The phone rings and someone asks for a donation to support the local volunteer fire company.
You're at the Glen Burnie Carnival and you reach into your pocket for a dollar to buy a raffle ticket to support Fire Company No. 3.
Driving past the fire station at Central Avenue and A Street, you see a sign announcing bingo every Thursday night.
If you're wondering what the money collected is used for, you may want to stop by the Glen Burnie Fire Station's annual open house this Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
FOR THE RECORD - Also, in yesterday's Neighbors/Glen Burnie column, incorrect dates were listed for rehearsals of the Men's Christmas Carol Singers of Anne Arundel County. The correct dates are Nov. 16, 20 and 30, and Dec. 4.
The Anne Arundel County Sun regrets the errors.
In addition to a variety of activities throughout the afternoon, two new pieces of equipment will be on display: an ambulance and a rescue vehicle.
"The equipment was purchased with funds raised by members of the volunteer fire company," said Jim Franklin, one of the open house coordinators. "The rescue vehicle alone cost over $200,000. In addition, equipping the vehicles for use cost several thousand dollars more."
The annual open house is one way of showing the residents of the community what the volunteers do to help ensure their safety.
The volunteers, working in conjunction with several state and local agencies, have planned several demonstrations.
Maryland State Police troopers will explain how dogs are trained to find drugs and explosives. Vince and Larry, the crash dummies of television fame, will be used to demonstrate procedures following an accident.
Several other celebrities will be around, including Sparky the Fire Dog and Smokey Bear.
The winner of the $1,000 shopping spree at Hecht Co. will be announced at the open house.
Gentlemen! If your singing in the shower brings applause from the living room, you may want to consider expanding your audience by joining the Men's Christmas Carol Singers of Anne Arundel County.
This group of carolers is affiliated with the Sons of the Severn, a barbershop chorus that performs throughout the year.
"I would like to invite fathers and sons, and grandfathers and grandsons who like to sing to join us for our Christmas program," said organizer John Selway. "We would like to make this a family affair."
Singers don't need any special training or talent. There are no auditions. Anyone who wishes to join is welcome.
Rehearsals begin tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at Glen Burnie Methodist Church, Crain Highway and Second Avenue. The group will meet consecutive Thursdays through Dec. 4.
The chorus has several scheduled performances, including: Dec. 7, Chatham Mall, Route 40, Ellicott City; Dec. 11, Glen Burnie Mall, Ritchie Highway; Dec. 15, Marley Station Mall, Ritchie Highway; Dec. 18, Meridian Nursing Home, Truckhouse Road; and Dec. 21, Harundale Mall, Ritchie Highway.
For more information call John Selway, 766-8051.
Singers, dancers, musicians, magicians and the ever-popular "lip sync" specialty acts will be in Point Pleasant Elementary School's variety show Friday. The performances begin at 7 p.m.
The spotlight will focus on the talents of the students, but teachers and the student teachers will get a chance to shine, too.
Tickets are available through the school for $3.50 per family or $1.50 for adults and $1 for children. A limited number of tickets may be available at the door.
The Anne Arundel Gridiron Rebels Teen Center is back home at Corkran Middle School.
The teen center returns to Corkran after three years at several temporary homes while renovations to the school were completed.
Beginning Friday, the organization will play host to weekly dances in the school cafeteria at 7600 Quarterfield Road.
The teen center offers two separate dances for children, depending on their age. Children ages 6 to 12 are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Teens 13 to 17 are invited from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Admission is $2 per person. Adult chaperones are always welcome as guests of the Rebels.
"We're looking forward to being at the school again and working with principal (Richard) Kubatko," said John Stumpf, president of the Rebels.
"We have worked out all the details to make this an enjoyable experience for everyone involved."
The cafeteria entrance is in the rear of the building. When they arrive at the dance, students must register as they pay. Anyone wishing to leave before the dance is over must sign out. Younger children will be escorted to a phone to call a parent or responsible adult.
Once students leave the building they must leave the school property and cannot return for the rest of the evening.
Ann Crawmer is the adult coordinator of the teen center. She works with a group of youth who volunteer their time to choose music for the dances and plan special themes.
Throughout the year the teen center committee also plans special trips and events. New members are always welcome.
For more information on the dances or joining the teen center committee call Crawmer, 551-5761.
For several years Sarah Albrecht and the Church of the Crucifixion in Marley have tended to the spiritual needs of the hearing impaired with sign language interpretations of the 11:45 a.m. Mass each Sunday.