For the last few weeks, predicting the weather has been accomplished with the flip of a coin: one day like springtime, the next day summery hot, the next bright with fall's azure skies. In between, there's the threat of tropical rain.
But, don't be confused. It is October, and the month is filled with autumnal celebrations.
Bright and early, at 7 a.m., this weekend, Oct. 20 and 21, in the YMCA parking lot, the Severna Park Kiwanis Club will conduct its annual Apple and Cider Sale.
The market will close each day at 5 p.m.
In addition to red and golden Delicious, Staymen and a variety of cooking apples, the Kiwanians will sell fresh cider and apple butter.
The day before the sale, the Kiwanians travel to a Pennsylvania farm where they load their trucks (they've outgrown the original one truck and now require two or more) with the freshest apples, just-pressed apple cider and apple butter, both spiced and unsweetened.
Chairman Mike Langely reminds us that all the proceeds are used to pay for the club's many community projects: building Hospice House, bringing Christmas to the residents of Bello Machre and continuing the "Just Say No to Drugs" program in our local schools.
Any questions about the apple sale? Call Ralph Glasgow at 647-8361.
Hearts go out to a grieving child, but understanding how to help is difficult. The Bereavement Center of Arundel Hospice is sponsoring a conference, "Children in Grief," from 8 a.m. to noon on Oct. 23 at the Millersville office.
Focusing on children from toddlers to 18 years old, the conference will help participants develop a better understanding of the phases of grieving.
The conference has received financial support from the county, and the county Board of Education is offering continuing education units to any appropriate personnel.
The deadline for registering is tomorrow. Call 987-2129 between 9 a.m.
and 4:30 p.m.
Don't look now, but scary stories and a creepy costume parade are planned for 3- to 5-year-olds at 7 p.m. next Thursday at the Severna Park Branch Library on McKinsey Road.
School-age children will also meet at the library at 7 p.m. on Oct. 30 for Halloween howls, spooky stories and a haunted-house movie.
For more information, call the branch at 222-6290.
More frightening than make believe is the gypsy moth. Learn how to protect your trees from this crawling invader, and also hear the latest techniques for planting, feeding, pruning and recycling garden waste at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Severna Park Library.
This class, sponsored by the Maryland Cooperative Extension Service, is free and no registration is required.
Now that many communities are actively recycling household waste, environmentalists are urging us to begin recycling garden wastes.
Already some states are prohibiting the collection of plastic bags filled with grass cuttings. Learn how to build a compost pile in your back yard while you still have time.
For more information on the class, call 222-6757.
"Mummy's the Word," but we'll tell anyway.
There's going to be a Monster Bash sponsored by Saint Martins-In-The-Field Day School. This annual fund-raiser dinner/dance will get under way at 6 p.m. Oct. 27 in the parish hall.
If Spider Races are your idea of sport, and arachnophobia is not a problem, there will be plenty of surprises.
Costumes are optional.
Tickets for this ghostly gala are $17.50 per person if purchased before next Monday, Oct. 22. After that date they will be $20.
For reservations, call the day school at 647-7055, or Parents Association President Bambi Sturgeon at 544-2542.
At the All Saints' Masquerade Party from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28, at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, party-goers will be disguised as their favorite hero, but not Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dick Tracy or Bart Simpson, as you might expect.
Costumes for this Halloween event will be fashioned after the dress of biblical characters or modern-day heroes such as Martin Luther King or Mother Theresa. A favorite grandparent or parent might be portrayed.
The idea is based upon All Saints' Day, which, in medieval times, was a holy day, celebrated by Christians on Nov. 1. The day before -- All Hallows Eve -- was a day of partying and high spirits. This, of course, later became Halloween.
Everyone in the congregation is invited to the masquerade, which is sponsored by the church's youth groups. If you're interested, give the church a call at 647-1658.
When the young people at Severna Park Baptist Church see a mountain, they know what to do. At 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 ,the youth group will head out to Skyline Drive in Virginia's beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.
They'll enjoy the fall spectacular, ending the day as teen-agers frequently do with dinner at Pizza Hut.
For more information, call the church at 647-0765.
You may have recently heard their minister, Rev. Lawrence Baylot, on WFSI (107.9 FM). He is scheduled to preach at 8 on Sunday evenings during October. Tune in this Sunday.