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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 April – June 2015

Download the FARC April – June 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: April 16th, May 21st, June 18th

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 Optimist Fall Soccer – Youth & Adults Freedom Soccer Sessions


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Recreation Soccer teams for boys and girls from age three to seniors in high school. Everyone can play regardless of skill level.

All registration will be on online this year – register on our FARC website:  regular registration starting May 1-31.

We will have 3 walk up sessions and will provide computers and assistance in registering, uniforms for sizing and individuals to answer any questions on Sat. May 2, 9 & 16 at the Freedom Optimist Hall (upstairs) on Rt. 32 (next to Pizza Hut).

For additional info. check out our Freedom Optimist website at  or email us at  


FO Soccer Referees

New and experienced – must be in at least 7th grade. Training sessions in mid to late August. Register on our website  and we will contact you in early August. Any questions email us at:  


Adult Coed Outdoor Soccer

Did you enjoy playing soccer as a kid and would like to play outdoors? FDO Soccer is looking for interested parties who would like to play in a COED Adult Outdoor Soccer league on Sunday mornings in the fall.

Interested parties please email us at:  


Soccer Summer Sessions


UK Elite Summer Sessions

July 6 – July 10, July 20- July 24 or Aug. 10 -Aug. 14, Freedom Park, 1111 Raincliff Road.

‘Soccer Training’ for 5- 8yrs and 8-14yrs from 9AM-12N. ‘Soccer Training’ for 8-14yrs from 9AM -12N. ‘Full Day Soccer Training for 7 – 14 yr olds only from 9AM-3PM.


Stankovic Soccer Academy

June 15 – June 19 or Aug. 3 – Aug. 7, 9AM- 12N, Eldersburg Elem. For more information visit


Soccer Source 360

July 27-31, 9AM-12N, Eldersburg Elem. For more information log onto

Soccer, Summer Programs

Janie Konigsberg 21st Annual Memorial Junior Tennis Tournament

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Join this excellent opportunity to hit with youth of your own age and speed. This no pressure, relaxed tournament is for youth age 10-16, advance beginner and intermediate playing level.

Sat., June 13 (Raindate June 20) Liberty High tennis courts, 9AM.

Cost is $5.00 per participant. Registration forms available at  or the Eldersburg Library.

For information call 410-795-3292, or  

Don’t miss this opportunity to come and have FUN and test your skill!


Download the 21st Annual Junior Tennis Tournament Flier


Special Events, Tennis

Freedom Fighters Youth Rugby Club


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Join the Freedom Fighters Youth Touch Rugby Club. With 7’s Rugby becoming the newest Olympic sport, the time has never been better to learn the game. Youth ages 7-15 (on or before June 1) will learn rugby in a friendly supportive environment with teams participating in a two hand touch format.

Co-ed teams are divided into U-9, U-11, U-13 and U-15 and our brand new U-19 high school division.

Join us for an introduction to Youth Touch 7’s Rugby at the Spring Clinic, Sun., May 17, 4-6PM at Hodges Park (REAR of 5630 Hodges Road).

Practices will be held every Tues/Thurs. evening from 6:30-8PM starting May 29 at Hodges Park.

Registration fee is $65 per player, with a $10 sibling discount. Register at:  

For information:


Painting Party


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For adults 21+. A little art therapy is good for the heart and soul. Bring your favorite libation or non-alcoholic drink, and we’ll provide some fun, conversation and help you unwind with friends! All painting materials are included.

When: April 18, May 1, May 16, May 29

Cost: FARC participants pay only $30 (regularly $39) Register online:  

For additional painting event dates visit:  

Cut out this section, and mail along with a check for $30 (no credit cards, sorry) payable to FARC to:

FARC Painting Parties, P.O. Box 999, Sykesville, MD 21784


JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra Rockin’ the Cause 2015


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JDCRO Rockin' the Cause 2015 Flyer

Music, Special Events

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 Jackson 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: Tues. and Wed., 4- 6PM Cost: $70/month

This program continues into the summer months, Mondays 5-6PM at the Optimist Hall.




Music, Summer Programs

Freedom Area Double’s Tennis

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Tennis players of all levels are wanted for Drop-in Doubles.  We will mix and match players to have fun, social tennis play.  We are planning to have a weekday morning time and/or weekday afternoon/evening time at local courts.  Also, the possibility of weekend play. Playing days and times will be decided based on input from interested players (and court availability).  Play will start as soon as weather permits. 

Who: Tennis Players

Where: Eldersburg Area Courts

When: Weekdays – mornings, afternoons or evenings, weather   permitting. Possibility of weekend play.


Cost: $5 per year


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American Cancer Society Relay For Life



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The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Freedom Area is seeking volunteers– walkers for teams, cancer survivors, caregivers, committee members, sponsors, anyone wanting to make a difference.

Get more information on the event and sign up a team by visiting

or by contacting the American Cancer Society at 410-781-6907  

Relay For Life is a fun-filled, family friendly overnight event. The Relay For Life of Freedom Area will take place at Liberty High School Stadium. It begins on Sat. June 13 at 5PM and ends on Sun. June 14 at 5AM. Event is free and open to the public.

Anyone interested in getting involved or just wanting to learn more about the Relay For Life of Freedom Area is invited to attend an upcoming meeting on Thurs., April 16 at 6:30PM at Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Dept. Hall (6680 Sykesville Rd. Sykesville, MD 21784).

This is the 30th anniversary for Relay and our 10th year. Our theme is Back to the 80’s.

Special Events, Special Notices

Easter Eggstravaganza Saturday, April 4th

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Bring the family out to Freedom Park and join the FUN! 20,000 egg Easter Egg Hunt, Moon Bounces, Live Music, Face Painting, and lots of cool prizes!

Event admission is free; food concessions will be available for sale.

The Eggstravaganza will be held at Freedom Park (935 Raincliff Rd.)

Sat., Apr. 4, 11:30AM-2PM (rain location TBD).

Children age zero through nine are welcome to participate. The Eggstravanganza is sponsored by The Journey Church Community. 


Special Events, Special Notices