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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 September – December 2014

Download the FARC September – December 2014 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

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.


Full Moon Farm – Introduction to Horsemanship

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FARC has partnered with Full Moon Farm, 4326 Louisville Rd., to offer a six-week course to youth age 6-13 who are interested in exploring the world of horses and learning about an exciting and fun sport.

Horseback riding is a sport for all seasons and students of all body builds and athletic ability can be successful in a riding program.

Session will focus on instructional materials and hands on activities with horses. Students will learn about safety around horses and how to work with them on the ground, daily care of the horse, grooming, equine nutrition, gaits of the horse, breeds, colors, and markings, and basic techniques of English riding.


  •  Classes will be starting in Oct.

  •  COST $130 for 6 weeks of classes


Questions & registration contact Full Moon Farm 410-795-837l.

Class size is limited to 16, so register early!


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


3rd Carroll County Zumbathon for Recreation

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Come to the Zumbathon before our 11th Annual Freedom Fitness & Health Expo

When: 9:00-11AM, Sun., Jan. 25, 2015

Where: South Carroll Senior and Community Center

Cost: $18 in advance online, $20 at door, space permitting

Information, contact

Fitness, Special Events

12th Annual Freedom Fitness & Health Expo

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The 12th annual Freedom Fitness and Health Expo will be held:

Sunday, Jan. 25th, 2015, 11AM-3PM at South Carroll Senior & Community Center, 5928 Mineral Hill Rd, Eldersburg.

Entertainment, food, health screenings and information are free to the public. Health related vendors will be on hand to offer free blood pressure screenings, body fat analysis, flexibility testing and more.

Vendor/sponsorship information, 410-795-9101,

Fitness, Special Events, Special Notices

Freedom Arts Fall Drama Programs

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Freedom Arts will offer drama instruction for youth. Dates and times are subject to change. For class confirmation and registration please visit:

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Mystery Theater

For ages 10 and up. Join this cast and make a little mayhem this fall! Inspired by Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians, this fast moving murder mystery 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.

Instructor: TBD

When: Starts Sept. 18

Thurs., 6 – 8PM

Cost: $185 for 10 – 11 classes with 1 performance

Where: Sykesville Middle School



Broadway Bound Musical Ensemble

For ages 6 – 11. This program will include 2 sessions of 8-10 classes each plus performance(s).

Nov. – Jan.

Starts Nov. 10

Feb. – May

Starts Feb. 9

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 1 big group number. Session 1 students will perform at the Health Expo in Eldersburg, Jan. 2015 which is held in the same location/stage. This expo is FREE and open to the public, and is usually very well attended. Session 2 will culminate in a performance for family and friends with performances from session 1 and additional numbers in session 2.

Please note: This program has been designed to build on to musical numbers from Nov. to May. Students do not have to attend both sessions, although it is encouraged. Additional public performances may be added as the program grows.

Instructors: Erica Hansbrough & Vivian Davis

When: Mon., 6:30 – 8PM

Cost: $165 per session

Where: South Carroll Senior and Community Center


Freedom Area Rec. Scholarship Awards – 2014

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Freedom Rec. awarded two $1000 scholarships to a graduating senior at Liberty High School and Century High School in 2014.

Congratulations to Colin O’Hern from Liberty High School and Emily Kachik from Century High School who received $1000 scholarship awards in June.

High school scholarship applications will be available in Jan. 2015 at  the Eldersburg Library, and high school guidance offices. Scholarship deadline is April 1, 2015.

Scholarships, Special Notices

Freedom Arts

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Freedom Arts will offer art instruction for all ages. Dates and times are subject to change. For class confirmation and registration please visit:  

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KWLA (Kids Who Love Art)

Session 1: Cartoon Drawing

For ages 6-10. During this 6 week session, students will learn character development, how to draw cartoon character features, and ultimately how to create their own comic. Different animation styles will be explored, and kids will be encouraged to use their imaginations as well as practice new drawing techniques.

Instructor: KWLA

When: Starts Sept. 23

Tues., 5-6:15PM

Cost: $65 for 6 classes

Where: Liberty High


Session 2: Recycled Material Art Class

For ages 6-10. In this class, students will use reclaimed materials such as bottles, cans and fabric to create works of art! Through this “upcycling” adventure, kids will learn about conservation and protecting our environment all while expanding their creativity. Includes materials.

Instructor: KWLA

When: Starts Nov. 11

Tues., 5-6:15PM

Cost: $65 for 6 classes

Where: Liberty High


Fundamentals of Drawing

For ages 11 and up. Students should be able to use drawing as a means to explore ideas. This is an extended art class with an emphasis on learning to see and develop the fundamentals of basic drawing. Even if you’ve taken this class before, projects will vary from class to class, and new mediums introduced. Students will never be bored! As they learn to develop rendered images from observations, they will become familiar with materials and techniques that best express their thinking and help develop an expression of individual style. Please bring a sketchbook and pencils to first class.

Instructor: John Kachik

When: Starts Sept. 29

Mon., 5 – 6:30PM

Cost: $165 for 10 classes

Where: Century High


The Art of Stained Glass

For adults, and children 12 and up. Students will make a beautiful multicolored stained glass leaf 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 cutting. 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. Parent and child can try out this new medium, and make the perfect holiday gifts! Register early; space is limited.

Instructor: Kim Fondiller* When: Starts Oct. 2

Thurs., 5 – 6:30PM

Cost: $125 for 6 classes Where: Century High

*Kim Fondiller is a native of Baltimore and has lived in Eldersburg with her husband and son for nine years. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Design from Towson University. Although she enjoys many mediums, she especially enjoys working with stained glass.


Canvas Painting for Kids

For ages 10 and up. 6 classes = 6 paintings. Students will create a series of 8 x 10 paintings and bring one home every day ready for hanging. They’ll learn painting techniques to improve their brush strokes for more careful precision.

Instructor: Vivian Davis

When: Starts Nov. 13

Thurs., 5 – 7PM

Cost: $125 for 6 classes

Where: Century High


Artful Libations

Bring your favorite libation or non-alcoholic drink, and we’ll provide a few snacks and some conversation. Our step-by-step process can make an artist out of anyone! All painting materials are included. For ages 21 and up. For additional information, please contact

For a gallery of paintings and session dates, visit:



Robotics: Upcoming Events and Programs for Fall

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Do you have a creative, inquisitive, and active student in grades K-12? Consider Robotics!

PIE3’s robotics programs, in affiliation with FARC, 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 and for more about what is going on close to home.


Upcoming events

Sat, Sept. 6: FTC Kick-off at Capitol College, Lau-rel. FTC teams (grades 7-12) and prospective mem-bers are invited to attend this launch of the new challenge for 2014. Training sessions are included. No charge to attend. More information will be posted at

Sat., Sept. 20: The Battle o’ Baltimore FIRST Robotics Off-season Competition at McDonogh School. Two robots are entered for Team 2199, the Robo-Lions. Rookie members are invited to come and form new drive teams. See for details or contact a Robo-Lion.

Sat., Dec. 13: The Roar of the Robots, Carroll Community College, Westminster. Come see 20 teams of elementary and middle schools students send their Lego robots out on missions in FIRST Lego League. Fun, exciting and rewarding. For even more fun, form a team (see Programs below)!



Grades K-3: Junior FIRST Lego League (JrFLL) teams are being formed. The season runs Aug.-May, with most of the local events in Dec.-Apr. Teams of 3-7 can form at any time, and the cost is minimal. See  under JrFLL or see the PIE3website for more details and contact information.


Grades 4-8: FIRST Lego League (FLL). This is a international competitive league running from Aug. – Feb. The informational meeting for these teams in our area was in Aug. but teams will continue forming through Sept. and into Oct. The local competition will be on Dec. 13 at Carroll Com-munity College. The theme for this year is Learning, and the game is called “World Class”.


Grades 7-12: FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) and FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). Informational meetings for both programs will be held in Aug. and Sept.

FTC teams are open to grades 7-12. Five teams are active, and more can join this year. The robot for this level is 18 inches on a side, built with aluminum parts, motors, gears and imagination. Team members also learn to program, make presentations, and connect with community. Kick off for this sea-son is Sept. 6.


FRC: Team 2199, the Robo-Lions, is accepting new members from now until Dec. They can attend any area high school or home school. The schedule of events for the fall is posted on the website and highlighted below. This team needs many talents, from mechanical to entrepreneurial. They are currently looking for graphic artists, writers, and anyone interested in advanced business skills.


to be added to our mailing list. Come see the robots compete Sept. 20th at McDonogh School.



You can find out more and sign up to join a 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.


Please contact Rose Young:  

or contact Tom Milnes:




Please register through our website:


Freedom E-Mail List


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Tired of missing registration dates or digging around in book bags to find the latest FARC flier?

Get on the Freedom E-Mail List and have the latest Program Fliers and information sent directly to your computer.

To register, send an e-mail to requesting registration.


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

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




Special Notices

Mr. Dundore’s Awesome After School Music Program


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Mr. Dundore is the Instrumental Music teacher at Piney Ridge Elementary School.

Play fun and exciting music. Learn a new instrument (including bells, guitar, recorder and other instruments). Play fun music games. Play XBOX Rock Band video game.

When: Available Tuesdays and Thursdays with a waiting list for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 4-6PM.

Who: All K through 5th Graders (Students do not need to know how to play an instrument to join!)

Where: Piney Ridge Elementary School Band Room, 6315 Freedom Avenue, Sykesville, MD 21784

Cost: Per Month: 5 Days – $199; 4 Days – $175; 3 Days – $145; 2 Days – $110; 1 Day – $70

Sessions are filling up fast!



For information, please contact Joe Dundore at or 410-549-6296 mailbox #6.