Crain Highway may look like a movie set from a new John Waters film this weekend when street rods, hot rods and a few '57 Chevys arrive for a Rod and Custom Car Show to benefit Toys for Tots.
On most Saturday nights, the parking lot across from Faye's Sub Shop at Crain Highway and New Jersey Avenue is full of vintage cars and their owners, sharing the mood of a long-gone era.
But on Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., car owners from all over the state will meet there and in adjacent areas to display their street rods and custom automobiles. Even Santa Claus is expected to cruise by.
Richard Lord and Gil Smith are two classic car enthusiasts who thought a car show would be an interesting way to raise money for the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots campaign.
"We started thinking about this last March," said Smith, president of Vintage Tin of Maryland. "Toys for Tots is a great charity. We've planned it so that registration is either $5 per car or a new toy for the kids.
We're planning to do this every year."
Two uniformed Marine guards will be there to accept money and gifts.
Depending on the weather, as many as 500 cars are expected to be in the show, sponsored by radio station WYST and two area car clubs, Vintage Tin of Maryland and Lost in the 50's. The competition is open to cars from 1965 and earlier.
Twenty-two trophys will be awarded. Dash plaques will be given to the first 150 cars that register. Registration will begin at 9 a.m.
Crain Highway will be closed from Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard to New Jersey Avenue for the event.
The show is free. Refreshments will be sold all day.
For registration information call Richard Lord, 437-8888, or Gil Smith, 437-8862.
Whether you grew up listening to the Big Bopper on the radio or discovered the '50s watching "Happy Days" reruns, you're invited to a '50s dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Holy Trinity Church, 7436 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.
Tickets are $7 and include beer, set-ups and chips. Only 200 tickets will be sold.
For ticket information, call Joe Weaver, 766-0427.
Area schools will be celebrating American Education Week next week with a variety of activities and events.
Parents are invited to visit their children's classrooms and observe a typical school day. Individual schools have different days that visitors are welcome, so check your newsletter or call the school office for the schedule.
Parents of students at Old Mill South Middle School are invited to a special presentation 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, previewing the Positive Language Program that the school will be instituting later this month.
Linda Duffy, of the Prince George's County School System, will address the audience on the impact of positive language on children and adults.
"Children see so much inappropriate language in movies and on television, that we often don't realize how harmful this can be to a child's self-esteem," said principal Edward Holshey. "We're not necessarily talking about cursing. We're also talking about student put-downs and rudeness. We want the students to be more civil to one another."
Operating through the Language Arts Department, teams of three adults will meet with the students and discuss the guidelines for positive language reinforcement.
Several area schools are planning book fairs this week and next in conjunction with National Children's Book Week.
Students at Point Pleasant Elementary School will be encouraged to browse through selections at their book fair starting tomorrow. Afterward, they can take home a wish list for mom and dad to check over. Volunteers will be available to help the younger children.
Students may return to the fair at a later date and purchase their selections, or parents may make purchases when they attend their scheduled parent/teacher conferences Nov. 15 and 16.
Call the school office, 766-4026 for specific times.
Glen Burnie Park Elementary will conduct its book fair Nov. 12 to 16.
Each class will have an opportunity to visit the fair during school hours to make choices.
Parents can make purchases at their conferences or on Tuesday, Nov. 13, when the fair is open from 3:30 to 7 p.m.
Prices of items range from 25 cents to $6. Profits from the fair will be used to bring local authors or illustrators to the classrooms.
Call 766-5156 for more information.
Bookworms at Southgate Elementary School can check out their school's selection of books when their book fair begins tomorrow in the school's media center.
Parents can use their child's list to make choices when they visit the book fair during scheduled parent-teacher conferences.
Call the school office for more information, 768-3727.
With the holidays on the very next page of the calendar, parents may want to take advantage of the book fairs to purchase a gift that could help start a child on a lifetime of adventure and learning. Don't forget books are quieter than Nintendo and less expensive than Barbie's Dream Anything.