The Ferndale Roadrunners are taking off again on another one of their many trips. This time it's off to the Highlands of North Carolina for a four-day bus tour, May 28-31. If you are looking for a nice tripto take this spring, seats are still available.
Two exciting stops will be a tour of the Biltmore Estate and Winery and a train ride on the Tweetsie Railroad.
The tour also will visit the Cherokee Wax Museum and Indian Cyclorama, Mystery Hill, the Folk Art Center, Oconaluftee Village and the Mountain Lifestyle Museum.
The cost is $258 per person and includes all of the above plus three nights' accommodations, three breakfasts and three dinners.
A $25 deposit is required to confirm a reservation; final payment is due by May 10.
For information and reservations, contact Pete Scott at 761-0484.
* The Roadrunners, formerlythe Ferndale Senior Citizens, was started in 1972 by Ethel Schmidt. They had their meetings in the Ferndale Methodist Church until 1982, when they moved into the senior center at 7205 Baltimore & Annapolis Blvd., a building affectionately known to the members as "The Little House."
Schmidt remained president for 13 years then stepped down to serve as vice president. Melva Scott has been president for the last five years, while Ada Zimmerman serves as secretary and Lois Krogman as treasurer.
The club was started to bring seniors together ina social setting and do charitable work where needed in the neighborhood. The membership has increased steadily over the years, and so have the activities.
A weekly "Penny Bingo," open to all, runs from noon to 3 p.m. every Monday at the senior center.
Day and overnight trips, card games, covered-dish dinners, picnics and parties are part of the ongoing activities.
Information of interest to seniors is provided by the county Department of Aging, Community Action Service Organization and various speakers.
North Glen Elementary School on Furnace Branch Road is having an International Sharing Day Wednesday, Feb. 20, as part of Brotherhood-Sisterhood Week, as an effort to help students gain an appreciation of their heritage.
Students will bring in the names of the countries from which their ancestorscame. The school hall will be decorated with paper dolls and flags representing those countries. A showcase will be filled with dolls from different lands and maps outlining the continents.
Paper hands joined together will surround the case to emphasize how all nations came together in this country. Students are encouraged to bring any items they may have that typify their ancestral country.
Principal Sheila Baumgardner said some children even have volunteered to bring inexamples of the foods that are symbolic of these countries.
Sounds like they will be really getting into the spirit of the week.
Folk singer Bruce Hutton entertained kindergarten through sixth grade students yesterday with folk music in the black tradition.
The appearance, sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Association, was part of the school's Black History Month celebration.
If you haven't planned your dinner for tonight, why not attend the Pancake Supper from 5-8 p.m. sponsored by The United Methodist Men of the Ferndale United Methodist Church.
Supper will consist of all-you-can-eat pancakes,plus a serving
of ham, applesauce, coffee or tea and a beverage for the children. The cost of supper is $4 for adults and $2 for childrenunder 10.
The church is at 117 Ferndale Road. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or you can make a reservation by calling 761-2880.
* An Ash Wednesday service of Holy Communion is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the church. Ashes will be available for those who desire to share in this tradition.
A Valentine Sweetheart Dance is set for 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday in the St. Philip Neri School hall,6401 Orchard Road. Music is by Music Man. Tickets are $8 per person and include beer and set-ups.
The event is sponsored by the Home andSchool Association, with proceeds benefiting the school.
For more information, please call 859-1128, 787-1258 or 859-5341.
Another adult Valentine dance is slated for 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at the North Glen Improvement Association hall, on Wellham Avenue near Furnace Branch Road.
Beer and set-ups are included in the ticket price of $10 per person. Music will be by the All Star D.J.'s.
You should call Ralph Mason at 761-4894 for tickets ahead of time, but some ticketsmay be available at the door.
The Peace Lutheran Church in Ferndale will have Lenten worship service at 7 p.m. each Wednesday during Lent beginning tomorrow, Ash Wednesday.
"The Voice of God" series that began last year will continue, with testimony from biblical figures Martha and Judas, along with a person from our own time. All are invited to attend. Peace LutheranChurch is located at 416 Wellham Ave.in Ferndale.
Mark Chavez is pastor.