ages 12 and under are free. Tickets are available at Stu's Music Shop, Coffey Music, The Mustard Seed Christian Bookstore, His Way Christian Bookstore and at the church. Call 410-848-8982.

Film with a porpoise -- The final offering in the Summer Kids Series at the Carroll County Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster, will be the family film, "Flipper," shown at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14. The 1996 film is rated PG. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for CCAC members, students and seniors. Call 410-848-7272.

Coffee house music -- Zi Pani Breads Café, in the Londontown Square Shopping Center in Eldersburg, is hosting local musical talent on Friday and Saturday evenings in August, 8-10 p.m. The following groups will perform: Aug. 8, Upon the Rise Band; Aug. 9, John Feagley; Aug. 15, Anglestone; Aug. 16, The Only Two Band. Any individuals or group interested in showcasing talent may call 410-552-0664.

Events

Sykesville bingo -- is held Fridays at the Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Hall, 6680 Sykesville Road (Route 32). Doors open at 6 p.m.; games begin at 7:30 p.m. Food is available for purchase; call Rob or Kim, 410-795-6039.

Trash into Cash -- The third in the series of four flea markets will be held 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, in the Carrolltown Center parking lot, Ridge and Liberty roads, Eldersburg. Spaces are $20 if registered by Friday, Aug. 1; $30 after Aug. 1. There will also be a Sept. 6 flea market. All proceeds benefit the Freedom Area Recreation Council. Call 410-795-9101 or e-mail cox@freedomfitness.info.

Peaches and Wheels -- On Saturday, Aug. 9, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Carroll County Farmers Market will host its annual Peach Festival at the Ag Center, 700 Smith Ave., Westminster, in conjunction with the Brain Injury Association's Eat-A-Peach Bike Ride, which also starts from the Ag Center. Entertainment will be provided by the General Store Band. Free peach treats and recipes will be provided by market vendors. Baugher's Fruit Stand will make fresh peach ice cream sundaes. Call Anita at 410-848-7748. People who are interested in participating in the bike ride may call 410-448-2924 for details and registration.

Tomato fest -- On Saturday, Aug. 16, the Carroll County Farmer's Market will host the Master Gardeners' Heirloom Tomato Festival, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Residents are invited to bring in their heirloom tomatoes for taste testing and sharing of seeds and stories. There will also be tomato dishes to sample along with recipes. The market is held at the Agricultural Center, Smith Avenue. Call 410-848-7748.

Double Basket Bingo -- The Freedom District Lions and Lioness will hold the third annual Double Basket Bingo on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Sykesville Freedom District VFD Hall on Route 32 at Freedom Avenue. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., and all attendees get breakfast. The first bingo session begins at 10:30 a.m., then lunch and dessert will be served. After lunch will be a second bingo session. The event will end by 5 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and 40 games of basket bingo are included with the $40 admission. There will be special games and raffles. To reserve, call 410-795-0920, 410-795-5334 or 410-795-5115.

History

The Gate House Museum -- The museum, 7283 Cooper Drive, Sykesville, is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 1-6 p.m. the first Sunday of each month. Admission is free. Call 410-549-5150.

Library

Eldersburg Branch Library -- 6400 Hemlock Drive, will host the following events. Call 410-386-4460 or visit www.library.carr.org.

*Wednesday, Aug. 6, 7 p.m., Make Beaded Earrings, for adults. Cindy of Two Busy Beads will help participants create three pairs of earrings. All materials provided.

*Thursday, Aug. 7, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Live and In Person: Froggy, for all ages. Froggy, from the books by Jonathan London, will be at the library. Bring a camera. Also Friday, Aug. 8, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

*Friday, Aug. 8, 2 p.m., Amazing Ants, for ages 4 to 6. This program features ant stories, facts and activities.

*Saturday, Aug. 9, 2 p.m., Free Spirit Book Club, for adults. The group will discuss "The Hero's Walk" by Anita Rau Badami.

*Monday, Aug. 11, 1:30 p.m., Games, Games, Games, for ages 7 to 12. Bring friends or make new ones while playing games at the library. Board and card games will be provided as well as a handheld, electronic PSP.

*Wednesday, Aug. 13, 3-4 p.m., Drop-In Crafts, for all ages. Drop in and make some crafts.

*Wednesday, Aug. 13, 6 p.m., Managing Your Diabetes, for ages 11-adults. Learn how to live with diabetes and manage blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol.

*Saturday, Aug. 16, 11 a.m., Super Smash Saturday, for ages 11-17. A Super Smash Brothers Brawl tournament will be held. Bring a own controllers, labeled with your names. Teens can earn Library Bucks for attending.

*Monday, Aug. 18, 3 p.m., Speed Stacking, for ages 11 to 17. Compete to see who can stack the cups the fastest. Refreshments will be served. Teens can earn Library Bucks for attending.

Meetings

Dolls and Lace -- The Ladies Christian Fellowship will host a luncheon Friday, Aug. 8, at 11:30 a.m. at Cactus Willie Restaurant in the Route 140 Village Shopping Center in Westminster. Angela Garland will sing and discuss her hobbies, American Girl dolls and lace collars. All are welcome. Call 410-795-6128.

South Carroll Business Connections -- meets Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m., at Bob Evans Restaurant, Princess Shopping Center, Eldersburg. The is a business leads group. Call Mark at 410-795-2000.

Carroll Birthing Circle -- meets 7-8:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Eldersburg Branch Library, Hemlock Drive. Dads, sisters, grandparents and friends are welcome. Call 410-552-3725 or 410-552-0558.

Taylorsville-Winfield Lions Club -- meets 7 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each month at Bethel United Methodist Church, 3001 Hooper Road, west of Liberty Road. Call Cindy 410-795-9463 or Linda 410-876-1983.

Sykesville-South Carroll Rotary Club -- meets 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays at Salerno's Restaurant on Liberty Road, Eldersburg.

Parenting

Connect -- Moms Connect Summer Series meets every other Wednesday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Freedom Park in Sykesville, through August. The event for Wednesday, Aug. 20 will be an end-of-summer celebration with a clown, treasure hunt and other activities for the kids. Call Beth at 410-549-3618.

Mothers and More -- is a support group providing play groups, activities, book clubs and more. Call 1-888-522-2934 or go to www.geocities.com/chapter171.

*Thursday, Aug. 7, 10:30 a.m., outing to the Howard County Fair, 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship. Meet at the entrance at 10:30 a.m.

*Monday, Aug. 11, 9 a.m., Breakfast Buddies at Panera Bread, 6300 Georgetown Blvd. No. 100, Sykesville.

*Tuesday, Aug. 12, 10:30 a.m., outing to Greenbrier State Park, 21843 National Pike, Boonsboro. Bring swimsuits and picnic baskets.

*Thursday, Aug. 14, 10 a.m., Bubbles at the Park. Meet at Millard Cooper Park, Springfield Avenue, Sykesville, for fun with bubbles.

Chapelgate MOPS -- This Mothers of Preschoolers group meets the first Monday of the month, 7-9:30 p.m. at Chapelgate Presbyterian Church, 2600 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville. A light dinner and dessert is served. Call Christa at 410-795-7477 or e-mail christamarsico@comcast.net.

Politics

South Carroll Republican Club -- meets the second Tuesday of each month at Ledo Pizza, 577 Johnsville Road, Eldersburg. Dinner is 6 p.m., meeting starts at 7. Call Kent, at 410-549-6199.

South Carroll Democratic Club -- meets 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the South Carroll Senior Center, 5745 Bartholow Road, Sykesville. All are welcome. Call Anita at 410-781-0206.

Reunions

Liberty High Reunion -- The 15th reunion for the Liberty High Class of 1993 will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Howl at the Moon, 22 Market Place, Baltimore. Light appetizers will be provided and there will be drink specials during Happy Hour. Cost is $10. Class of 1993 graduates should RSVP to lhs1993reunion@gmail.com to update contact information. Go to lhs1993reunion.wordpress.com. for updates.

Support

Brain Injury Support Group -- for survivors, caregivers, and families, meets the second Wednesday of every month. The next meeting is Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. in Room 11 of St. Joseph Catholic Community, 915 Liberty Road, Eldersburg. Call Eileen 410-795-7318 or e-mail mrudnicks@aol.com.

Survivors Moving Forward -- is a breast cancer support group meeting locally in members' homes. Monthly meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month. Contact Ellen at 410-795-0740 or yellowrose1952@hotmail.com; or Jeannine at 410-795-2273 or nappfamily@comcast.net.

Teen discussion group -- St. Joseph Catholic Community, 915 Liberty Road, Eldersburg, hosts a bimonthly teen discussion group for adolescents experiencing the illness of loved ones. The program is open to high school students. Call 410-552-5402.


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