AN AUTHENTIC rodeo is coming to Grace Bible Church in Manchester at 3 p.m. Sunday, and the free show is open to the public.
The Rodeo Roundup welcomes everyone to watch cowboys match wits and strength with the cattle and livestock they corner and lasso. Better still, thrill-seekers can participate.
If you've ever wished you could take a wild ride, you'll get the chance. Several invitational events will be available for amateur cowboys, including invitational junior bull riding, "he-man bulldogging," a goat tie-up, a pig chase and pony riding.
For the second year, the rodeo is being offered by the church as a goodwill gesture to the community, and to allow the public to meet church members.
The staff of River Valley Ranch is providing horses and cattle and will set up the rodeo next to the church.
Children can enjoy a petting zoo and face painting.
Admission and refreshments are free.
The church is at the end of Charmil Drive, off Route 30 just south of Manchester.
Pine Valley open house
The open house last year at Pine Valley Nature Center attracted more than 400 people who discovered the acres of woodlands and meadows are one of Manchester's best getaways.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday,the center will open its doors to the public with exhibitors from nature organizations, and offer guided hikes, children's activities, and more.
Children can meet Smokey Bear at 2 p.m. and watch a Monarch butterfly release after a discussion by Janet Springer at 3 p.m. A petting zoo will be maintained by the Manchester Maniacs 4-H club.
Birds of prey will be on display at noon, and a lecture will follow at 1 p.m. by the staff of Scales and Tales. At 11 a.m., expert Cindy Long will show how she is able to rehabilitate injured wild birds.
A scavenger hunt begins at 11 a.m. for children 10 to 15.
Events take place in and around the nature center at the end of Wilhelm Lane, off York Street, in Manchester. The rain date is Sept. 19.
Join local Boy Scouts
Boys and their parents are invited to meet Cub Scout Pack 791 at Hampstead Elementary School from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday.
Cub Scouts are boys in first through fifth grade who enjoy camping, arts and crafts, sports and community service.
Pack 791 offers activities such as the pinewood derby from handmade pine cars and Cub Scout Olympics.
Information: Denise Malbrough, 410-239-6373.
Registration for boys and adults is $7 each, with an optional subscription to Boys' Life magazine for $9. Adult members are welcome to participate and to become a leader with training provided by the Scouting organization.
Information: John Bryan, 410-876-0586, Mike Azzarello, 410-239-6289.
Join area Girl Scouts
Girls who wish to join the Girl Scouts can attend an open house from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 16 at Manchester Elementary School.
Mary Ann Hoffman, service chairwoman for the Hampstead, Manchester and Spring Garden school communities, welcomes girls 5 and older to join.
The Scouts develop community events, including a soccer camp, the annual Brownie camporee at Hashawha Environmental Center, and camp-ins at the Maryland Science Center and National Aquarium in Baltimore.
Information: Hoffman, 410-239-8562.
Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 9/08/99