North Carroll: Hot Shots registration open; several fundraising events on tap in area

North Carroll: Hot Shots registration open; several fundraising events on tap in area
The 14u Hot Shots Black Lightning fast-pitch softball team is shown after winning a Maryland/Delaware "C" Championship in 2017. Registration is currently open for Hot Shots Fastpitch Softball and a clinic will be held Feb. 17 at the former North Carroll High School. (Courtesy Photo / HANDOUT)

Halfway through February? Where is the time going?

Hopefully it’ll slow down once the warmer weather approaches and the chill of winter has been thawed. How are you all doing on those New Year Resolutions?


As stated in a previous column, I am working on several things. I am managing to find a little more order in life after having cleaned out some things, sold them at a flea market and/or donated; and it’s amazing what a clean office can inspire.

I’ve also joined a gym and though I’ve worked out a total of three times (as of writing this column), I know it’s something I’m going to stick with. My husband claims he can see a change after only three workouts, but I think he’s being nice. The plan is to go two to three times a week; and use my elliptical at home as well. Trying to be more organized when it comes to meal preparation for work. I have found that if I don’t take my lunch and/or breakfast and stick to it, I am more apt to order out for lunch. That is a no-no — it usually isn’t something healthy and it dips into the funds that I’m trying to save.

Hope you all are doing well with your own lifestyle changes and are enjoying time with family and friends.

Fastpitch Softball

Hot Shots Fastpitch Softball registration is currently open.

There are several league options available including: 6u Clinic, $50; 8u MD, $160; 10u MD $175; 10u MD/CML, $350; 12u MD $175; 14u CML, $200; and 12, 14u, 16u, 18u, CML Tournament, $550; and 14u, 16u, and 18u Tournament, $750. MD represents Mason Dixon League, which is a rec league; and CML is Central Maryland League, a travel league.

A free clinic will be held Feb. 17 at the former North Carroll High School, in the lower gym, 1400 Panther Drive, Hampstead. The clinic is free for registered players and $50 for non-registered players. The time is 10 a.m. until noon for 8U and 10U; and from noon to 2 p.m., for 12U and 14U.

To register online, visit; and for additional information, call Mike Hernandez at 410-259-7426, or email

Cash Bingo

North Carroll Community School will host a Cash Bingo, with a $1,000 jackpot, on Friday, Feb. 22. The doors will open at 5 p.m. and the games begin at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, with limited availability. There will be 20 games and prizes range from $25 to $100. There will be four Showstopper special prizes to be announced; and a $1,000 jackpot. Admission cost includes the 20 regular games.

The school is located at 401 Stone Road, Westminster. Tickets can be purchased at; and for more information, visit

Bull & Oyster Roast

The Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a Bull & Oyster Roast from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23.

Admission is $40 and includes dinner and music. The Dixie Wind Band will entertain from 7 to 11 p.m. The menu consists of oysters (fried, raw and steamed), pit beef, pit turkey, and sides; beer, wine and soda. No BYOB permitted. Games of chance will also be available for purchase.

The fire department is located at 4224 Main St., Lineboro. For information or tickets, contact Joe, 410-977-4735; the LVFD, 410-374-2197; or stop by the fire department.

Mardi Gras Party

A Shrimp Feast and Mardi Gras Party will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at the American Legion Post 200 in Hampstead. The event is co-hosted by the Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion at the post.


The menu includes steamed shrimp, chicken, hot and cold vegetables, beer, wine, soda, iced tea, and dessert. A cash bar will also be available for cocktails, and canned and bottled beer.

In addition, there will be raffles, a Big Wheel, 50/50 and door prizes. Music and entertainment will follow the event in the lounge. Join in the celebration and wear your Mardi Gras colors and attire.

Admission is $35 per person and checks may be made payable to Aux. Unit 200. All attending must be 21 years old or older.

They will also be collecting new socks for men and women to be donated through the Human Services Program of Carroll County.

The Legion is located at 4600 Legion Lane, Hampstead. For information, or to reserve your table, contact Patty and Darwin Sater, 443-789-1183; or Sharon and Joe at 443-812-3231.

  • Spaghetti dinner/Silent Auction: Feb. 15, 6-8 p.m., Manchester Valley High School, 3300 Maple Grove Road, Manchester. $10/adults, 14 and older; $6, ages 4-13; free, younger than 4. Carryout available. Information/tickets: Andy DeMario, 410-374-9177, Steve Swam, 410-239-8987, or
  • Winter Yard Sale: Feb. 16, 9 a.m., Manchester Valley High School, 3300 Maple Grove Road, cafeteria, Manchester. Held by Class of 2021.Food Pantry: Feb. 16, 8-10 a.m., Lazarus UCC Food Pantry, 5101 S. Church St., Lineboro. Information: 410-374-1304.
  • Conquer Cancer Event: Feb. 17, 9:45 a.m., Lazarus UCC, 5101 S. Church St., Lineboro. $20 donation. Proceeds benefit Carroll Hospice Dove House and the William E. Kahlert Regional Cancer Center, both in Westminster. Snow date: Feb. 24.
  • 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.

Don’t forget to submit your news to me — I look forward to hearing about all of the upcoming spring events in our area.