Nature center to celebrate fifth year with open house


EXPLORE PINE VALLEY Nature Center in Manchester with your family Oct. 15 when the nonprofit park celebrates its fifth year of public programs with an open house from noon to 5 p.m. Programs and activities are free, and food will be available.

The park's memory grove will be planted with 21 trees at 3 p.m. Manchester Mayor Joe D'Amario will read an Arbor Day proclamation, and townspeople who purchased each tree as a personal memorial will attend. The grove is downhill from the center toward Walnut Street.

Pine Valley open house promises lively events each hour near the center, all-day exhibits, hot food, bake table, silent auction, raffles, and fun for children. Parking is at Manchester Elementary School on York Street.

Youngsters can meet animals, alive and pretend.

Smokey Bear will tell an illustrated story at noon.

The Yellow Dino puppet theater will appear at 4:10 p.m. with a child safety play.

Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo will present live endangered species and closely related species in an effort to raise public awareness.

Zoo staff members will discuss the challenges of conservation efforts and relate stories of success with endangered animals.

Games, a petting zoo and llama, balloon animal creations, face painting and scarecrow making will be available all day.

A child photo-identification safety card company will be on site from noon to 3 p.m.

Children can have an instant photo taken with Smokey Bear for a fee that will help park volunteers raise money to replace the roof of the nature center.

Those attending can take a 50-minute guided tour through the park's meadow, wetlands and forest at noon with Walt Massey, a naturalist at Oregon Ridge Park in Baltimore County.

Tree expert Wayne Thomas of Thomas Tree Farm in Manchester will teach how to identify evergreens and associated predatory insects at 12:20 p.m.

Wildlife Adventures company will show live animals and present a demonstration of lighting campfires without matches from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., with stories and songs.

A live beehive will be exposed for about 15 minutes by beekeeper Gary Williamson at 2:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m., and 4:35 p.m.

At 2:30 p.m., participants can meet Chuck, a rehabilitated vulture, and learn how injured birds of prey can be saved.

Kevin Smith will present wetland crafts for kids and give a 20-minute tour of park wetlands at 3:50 p.m.

Landscaping with native plants will be discussed at 4:10 p.m. by Mike Hollinn of Ecosystem Recovery Institute, which will have an all-day exhibition.

Park volunteer Sherry Hughes, who is organizing the event, can send by fax or e-mail a flier about the open house.

Information: 410-374-4343.

Shiloh Middle PTO

The new PTO at Shiloh Middle School will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the school gymnasium, 3675 Willow St., Hampstead.

A large turnout of parents is expected with a vote on officers scheduled.

The organization is seeking a corresponding secretary and first vice president to fill the slate.

Candidates will read short biographies to indicate their intention to serve. During the meeting, ideas will be accepted and committees will be formed.

Information: 410-239-4264.

Meet the candidates

The four candidates for Carroll County Board of Education will face the North Carroll public in a forum at 7 p.m. Monday at North Carroll High School, 1400 Panther Drive, Hampstead.

The candidates are Lisa Breslin, Thomas G. Hiltz, Susan Holt and Stephen M. Nevin.

The candidates, who are running for two seats on the board, are on the ballot for the general election Nov. 7.

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

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