Even though the remnants of Thanksgiving dinner may still be resting in your refrigerator, it is time to start planning for New Year's. If you're not content watching Dick Clark's annual visit to Times Square, perhaps you might enjoy an evening of dancing and dining at Arthur Slade Regional School, 120 Dorsey Road.
The school's Band Boosters has organized a New Year's Eve party that may make Mr. Clark wish he had visited Glen Burnie instead of the Big Apple.
The fun begins at 8:30 p.m. with light hors d'oeuvres followed by a buffet dinner of honey ham, meatballs, chicken teriyaki, green beans, glazed carrots, scalloped potatoes, salads, rolls and butter and dessert.
Music will be provided by the band Ashtin Golt, playing Top 40 as well as old favorite dance tunes. Wes Osment, band director at Slade, will perform with the band.
The New Year will be greeted with noisemakers, odd hats and a champagne toast. A continental breakfast will wind up the evening.
Tickets are available for $30 a person and include food, beer, setups and snacks. Ticket holders are also eligible to win one of several door prizes awarded throughout the evening.
This is one of Slade's most popular fund-raisers, and tickets are expected to go quickly. For ticket information, call the school office at 766-7130 or, after school hours, 761-4613.
* Sunday evening at 7:30, the Senior Choir of St. Paul's Lutheran Church will combine with the choir from Emmanuel Lutheran in Catonsville to present Vivaldi's "Gloria" at St. Paul's.
This is the third in the 1990-1991 Music at St. Paul's series. Under the co-direction of St. Paul's Randall Sheets and Emmanuel's Rick Durham, the 60-member choir will perform this familiar Christmas cantata, featuring music on the harpsichord and strings.
Soloists Robin Bourguignon, Pam Dubner and Maureen Griepentrog will be featured.
Bourguignon, a soprano from the Peabody Conservatory, will also sing "Christmas Cantata" by Alessandro Scarlatti. And the Mostly Baroque string quartet will present Corelli's "Christmas Concerto," accompanied by Dr.
Sheets on the harpsichord.
"There is no charge, and the community is invited to attend," Dr. Sheets said. "In the past, we've found that almost half the audience is from outside the congregation. Everyone is welcome."
A collection will be taken at intermission.
St. Paul's Lutheran Church is located at 308 Oak Manor Drive. For more information, call the church office at 766-2283.
* Parents looking for a little extra leverage to keep the kiddies on their best behavior may want to stop by and have breakfast with Santa at two area schools.
Freetown Elementary will host the jolly old elf himself from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the multipurpose room of the school, at 7904 Freetown Road.
The $3 admission includes doughnuts, juice, milk, coffee, tea and a photograph taken with Santa.
Other activities include a fish pond, coloring contest and bake sale.
Reservations are necessary, so call the school office at 761-2544 as soon as possible.
The following week, Santa (who appears never to turn down a free meal) will be breakfasting with the children at Arthur Slade during their Holiday Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.
Two sittings for the breakfast are scheduled, one at 9 a.m. and another at 11 a.m. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, sweet rolls, orange juice, coffee and tea.
Tickets for breakfast are $4 for adults and $3.50 for children ages 3-10. Children under 3 can eat for free.
After breakfast, everyone is invited to visit the holiday bazaar, featuring hand-crafted gift ideas, balloons, face-painting and a bake table.
Children are welcome to stop by Santa'a Secret Workshop and take care of their holiday shopping needs. Adult volunteers will be on hand to offer suggestions on gift items that cost 25 cents to $6. The gifts will be wrapped free of charge.
To purchase tickets for the breakfast, call the school office at 766-7130 or call 987-6117 after school hours.
* Trying to find an original gift idea? Is the local drugstore sold out of Chia Pets and The Clapper?
Stop by the craft fair this Sunday sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 160 at their post home, 2597 Dorsey Road.
The community is invited to browse from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and finish (or start) their holiday gift buying.
Crafters can rent tables for $12 each by calling Fran Burroughs at 437-1099.
Refreshments will be sold throughout the day. Proceeds from the fair will be used to provide food baskets for 30 to 35 needy families this Christmas.
* North Arundel Hospital will host the November Thursday Night Tarry from 5:30 to 7:30 tomorrow in the hospital's third-floor conference room.
TNT is a monthly get-together sponsored by the Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce. Each month, a member opens its doors to fellow members and the community.