Children's author to read her new book at library


Children's author Jerdine Nolen will read her recent book, "Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm," at 10 a.m. June 21 at the North Carroll Public Library, on Hanover Pike in Greenmount.

Children and adults are invited to listen to Mrs. Nolen read her story and talk with the author about writing for children. Copies of her book, illustrated by Mark Buehner, will be for sale during her visit. The author also will be available to sign autographs.

Mrs. Nolen, born in Crystal Springs, Miss., grew up with five sisters and two brothers in Chicago. She's now a middle school teacher living in Baltimore with her husband, Tony, and their children, Matthew and Jessica. When she's not writing, Mrs. Nolen plays recorder, harmonica, or guitar.

The visit by Mrs. Nolen has been supported in part by a grant from the Uhrig Foundation. Registration is required to attend.

Information: 374-1212.


A celebration of roses in art will be held at Hanover Area Arts Guild next month, and works by several North Carroll artists are expected. The gallery is at 32 Carlisle St., Hanover, Pa., just north of the town's central intersection.

The exhibit, "Roses for the Black Rose Community," will highlight roses portrayed in various media. The "Black Rose Community" signifies Hanover; the black rose is the city symbol.

A cadre of artists from Carroll County participates in the 170-member Hanover Area Arts Guild. Membership, granted by a standards committee, is open to amateur and professional artists.

Three concurrent gallery exhibits by guild members are scheduled next month. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Gallery and membership information: (717) 632-2521.


If you've got crafts, household items and yard sale junk-tiques, the Hampstead American Legion Auxiliary has a sale for you.

Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., a yard sale and flea market will be held by the auxiliary in the Hampstead Legion parking lot.

Vendor spaces cost $10 and still are available.

The Hampstead Legion Auxiliary supports a roster of charitable causes through activities such as the yard sale.

"We are a very worthwhile organization. We contribute to practically everything," said Faye Dell, who, with Penney Murphy, is organizing the Saturday event. Mrs. Dell is the district president of the American Legion Auxiliary for Western Maryland.

The Hampstead auxiliary contributes to the Maryland Special Olympics, CHANGE Inc., North East Social Action Program, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, cerebral palsy telethon, Muscular Dystrophy Association and other causes.

The local unit annually sends three young women to Girls State and annually awards two $50 savings bonds to children ages 9 through 14 for an essay contest.

The auxiliary also holds a Christmas party for senior citizens of Hampstead, Manchester and Lineboro, "well-attended by about 100 persons," said Mrs. Dell, "and attended by children in the evening -- about 50 or 60, but it seems like more.

"The men do a tremendous number of contributions to nonprofit organizations, including $1,600 to support the cerebral palsy foundation this year," she said. "They give two $1,500 scholarships and the auxiliary gives one for $500 [to high school graduates]. There are a lot of things we do that are very beneficial to others."

Information: Penney Murphy, 239-8747; Faye Dell, 374-2206.

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