Parks foundation open house to put focus on nature


September 01, 1999|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

BIRDS, BUTTERFLIES and Smokey Bear will entice members of the family to walk on the wild side during the annual open house at Pine Valley Nature Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 12.

More than 400 people attended last year's open house, sponsored by Manchester Parks Foundation. The open house will feature exhibits, children's activities, and an orienteering course. Rain date is Sept. 19.

The day's first event is a bird observation walk led by members of Carroll County Bird Club at 10: 15 a.m.

At 11 a.m., bird expert Cindy Long will explain what should be done when a wild bird is found. Long works for Wild Bird Rescue, an organization that rehabilitates injured and orphaned wildlife.

Also at 11 a.m., children ages 10 to 15 will form five teams for a scavenger hunt.

At noon, Donna Baker, project forester with the state Department of Natural Resources, will lead a woodland walk.

A display of wild birds of prey and native reptiles will be shown by Scales and Tales from noon to 3 p.m. The state program shows how these animals are necessary parts of our ecosystem. At 1 p.m., a ranger from Scales and Tales will explain characteristics of the animals on display.

At 2 p.m., follow Smokey Bear, symbol of the U.S. Forest Service, to the council ring for stories.

Janet Springer will talk about butterflies at 3 p.m. She is owner of Angel Wings Butterfly Farm of Hampstead. She will end the day's events with a release of monarch butterflies in the butterfly garden.

Members of Manchester Parks Foundation will offer children's activities. Sharon Hughes, foundation treasurer, will offer free face painting.

Manchester Maniacs 4-H Club, led by Mary Minderlein, will staff a petting zoo.

The foundation is offering four raffles for a wood carving, a rug, a coffee mug and a park membership. Members will sell hot dogs, hamburgers and soda.

Educational exhibitors include Westminster Astronomical Club with member Brian Eney, who will have a filtered telescope for viewing the sun and moon. David Diggs, owner of Sunflower Gardens near Manchester, will have sunflowers. Dave Diseroad, who teaches forestry practices that benefit wildlife, will answer questions, as will Vinnie Leggy of the county Department of Recycling.

Manchester Parks Foundation is an all-volunteer group that maintains a nature center used as an outdoor classroom by Manchester Elementary School and Scouts. The foundation provides programs year-round, including kite flying, an egg hunt and nature walks, and maintains a butterfly garden and trails through a 20-acre site, which includes woodlands, a catch-and-release fishing pond, meadows and a natural spring system.

Events take place in and around the nature center at the end of Wilhelm Lane, off York Street, in Manchester.

Ellen Rugemer is the organizer of the open house.

Information: 410-239-0027.

Business group to meet

Hampstead Business Association will present Jeanne Joiner at 7 p.m. today at Hampstead Town Hall, 1034 S. Carroll St.

Joiner is a planner with Carroll County Department of Planning and Zoning. Changes to the business environment in Hampstead will be discussed.

The agenda includes discussion of the warehouse to be built by Sweetheart Cup on Houcksville Road, the proposed large-scale Wal-Mart store at the north end of Greenmount, a new location for the post office and a proposed 7-Eleven store on Route 30.

Information: Chris Cavey, president, 410-239-7200.

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

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