Now that the revelry of Halloween has passed, we can get on to important business . . . crafts fairs, church suppers and other monumentalhappenings in the Pasadena area.
Bigger and better than ever. That's what the Chesapeake High School Band Boosters will offer to shoppers tomorrow at its second annualCraft Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school on Mountain Road.
Withmore than 150 artisans from around the state selling an array of crafts, visitors can spend a few minutes or hours shopping for Christmas, birthdays or home decor items.
New to the fair this year is the tempting Taste Table, featuring samples of selected recipes from the Band Boosters cookbook, "Rhapsody of Recipes." It contains more than 591 entries collected from CHS families and friends. The cookbooks will be on sale for $10.
For younger shoppers, the fair will have a special "no adults allowed" Children's Shop, where inexpensive gifts can be purchased and wrapped.
Other highlights include free child care for shoppers, a bake table stocked with goodies, food and refreshments.
Admission is free, but shoppers are asked to bring one non-perishable food item to be donated to Mount Carmel United Methodist Church's holiday Baskets of Plenty program.
"Last year the food donated by shoppers helped fill 27 baskets, which were distributed by the church to families in the area," said Charlotte Clifford, event chairwoman.
Community United Methodist Church on Fort SmallwoodRoad invites you to an Oyster and Ham Supper and Bazaar 3:30 to 7 p.m. tomorrow.
The cost for supper is $8 for adults and $3 for children, ages 7 to 12. Carryouts are available for an additional charge.
After dining on the delicious homemade fare, shop the bazaar for homemade candy, baked goods, Christmas items, crafts and a white elephant table.
Gibson Island Country School is sponsoring its annual Book Fair next week at the school.
If you are thinking that itis your run-of-the-mill school book fair, think again. This fair will feature a selection of 1,000 titles -- all hard cover -- from Walden Books.
Selected by a committee of GICS parents and alumni, the collection will include children's titles, best sellers, reference anddisplay books and the classics. Also, GICS has obtained a large selection of French language books and other new materials suitable for all levels of French language students.
"We are very pleased to offer these quality books to the community," said John Hewitt, headmaster. "We are excited about one book in particular, written by a former GICS art teacher, Gladys Blizzard, on art appreciation for elementaryage children."
The book, "Come Look With Me: Enjoying Art with Children, Ages 5 to 10," is usually a special order item in bookstores,but will be on sale at the book fair.
Blizzard taught art at GICSfor 12 years. She is working on a second book and is the curator of education at Bayly Art Museum at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
Book fair hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 7; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 8; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9.
For more information, call the school at 255-5370.
Members of the Aspen Park Community Association will canvass their neighborhood 10 a.m. tomorrow for donations of canned foods as wraps up the community's monthlong food drive.
All donations will be delivered to NCEON in Glen Burnie.
"We are asking all neighbors interested in participating to place their donations in a bag outside their front door for pickup," said KenHess, association member.
Neighbors are also reminded about a community meeting 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Eastern District Police Station on Mountain Road.
The Parent-Student Speaker Series at Chesapeake High School will focus on financial aid at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Mark Lindenmeyer, director of financial aid at Loyola College, will present the program. Counselor Edie Picken said Lindenmeyer will present an informative generic program about financial aid.
"We want toencourage parents, but especially students, to attend this program since they are a part of the aid process," Picken said. "There are fewfree rides for college, but families should never assume that their student cannot or will not get some help with college or post-secondary trade/technical education costs."
For more information on the series, call Picken at 255-9600.
A foggy, damp morning greetedworkers participating in Chesapeake Day at Chesapeake High last Saturday. More than 60 students, teachers and coaches involved in clubs and athletic programs rolled up their sleeves and cleaned up the school grounds. With the tight budget, landscaping has been minimal. But after a few hours of sweat, the results were surprising.
They raked, hauled, mulched, planted, painted and pruned. Overgrown sidewalks were neatly edged. Flower beds were stripped of trash and leaves and given a topcoat of mulch.
"I was just so please with the idea that our students were willing to come out early on a Saturday morning to help," said principal Harry Calendar. "The school looks great."
"Our school and community really came through for us," said Kathy Kubic, teacher and event coordinator. "Vice principal Barry Buck donated azaleas. Science teacher Teddy Betts and his Project Greenhouse students grew the mums planted, and Hechinger's gave us new paint for the benches.
"But without the turnout of students, teachers and coaches, we would not have been able to complete the job," Kubic said.
Calendar said he hoped the school could "get more students and clubs involved in the cleanup on a regular basis."
So next time you cruiseby the Chesapeake complex, give a quick glance to the well-manicuredgrounds.
Looking good, CHS.