TO GIVE PEOPLE in North Carroll the opportunity to meet the four candidates running for seats on the Carroll County Board of Education, a public forum has been organized by the combined PTAs and PTOs for schools in the North Carroll area.
Residents can meet the candidates when they address the public at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at North Carroll High School, 1400 Panther Drive, Hampstead.
The four candidates running for the board are Lisa Breslin, Thomas G. Hiltz, Susan Holt and Stephen M. Nevin.
The school board election will be Nov. 7 during the general election.
Members of St. John's United Methodist Church have celebrated the 200th anniversary of the founding of their church with a commemorative activity each month this year. On Sunday, the church members will have breakfast before the service.
"We're all bringing sweet rolls or breakfast casseroles or fruit, and we'll all sit down for breakfast together," said Edna Murray, who has developed the series of activities with a committee of about 30 members.
The final celebration will be a formal dinner Oct. 22, which will welcome back former pastors and members. On that day, historical photographs and memorabilia will be displayed in the social hall.
If you make useful and decorative crafts, you'll find Christmas at the Church an enjoyable place to display and sell your wares. This annual festival begins the holiday season in Hampstead.
Christmas at the Church will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 4 at St. John's United Methodist Church, 1205 N. Main St., Hampstead.
Spaces are available. Information: Miriam Sinnott, 410-239-7925.
Free tours at winery
Visitors to Cygnus Winery in Manchester can watch the crushing and pressing of freshly harvested grapes during free tours Sept. 23 and 24. Learn how the soil, weather and other factors combine into the finished product while sampling fresh juice.
Participants can return Nov. 11 and 12 for the release of the nouveau red wine that started as crushed grapes in September. Another selection of wines that have matured in the temperature-controlled cellars will be opened Dec. 2 and 3.
The winery events are free and will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at 3130 Long Lane, Manchester.
Help at nature center
Volunteers are needed to help Pine Valley Nature Center spruce up for its annual fall open house by pulling weeds, cutting brush and performing other maintenance tasks at 8 a.m. Sept. 30.
Volunteer hours can be applied to student service requirements.
Work will continue Oct. 7 to complete the landscaping started the week before.
Pine Valley is adjacent to Manchester Elementary School, and parking is available in the school lot off York Street. The park is maintained by volunteer efforts and receives no public funding. It provides monthly programs and is an educational outdoor classroom for the elementary school.
Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.