It was a week of red ribbons at Van Bokklen Elementary School.
Students proudly wore strips of satin carrying the message "The choice for me . . . drug free" last week during the Maryland Red Ribbon Campaign against drugs.
Those wearing their ribbons all week were allowed to sign a bulletin board in the school library. In addition to the red ribbon campaign, the county-wide anti-drug program D.A.R.E. is well under way.
D.A.R.E., or Drug Abuse Resistance Education, teaches elementary school children how to resist peer pressure to experiment with tobacco, drugs and alcohol.
The program focuses on four major areas: Providing accurate information about tobacco, alcohol and drugs; teaching students decision-making skills; showing students how to resist peer pressure; and giving students ideas for alternatives to drug use.
The course is divided into 15 lessons and is being taught to Van Bokklen fifth-graders by county police Officer Jason D. Little.
Little has made a lot of friends at this school. He sits in the cafeteria with the children during lunch and goes to recess with them. By spending time with the students outside the classroom, Little hopes to be less intimidating. "I want the kids to know that the police are not just for bad people."
In addition to his work with fifth-graders, Little is taking a condensed version of the D.A.R.E program into each classroom.
Guidance counselor Betty Isom wants all students to be informed about substance abuse, and having a uniformed officer as a teacher provides a role model and adds credibility to the program.
The Odenton Kiwanis Club will have its third annual talent show for schoolchildren from the Gambrills/Odenton/Fort Meade area from 7 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, in the Arundel High School Auditorium.
Auditions will be conducted Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Kiwanis Building, 1383 Becknell Road. Registration forms can be found in all schools and community libraries or may be obtained the day of the auditions.
Anyone needing more information about this event should contact Levi Royster, program chairman, at 923-6875 between the hours of 7 to 9:30 p.m.
The Greater Odenton Improvement Association will sponsor its Annual Citizen of the Year Dinner on Saturday at St. Joseph's Church Hall, 1283 Odenton Road.
A wine and cheese hour will begin at 6:30, followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. At 9 p.m. the U.S. Army Field Band Barber Shop Quartet will perform.
For more information, contact Hazel Sanner at 674-8215.
Our Lady of the Fields Altar Society is planning a Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in the church hall, 1069 Cecil Ave., in Millersville.
For early bargain hunters, doughnuts and coffee will be on sale; for you not-so-early risers, homemade chicken noodle and vegetable beef soup, hot dogs, barbecue, soda, hot chocolate, tea or milk will be on sale.
The Epiphany Episcopal Church, 1419 Odenton Road, welcomes everyone to a Christmas Bazaar Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visitors will be dazzled by crafts of distinction, such as special trees, cuddly bears, wreaths, flower arrangements and Christmas baked goods. A candy shop with items from today and yesterday will be open, too.
And there will be an English tea room for the shopping-weary.
Tickets will be sold for a Dec. 16 raffle on an exquisite doll, expertly fashioned and clothed by hand. For more information, call 674-2880.
The Fort George G. Meade Officers' Wives' Club is sponsoring the 9th annual Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Murphy Field House on Zimborski Avenue.
The fair will feature 100 crafts people and artists. A special "Country Kitchen" will sell home-baked pies, jellies, gingerbread houses, baklava, herb vinegars and much more. Raffles will be conducted. Hot beverages and sweets by the slice will be for sale.
A donation of $1 is being requested. Proceeds will benefit community and youth activities and scholarship funds. For more information, call 551-9819 or 674-5047.
The Sodality of Our Lady will play host to a holiday dinner from 1 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 11 at St. Joseph's Church Hall, 1283 Odenton Road. The dinner will include turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, sauerkraut, green beans, rolls, dessert and beverage. Also available will be a crafts and bake table.
Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children 6 to 12. Tickets are being sold after all masses, or may be purchased at the door. For more information, contact the church office at 551-9238.
The Imaginations Majorette Group will play host to a Turkey Shoot from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 1133 Patuxent Road in Odenton.
Proceeds from the event will help support the Imaginations Majorette Pom Pon, Color Guard and Drum Corp.
Participants are restricted to 12-gauge shot guns. Ammunition will be provided at $2.50 per shot. Refreshments will be available. For more information, call 672-7559.