Next week, join your neighbors in celebrating National Children's Book Week (Nov. 12-18) and National Young Reader's Day (Nov. 14). Why not turn off the television and turn on the reading lamp while you share a book with your kids?
In honor of the occasion, professional storyteller Sharon Butler will present a dramatic program of stories from around the world at 7 p.m. at the Severna Park Branch Library on Thursday, Nov. 15.
Butler is a dynamic storyteller who has performed at Wolftrap's Theatre in the Woods, the Smithsonian's Discovery Theatre, the Cloisters Children's Museum and at National Gallery of Art in Washington. She also conducts storytelling workshops.
No registration is necessary for the program, which is free and open to all ages.
* Reading was also on the minds of Archbishop Spalding High School's 575 students this past Monday morning. Great Expectations were evident as dozens of Oliver Twists, David Copperfields and Ebenezer Scrooges answered the roll call.
Every student, God bless them all, came dressed as a character from the books of 19th-century English writer Charles Dickens in honor of the appearance of Eliot Engle, a professor from North Carolina State University and authority on Dickens and his writings.
After selecting a character to assume, each student researched his or her choice and that character's relevance to the story.
Author of two books about Dickens, Engle, who made a guest appearance on PBS to introduce the Masterpiece Theatre's production of "Bleak House," gave the students new insight into the life and times of the popular writer.
* Another celebration was conducted this week at Severn School in honor of the birthday, yesterday, of founding headmaster Rolland M. Teel. This year marks the school's 77th anniversary.
The highlight of the program was the recognition of the 10 recipients of the Rolland M. Teel Distinguished Alumni Award, the school's highest honor.
One of the two living recipients, retired Rear Adm. Richard R. Pratt, a member of the class of 1932, was present. Admiral Pratt is the only Severn graduate who is both a distinguished alumnus and a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame.
Last year's commencement speaker, Tom Peters, class of 1960, is the other living recipient.
* Lovers of oyster/bull roasts are in luck this weekend, since there are two from which to choose.
The Severna Park Green Hornet football program is sponsoring its fourth annual roast from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at St. Mary's High School, Duke of Gloucester Street in Annapolis. Music, provided by Skyline, will include sounds from the 1960s, Motown and Top 40 hits.
Tickets are available for $20 donations, and reservations may be made by calling Bill Alcorn at 544-4157.
* The Severna Park Elks will stage another of their famous oyster/bull roasts with dining from 7 to 11 p.m. and dancing from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Elks Lodge on Truck House Road.
The menu includes every kind of beef you can think of, plus oysters and oyster stew with all the trimmings. Dancing will be to the music of Precision.
Tickets are $20 per person and may be reserved by calling Rich O'Hara at 768-1404 or Bob Planey at 647-9544.
* Sit quietly in a room filled with fellow human beings and what do you hear? Sniff, sniff, blow.
Yes, it's cold season and that means it's time to increase your vitamin C. And right in the nick of time, the Severn River Lions Club is offering its first sale of delicious gift-quality, fresh Florida navel oranges and pink grapefruit.
Pickup is in the side-rear parking lot of Severna Park High School from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, but orders must be placed by 7 p.m.
The fruit can be purchased in two-fifths and four-fifths baskets. Pink grapefruits are $7.50 for the small size and $14.50 for the large. Navel oranges are $9.50 for the small size and $18 for the large.
To order, call 647-2155, 647-9573 or 647-4761.
The next sale and last chance to order navel oranges is Saturday, Dec.
15. Honeybell, temple and Valencia oranges, along with pink grapefruit, are sold from January through April.
* Members of Severna Park Newcomers barely have room on their calendars for Thanksgiving, with all the club-sponsored activities they must remember.
The November general meeting and luncheon will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Sunset Restaurant in Glen Burnie.
Maria Price of Willow Oak Flower and Herb Farm (she's featured in this month's issue of "Country Home") will demonstrate the art of holiday potpourri-making and will provide samples and recipes. If you haven't seen Price, she's terrific.
Also on the November calendar are a tailgate party at the Naval Academy vs. University of Delaware football game, gourmet lunch, crafts, bridge, antiques, book club, T.G.I.F. and bird watchers.
If you're interested in joining Newcomers or attending the luncheon, call club president Peggy Rieman at 757-0901.
* You're going to hang a holiday wreath on your door soon. Why not choose a lovely natural wreath and at the same time support our local chapter of the American Cancer Society?
The society offers Canadian balsam fir wreaths in two sizes: a 24-inch (outside diameter) wreath for a suggested donation of $10, and a 32-inch (outside diameter) for $15. You may also purchase 15-foot-long Canadian balsam fir garlands, 12-pound thickness, for a suggested donation of $17.50.
Greens may be picked up between 2 and 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, or between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Discovery Shop in the Didonato Plaza on Ritchie Highway.