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When schools are closed or close early due to inclement weather, all recreation and parks activities for that day are cancelled.

For weekend activities, if the snow emergency plan is in effect after 8pm Friday or anytime Saturday, all Saturday activities are cancelled. If the snow emergency plan is in effect after 8pm Saturday or anytime Sunday, all Sunday activities are cancelled.

This includes activities that occur at school sites, nature centers, New Windsor Community Room, South Carroll Senior & Community Center and the Robert Moton Center.

The purpose of the Freedom Area Recreation Council is to build a public recreation program using public school buildings, grounds, parks and facilities, volunteers and local organizations, both public and private to stimulate interest in promoting and furthering the cause of recreation.

The current elected Officers and Board Members of FARC:

President Ken Whalen, Vice President Steve Delman, Secretary Tracy Cox, Treasurer John O’Donoghue

Members at Large:

Sue Podobnik, Curt Weise, Kirk Engle

The Freedom Area Recreation Council is comprised of Elected Officers, Board Members, Program Representatives and interested individuals who share a common interest in recreational activities in the South Carroll area. All members are volunteers except for the Community Coordinator who serves as a liaison with the Carroll County Bureau of Recreation. The Freedom Area Recreation Council works in cooperation with the Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks.

      Current FARC Information Flier January – March 2015

Download the FARC January – March 2015 Flier

The Freedom Area Recreation Council oversees the general operation of all programs sponsored by or affiliated with the Council. The Community Coordinator schedules all school and athletic fields for our recreational use.

Program fliers are distributed in Carroll County Public Schools in September, December, April and June. Copies are available in the Eldersburg Library or by e-mail by sending a request to 

Freedom Area Recreation Council reminds you to park only in designated areas and obey “NO PARKING ZONES” at all school and park facilities.

To All Parents of children participating in FARC events and programs. Please remember that use of school/public facilities is a privilege allowed us by the individual school principal. Please ensure that your children are supervised at all times, especially siblings of program participants. All children must be escorted into and out of the building.

Carroll County Commissioners No Smoking policy states that the use of tobacco products is prohibited, within 50 yards of the playing field or site, immediately before, during, or immediately after a recreation council sponsored youth activity. No smoking is allowed inside or on school property. Your cooperation will assure our continued use of school/public property.

Programs are held in the community at the following locations:

Carrolltowne Elementary, Eldersburg Elementary, Freedom Elementary, Piney Ridge Elementary, Linton Spring Elementary & Community Room, Oklahoma Road Middle School, Sykesville Middle School, Liberty High School, Century High School, South Carroll Senior Center and Community Center, Carrolltown Mall, Fairhaven Park, Freedom Park, Hodges Park, Old Liberty Road Park

The Freedom Area Recreation Council meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:00PM at the South Carroll Senior Center & Community Center, 5928 Mineral Hill Rd., Eldersburg

  • Future FARC meeting dates: January 15, February 19, March 19, April 16, 2015

ADA STATEMENT: The Americans with Disabilities Act applies to the Carroll County Government and its programs, services, activities, and facilities. Anyone requiring an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or who has a complaint should contact Madeline M. Morey, The Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator, 410.386.3800, 1.888.302.8978, MD Relay 7-1-1/1.800.735.2258 or email as soon as possible but no later than 72 hours before the scheduled event.


Freedom Ultimate Now

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Freedom Ultimate Now! games will restart in March/April 2015. Season begins with High School emphasis and transitions to “High School to 50+” with increasing levels of play as more college kids join in.

Summer time includes a youth program as well. Majority of FUN!

Games are Co-ed and pure pickup.

Please contact us at

Or check out our website:  


JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra – Just For Kids!


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Now featuring a new performance group for all 4th, 5th and 6th grade instrumentalists of any instrument (strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion) to advance their skills by playing rock and pop music from the JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra! Play songs from the Beatles,

Van Halen, Michael Jack-son and more, on your band or orchestra instrument!

Who: 4th, 5th and 6th grade instrumentalists (strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion)

Where: Piney Ridge Elementary School Band Room

When: 4th/5th grade Tues., 4-6PM; 6th grade Wed., 4-6PM

Cost: $70 per month

Have Questions?? Call Mr. Dundore at 410-549-6296 Mailbox #6

or email


Freedom Fitness Open House Jan 10th-16th

Expanded Open House for 2015 – FREE Fitness Classes with Top Instructors. 2015 is the year for YOU!

Freedom’s open house classes sell out. So we have decided to extend our open house for an entire week.

Pick one day Jan. 10-16 and come to as many classes as you would like to on that day for free!

Space is limited, so book your free fitness day immediately: 

Child watch information 410-795-9101.

Freedom’s “Free Fitness Day” Open House Schedule for 2015

Sat., Jan. 10

8:30AM Step Blast

9:30AM Muscle Pump

with Breanna

10:45AM Zumba with Jan

Sun., Jan. 11

8:30AM Zumba Toning Tracy B.

9:30AM Yoga – Tracy B.

Mon., Jan. 12

8 AM Yoga with Tracy C

9:15AM Zumba – Tracy C

10:15AM Barre with Heather

5PM Zumba Toning with Breanna

6PM Pilates with Kim

7PM Zumba Step with Tracy B

8PM Yoga with Tracy B

Tues., Jan. 13

9:15AM Step Blast with Breanna

10:15AM Muscle Pump with Breanna

5PM Booty Camp Cardio with Megan

6PM Zumba with Tracy C

7 PM Zumba Sentao – Jan

Wed., Jan. 14

8AM Yoga with Tracy C

9:15AM Zumba – Tracy C

10:15AM Barre – Heather

5PM Zumba Toning with Breanna

6PM Pilates with Kim

7PM Zumba Step with Tracy B

8PM Yoga with Tracy B

Thurs., Jan. 15

9:15AM Step Blast

10:15AM Muscle Pump with Breanna

5PM Booty Camp Cardio with Megan

6PM Zumba with Tracy C

7PM Piloxing with Nicole

Fri., Jan. 16

9:15AM Zumba in the Circuit with Breanna

10:15AM Piloxing with Heather

Space is limited, register immediately at

More information?


or call 410-795-9101


Fitness, Special Events

Sykesville Raiders Football and Cheer Registration


Sykesville Raiders Football and Cheer are gearing up for a new season. Online Registration will begin on Mar. 1, 2015.

Register between Mar. 1 and Apr. 30 to receive an early registration discount.

Online Registration:  Follow the online instructions.

Have Questions?

General information:

Crystal Crumbacker  

Football questions:

Dave Ferguson  

Cheer questions:

Shelly George  

Football & Cheerleading

Full Moon Farm – Introduction to Horsemanship

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Join Full Moon Farm, 4326 Louisville Rd., for a six-week course for youth age 6-13 to explore the world of horses and learn about an exciting and fun sport. Horseback riding is for all seasons and students of all body builds and athletic ability.

Session focuses on instructional materials and hands on activities with horses. Students learn about safety and how to work around horses, daily care and grooming, equine nutrition, gaits, breeds, colors, and markings, and have an opportunity to try a few basic techniques of riding.

  • Classes will be offered Saturdays in April & May

  • COST is $130 for 6 weeks of classes.

Questions and registration contact Full Moon Farm 410-795-8371.

Class size is limited to 16, so register early!


Full Moon Farm is a full care horse facility located 10 minutes from Eldersburg.




Carroll County Zumbathon Sun Jan 25th, 8:30-10:30AM

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This will be two hours of fun, fitness, energy and rocking beats that get calories burning and everyone on the Zumba® dance floor featuring your favorite instructors from all around Central Maryland including Tracy Cox,Breanna Shumpert, Tracy Baskerville, Jan Smith, Heather Snyder, Homero Bayarena, Adriane Morrow, “Sir Charles,” Laura “Lulu” Sines and many more; “Detour Dave” will be the DJ for the event.

Anyone can come and join the party, it’s going to be easy and you will be smiling the whole time. Open to all fitness levels!

Held at the South Carroll Senior and Community Center, 5928 Mineral Hill Road, Eldersburg, MD 21784.

Registration $20; advance registration and group discounts available.

Information for this event,

Fitness, Special Events

Annual Freedom Fitness & Health Expo Sun, Jan 25th, 11AM-3PM

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Celebrate Community Wellness at the 2015 Freedom Fitness and Health Expo Sun. Jan. 25, 11-3PM at the South Carroll Community Center 5928 Mineral Hill, Eldersburg. This FREE event is open to the public. There will be free health screenings, demonstrations and performances. Family fun and a great collection of health related vendors and information.

Want to sponsor or have a health, community health or business you want to promote at the health expo?

Please contact 410-795-9101 or

Fitness, Special Events, Special Notices

Freedom Arts Youth Program (Drama Classes)

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To register for the following classes please go to our website:

Any questions, please contact Vivian Davis at:


Mystery Theater

For ages 10 and up. In Memorium, inspired by Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians, is a fast moving murder mystery that will send a chill down your spine. Five people gather for a weekend house party that turns into a nightmare as one person after the other is first accused of being a murderer and then is murdered — each by a different method. The plot thickens with each mysterious death until only two guests remain. Take a stab at whodunit… even

Agatha Christie would be surprised at this unique ending! No audition is necessary; roles are assigned after the 1st class based on participation. Register early as this program is limited to 6–8 actors. The performance will be at the end of April or early May. Dates TBD.

Instructor: Barb Szaro

When: Starts Feb. 5

Thurs., 6 – 8PM

Cost: $165 for 10 – 11 classes with 1 performance

Where: Sykesville Middle School


Broadway Bound Musical Ensemble

For ages 6-11. Students will learn acting and singing techniques while working on Broadway songs selected according to their age group. Small groups may be selected to perform together, as well as big group numbers.

Session 2 of this continued program will culminate in a performance for family and friends with performances from session 1 and additional numbers in session 2.

New students will be integrated in to existing numbers where possible, and perform in a series of new songs. Final show is held at the same class location. The performance will take place in the middle to late May.

Dates TBD.

Instructors: Erica Hansbrough & Vivian Davis

When: Starts Feb. 9th

Mon., 6:30 – 8PM

Cost: $165 for 10 – 11 classes with 1 performance.

Where: South Carroll Senior and Community Center


Freedom Area Recreation Council Scholarships

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Freedom Area Recreation Council offers continuing education scholarship opportunities to graduating seniors at Liberty High and Century High.

Applications will be in LHS and CHS guidance offices, the Eldersburg Library or Jan. 15th

Application deadline is April 1st, 2015.

Scholarships, Special Notices