The Manchester Elementary School Student Council will have a car wash and bake sale from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday at the school.

The Student Council consists of 15 students from grades three, four and five. Any student in those grades can run; they need to make a speech telling why they would be the best Student Council representative to their homeroom and then the class votes. The student with the most votes in each homeroom becomes part of the council.

"Our Student Council is awesome and does lots of great stuff," Gwen Furano, school counselor and Student Council sponsor, wrote in an email. "These students attend monthly meetings before school and sponsor school-wide events like Spirit Days, School Spirit game, and fundraisers. They are responsible for making posters to advertise these events during meetings and for reporting Student Council news to all the classes in our building." They report the Student Council agenda and news to students in kindergarten, first and second grade, so every student covers two homerooms within the building, according to Furano.

The Student Council usually hosts one to two events per year. Funds raised go to support various organizations and charities. They have raised money for the American Heart Association with a Jump Rope for Heart event as well as donating money to an animal shelter and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. They have also sponsored change collections for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Regarding this year's car wash and bake sale, third-grade Student Council member Abbi Bear wrote: "We had options on who we wanted to donate to and we voted as a Student Council on the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and our PBIS program [Positive Behavior Interventions Support schoolwide behavorial program]."

"This is important because it shows that our students care about our school and shows parents that we have a good school," wrote JT Torress, a fourth-grade Student Council member.

There are no set prices for the car wash, but donations will be accepted.

The rain date is May 4.

For more information, contact Gwen Furano or Tiffani Murphy, co-sponsor for the Student Council, at 410-751-3410.

The school is at 3224 York St., Manchester.

Annual hymn sing

Lazarus Lutheran Church will host its 22nd Annual Hymn Sing at 7 p.m. Sunday, with a bells, organ and piano prelude beginning at 6:45 p.m.

This will be an evening of singing hymns and listening to vocal and instrumental music.

The Rev. Bud Kibbe will be the song leader.

Refreshments will be served afterward.

An offering will be received, and will be donated to Carroll Hospice.

Lazarus Lutheran Church is at 5101 S. Church St., Lineboro.

For more information,+ call 410-374-3056.


Spring Fest

Charlotte's Quest Nature Center, 3400 Wilhelm Lane, Manchester, will host its annual Spring Fest from noon until 4 p.m. May 5.

There will be lots of attractions for all ages, including fun with reptiles, pony rides, jumping rabbits, a kids corral with a moon bounce, an archeological investigation, food and more.

There is no admission fee, but there will be some small fees for certain activities and food.

Contact the center by email at cqnc@qis.net or by phone at 410-374-3395 to learn more.