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Two nonprofits come together to host Paint Nite fundraiser

The Manchester fire company and the North Carroll Hot Shots U-14 girls' fast pitch softball team will co-host a Paint Nite event at at the fire company's activities building, at 3297 York St. in Manchester, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9.

Tickets are $45 per person and include your art supplies for the night.

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Jimmy Langford, one of the event organizers and an assistant coach for the team, is a volunteer with the Manchester fire company and came up with the idea of uniting the two nonprofits for one fundraiser.

Langford said proceeds will be split between the softball team and the fire company.

The team will use its share of the proceeds to support travel expenses and equipment. The fire company will use its proceeds toward equipment upgrades or remodeling the firehouse space where volunteers and employees spend time while on duty, Langford said.

The all-girls U-14 team has 12 members, ages 13 and 14, from Carroll and Baltimore counties as well as south-central Pennsylvania. It is part of the North Carroll Hot Shots, a softball organization that fields several teams each year.

The team plays in tournaments from Allentown, Pennsylvania, to Ocean City. Langford said the team is responsible for all travel costs associated with the tournaments it plays in, including transportation, hotels and meals.

The Paint Nite event is BYOB or wine. Sodas and water, along with brownies, cookies and other finger foods being made by team members, will be available for purchase.

"Everybody gets tired of buying pizzas," Langford said. "I like trying to think of different ways to raise the money — I figured this would be fun and a night out."

The event is open to participants ages 21 and older.

Tickets must be bought in advance through the Paint Nite website at www.paintnite.com/events/930413.html.

New Year's nature walk

If your New Year's resolutions include spending more time outdoors, this guided hike through Pine Valley Park at 10 a.m. on Jan. 1 might be a fun start to the year.

Walkers will meet at Charlotte's Quest Nature Center, at 3400 Wilhelm Road in Manchester. Walkers should be ready to step off at 10 a.m. The center is situated within the park. The walk is free and open to the public, and will be led by a center volunteer. The hike will follow unpaved trails and is suitable for all ages. Walkers should come dressed for the weather.

Registration is available but not required. To register, visit www.charlottesquestnaturecenter.com and click on the "Programs" menu. For more information, call the nature center at 410-374-3395.

Winter sessions at center

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Winter arts and activity sessions for seniors age 60 and older kick off the first week of January at the North Carroll Senior and Community Center, at 2328 Hanover Pike in Greenmount. Classes include watercolor, drawing and painting, tai chi and more.

Renee Deiaco, center manager, said a new offering this session is an introductory computer class to run from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Tuesday, Jan. 12, for eight sessions.

Some of the physical activity classes are being offered for a donation instead of a class fee, thanks to a grant from Koons Toyota of Westminster, which is underwriting the classes. Donations given for these classes will help the center provide additional physical activity classes after the funds from the Koons grant have been used.

Several more art, music, and physical activity classes are being offered, some of which are free. The complete schedule is available at www.ccgovernment.carr.org/ccg/aging/docs/centers/Newsletters/NorthCarroll.pdf. For more information or to register for classes, call the center at 410-386-3900.

Donna Mortensen covers Hampstead, Manchester, Lineboro and neighboring communities in northern Carroll County. She can be reached at 443-547-6507 or

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