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In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention month, Change the Conversation will be providing seven free trainings in April -- four of these trainings will be provided in partnership with the Child Advocacy Center of Frederick County and the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office. To register for these free virtual trainings, please visit

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The Frederick Police Department and the Flying Cows will be playing an exhibition basketball game at 3:00 PM on Sunday, February 25, at the BB&T Arena at Hood College with donations going to the Friends of the CAC.  Admission to the game is free.

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Sailing Through the Winter Solstice

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Photo courtesy of Laura Sherwood.

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Color On The Creek

This project is made possible by the local nonprofit Color On The Creek, the same group that is responsible for the beautiful lilies that float on the creek through the summer months.

Frederick businesses are invited to sponsor and design a boat to be on display. What many people might not realize is that this is also a competition!  Vote for your favorite boat by making a contribution to the affiliated local charity to help determine the winner. Each dollar donated is one vote! The boat with the most votes at the end of the season is declared the winner and will receive the soon-to-be coveted traveling Sailing through the Winter Solstice Trophy. 

Please go out to participate in this charitable event and vote for our tugboat "The SS Pinwheel".  Your donation will help support the children and families affected by abuse.


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Sara and Craig Ludwig and Steve Lyons were given a token of our appreciation and they were thrilled!  It is a framed copy of the SS Pinwheel painted by artist Donna Hammond Ascanio and donated to us!  Thank you to Steve and the Ludwigs for their continued generous support.

See the Boats Day or Night

The 2023-24 Sailing Through the Winter Solstice display will take place from November 2023 to March 2024. Launch Day is scheduled for November 18, 2023. 

You can view the boats anytime day or night. In fact, you may want to take a look while it's light out and again after it gets dark and the lights come on. Lights typically turn on at sunset, so this is a great time to see them both ways. 

Sailing Through the Winter Solstice is a fundraiser - visitors can vote on their favorite boat, with donations supporting local non-profit organizations. The 2022-23 season raised more than $130,000 for charities in Frederick County!

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