October being a month when lots of scary things are flying around, herb ladies advise that to keep witches out of your house, you should hang rue at your doors and windows. Eating large amounts of garlic isreputed to keep away vampires -- and probably everyone else!
Plan to attend the second annual Linthicum Country Fair at St. John's Lutheran Church, Maple and Hammonds Ferry Road in Linthicum.
The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Twenty-one non-profit organizations will participate, and a potpourri of arts and crafts tables will be set up for your enjoyment.
The county police and fire departments, as well as the Arundel Alarmers, a citizens supportgroup for the Fire Department, will have displays. Lots of food, music and entertainment will be available throughout the day.
A percentage of the booth proceeds will be donated to the North County Emergency Outreach Network.
* Saturday has been designated Candy Day byLions Club International, with proceeds from all sales going toward vision research at the Wilmer Eye Institute in Baltimore. Stephen Buck will be selling candy at the Lions Club table at the Country Fair. Help someone see with your generosity.
Storytime at the Linthicum Library is a great way to assist your children in developing good reading habits that will last a lifetime.
Children ages 3 to 6 meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays; those age 2, 11 a.m. Wednesdays; ages 2 to 6, 7 p.m. Thursdays.
Storytime includes stories, finger plays, puppets, games and songs. Following storytime, check out books to share together at home.
Did you remember to mark your calendar for the Oktoberfest? You will not want to miss this really big annual celebration at Ferndale United Methodist Church on Saturday.
Plan to meet your friends for food "finds" and fun from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church, Ferndale and Hollins Ferry roads.
Get your tickets for the Arundel Alarmers' annual Oyster and Bull Roast, from 1 to6 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Earleigh Heights Fire Hall, Ritchie Highway inSeverna Park.
Oysters, beef and a variety of other food and beer will be available, all to be consumed while dancing to Final Touch. Tickets are $20 per person.
For information, call Roland Kroeger at766-1416.
"Inspire citizens of all ages and backgrounds to make the drug-free choice," Gov. William Donald Schaefer, honorary chairman of the Maryland Red Ribbon campaign, said in urging that everyone proudly wear a red ribbon during Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 19-27.
The Red Ribbon Campaign is dedicated to promoting excellence in substance abuse prevention and education. The campaign is sponsored by the Maryland Alliance for Drug-Free Youth, the National Federation of Parents and the Governor's Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission.
St. Phillip Neri Catholic School is having its annual fall craft fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the school, 6401 Orchard Road in Linthicum.
More than 85 crafters will participate, rain or shine. Food and baked goods will be available.
Call Carolyn Bonolis at 761-2194 for information.
The PTSA of North County High School is sponsoring an indoor flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct.26. Early bird special begins at 8:30 a.m. Tables can be rented for $12.
Call Vicki at 761-3935 for details.
* The next scheduled meeting of the North County High School Citizens Advisory Council willbe at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22 in the media room at the school.
Sue Latini of Linthicum contributed to this column.