Nature center plans open house Sunday


October 07, 1998|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WALK THE WILD side of Manchester on Sunday during the third annual Pine Valley Nature Center open house. Watch wild animals, see monarch butterflies, and discover the town's underground springs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

From 11 a.m. to 11: 45 a.m., Steve Miller, Manchester's public works director, will give a tour of the town's spring water collection system. The town has depended on the system for its water since the 1940s.

Ellen Rugemer, event chairwoman, found a previous tour to be a fascinating look into a system of underground storage basins and a reservoirlike cistern.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a ranger from Scales and Tales, a traveling educational wildlife exhibit, will show hawks, falcons, lizards and snakes.

Gertda Deterer, a wildlife rehabilitator from Pennsylvania, will speak at 1 p.m. about what one should do when one finds an injured wild animal.

At 2 p.m., a state park ranger will talk about white-tailed deer.

A monarch butterfly release will take place at the center's butterfly garden, which was planted by Manchester school students two years ago. Janet Springer, Hampstead butterfly farmer, will present the life story of the butterfly at 3 p.m. before the release.

Throughout the day, Manchester Parks Foundation Inc., which oversees the nature center, will sell T-shirts, children can do butterfly crafts, and exhibits on recycling and the environment will be on display. Hot dogs, hamburgers and soda will be for sale.

The nature center is on Wilhelm Lane off York Street. Event rain date is Oct. 18.

Information: 410-239-0027.

Parent Reference Center

Parents are welcome to browse the new Parent Reference Center at North Carroll Middle School at an open house from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 16.

The Parent Reference Center offers books and pamphlets directed at parents of teens. Items may be read at the center or signed out for home use.

Jackie Moore, assistant principal, developed the center with a group of parents who received a grant from the State Board of Education to purchase reference materials.

Adults only are invited to the open house, which has been scheduled during recreation night for seventh- and eighth-grade students. Child care (no infants) will be available at the open house for those who register by Oct. 15.

Author Jim Renehan will speak. He developed an approach for communicating effectively with teen-agers. If enough interest develops among parents attending the open house, Renehan plans to offer a six-session seminar at the school this year.

Information: 410-751-3440.

Sea Scouts' open house

The co-educational Sea Scouts might be the group for youths ages 14 to 21 who enjoy sailing, canoeing and camping,

Sea Scout Ship 320, in its 16th year, is the only Sea Scout group in Carroll County. It meets from 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Thursdays at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Manchester.

Prospective Scouts, male and female, are invited to tomorrow's meeting. Ship 320 provides its 21-foot sailboat and white sailor's uniforms.

Activities for Sea Scouts have included dogsledding, rappelling, and scuba diving.

"We offer enough to generate interest," said Jim LaBarre, who assists Steve Swam, group leader.

On a weekly basis, Scouts study navigation, knot tying, boat maintenance, sailing, canoeing, and nautical topics. The Scouts invite the Coast Guard to offer the Maryland Safe Boating course to the public in Manchester every year.

Each year, the Scouts compete in a regatta, a sort of jamboree in which Sea Scouts from Florida to Maine camp together and hTC compete in tests of navigation skills, knot tying, teamwork and more.

The Sea Scouts are part of Boy Scouts of America.

Information: 410-239-8987.

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

Pub Date: 10/07/98

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