Manchester festival to focus on youth, programs


TO CELEBRATE the activities, talents and contributions of Manchester's youth, everyone associated with the younger generation can be part of a Youth Day festival Oct. 2 at the Manchester carnival grounds on York Street.

Groups and organizations devoted to positive experiences for children are invited to offer demonstrations and display information. Many groups typically offer free crafts for youngsters. No fee is charged for participation, and admission is free.

About 2,000 people attended the first Youth Day last October, getting an opportunity to discover supportive activities for children in Manchester.

Youth Day was conceived by Town Councilman Joseph Jordan as an alternative to dwelling on an anti-drug message for youth. He says the lack of community involvement has been shown as a factor when children turn to drug abuse and criminal activity.

The underlying theme is to show positive, meaningful activities available to youth and a community devoted to aiding the town's children as they mature.

To highlight the drug awareness message, the movie "Heroin Kills" will be shown throughout the day.

On the lighter side, plenty of entertainment is scheduled, including bands and dance troupes, a skateboard demonstration and safety workshop, a magic show and a soapbox derby demonstration. Helicopter rides will be available for a fee.

Karate demonstrations and a skateboard safety workshop will be given. A rescue presentation by the Manchester Volunteer Fire Department will include the extraction of a passenger from a crushed vehicle using the mechanical aid called "Jaws of Life."

The fire department will have a food concession.

Groups that wish to participate should visit the Manchester Web site or call Paula Vinson, 410-239-7700.

Blood drive Saturday

St. Paul's Lutheran Church at Route 30 and Dover Road will sponsor its semiannual community blood donation drive from 8: 30 a.m. to 2: 30 p.m. Saturday.

A typical donation takes about 45 minutes, with the giving of blood taking about 10 minutes. Extra time is needed for paperwork. An after-donation snack is provided.

Registration: Suzi Lyons, 410-239-7656.

Walk-in donors also are welcome.

Sex offender law

Two speakers will explain the Child Sexual Offender Registry law in a public program at 7 p.m. Sept. 29.

The program is sponsored by St. George's Episcopal Church, 2434 Cape Horn Road, Hampstead. The meeting will take place at the church.

Sgt. Ronald S. Mosco of the Maryland State Police will explain the law. He will discuss how the public can learn if a registered child sexual offender lives in their neighborhood.

Roseanna Bryson of Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland will present ways parents can help to prevent their children from becoming victims, and what they should do if their children are victimized.

A question-and-answer session will follow each speaker.

Refreshments will be served after the program. Child care will be provided.

St. George's Church is halfway between Hampstead and Manchester, about a quarter-mile off Route 30.

Information: 410-374-9748.

Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 9/15/99

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