So, we are almost through the first month of the year. We survived the first snowfall the weekend of Jan. 12-13 and are looking forward to the chirps of birds, green grass, bright flowers and the smell of spring in the air.
As I write this column (Jan. 13), I haven’t yet started my blog, but still have the desire. I am working on internal struggles such as handling situations/response/emotions, etc., and haven’t really started focusing on incorporating exercise into my life. As for eating healthier — it’s a 50/50 struggle. I am packing my lunches and trying to keep healthy, however, I do have my relapses. Tonight, we will be dining on spaghetti.
Hope you’re all enjoying a new year and a fresh start — take each day one at a time and make it your very best day.
During the month of February, some of the businesses in Hampstead will offer donation jars for spare change at their locations. According to a press release from Lynn Sheavly, NESAP director, it’s to help “change the life of a family in crisis.” All the change collected will be donated back to NESAP.
The thrift store is holding a 50 percent off sale on some of the merchandise. The community rallied together during the holidays to help 143 families have a nice Christmas because of your donations.
The food pantry is low on a few items, including: juice, mixed vegetables, cereal, oatmeal and hygiene items including liquid dish detergent, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels and toothpaste.
NESAP will host Taste of Spring on March 21, which will be held at Crossroads 140 Hampstead Campus. The event will feature local food, live music, auction items and more. Additional information will be shared in this column once as it becomes available.
Afternoon of Community Service
On Sunday, Jan 27, from 1:30 until 4 p.m., you can head over to the North Carroll Branch Library for Roar Like a Lion: An Afternoon of Community Service.
The event is hosted by the North Carroll Public Library and Hampstead Lions Club and is open to all ages. Students can earn service hours as well.
A variety of hands-on projects will be available, including the following: creating cards for VA hospitals, Operation Welcome Home and kids in the hospital; make encouragement cards for Soldiers Care packages; hospital busy boxes for children and more.
The Manchester Valley High School Class of 2022 will be hosting a bingo night on Feb. 2. The bingo, to be held in the cafeteria, will feature prizes with brand names such as Michael Kors, Kate Spade and Vera Bradley.
The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the games will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance; and $25 at the door, while tickets last. A snow date of Feb. 9 has been set.
The school is located at 3300 Maple Grove Road, Manchester. If you’d like tickets or more information, contact Lea Nappier at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-386-1674.
Set the date
A Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at Manchester Valley High School.
An all you can eat dinner of spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, homemade desserts, iced tea and coffee, will be on hand. Admission is $10 for adults ages 14 and older; $6 for children 4 to 13 years old; and those younger than 4, are free. Carryout is available.
The auction will feature items, including but not limited to, sports memorabilia, Tupperware, LuLaRoe, Paparazzi, Creative Phocus Photography, Daughters Café, Pink Zebra, and The Rustic Mermaid.
The event is sponsored by the Lineboro-Manchester Lions Club and all the proceeds will be benefit the clubs’ community projects.
The dinner will be held in the cafeteria, so please enter the rear of the building at 3300 Maple Grove Road, Manchester. For information or tickets, call Andy DeMario at 410-374-9177, Steve Swam at 410-239-8987, or email email@example.com.
35th Annual Shrimp Dance: Jan. 26, doors open 7 p.m., Coon Club, 2855 Coon Club Road, Hampstead. $10 cover. Music by Bootleg. Information: www.coonclub.org.
Sportsman’s Bingo: Feb. 2, 7 p.m., Manchester Volunteer Fire Department, activities building, 3297 York St., Manchester. $40/person; dinner and games. Must be 18 years old. Information: 443-375-1410/410-984-1404.
Bull and Oyster Roast/Dance: Feb. 23, 6-11 p.m., Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department, 4224 Main St., Lineboro. $40/person (includes dinner/admission). Music 7-11 p.m. by Dixie Wind Band. Information/tickets: Joe, 410-977-4735; fire department, 410-374-2197.