It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, whether you're ready or not: Christmas decorations, seasonal music programs, Santa's workshops, bazaars, food drives, bake sales.
Santa and his elves will be setting up shop at Pasadena Elementary School, 105 Spruce Ave., from 6 to 9 this evening The PTA-sponsored event will feature crafts, decorations, gift items for young and old, taste-tempting baked items, pictures with the bearded one, food and refreshments.
Children can complete their Christmas shopping and have gift items wrapped ready to put under the tree.
Proceeds will benefit school programs.
Have an ice cream sundae, make an ornament, visit with Santa and enjoy sounds of the season at Lake Shore Elementary PTO's Sundaes with Santa program, also from 6 to 9 this evening. Admission is a modest $1 per person and includes refreshments.
If you need some time to shop tomorrow without the little ones in tow, then the Mother's Day Out program at Pasadena United Methodist Church may be just what you are looking for.
The Junior United Methodist Youth Fellowship is offering child care from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the church, located at 61 Ritchie Highway.
The cost of the service is $1 per child per hour.
The gremlins invaded my column last week and incorrectly listed the date of the Jacobsville PTA's Christmas Bazaar.
The bazaar is set for tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Shop for unique and creative crafts, baked goods, food and drink.
The Mountain Road Optimist Club invites you to share in the deeper message of Christmas giving as they kick off the annual two-week food drive for needy local families at Angel's Food Market on Mountain Road.
Volunteers from the club will be on hand this weekend and next weekend to accept donations of non-perishable food items and cash, which will be used to purchase perishable items to complete the food baskets.
Through the generosity of the community last year, the club was able to collect over 60 cases of food and provided baskets to 20 Pasadena families.
"Whatever food we collect is used to fill the baskets, with the extra donated to the Shelter for Battered Wives," MRO president Earl Stephan said. "We also have room on our list for a few more families who are in need of a basket for the holidays."
Interested people can contact Stephan at 437-0217.
The United Methodist Men at Community United Methodist Church are sponsoring an all-you-can-eat Spaghetti Dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. tomorrow at the church, on Ft. Smallwood Road.
The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 7 to 12, $1 for ages 3 to 6. Youngsters under 3 will be served without charge. Carry-outs will be available.
The menu will feature spaghetti, tossed salad, beverage, garlic bread and dessert.
Proceeds will benefit the new sanctuary.
Aspen Park Community Association will sponsor its Christmas Party from 6 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 15 at Powhatan Beach fire hall on Solley Road.
Santa will be arriving at 6:30 p.m. on a fire truck and visit with children. Food and refreshments will be served.
Admission for community residents is a new toy that will be given to the Toys for Tots program.
The Sunday school at Mount Carmel United Methodist Church is throwing a birthday bash for the Christ child Sunday afternoon at 5.
All ages are invited to the program, which will include Christmas caroling, Christmas stories, games, balloons and a surprise or two.
The event will take place in the church hall, 4760 Mountain Road.
Tickets are still available for the Sunday evening concert at Pasadena United Methodist Church.
The Newe Renaissance Voyces will be performing at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students.
The guidance department at Northeast High School invites parents and students to a program on choosing a college, set for 7 p.m., Dec. 17, in the school's media center.
The program should be of value to parents of current 10th- and 11th-grade students who need to begin planning for post-secondary education.
Results of the October PSAT will be distributed. Discussion and interpretation of the scores will be presented, along with important information on choosing the right college.
Parents interested in attending should complete the registration form sent home and return it to school no later than Dec. 12.
For more details, call the school at 437-6400.
The Benefit Committee of Our Lady of the Chesapeake Catholic Church is sponsoring a Christmas Bake Sale, starting tomorrow at 10 a.m. and continuing until all items are sold.
Homemade cakes, breads, cookies and candy will be available in the rear of the church,located at 8325 Ventnor Road.
Proceeds from the sale will benefit the church's general fund.
Nice job, Pasadena Kadettes Majorette, Color Guard and Drum Corps, for the flashy half-time entertainment at the Dec. 1 Baltimore Blast game. The crowd loved it!