HELICOPER rides, a magician, local bands and soapbox derby cars are among the attractions offered Saturday at Manchester Youth Day.
At this one event, you can discover just about every organization or program offered to youths in the Manchester area. Many groups offer crafts to make and take, as well as information about how to join for activities throughout the year.
You'll be able to meet members of the Manchester Parks Foundation, who volunteer their time to keep Pine Valley Park open for nature lovers, or ask questions about the co-ed Sea Scout Explorer program. You can visit with members of the North Carroll Recreation Council, or find a 4-H group or Girl Scout troop to join.
"This is the chance for local youth groups and organizations to highlight their program, thank their sponsors, recognize participants and recruit new members," said Paula Vinson, who is organizing the event with Councilman Joe Jordan.
The new community resource directory of businesses, organizations and services for the Manchester community will make its debut at the Manchester Town Hall booth.
The Manchester Volunteer Fire Company will staff the concession stand and demonstrate rescues using the "jaws of life" tool on crushed cars.
To highlight drug abuse awareness, the movie "Heroin Kills" will be shown throughout the day.
On the lighter side, you can enjoy performances by local bands, dance troupes and karate demonstration teams.
Skateboard enthusiasts will enjoy demonstrations and a safety workshop.
Helicopter rides will be available for a fee.
Local groups wishing to participate should visit the Manchester Web site or call Vinson at 410-239-7700.
The event takes place at the carnival grounds on York Street. There is no admission fee and parking is free.
Women's Club meets
The Women's Club of Hampstead will hold a luncheon to inaugurate its 1999-2000 season of service.
The club is part of the Greater Federation of Women's Clubs, an international organization.
The luncheon to take place at noon at the Piney Branch Golf and Country Club on Trenton Mill Road, Hampstead.
Arts chairwoman Gail Terzano will conduct an exhibition of local artists, including Virginia Martin, Phyllis Gettier and Chad Calhoun, who will speak briefly about their work.
The luncheon is the final day for members and their guests to reserve space for a bus trip and guided tour of the Low Vision Research Center Oct. 14.
The Women's Club has coordinated an eyeglass collection program with Lions Club International, which helps support the center.
Lions and Lioness club members will also participate in the trip.
Information: Elsie Cooper, 410-374-6842.
Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.