It is officially spring! Sunny, warmer days; blooming flowers, outdoor events, and so much more. I am so excited that my lilac bushes have bloomed, and one out of three in the front yard looks amazing.
So, with great weather, the calendar tends to fill up quickly with community happenings. If you live in the north Carroll area, then you know a must on your calendar is the annual Hampstead Day event.
The 46th annual Hampstead Day will run from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, May 25.
While the roadwork in the Town of Hampstead is still in progress, Hampstead Day will be held again at the Arcadia fire company carnival grounds.
The day will feature about 100 vendors, food services, entertainment for all ages, a tractor show and a car show. Some of the kid’s events include magic by D’s Magic, a puppet show, and a Kid Zone. Admission and parking are free; and the event will be held rain or shine. Handicapped parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Hampstead Lions Club Car Show will be held during Hampstead Day, with registration opening at 9 a.m. There is a $15 registration fee for each vehicle. Dash plaques and swag will be given to the first 50 participants. An awards ceremony, with trophies and door prizes, will be held at 2:30 p.m.
Vendors are being accepted until May 20. For more information, including a vendor application, visit https://e-clubhouse.org/sites/hampsteadmd/.
The carnival grounds are at 16020 Carnival Ave. in Upperco. For more information, contact the Hampstead Lions Club at firstname.lastname@example.org or 920-474-5215.
Fundraiser for ‘Black Rock Dogs’
Hampstead resident Jennifer Lleras, a Scentsy independent consultant, is holding a fundraiser to benefit/support the Humane Society of Carroll County.
The fundraiser will help support the care and medical needs of the dogs that were rescued from a residence on Black Rock Road in Hampstead in April.
Lleras plans to give back to the Humane Society 20 to 25% of sales, depending on the amount sold.
Spring Garden Elementary School is hosting its annual Garden Party from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11.
The event is a carnival-like atmosphere, minus the rides, and has a little something for everyone. The largest fundraiser of the year, the day will feature games for all ages, crafts, food for sale, and a silent auction.
Admission and parking are free. The day is open to the students, their families and the local community.
The school is at 700 Boxwood Drive in Hampstead. For more information and to see some of the items available in the silent auction, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sgepta/.
Spring yard sale
The Miller’s Ladies Aid Spring Yard Sale will be held from 8 a.m. until 3 pm. Saturday, May 18.
Some of the items for sale include clothing for men, women and children, shoes and purses, linens, household items, and electronics. There will also be a silent auction table, lunch food items for sale and a baked goods table.
If you’d like to donate items for the sale that are in good condition and clean, you may do so until 7 p.m. the evenings of May 13, 14 and 15.
The event will be held in the Picnic Woods building at 4224 Miller’s Station Road in Manchester. For more information, call Laura Geiwitz at 410-239-8935 or 410-458-0443.
Bocce Ball Mixer
A Bocce Mixer will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at the courts located in Manchester.
This event will kick off the 2019 bocce season, and you can enjoy games, food, raffles and prizes.
All levels of experience are welcomed as you can pair experienced players with new players for a day of noncompetitive fun. This is a free event.
Elvis is in the Building
The Manchester Volunteer Fire Company will be hosting Elvis is in the Building! on Saturday, May 18.
The doors open at 6:45 p.m., with appetizers available until 7:20 p.m., and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Host Bob Goss presents Jeff Krick as Elvis. The cost is $20 per person; and tickets will be sold at the door via cash or check only.
The fire department activities building is at 3297 York St. in Manchester. For more information or tickets, call Robin at 410-596-5900 or Lynn at 443-340-1379.
There is still time to register for the benefit golf tournament to be held Saturday, May 18 at Oakmont Green Golf Course. The tee time is 7:30 a.m.
Funds raised from this golf outing will benefit the New Playground Fund at Spring Garden Elementary School in Hampstead.
There will be a luncheon, many fun on-hole games, mulligans for sale, and much more. The cost is $90 per person, or $360 for a foursome.
The golf course is at 2290 Golf View Lane in Hampstead. For more information, or to register, call 410-751-3433 or visit www.carrollk12.org.sge.
Charlotte’s Quest Nature Center will hold a Plant Swap from 1 to 3 p.m. May 19. If you’re bringing plants to swap, they recommend getting there before 2 p.m.
Bring unwanted plants, grab new plants, enjoy free refreshments and take advantage of the Ask a Master Gardener table. The nature center is at 3400 Wilhelm Lane in Manchester.
For more information, call 410-374-3395 or visit www.charlottesquest.org.
Hampstead School reunion: June 1, noon, Hampstead fire hall, 1341 N. Main St. For those that attended 1919-1985. $25/person. Information: Lee Stansfield, 410-374-1770; Jane Alban, 410-374-4454.