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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

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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


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.




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 


Freedom Area Rec Council Scholarships 2015 Form

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Application deadline is April 1st, 2015.

Scholarships, Special Notices

Freedom Arts Youth & Adult Programs (Art Classes)

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

Any questions, please contact Vivian Davis at:  


Artful Libations

Bring your favorite libation or non-alcoholic drink, and we’ll provide some fun, conversation and help you bring out your creative side! You’ll follow a step-by-step process that can make an artist out of anyone! All painting materials are included. For ages 21 and up. This Coupon applies to Freedom Arts (FARC) Sessions only.

Register online @, cut out this section, and mail along with a check for $30 payable to FARC to: Freedom Arts, P.O. Box 999, Sykesville, MD 21784. For additional information, a gallery of paintings, instructor info. private parties and/or to confirm session dates, visit or email Vivian Davis at

Instructor: Wiley Purkey

When: Starts Jan. 10

Cost: $30 (Reg. $39)

Location: TBD


Fun & Fantasy Art

For ages 11 and up. Stu-dents will focus on drawing from life and photo references, while combining their sensibilities to combine reality with their imagination. This program is designed to incorporate the use of their own style, interests and personality to the drawing process. Pencil, ink, charcoal, pastel and some color wet media (mixed media) will be used. Most materials will be provided.

Instructor: John Kachik

When: Starts Feb. 2

Mon., 5 – 6:30PM

Cost: $165 for 10 classes

Where: Century High School


Exploring ART

For ages 6 – 10. This pro-gram uses mixed media with a variety of materials to make multiple works of art. Two to three projects will be completed during this six week class. The first project, Trees in the Sunset, will teach children how to think about rhythm, movement in line, and the blending of paints. The second project focuses on all of the fascinating fish and plantlike creatures found in a tropical ocean. This project will use materials that will bring the ocean floor to a three dimensional form.

Instructor: Kim Fondiller

When: Starts Feb. 3

Tues., 5 – 6:15PM

Cost: $80 for 6 classes

Where: Liberty High School


The Art of Stained Glass

For adults, and children 12 and up. Using a variety of different glass, students will make a beautiful spring flower sun catcher. This program teaches the basics of creating traditional stained glass. They’ll review the tools and technique for transferring a pattern on to the glass for cut-ting. Students will cut

and grind glass, soldering their pieces together using copper foil. Lastly, they will learn how to patina, and clean their work so it will last a long time.

Instructor: Kim Fondiller

When: Starts Feb. 5

Thurs., 5 – 6:30PM

Cost: $125 for 6 classes

Where: Century High School


Art in our World

For ages 6 – 10. A mixed media class using air dry clay and recycled materials. Projects will represent objects and creatures you may see in everyday life. This program will use a variety of techniques in their projects and will come away with a better understanding on how to sculpt using clay.

Instructor: Kim Fondiller

When: Starts Apr. 14

Tues., 5 – 6:30PM

Cost: $80 for 6 classes

Where: Liberty High School


Comics Unleashed

For ages 11 – 17. Explore comic book design in this exciting class. Create a mini comic book from start to finish. Learn basic drawing techniques, character design, page composition, layout, penciling, inking and lettering. Explore a variety of genres of comics including superhero, Manga, Indie and graphic novels. At the end of the class, the finished comics are published together in an anthology.

Instructor: Jesse Burr

When: Starts Apr.16

Thurs., 5 – 6:30PM

Cost: $80 for 6 classes

Where: Century High School




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Robotics programs available starting in 2015 through FARC are those listed, and others may be added. Sign up on the Freedom Rec. Council registration website:


PIE3’s robotics programs are less about kids building robots than robots building kids. Our programs for grades K-12 build creativity, develop entrepreneurial skills, encourage ingenuity and allow kids to take on challenges. Each level is described below, and also at See  for local events and team information.

You can find out more and sign up to join at team where all the kids can play in ‘college’ and the ‘pros’ in robotics, STEM, arts, and business (to name just a few) at the PIE3 website ( or by contacting one of the directors listed below.

Rose Young:

Tom Milnes:  


High School and advanced Middle School

Students in grades 9-12 attending any school in the area can participate in one of two programs, and middle school students may join one of these teams as well.

High School only – FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is a competitive sport for the mind which demands the highest level of creativity, initiative and risk-taking. There are many different jobs on the team, from mechanical building to programming to videography to marketing. Fee for provisional membership is $25. Sign up under “FRC”.

High School or Middle School – FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) includes all the challenge of FRC with smaller robots and an earlier season. Meetings in the spring and summer are usually once a week, with a workshop in the summer. The competitive season runs Sep-Apr. Sign up under “FTC” or for specific camps or work-shops.


Elementary and Middle School

FIRST Lego League (FLL) kicks off in August, and it is the fastest-growing competitive robotics for 4th-8th grade. JrFLL runs all year long for younger kids. High school teams, in affiliation with FARC and PIE3, will run our popular summer camps and we’ve added more in response to the demand. These camps give an introduction to the programs and other topics.


Coming in April Program Flier Join Email Flier List


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The April Freedom Rec. program flier will feature all summer camp information and will be distributed in April 2015.

Copies will be in the Eldersburg Library and the South Carroll Senior & Community Center in the display racks between the gym doors.

To join Freedom Rec’s email list and have fliers come directly to your computer send an email request to

Visit Freedom Rec’s web page for all fliers and latest news.



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