Many people read for pleasure; others read for information. Next week, the students at Marley Middle School will be reading for money -- pledges were made for each minute of reading as part of the school's newest reading campaign.
Starting Oct. 23 and continuing on school days through Nov. 1, student readers will meet after class for one hour to raise money to purchase new books for the school's library.
Sponsors pledge a specific amount of money for the time spent reading by the student. A typical pledge may be one cent for every minute of silent reading. If the student reads six afternoons for 60 minutes, the total pledge will amount to $3.60.
Once the money has been collected, individual students will select books for the library from a "wish list" compiled by the staff. When the books arrive, personal dedications will be placed in each.
The community is invited to participate in the project in several ways.
Parents can encourage their children to join the campaign as a reader.
Sponsors can make a pledge for a reader who participates in the program.
Local businesses can make special pledges for all of the readers.
Volunteers are needed to help at the reader's costume party from 8:10 to 10 a.m. on Halloween.
For more information on the reading campaign, call Mark Lynch at 761-5113.
* Say, "It's Halloween," and you conjure up thoughts of ghosts, goblins, witches and candy -- lots of candy. And of course, bowling.
Well, at least the kids at the Church of the Crucifixion will think of bowling after their Halloween Bowling Party Nov. 2.
An all-night affair at Fair Lanes Southdale in Pasadena, the partying starts at midnight and lasts until 8 a.m. Sunday.
The $20 ticket price includes eight hours of bowling and billiards, plus five hours of dancing to music provided by a professional disc jockey.
All-you-can eat pizza and soft drinks, banana splits and breakfast in the morning are included.
Prizes for the best, funniest, scariest and most original costumes will be awarded.
Parent chaperones are welcome free of charge.
For ticket information, call Roger Hora, 768-2762.
Halloween will start a little early this year, when the Freetown Recreation Center begins a series of activities for local youth on weekdays from Oct. 23 to 31 Arts and crafts, baking, a scary movie and pumpkin carving are some of the projects planned by Joyce Gough, assistant director of the center.
A costume party will highlight the fun on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Prizes will be awarded in several categories. A special appearance by College Clown is planned for the party.
"He'll put on a show for the kids and then do some face painting," said Gough. "He also does tricks with balloons for the children."
All the activities will begin at 5 p.m. daily in the rec center, 7820 Darrell Henry Court. There is no charge, except for the pumpkins to be carved.
For additional information on each day's activities, call 222-6243.
Halloween isn't just for children. Adults looking for an excuse to dress up as a Slightly Older Mutant Ninja Turtle should make plans to be at the Elks Lodge on Quarterfield Road Friday evening. The Glen Burnie Chapter of Parents Without Partners is sponsoring a Halloween dance there from 9 p.m.
to 1 a.m. for members and non-members.
Friday's dance is one of several PWOP holds throughout the year that are open to the public. Admission is $8 for members, $10 for non-members and includes beer, set-ups and light snacks. A cash bar will be open throughout the evening.
For ticket information, call 987-9368.
A regular meeting of the PWOP chapter is set for 7:30 to 9 p.m. the night of the dance at the Elks Club. Karen Lyons, director of the Anne Arundel County Sexual Abuse Crisis Center, will address the members on the problems of child sexual abuse.
Single parents interested in joining PWOP can contact Vicki Leahey, 760-6461, for a schedule of orientation meetings.
A flea market can be a wonderful place to find the assorted odds and ends needed to complete the perfect Halloween costume. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, shoppers can stop by Marley Methodist Church, 30 Marley Neck Road, and check out the "attic treasures" at the flea market sponsored by the United Methodist Women.
Refreshments, including home-baked goodies, will be available throughout the day.
Profits from the refreshments and rental of the flea market spaces will be used for the Jesus Fund of the Sunday School. This fund provides gifts to less-fortunate members of the community.
For more information or to reserve a table at the flea market, call 768-0569.
Serious bargain hunters can stop by Arthur Slade Regional School, 120 Dorsey Road, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday for more flea market finds.
Household items, clothing, toys and other white elephants will be available for sale. Refreshments will be sold by volunteers from the school.