The Hampstead American Legion Auxiliary Unit 200, in conjunction with the Town of Hampstead, will help celebrate the lighting of the town’s Christmas Display this weekend. Stacey Nash, a member of the auxiliary since 2011, said the center tree behind the War Memorial will be lit with red, white and blue lights.
There will be additional lighted trees and Christmas figures during the ceremony. The patriotic lights are part of a fundraiser for the auxiliary. Anyone can purchase a light, for $5, in honor of someone or in memory of a loved one. Cards can also be mailed, if desired, to let someone know that a light was purchased in their honor.
Auxiliary members will attend the event if you’re interested in purchasing a light and there are forms at the American Legion Post 200 to fill out.
The tree lighting will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, with Santa arriving and entertainment.
The Legion is located at 4600 Legion Lane, Hampstead. For information or to purchase a light, call Stacey at 443-744-1184 or email email@example.com.
Business collecting toys
Hampstead Pre-Owned is collecting toys for the Toys for Tots campaign, through Dec. 5.
There is a donation box in their showroom for those wanting to donate new, unwrapped toys. Their hours are 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. weekdays, and from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on the weekends.
The dealership is located at 1111 S. Main St., Hampstead. For information, call 410-239-8765.
Red Cross blood drive
A Red Cross blood drive will be held from 1:30 until 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4 at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.
The Blue Christmas service is aimed to help those who may have difficulty dealing with Christmas this year and will be delivered by the Rev. Amy Lewis-Rill, and accompanied by Stephanie Halley, youth coordinator and contemporary worship director.
It is open to anyone. The church is located at 3239 Carrollton Road. For information, call the church at 410-374-4027.
Santa visits Manchester
Santa will be vising neighborhoods in Manchester on a fire truck to say hello to all the children.
On Dec. 8 he will be in the Crossroads Overlook neighborhood, Whispering Valley and Hallie Hills. On Sat., Dec. 9, he will venture to the Manchester Farms neighborhoods, Charmil Drive and Mindi Drive.
On Friday, Dec. 15, the truck will take him to Mt. Ventus Road, Deep Run Road, Lake Drive, Oriole Court, Grand Valley, Band Hall Hill, and Ebbvale Road. Please note that Saturday, Dec. 16 and Sunday, Dec. 17, are to be announced and/or rain dates.
Annual holiday drive
The Manchester Volunteer Fire Department and the Tree of Friends Foundation are hosting their 13th annual holiday drive. The drive will help local children from the Manchester, Lineboro and Hampstead areas; those from Ebb Valley and Manchester elementary schools, or North Carroll Middle School.
Six “Giving Trees” are located throughout Manchester and are decorated with ornaments containing a local children’s gender, age, and an item they need. If you’d like to participate, take an ornament, purchase the item, and return the unwrapped gift, with the ornament, to the Manchester Volunteer Fire Department, located at 3209 Main St., Manchester, by Dec. 15.
The trees are set up at Brother’s Pizza, MJ’s Café and Baking Company, Dutch Corner, BB&T in Manchester, MVFD, or the Tree of Friends Foundation, now through Dec. 13.
Sportsman Bingo: Dec. 2, doors open 4:30 p.m., dinner 5:30 p.m., games 7 p.m., Lineboro Volunteer Fire Dept., 4224 Main St., Lineboro. $40 per person includes dinner and games. Tickets/information: Joe Lankford, 410-977-4735.
Breakfast with Santa: Dec. 2, 8 a.m.-noon, Manchester Volunteer Fire Company activities building, 3297 York St., Manchester. $8/adults, $5/4-10 & free/3 and younger. Information: 410-239-2286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breakfast with Santa: Dec. 2, 8 a.m., Upperco Volunteer Fire Company, 5415 Arcadia Ave., Upperco. Admission: donation. Information: 410-887-1576 or email@example.com.