LOOK EYE TO eye with a bald eagle, or better still, snap a memorable photograph in the great outdoors.
You won't need to trek through remote wilderness to capture such a photo of a lifetime. Your close encounter can happen at Bear Branch Nature Center from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday. The nature center is at 300 John Owings Road, off Route 97 north of Westminster.
The eagle is one highlight of the Summer Photo Shoot with naturalist Sherry Fisher, an expert on birds of prey. She'll also handle great horned owls, barred owls, a barn owl and screech owls.
"Sherry brings out the screech owls a lot - they're very tiny. You'll be able to get up close to take pictures of them," said Sheryl Pedrick, a naturalist who's new at Bear Branch.
The morning of nature photography also includes contact with various snakes, other reptiles and amphibians kept at the nature center. They'll be placed in natural settings by Fisher so photographers can take close-ups of their flickering tongues and expressions of animal wisdom.
For the adventurous, the adjoining lake features a boardwalk to capture that chance wild encounter on film.
Photographers ages 12 through 18, if accompanied by an adult, may attend. The cost is $5 for nature center members and $7 for nonmembers.
Information and registration: 410-848-2517.
Quilt on display
The millennium quilt produced by the teachers, pupils and staff of Hampstead Elementary School is on display at North Carroll Public Library through next month.
The blocks of the quilt illustrate each of the school's classrooms, special interest areas, and office, nurse and custodial activities. An intriguing array of media was used, including buttons, fabric paint, appliqued paper dolls, photography and embroidered patches.
The school's quilt project began last September and the finished quilt was unveiled seven months later during a school ceremony.
"People are very interested and excited to discover the quilt is on display," said Lisa Hughes, branch manager. "Children have been pointing out the patch they had worked on to their parents and friends."
Assisting the teachers and pupils at Hampstead Elementary were professional quilters Nancy Ogletree and her husband, Larry, of Snydersburg, who acted as consultants to a volunteer community group. Heading the in-school organization was Barbara Hammond, an art teacher. She was assisted by Carol Reightler, an occupational therapist, and Gina Mullinix, a media center assistant.
Parents who worked at home and at the school on the quilt include Ruth Bell, Lee Davies and Lavina Basler. Doug Blackiston, a physical education teacher, made arrangements for the quilt to hang at the library this summer.
Car show and flea market
There's time to register for the charity car show and flea market July 22 to benefit the Hampstead Ravens Youth Football and Cheerleading Squad. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hampstead Fire Hall, Main Street, Hampstead.
About 30 cars have been registered for the show, including several vintage Thunderbirds, "T-buckets," an MG, and a classic Ford Model T. To round out the collection, notable modern cars are sought.
Plaques will be awarded to the first 200 cars in the show and trophies to the top 50 cars chosen by the public. Voting will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If you can twist and twirl, take note of the scheduled Hula-Hoop contest. The less agile can compete in a fan-belt toss. Music, door prizes, food and other games and a trivia contest are scheduled.
The Hampstead Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will serve lunch. The Hampstead Ravens will serve pit beef and pit ham. Church congregations from Snydersburg will serve breakfast and coffee.
Cars may be registered from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. for $10, or in advance for $7.
Flea market spaces cost $10. Indoor spaces for crafts vendors cost $15.
Music, door prizes, food and games will be featured.
Information: Heath Hale at 410-374-2546 before Saturday.
Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.