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Sme of the scenery from this year’s Train Garden at the Manchester Volunteer Fire Department is shown. The garden is open weekends through the end of the year.
Sme of the scenery from this year’s Train Garden at the Manchester Volunteer Fire Department is shown. The garden is open weekends through the end of the year. (Manchester Volunteer Fire Department)

The Manchester volunteer fire company is featuring its annual train garden from noon until 6 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 10, Dec. 17, and Sundays, Dec. 11, 18; and from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, Saturday, Dec. 31 and Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. The train garden is free to the public and is located on the second floor of the fire department.

On Saturday, Dec. 31, the fire company is hosting a New Year's Eve Celebration.

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There will be live music by Rivers Bend Band, a money wheel, 50/50 raffles and "pull tickets." Party favors will also be provided.

The cost is $40 in advance and $50 at the door, per person. The menu includes roast beef, steamed and fried shrimp, appetizers, beer and set-ups included with cash bar. For those seeking a ride home, they will be available upon request for $5 per person, locally.

The Manchester fire company and Tree of Friends Foundation, a Manchester-based organization, are also seeking the community's assistance for their 12th year of helping local families. Their Giving Trees are now up at the fire department, Dutch Corner Restaurant, BB&T and Brother's Pizza, all in Manchester.

The Giving Tree featured at the Manchester Volunteer Fire Department will provide Christmas gifts to those children in need this holiday season.
The Giving Tree featured at the Manchester Volunteer Fire Department will provide Christmas gifts to those children in need this holiday season. (Manchester Volunteer Fire Department)

Visit one of the locations and choose an ornament that will allow you to adopt an individual child for the holiday. Once you pick your ornament, purchase the gift written on it and then return it to the fire company by Dec. 10.

The fire company is also accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys, clothes, personal hygiene items and household items for children of all ages.

The fire company is at 3209 Main St. For more information and/or tickets for the New Year's Eve party, call Jeff at 443-340-0886 or Bill at 443-547-1745.

Still accepting donations for Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday was celebrated on Tuesday, Nov. 29. This event unites charities, corporations, small businesses and individuals from all over the world.

North East Social Action Program, or NESAP, is participating, with a goal of $10,000 in sponsorships and $10,000 in matching gifts from the community, per a news release. NESAP will be receiving through Dec. 16. As of Nov. 22, the totals are $10,835 in sponsorships and $4,380 in matching community donations, which put them at 40 percent of their goal.

Donations may be made through the website at www.nesapinc.org; or by mailing a check, made payable to NESAP, to P.O. Box 831, Hampstead, MD 21074. Please mark "Giving Tuesday" on the memo line.

For more information regarding the event, visit www.givingtuesday.org.

And don't forget that NESAP is seeking donations for its 2016 Holiday Food Drive. They are seeking donations to provide Carroll County residents in need with their Christmas meal.

For more information regarding any of the above, call Lynn Sheavly at 443-952-0098; 410-239-6216; or visit www.nesapinc.org. NESAP is at 1046 S. Carroll St. in Hampstead.

Fundraiser for MVHS

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A Paint Night Fundraiser will be held Thursday, Dec. 8 at Manchester Valley High School. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the event is 7 to 9 p.m.

The cost is $40 per person. COB51 Art Studio will be on hand to walk attendees through the process of painting a crab with the Maryland flag on it. No experience is necessary and all of the supplies are provided. The event is to benefit the class of 2020 and they will receive 20 percent of the event's proceeds.

Preregistration is required by calling 410-491-1172 or visit www.cob51.com/calendar to purchase tickets online.

The school is at 3300 Maple Grove Road in Manchester.

Reminder: SGE food drive

Spring Garden Elementary School is holding a Holiday Food Drive through Dec. 9 to benefit NESAP in Hampstead.

They are looking for donations such as beef stew, canned pasta and meat, peanut butter, cereal, canned vegetables, stuffing, macaroni and cheese, soup, juice, and more. Donations are being accepted in the front lobby of the school.

The school is at 700 Boxwood Drive in Hampstead. For more information, call the school at 410-751-3433.

Santa to visit Lineboro

Santa will be getting chauffeured around Lineboro on Saturday, Dec. 16, and his journey starts at 6:30 p.m.

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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