Wow. It is beautiful as I'm writing this and it really puts me in the mood for spring! The warm sunshine and cool breeze ... house open and music loud. It definitely puts a smile on your face.
So, why not enjoy more of what spring has to offer at Spring Fest 2017, from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 7?
Charlotte's Quest Nature Center will host a day of learning and fun for all ages. According to their news release, this year's attractions include an archaeological investigation, plant sales for Mother's Day, and a kid's corral with a moon bounce and games. In addition, Scales & Tales will have a two-hour display, from 2 to 4 p.m., which will include hawks, owls, turtles, and snakes.
Music & Motion Children's Troop will perform from 1 to 1:45 p.m. and there will be robotics demonstrations throughout the day by Carroll Educational Robotics and much more. Refreshments will be provided this year by the Special Olympics of Carroll County.
While there is no entrance or parking fee, there is a nominal fee for selected activities. There is no rain date for this event.
Charlotte's Quest is located at 3400 Wilhelm Lane, Manchester. For information, call 410-374-3395.
Fundraiser to benefit Kidney Walk
A fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 6, to benefit the National Kidney Foundation Kidney Walk, at the Hampstead American Legion Post 200.
The doors open at 2 p.m. and the show starts at 3 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Elvis Tribute artist Randoll Rivers.
Tickets for the event are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. There will be a cash bar, raffles, and a 50/50.
The Legion is at 4600 Legion Lane, Hampstead. For information or tickets, call or text Sandy at 410-218-9490.
NESAP is hosting a fundraiser by selling tickets to the July 23 Baltimore Orioles game, which begins at 1:35 p.m. The tickets are $24 each and are for lower reserve sections 75-77. Tickets may be purchased as of May 1. For information or to purchase tickets, call 410-374-9099 or Lynn Sheavly, executive director at 443-952-0097.
On March 20, a dining out night fundraiser was held at J&P's in Hampstead and raised $200 for the assistance programs through NESAP. The funds will help clients with electric, medical and rent assistance.
Bingo at Man Valley
Manchester Valley High School Class of 2020 is hosting a Bingo on Saturday, May 13. Doors will open at 4 p.m. and games begin at 5 p.m.
Prizes will include Coach purses, wallets and Alex and Ani. There will be door prizes, Lucky Losers and a 50/50 raffle. Concession tables will be available.
The event will be held in the school cafeteria, and the school is located at 3300 Maple Grove Road, Manchester. For information, call the school at 410-386-1673 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Battle of the Books
On March 31, the Lineboro/Manchester Lions Club supported and participated in the North Carroll branch of the Carroll County Public Library annual Battle of the Books, a program to improve and promote reading interest in fourth and fifth grade students. The club supplied cookies and water for each participant to enjoy after the battle.
The battle had students compete in teams answering questions relating to the content of numerous books. Not only does it promote reading, but also cultivates teamwork and good sportsmanship.
Lynn Beard, information chairperson from North Carroll Public Library, gave a summary of the program and the results.
There were 207 children signed up, making up 35 teams; and included fourth and fifth grade students from Ebb Valley, Manchester, Hampstead and Spring Garden elementary schools. The winners were Spring Garden's Radical Readers, first place; Ebb Valley's Fantastic Fedoras: The Sequel, second place; and third place was Ebb Valley's Nine Einsteins.
•Paint Nite: April 21, 7 p.m., North Carroll Middle School, 2401 Hanover Pike, Hampstead. Painting: "Sea Turtle," $45 (limited tickets). Register: www.paintnite.com/events/.
•Hummingbird paint night: April 22, doors open 5:30 p.m., 6:30-9 p.m., Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department, 4224 Main St., Lineboro. $40/advanced payment. Information/registration, visit www.tutoringart.com/calendar-of-events.com.
•Scholarship offered: Hampstead American Legion Post 200 is sponsoring a $500 scholarship to any senior at Manchester Valley High School. Applications are available at the guidance office at MVHS. All submissions are due on or before April 28.
•Sportsman Drawing and Dinner: April 29, doors open 4 p.m., dinner 5 p.m., Hampstead fire hall, 1341 N. Main St., Hampstead. $35 donation admits one person; and $10 per guest. Limited tickets. For information/tickets: http://www.hampsteadvfd.org/apps/public/events/eventView.cfm?Event_ID=98 or call Derek at 443-605-4595.
•Third Annual Music Festival: April 30, 2:30 p.m., St. Bartholomew's Catholic Church, 2930 Hanover Pike, Manchester. Local church choirs and bands will be performing. Free offerings received at the program will be used to match pledges from the NESAP Challenge. Information: Lynn Sheavly, at 443-952-0097.
•Paint Nite Fundraiser: May 1, 7 p.m., New York J&P Pizza, 903 S. Main St., Hampstead. Held by Hampstead Lioness Club to raise funds for scholarships. $45/person. Register: www.paintnite.com or Mary Hamilton at 410-239-8170.
Shiela Johnson covers Hampstead, Manchester, Lineboro, and neighboring communities in northern Carroll County. She can be reached at email@example.com or 410-412-6787.