School thanks neighbors with blood drive


October 15, 1997|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE BLOOD DRIVE taking place from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Manchester Elementary School is an act of thanks from the school to the surrounding community which has supported many of its programs.

It was the idea of Gail Riley, instructional assistant at the school, to hold a community blood drive. It was the task of PTA president Grace Angle to find willing donors. To the delighted surprise of Red Cross blood drive organizer Terri Leatherwood, more than 50 parents and 30 teachers have signed up to give blood.

"The goal is 50 units, unusual for an elementary school. A lot of businesses don't reach 50 units, because usually only 10 percent of the population will donate," said Leatherwood. "They've really done a good job -- and just by saying they wanted to repay the community."

The Red Cross inventory supplies blood to 84 facilities in the Baltimore region, including Carroll County General Hospital. Our local population, however, usually does not donate enough to replenish what's been used. A large turnout of donors would be a welcome sight.

Registration for today's drive is recommended to ensure short waiting periods, but no one will be turned away. Parking is available in the school lot.

Information: 410-751-3410.

Yesterday returns

Did you misplace your '70s flower-power blouse? Those white patent leather loafers?

Vintage and authentic "retro" clothing has been carefully set aside by the volunteers at the Community Clothing Store, one of the projects of the North East Social Action Program.

The clothing will be featured in the "Fashions of Yesteryear Sale" taking place Friday and Saturday.

For the admission of one nonperishable food item, doors will open from noon to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Fellowship Hall of St. John's United Methodist Church, 205 N. Main St.,Hampstead.

Information: 410-374-9099.

Fall festival

"It's one of our larger fund-raisers, but this is primarily fun," says Cathy Serfas, organizer of the annual PTA fall festival at Hampstead Elementary School.

The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the school grounds. Proceeds benefit the school's PTA programs.

The fun includes carnival rides -- Ferris wheel, giant slide, mini-roller coaster and a whirling aerial ride Serfas calls "salt and pepper shakers."

The winner of the scarecrow-making contest will receive a giant stuffed panda. Straw and twine will be provided for $2, but bring your own materials.

Children's games, long the mainstay of school carnivals, include many of the PTA's own. Toss games include basketball into the hoop, and the toilet roll toss -- into the obvious receptacle.

There are games for young children as well, such as the duck pond and pingpong toss to win a goldfish. Make-and-take crafts include sand art bottles and pendants, spin art and face painting.

"We have more people working with us, so this year it's gotten a little bigger" than previously, Serfas said. PTA members will serve pizza, funnel cakes, hot dogs, barbecue, cotton candy, candy apples, ice cream and soft pretzels.

The school-sponsored Cub Scout Troop 791 will sell Trail's End popcorn and Christmas wreaths. The parents will staff baked goods and crafts tables. Teachers have supplied prizes for students to win in a raffle at 10 cents per chance.

Reduced-price ride tickets (20 tickets for $5) are available at the school now. And anyone taking a test drive before the fall festival will get 10 free tickets at Cox Ford in Hampstead.

Information: 410-239-4075 or 410-239-7296.

Nature centers' programs

On Saturday, nature centers in Hampstead and Manchester will offer public programs.

At Pine Valley Nature Center in Manchester, lectures on bird migration and bird watching will begin at 10 a.m. The park is at Wilhelm Drive and York Street. Cost is $1 for members, $2 for nonmembers.

Information: 410-374-3395.

At Spring Garden Nature Center, opposite Spring Garden Elementary School on Boxwood Drive in Hampstead, students, staff and friends are invited to "Weed and Walk" from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday

Bring gloves and tools for weeding the butterfly garden, and walking shoes for a guided nature walk by Cub Scouts of Pack 790. Students of Erica Guenther's fourth-grade class will sell refreshments to benefit future planting of a Native American Garden and a Hummingbird Garden.

Information: 410-751-3433.

Celebrating commitment

The citizens of Manchester will honor Dr. Wilbur Foard and pharmacist Henry Glaeser from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Manchester Fire Activities Building on York Street.

The two have devoted their professional lives to patients in Manchester for a combined total of 98 years. The theme, "Generations of Caring and Commitment," is the common thread of recognition for the public open house. Dean Minnich will serve as master of ceremonies.

The Performing Arts 4-H Club will present a 20-minute musical piece. Cards and letters from the community will be displayed. Information: 410-374-9247.

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

Pub Date: 10/15/97

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