North Carroll: Art fair bringing 'Smiles & Purrs' to Ruhlman Brewery; Easter fun in Manchester

North Carroll: Art fair bringing 'Smiles & Purrs' to Ruhlman Brewery; Easter fun in Manchester
The inaugural Smiles & Purrs Art Fair will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at Ruhlman Brewery, above, in Hampstead. (DAVE MUNCH / Carroll County Times file)

The inaugural Smiles & Purrs Art Fair will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at Ruhlman Brewery in Hampstead.

The event is to raise money to benefit Hero Dogs Inc., a nonprofit that helps to improve the quality of life for our nation’s heroes by raising, training and placing service dogs, free of charge, with lifetime support of the partnerships.


There will be local artists, locally brewed beverages, food available for purchase and music. The musical performance is by Who Knew? They will play a mix of classic rock, blues and R&B. In addition, Elvis tribute artist Steve Benden will be in attendance.

Admission and parking are free. Dogs that are leashed and well behaved will be permitted on the premises.

The brewery is at 2300 Harvey Gummel Road in Hampstead. For more information, call Sara Davis at 410-446-2380.

Senior center offering art class

The North Carroll Senior and Community Center is hosting a Mixed Media and Drawing Class starting April 2.

The class is for those 60 years and older, or those with a spouse 60 or older, and runs for 10 weeks. It will run from 12:30 until 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, and the cost will depend upon the number of those enrolled.

The class will be taught by Katie Gutridge and you can register anytime up until, and even after, April 2. For more information or to register, call 410-386-3900.

The center is at 2328 Hanover Pike in Hampstead.

Easter fun in Manchester

Looking for something to do with the kids in preparation for Easter?

Take the kids to Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, hosted by the Manchester Volunteer Fire Company from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday, April 6.

The cost is $8 for adults, children 5 to 12 years are $5 each and those younger than 5 are free. The menu consists of eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes, chipped beef, French toast, potatoes, biscuits and scrapple. There will also be kids’ crafts.

The event will be held at 3297 York St. in Manchester.

After you and the kids have a full belly, head on over to the inaugural Easter Egg Scramble, to be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at the Christmas Tree Park in Manchester.

The event is being presented by the Town of Manchester and the Manchester Planning and Events Committee, and will be held rain or shine.

There will be an Easter Egg Hunt by age groups, vendors, food, games, activities, face painting and much more. The Easter bunny will arrive at the park by fire truck.


The park is located off York Street, past the carnival grounds. For more information regarding sponsorship or vendor opportunities, email Mindy Amatucci at or Melissa Rowe at

Get those dancing shoes

The Coon Club is hosting the group Bobby & the Believers on Saturday, April 6. The doors open at 7 p.m., and all in attendance must be 21 or older.

Head over to dance along to awesome Motown as the band covers hits from artists such as Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and Lionel Richie. Food and drinks will be available for a cost and admission is $15 — and your first drink is free.

The club is at 2855 Coon Club Road in Hampstead. For reserved seats and tickets, call Brad at 410-984-5289; Tony at 443-821-9040; or Dave at 443-789-8294.

Goings-on at Charlotte’s Quest

Charlotte’s Quest in Manchester is hosting its first Member’s Day event from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13.

The day will include an Egg Hunt for those 12 and younger; a moonbounce, a story trail and a bookmobile, with lunch being served at noon.

If you’re not currently a member, you may sign up at, or arrive early the day of the event to register as a member.

The facility has also teamed up with TimberNook Sensational Experiences to present two classes for children. These will both be six-week sessions beginning April 16.

The first is Tiny Ones Playgroup for those 18 months to 4 years old. The program is for you and your child to venture into the woods for creative play opportunities that “engage the mind and challenge the senses,” according to a news release. The cost for this class is $60.

The second class offered is Little Wild Ones for those 4 to 8 years old and costs $220. The homeschool enrichment program will have children playing and learning outdoors, while diving deep into their imaginations.

The nature center is at 3400 Wilhelm Lane in Manchester. For more information or to register for a class, visit www.goskippingstones/timbernook; or email Charlotte’s Quest at

Lions offers scholarship

The Lineboro Manchester Lions club are offering a scholarship to those graduating seniors at Manchester Valley High School.

The requirements include that the student/applicant must earn a high school cumulative GPA of 2.75 (based on 4.0 scale); their original application must be fully completed in ink, not pencil; type or print legible; use proper names only; have two signed letters of recommendation by non-family members, stating why you should receive the scholarship; and provide a copy of their ACT/SAT scores, high school ranking and an official copy of their official transcript with the raised seal.

Applications will only be considered if they are filled out completely; and parent or legal guardian signatures are required.

Applications may be mailed to Lineboro/Manchester Lions Club, P.O. Box 27, Attn: Scholarship Committee, Manchester, MD 21102. The deadline to submit applications is April 12.

Information and packets can be found in the guidance office at Manchester Valley High School and at