PASADENA - You would really have to search to locate the borders of Pasadena, but the heart of this area of the county isn't quite as difficult to find.
Just look for a school or church; a field filled with kids playing soccer, football or baseball; a community dance or a volunteer fire department fund-raiser.
During the past two years, I have had the privilege to help publicize some of the good things that are happening in our area. I hope to continue and expand coverage of all of the different communities, schools, churches and organizations that help to make Pasadena a nicer place to live.
*Come one and all to the annual Marketfest, sponsored by the Parent Association of Gibson Island Country School. The event is set for 10 a.m to 3 p.m. tomorrow on the school grounds at the eastern end of Mountain Road.
Family entertainment will be featured, with games geared for kids, bake table, face painting, used toy sale, treasure room with flea market finds, bubbles and balloons. Dine in the open air on pit beef, home-made clam chowder, hot dogs, beer, soda, cider and coffee.
Hot off the presses is The Cook's Book, a treasury of recipes from alumni and current school families that will be available for purchase at the event. Proceeds will benefit the school.
*Like to trap shoot? Then the March of Dimes Trap-A-Thon may be of interest to you. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Stoney Creek Fishing and Hunting Club, 9090 Fort Smallwood Road. Participants can collect pledges for each of the 50 targets hit, with proceeds benefiting the March of Dimes. Prizes from Bart's and the March of Dimes will be awarded to winners in various categories.
"We'll be accepting registrations before the shoot begins," spokesman Mike Jachelski said. Registration fee is $10.
*The Meals on Wheels project at Community United Methodist Church needs more volunteers. Meals on Wheels volunteers provide a little "TLC" along with the meals that they deliver to area shut-ins. If you can donate a few hours weekly, bi-monthly or monthly, call the church office at 255-1506 for more details.
*The Stoney Creek Democratic Club will have its regular Sunday Party from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the clubhouse.
Tickets are $5 per person and include a delicious platter, beer and setups. Music for dancing will be provided by Bo Franklin.
Tickets may be obtained by contacting Fred Frommelt, 255-0333.
An old-fashioned Democratic Political Rally for the United 31 District Team will be Wednesday evening at the club. The rally will follow a short business meeting starting at 8 p.m. All interested citizens are invited to attend; refreshments will be served.
Another Open House for the United 31 District Team will be held at the Lake Shore Democratic Club Tuesday evening. Following the 8 p.m. regular meeting, those present can mix and mingle with the candidates. Refreshments will be served.
*The Chelsea Beach Rod & Reel Club is sponsoring an Oyster & Bull Roast from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Nov. 10 at Earleigh Heights Fire Hall on Ritchie Highway.
Late '50's & '60's music for dancing will be provided by Early Times beginning at 9 p.m.
Tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased by contacting Richard Hopf, 255-3497.
*The Parent-Teacher Organization of Jacobsville Elementary School has kicked-off its membership drive. Family membership is $3. Parents and interested residents are invited to attend the next CAC meeting, 7 p.m.
Thursday at the school. Replacement of the school's roof will be discussed.
*Students at St. Jane Francis School will be treated to two special programs next week when performers from Young Audiences of Maryland appear at the school.
Wednesday, sixth-through eighth-grade students will learn more about modern music and its link to computer sciences when Chris Patton and the Solo Midi-Digital Orchestra appears. Patton combines music, stories, audience participation, a computer and various digital technologies to demonstrate the magic of computer-assisted music.
Thursday, Kindergarten through fifth-grade students will be entertained by storyteller Linda Fang. She will introduce students to the ancient art of Chinese storytelling. Her lively expressions, changes of voice and graceful operatic gestures capture the essence of the art.
The school received a partial grant from the Maryland State Arts Council for the YAM performers.
*Committee chairs at Lake Shore Elementary School have been announced.
Principal Thomas Johnson remarked, "We are so happy to have so many interested and enthusiastic parents volunteer to help our school."
Teri Kepner will be taking care of membership and Giant/Safeway tapes.