North Carroll: Manchester Baptist Church hosting VBS, movie nights; outdoor music at Coon Club

Manchester Baptist Church is hosting “In the Wild VBS: Join the Adventure” from Sunday, July 14 through Friday, July 19, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each day.

The vacation Bible school kickoff event is at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 13. They will be showing “God's Little Creatures,” and admission is free. There will be popcorn, games and a moonbounce. Snacks and hotdogs will also be available for purchase, with all proceeds benefiting local nonprofits.


As part of the VBS program, other movie nights will include a showing of “Mary Poppins Returns” on Aug. 10, at 7 p.m.; and on Sept. 14, the movie “Dumbo” will be shown at 7 p.m. “Mary Poppins Returns” will be shown at the Manchester Carnival Grounds, and “Dumbo” will be shown at Charlotte’s Quest Nature Center, at 3400 Wilhelm Lane in Manchester. During both evenings, admission is free, and there will also be food available for purchase.

The church is located at 2933 Manchester Baptist Church Road. If you’re interested in participating, register online at

Music at Coon Club

The third event in a series of outdoor music concerts at the Coon Club will be held July 27.

Bands Red Dirt Revolution and Surreal will perform. The gates open at 4 p.m., and admission is $10 person. There will be food and beer available; no outside coolers are permitted. Bring a lawn chair to use while enjoying the music.

Another event will be held Aug. 10, with the bands Problem Child and Big Jack performing.

The Coon Club is located at 2855 Coon Club Road in Hampstead. For more information, call 410-374-9897.

Food Pantry

Lazarus United Church of Chris is hosting its Helping Hands Food Pantry from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, July 20.

The event is held the third Saturday of each month.

The church is located at 5101 S. Church St. in Lineboro. For more information, call 410-374-1304.

NESAP information

The North East Social Action Program (NESAP) needs food donations, which can be donated from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Some of the items needed in the food pantry include canned mixed vegetables, canned potatoes, canned salmon or chicken, Helper (hamburger or tuna), oatmeal, granola bars/Pop-Tarts, Jell-O, pudding, paper towels, dish soap and laundry detergent.

For more information, email Donn Dietrich at

Upcoming events

Be sure to keep up with this column for information regarding the National Night Out, the Hampstead carnival, remaining Demolition Derby dates, a Big Money Give-A-Way, the MAMA seventh annual Car Show, and so much more. Watch for the carnival, which will be in town at 1341 N. Main St. from Monday, Aug. 12 through Saturday, Aug. 17, starting at 6 p.m.

Is your church hosting VBS this summer? Having a car show, a dinner or breakfast, flea market, etc.? Be sure to send it to me ASAP, as I have early deadlines. If you’re not sure about an event, please feel free to call or email me and I can let you know if I can use it or not in the column.


Storm Field Hockey Summer Fun Night: July 9-11, 6-8 each night. July 9, Leister 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,; register: 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: Music in the Park: July 13, seating beings 4:30 p.m., music 6-8 p.m., Main Street Memorial Park, Hampstead. Free. Vendors, food and more. Information: Wayne Thomas, 410-374-9397;