Bear Branch Nature Center plans Family Trail Day on Saturday


November 04, 1998|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IT'S PEAK COLOR FOR autumn leaves, and a great time to hike at Bear Branch Nature Center, which is sponsoring Family Trail Day on Saturday. Two events are planned so children ages 3 through adults can enjoy a day in the outdoors.

From 10 a.m. to noon, children ages 3 through 8 can join staff naturalists for "Track Trek," a hike to explore the world of animal tracks. The hike is followed by story time and a craft activity.

For children ages 9 through adult, naturalists will lead a moderate hike over the trails at Hashawha Environmental Center. These trails surround Bear Branch Nature Center for several miles through meadows, woods and over streams offering views of animals such as deer, fox and many birds.

Families are invited to bring picnic lunches to enjoy in the pavilion overlooking Lake Hashawha after the programs.

With winter constellations soon arriving, center staff will give two planetarium shows at 7: 30 p.m. and 8: 30 p.m. Saturday. The planetarium, created with the assistance of Westminster Astronomical Society, offers sky viewing in heated comfort.

Naturalists project images of stars, planets and nebulae on the planetarium's curved ceiling and offer stories and facts about them. After the show, participants will know what to look for in the night sky.

Registration is encouraged for programs. Cost for the hikes or planetarium shows is $1 per member or $2 per nonmember. Family memberships are available at $15 per year for Bear Branch and Piney Run Nature Center.

Information: 410-848-2517.

Christmas bazaar

The Christmas at the Church bazaar and luncheon will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at St. John's United Methodist Church, 1205 Main St., Hampstead.

Dinners at the luncheon, homemade by the United Methodist Women, will be seated hourly from 11: 30 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m. They offer a menu of roast beef with parsleyed potatoes and green beans or turkey salad with gelatin salad. Both platters include deviled eggs, applesauce, rolls, dessert and beverage. Cost is $6. Reservations are requested at 410-239-8088.

The bazaar includes a jewelry boutique, arts and crafts by vendors and members of the church, and a silent auction of larger items. In addition to the luncheon, other food will be offered, including barbecue, hot dogs and desserts, plus a baked goods table.

Admission to the bazaar is free. Parking is available in the lot at Main Street and Gill Avenue.

Information: Miriam Sinnott, 410-239-7925.

Networking local business

A full picture of the businesses and services available in Hampstead will be revealed today during the 7 p.m. meeting of Hampstead Business Association at Town Hall on Carroll Street.

Member Todd Winebrenner will lead the meeting, inviting a representative from every member business to speak for about five minutes about the business and services. He will explain how a similar exchange can become incorporated during monthly meetings of the association.

Member businesses are asked to bring business cards to exchange. They may also begin to sign up for booth space for the annual business exposition in February.

Refreshments and a door prize will be provided.

Information: 410-239-2345.

Community hymn sing

Performing groups from area United Church of Christ churches have been invited to sing at 3 p.m. Sunday for a hymn sing and ice cream social at Trinity United Church of Christ, 3229 York St., Manchester.

Joining the church groups will be individuals and groups from the local community. Ice cream with toppings is offered in the church social hall.

Information: 410-374-2727.

Girl Scout cookies

Brownie Scouts from Troop 317 will sell boxes of Girl Scout cookies at Jiffy Mart in Hampstead on Saturday. The troop of 12 girls will have about 100 boxes on hand, to complete their sale of 900 boxes for the year.

Cookies are available in eight varieties. Jiffy Mart is at Main Street and Gill Avenue.

The annual sale of cookies funds troop activities. Troop 317 meets at St. John's United Methodist Church.

Information: Debbie Bacon, 410-239-2496.

Cubs camping with Scouts

Cub Scouts of Pack 790 will visit with Boy Scouts of Troop 9 for a campfire from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at the troop's forested campground near Emory United Methodist Church.

Cub Scouts accompanied by parents may also stay to participate in overnight camping with the Boy Scout troop. Ben Ward is scoutmaster of Troop 9, and several Scouts in the troop began Scouting in Pack 790.

Any prospective Cub Scouts who join Pack 790 before the event will be welcome for the campfire and overnight camp-out, said spokeswoman Maureen Laderer. All boys in grades one through five are welcome to join.

Cub Scouts in Pack 790 usually participate in a space derby, a race of handmade rocket ships; pinewood derby, a race of hand-carved wooden cars; and a bicycle hike and a picnic at Cascade Lake. They also support several community service projects. Randy Fisher is scoutmaster.

A pack meeting is held at 7 p.m. every third Friday at Spring Garden Elementary School, Boxwood Drive, Hampstead. The pack meeting will not be held this month because the boys will be camping.

Information: Ed Cross at 410-374-5676 or Maureen Laderer at 410-239-7398.

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

Pub Date: 11/04/98

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