Can you believe it? Summer will be over in only one more month. I can’t believe how quickly it is passing us by. Hopefully you’ve been able to take time for yourself and the family, enjoy the warm summer days, and relax a little before the hustle and bustle of school and the holidays are upon us again. School? Wow, only five more weeks. When my daughter started kindergarten, I was surprised at how quickly back-to-school signs were out and the school supply lists were printed. Now? Today I only had to buy about four small things that I didn’t already have — I have learned to hit the clearance sales at the end of the previous Back-To-School sales and clean up with clearance! Her book bag is packed and ready for the fourth grade.
The North East Social Action Program has a lot going on — constantly hosting fundraisers and seeking donations so that they can continue helping those in our community that need a little, or a lot, of assistance. On June 16, Matthew’s Tire held their annual car show and raised $1,500 that was gifted to NESAP.
NESAP still has lower reserve tickets, section 75, for sale for the Sept. 16 Orioles game versus the Chicago White Sox. Game time is 1:05 p.m. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased up until Aug. 20. For this game, the first 20,000 fans 15 and older will receive a free Orioles cap. For information or tickets, call 443-952-0097.
Ever wonder how this organization functions and how they’re able to help so many people in our community? You will have an opportunity to learn on Thursday, Sept. 13 as they host an open house from 4 to 8 p.m. You will have a chance to see their sorting area, assistance office, storage/organization and food pantry. In addition, you will see how they recycle, reduce and reuse. The tour ends in the food pantry and you will then return to the thrift store. Tours will be held every 30 minutes.
As I mentioned earlier, we’re already thinking about back to school so while you’re out fulfilling your child’s list, maybe you could pick up one or two extra things to donate to NESAP. They are collecting supplies to help students in the Hampstead and Manchester areas. Due to an outstanding turnout last year, the shelves are still overflowing with backpacks and school supplies for the coming year, however they still need a few items. Donations of three-hole pocket folders and three-prong folders, in blue, red, orange and yellow; thin, fine tip markers, pencil pouches (one-hole large canvas), dividers (8- and 5-tab), headphones and USB flash drives are all needed. You can pick up a lot at the local Dollar Tree or Walmart that are inexpensive.
The food pantry is also in need of donations such as jelly, juice, canned pasta, brownie mix, rice, Hamburger Helper and Tuna Helper, Ramen noodles, and rice and pasta side dishes. Also, if you have an abundance of plastic grocery bags, or brown grocery bags, donations of those are greatly welcomed. If you happen to have extra egg cartons lying around, they are needed too, as Moorfoot Farms donates boxes of 15 dozen eggs that are given out to local families.
NESAP is located at 1046 S. Carroll St., Hampstead and for information, you can call 410-374-9099 or visit www.nesapinc.org.
Fifth Annual National Night Out
The Hampstead and Manchester volunteer fire departments will be hosting the 5th Annual National Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7. The purpose of the event is to increase awareness of crime, drugs and violence; and to encourage community participation.
The Manchester event will be held at the Manchester carnival grounds, located at 3297 York St., Manchester. Residents can learn about public safety information, feast on hot dogs, drinks, and ice cream; and there will be a rock wall and face painting. Kids will be able explore an ambulance, fire truck and a police car; and try on firefighter gear.
Hampstead residents can visit the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company at 1341 North Main Street for their block party. Learn about crime prevention and emergency preparedness by speaking with members of Hampstead police and fire departments, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Army. The night is kid and pet friend and there will be free food, live music, a police K-9 demonstration, games, a bounce house and more.
In addition, there is a free shuttle service from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. from the North Carroll High School (1400 Panther Drive, Hampstead) to the fire department. There will be additional parking at the post office, Leisters and Lion Club parks (without bus shuttle service).
For information on being a vendor at the Hampstead event, call 410-239-8954 or email email@example.com.
Manchester fire company crab feed
Join the Manchester Volunteer Fire Company from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5 for their Crab Feed at the activities building.
The menu will consist of all you can eat crabs, fried chicken, hot dogs, Maryland crab soup, corn on the cob, salads, sides, beer, soda and water. A cash bar will be available, and all those consuming alcohols must be 21 and older. No outside alcohol is permitted. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children.
The activities building is located at 3297 York St., Manchester. For information or tickets, call Bobby at 443-375-9614 or Keith at 443-829-7124.
A few reminders
Campfire & Critter Search: July 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Charlotte’s Quest, 3400 Wilhelm Lane, Manchester. Ages 4 and older. Information: 410-374-3395, www.charlottesquest.org, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
15th Annual golf tournament: July 27, registration 11:30 a.m., start 1 p.m., Oakmont Green Golf Course, 2290 Golfview Lane, Hampstead. Hosted by American Legion Post 200. $85/person. Space limited. Information: Jerry Reese, 410-239-4946; Dave, 443-375-8417.
Movie Nights: Aug. 3 and 7, 7-9:30 p.m., St. Abrahams Church, 4029 Beckleysville Road, Hampstead. Free. Information: 410-374-4726/www.stabrahamslutheranchurch.com.
Camp Moose on the Loose! VBS: Aug. 6-10, 9-11:30 a.m. daily, St. Abrahams Church, 4029 Beckleysville Road, Hampstead. For ages 3-12. Information: 410-374-4726/www.stabrahamslutheranchurch.com.
Hampstead Ravens Parade/Vendor Festival: Aug. 4, parade begins 9 a.m., followed by vendors at Hampstead Lions Club Ball Park, 4135 Hillcrest Ave., Hampstead. Games, crafts, food and more. No admission; ends at 2 p.m. Information/vendor information Niki Sanders, 559-719-5792 or email@example.com.
Save a Hero Dance: Aug. 25, doors 6 p.m., Coon Club, 2855 Coon Club Road, Hampstead. $15 donation. Raffles, 50/50 and more. Must be 21 years or older. Music by Nasty Habitz. Information/tickets: Steve, 410-977-6404; Tony, 443-821-9040; www.coonclub.org.
Crab & Bull Feast and Dance: Sept. 8, doors 4 p.m., food served 5-9 p.m., Coon Club, 2855 Coon Club Road, Hampstead. Tickets: $50. Music: Bootleg, 7:30-11:30 p.m. Tickets/information: Phil, 443-507-6590, Tony, 443-821-9040, or Brad, 410-984-5289; www.coonclub.org.