You don't need a crystal ball or a psychic to see where college costs will go.
If you are a worried parent, Chesapeake High School is having a program Nov. 7 as part of its Parent Evening Speaker Series that may provide some financial guidance.
Norma Finkner, a personal financial planner from IDS Financial Services, will focus on investment planning for post-high school education. She will discuss short-term and long-term investments that families can make, whether their child is a high school senior or is still in diapers.
"We're interested in helping parents plan for their child's future," explained counselor Edie Pickens. "Whether your child pursues higher education at a college, trade or technical school or plans to enter the job market immediately after graduating, a well-planned nest egg can help with those costs."
Parents, grandparent or interested family members are invited to attend the 7 p.m. meeting at the Student Center.
Future programs will provide helpful hints on the college selection process and athletic scholarships.
For more details on the series, call Pickens at 255-9600.
Neighbor happenings abound this weekend, with a little something for the entire family.
It's ham and oyster supper time tomorrow at Community United Methodist Church on Fort Smallwood Road.
Dinner will be served from 3:30 to 7 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 7 to 12, and $1 for ages 3 to 6. Carryouts will be available.
After dinner, visitors can shop at the bazaar tables for holiday gifts, white elephant finds, homemade cakes and candy.
Children of all ages can enjoy an evening of clowns and prestidigitation tomorrow at "An Evening of Magic and Clowns," sponsored by the Riviera Beach Elementary PTA and Maryland Wizard's Magic Club.
The 7 p.m. show will be conducted at Northeast High School on Duvall Highway.
Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children under 12. Refreshments will be sold. Proceeds will help pay for PTA projects.
The Venice Civic Association will sponsor its Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the community hall on Arundel Road.
Crafts, holiday gifts and refreshments will be sold.
Contact Anita Powell at 437-4671 for more details.
The Pasadena Elementary School PTA invites families to a special evening concert at 7:15 Monday.
Billy B, the science song and dance man, will give a free performance.
Billy B is a regular at Wolf Trap and has performed on various PBS programs, including The Electric Company.
Principal Rocco Ferretti said that because school will be closed Tuesday for the general election, students don't have to worry about finishing their homework assignments that evening.
"This is a great opportunity for the moms and dads to see some of the great things our PTA provides with its cultural arts budget," he said.
The Pasadena Assembly of God kicked off its Fall Missions Convention last Wednesday with a service featuring Butch and Pam Frey, missionaries in Mexico.
The Royal Ranger and Missionette youth groups contributed their prayers to the service and money collected for the Heifer Project International during September and October.
At 6:30 tomorrow evening, the convention will play host to Michael Henningsen and Bobi and Nancy Arsenovich.
Henningsen is the director of Vision Care International Ministries, which provides eyeglasses to those unable to afford them. The church is accepting donations of used eyeglasses to help this program. For more information, call the church at 647-2025.
Missionaries Bobi and Nancy Arsenovich will be sharing information on their work in Bobi's native Yugoslavia. The Arsenoviches are in Maryland for one year before returning to their ministry.
Rev. Philip Foster will continue the focus on missions with a challenging message at the 11 a.m. Sunday service.
Joe and Leeann Francis will present the final program at 6:30 Sunday evening. The Francises are home missionaries who conduct special outreach programs and street ministry to people in Boston's inner city.
The community is invited to come to one or all of the programs.
The Pasadena Church of God is sharing clothing of all sizes in good condition with the community in its Blessing Room at 7975 Tick Neck Road.
The doors will be open from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.
For more information on the program, call Barbara Shanaham at 437-6147.
The meeting of the CAC of Chesapeake Bay Middle School will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The topic will be the Maryland School Performance Program, the new state accountability program, that will begin this spring with full implementation by 1992.
For more details on the CAC, call the school at 437-2400.
Festive holiday fashions and casual sportswear will be featured at the annual luncheon/fashion show sponsored by the Chesapeake Womens Club.
The luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m., Dec. 5, at Gibson Island Country Club.
Fashions, modeled by CWC members, are from Annapolis Clothing and Annapolis Woman.
"We're featuring fashions for all sizes, from Junior to the mature woman," spokeswoman Eileen Junge said.
Tickets are $20 per person and may be obtained by calling 255-9308. A cash bar will be available.
Proceeds benefit the club's scholarship fund; annual awards are given to local high school seniors.
St. Jane Frances School sent 41, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students on the Ultimate Field Trip yesterday. The students and their chaperones left Thursday evening from BWI to go to the Epcot Center in Orlando, Fla. They are participating in a program called "Earth Shuttle" at Epcot center today and will focus on understanding the world's lands and seas.
Students will be free to tour Epcot Center and finish the night with a laser light show.
Saturday they will participate in Air Space Weekend at Cape Kennedy.
They will return late Sunday evening.