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North Carroll: Aliens, dogs, Harry Potter, an escape room and more at North Carroll library

Maura Spence, 4, gives her little sister, Keelin, 2, a kiss as they dance to the guitar music of local musician Jim Ellis at the North Carroll branch library.
Maura Spence, 4, gives her little sister, Keelin, 2, a kiss as they dance to the guitar music of local musician Jim Ellis at the North Carroll branch library. (Phil Grout / Carroll County Times file)

Wow. Is tomorrow really the Fourth of July already? Feels like school just let out yesterday.

I know there are activities in and around the communities within North Carroll during July, yet I don’t seem to have received any from community organizations.

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Happy Fourth of July to everyone!

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Library events

The North Carroll branch of the Carroll County Public Library has a full summer schedule that is sure to please children of all ages. Looking for a way to beat the heat? Check out the schedule online at https://ccpl.librarymarket.com/events/month.

Some of the upcoming events include Aliens: Escape from Earth, from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday. During this event you can combine science experiments with an action-packed alien adventure. It is geared for children 4-12 years old.

On July 12, for those a little older, ages 11 to 17, they can enjoy the Escape Room event. They can work as a team to gather clues, figure out puzzles and attempt to escape the room in less than an hour. This event begins at 1 p.m. and registration is being taken through July 12; space is limited.

If you’re looking to not only have the kids read a good book, but connect with a cute pet too, why not sign them up for Read to a Dog Friend? For those ages 4 to 12 years old, they can read to a puppy from the Seeing Eye Puppy Raising Program. This sounds like an awesome event, and it runs from 7 to 8 p.m. July 11.

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Entertainer Chris Fascione will perform from 10 to 11 a.m. July 17 for children of all ages. He creates his own characters through acting, storytelling, comedy and juggling. You can catch a preview by visiting www.chrisfascione.com/videos.html.

Care to take a trip into the magical world of Harry Potter? Use your imagination to design and create your very own wand during the “Harry Potter Advanced Wandmaking and More!” event to be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. July 22. Registration for this event will begin at 9 a.m. July 8 and continue until the day of the event, or if spaces fills.

In addition to these wonderful programs, the CCPL is also holding its annual summer reading program. This year’s theme is Summer Discovery: A Universe of Stories and runs now through Aug. 24. Children can sign up and win points by reading, reviewing books, logging minutes/books read, and so many other activities. The points can then turn into chances at prizes. For more information visit https://library.carr.org/ and click on the Summer Reading banner.

The library is located at 2255 Hanover Pike in Hampstead. For more information or to registration for these and other events, please call 410-386-4480.

Music in the Park

The Hampstead Train Station committee is sponsoring Music in the Park concerts at Main Street Memorial Park in Hampstead. The concerts, which are free, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. the second Saturday in July, August and September.

The next concert is July 13. Seating is a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 4:30 p.m. There will also be on-site vendors selling refreshments.

If you’d like more information on the event, or want to be a food vendor, contact committee Chair Wayne Thomas at 410-374-9397 or waynehthomas@qis.net.

Carnival continues

Don’t forget that the Manchester carnival is this week and goes through Saturday night. The carnival hours are 6 to 11 p.m., with the kitchen hours from 5 to 9 nightly. Kids can ride all night for only $20 every night. For more information, including the entertainment lineup, visit www.manchestervfd.org. The carnival grounds are located at 3297 York St.

Reminders

Storm Field Hockey Summer Fun Night: July 9-11, 6-8 p.m. each night. July 9, Leisters Park, grades K-2; July 10, grades 3-4 & July 11, grades 5-9, all at the former North Carroll High School. $20/person. Rain dates: July 16-18. Information: Jennifer Lleras, Jennifer.Lleras@gmail.com; register: www.stonealley.com/program/northcarroll.

Demolition Derby: July 13, gates 1 p.m., racing 3 p.m., 5415 Arcadia Ave., Upperco. Cost: $15/18 and older; $10/12-17 years old; free/11 and younger. Information: www.uppercovfc.org/content/demolition/.

Shiela Johnson covers Hampstead, Manchester, Lineboro, and neighboring communities in northern Carroll County. She can be reached at sastonejohnson@gmail.com or 410-412-6787.

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