School news. Fund-raisers. Community service club elections. Throw in a bake sale or two (or 20) and you get some idea of the type of information I will be able to share with the Glen Burnie community through my weekly column. Perhaps not a "stop the presses" type of news, but news for you, about your community.
For over two years, I have been writing about the communities of east Glen Burnie. Now I am looking forward to meeting and working with community leaders on both sides of Ritchie Highway.
And on that note . . .
If you can remember dancing to hits like "Say You," "One Kiss for Old Times' Sake" or "Cry," then you may want to mark Oct. 27 on your calendar.
Ronnie Dove will be performing that evening at a benefit for diabetes research at the Glen Burnie Elks Club, Quarterfield and Stevenson roads.
"The Best of Ronnie Dove" features an evening of entertainment from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Chapter of the American Diabetes Association.
In addition to the floor show, there will be dancing to the sounds of the BBC band. Light snacks, beer and setups are included in the $15 ticket price.
"Because it is so close to Halloween, we're encouraging people to dress up in costumes," said Lois Neilson, one of the dance coordinators. "That way no one has to worry about what everyone else is wearing."
For ticket information, call 859-3390 or (800) 634-4147.
A different generation of music lovers can dance to top-40 songs at Jr.
Jack's, a teen club in Marley. At 400 Summit Ave. off Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard, the club is owned by Jack and Catherine Barton of Ferndale.
The club recently re-opened after a series of financial and health setbacks that forced the Bartons to temporarily shut the doors.
Jr. Jack's offers a nightclub-type setting for youth age 8 to 18. Soft drinks, food and non-alcoholic mixed drinks are available. Music is provided by Jack Barton, a professional DJ, using a sophisticated sound and light system.
Club hours are 2:30-5 p.m. Sundays for youths 8-13 and 6 to 8:30 p.m.
for youths 13-18. Admission is $2 per person. Adult chaperons are always welcome as guests of the club.
A new feature is birthday parties for groups of 10 or fewer. The $50 price includes food, drinks and dancing.
For more information about regular club activities or reservations for birthday parties, call 766-6646.
Music of a different sort will be spotlighted Sunday evening when the youth of the Glen Burnie Assembly of God present "God's Winning Ticket" in the church sanctuary, 7305 E. Furnace Branch Road. The curtain rises at 6:30 p.m.
"Purest Praise, Too" is a theatrical youth group using musical plays and dramatic vignettes to present religious concepts through entertainment.
"The play tells the story of a group of kids who show an older man that relying on God to answer his needs is more important than relying on lotteries," explained Ralph Boecker, the play's director and author.
Tickets are free and available on a limited basis by contacting the church office, 761-9075.
Judging by the number of craft shows on the calendar, the holidays must be just around the corner.
An outdoor craft fair featuring more than 40 crafters is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Glen Burnie Recreation Association's property at Fifth Avenue and Greenway.
A variety of handcrafted items will be available, including quilts, silk flower arrangements, personalized books, jewelry and holiday ornaments.
Members of the "Lost in the Fifties" classic car club will display their vintage automobiles throughout the afternoon.
Several area crafters also will be displaying their work at a craft show at Messiah Methodist Church, 7401 Furnace Branch Road, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Shop until you drop at the United Methodist Women-sponsored craft fair.
This is the first time the craft fair has been open to participation by crafters outside the church.
Shoppers should be able to find unique Christmas gifts among the holiday ornaments, handcrafted decorations for the home and gift baskets of beauty products and gourmet foods.
It's your choice of a hot dog or a lobster tail at the Rotary Club of Glen Burnie's lobster feast Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Kurtz Pleasure Beach, 2070 Kurtz Ave. in Pasadena. The ticket price of $25 includes lobster tail, salads, barbecue, hot dogs, beer and setups.
The proceeds from this fund-raiser will be applied to the Rotary's general fund and used for several community service projects.
"Last year we gave out over $20,000 to different groups," said Ed DeGrange, secretary for the club. "Some of it is used for scholarships, some of it is used for the Christmas party we have each year for underprivileged children. The money is used for many different projects."
Tickets are available by calling 766-2762 or 766-7200.
The East Glen Burnie Warriors' homecoming games are set for Saturday at their field next to Marley Middle School, 7730 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.