With mud or without: Benefit event gives choice

Mark your calendars for the third annual Dell Country Mile, to be held July 12 at Dell Brothers Grain farm at 903 Sullivan Road in Westminster.

"We will be offering 1 mile and 5K trails. There are 2 different routes, one with mud and one without mud. The optional mud trail was such a hit last year that we are bringing it back again. You have the option to get muddy or stay dry," Jessie Boog, one of the event coordinators, wrote in an email. "There will be water bottles and medals for sure for all runners."


This fun family event is hosted by the Tree of Friends Foundation, a nonprofit based in Manchester that strives to help local families in need, donate to other nonprofits with causes that directly benefit the Carroll County community, partner with North Carroll Recreation Council to offer sports scholarships and establish the Dylan Rodgers Scholarship that will benefit a graduating Westminster High School senior annually in honor of Dylan Rodgers, a WHS senior who passed away last year.

Event registration can be done online at http://www.raceit.com/Register/?=32554, by printing and mailing the form found at http://www.treeoffriends.org, or with walk-up registration the day of the event, beginning at 11 a.m.


Registration fees through July 9 are $20 for the 1 Mile Fun Run and $30 for the 5K. Prices will increase $10 after July 9.

The fun run will begin at 1 p.m. and the 5K will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Donations and proceeds will benefit the Gina Maria Barnes Foundation, the Jake Offutt Foundation and the Carroll County community.

The Gina Maria Barnes Foundation was established in Barnes' honor and supports young women who are facing colon cancer. "We are supporting this newly established fund through Carroll Hospital which guides these women through the right path of medical treatment, doctors, appropriate questions and answers, etc. during their time of need," Boog wrote in an email.

The Jake Offutt Foundation is a fund set up to help pay the ongoing medical bills incurred by the Offutt family while Jake continues to battle a rare form of brain cancer, according to Boog. Dell Country Mile participants are encourage to visit http://jakeskickinit.com/how and purchase a T-shirt to wear the day of the run.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the Dell Country Mile event. For more information about sponsorships, the Tree of Friends Foundation or this event, email info@treeoffriends.org or call 443-507-0667.

Carnival week

The Manchester fire company will have its annual summer carnival Monday, June 29, through Saturday, July 4, from 6 until 11 p.m. at the carnival grounds, 3297 York St., Manchester.

This year the fire company is celebrating 130 years of service and, in honor of this milestone, will hold the biggest fireworks show to date. The fireworks display will take place at dark on Thursday, July 2, at the carnival grounds. The rain date will be Saturday, July 4.

Other notable events will be the Fire Queens Contest at 6 p.m. Monday, June 29, and the parade beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 30.

Live bands will play every night. For a full schedule, visit http://www.manchestervfd.org.

Ride Night is every night and, new for this year, there will be a mechanical bull ride every night as well.


The activities building kitchen will open at 5 p.m. and will offer a different dinner every evening. Visit the fire company's website for a list. Other food — such as hamburgers, hot dogs, pit beef, pizza, cheesesteaks, french fries, ice cream, funnel cake and more — will be available at food stands throughout the carnival.

For more information, contact Bill Black at 443-547-1745 or email wmsb1963@comcast.net.

Classes for seniors

Among the summer fitness classes being offered at the North Carroll Senior and Community Center are these:

Zumba for Seniors drop-in classes will meet Wednesdays, beginning July 1, from 1 until 1:50 p.m. The cost is a donation.

Arthritis Exercise Tuesday classes begin July 7, from 10:30 until 11:30 a.m., and Arthritis Exercise Wednesday classes begin July 8, from 10 until 11 a.m. The cost for these three-month-session classes is a donation.

Exercise with Valerie classes will meet Thursdays, beginning July 2, from 9 until 10 a.m. The cost is $25 for three months.

Fun & Fitness Exercise Monday classes begin July 6, from 10 until 11 a.m., and Fun & Fitness Exercise Friday classes begin July 10, from 10 until 11 a.m. The cost for these three-month sessions are $25.

These classes may be joined at any time after the session begins.

For a full listing of available classes, visit ccgovernment.carr.org/ccg/Aging/ or call the senior center at 410-386-3900.

The center is at 2328 Hanover Pike, Greenmount.

Jill Murphy covers Hampstead, Manchester and neighboring communities in the North Carroll area. She can be reached at jillmurphy.neighborhoods@netzero.com or 443-604-8619.

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