Congratulations to the North County High School Band, which placed second in the Columbus Day Parade in Baltimore. The students played very well and looked terrific in their new red and black uniforms trimmed with white and silver. They competed against many other high school bands.
Look for them again in the Thanksgiving Day Parade in Baltimore on Saturday. The parade starts at 10 a.m. on Martin Luther King Boulevard and proceeds to the Inner Harbor.
* The band students have several fund-raisers going on that you might like to look into. They are selling fresh fruit from Florida andpotted poinsettias for holiday decorating, as well as sponsoring a bingo.
Fill your home or office with the beautiful poinsettias being sold by band students. The plants come in red, white and pink and are available in many prices and sizes: six-inch single branch $6; six-inch double branch (six to 10 blooms), $10; six-inch triple branch (eight to 15 blooms), $12; 10-inch potted plant (20 to 25 blooms), $20;and 10-inch very full hanging baskets, $22.
* The Parent Teacher Student Association is joining with the NCHS Band in sponsoring a Citrus Fruit Sale. The following boxes of Florida fruits can be ordered:Oranges -- $17; Red Grapefruit -- $16; or a mixed box half and half for $16.50.
PTSA profits will go toward honor roll and scholarships. The band profits will help subsidize the 1992 band trip to Orlando, Fla.
Poinsettias and fruit orders must be made by Monday. Both will be available for pickup the middle of December.
Call the school office at 859-5400, or order from a band student.
* In case you thought the green Giant cash register tapes were only being saved forcomputers, the NCHS Band has a different way of benefiting. The register tapes from the Giant Food Store qualifies them to receive new musical instruments.
If you would like to help, send your receipts in with a band member or mail to: NCHS Band, 415 Andover Road, Linthicum 21090.
The Linthicum Homemakers will have its monthly meeting and annual potluck luncheon Thursday at the Linthicum United Methodist Church.
The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by the luncheon at noon. There is a $2 donation for guests.
The Homemakers meet the third Thursday of each month, except for the summer. New members are welcome. For more information, call Bessie Hidey at 766-4467.
Bingo is scheduled tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Roland Terrace Democratic Club, 619 Matthews Ave. in Brooklyn. Admission is $10 and includes hard cards and specials. Hot dogs and other refreshments will be available.
The St. Philip Neri Fall Festival willtake place Friday in the school hall, 6401 Orchard Road, Linthicum. Grade school students will attend the festival 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parents may accompany their children if they wish. The public is invited in the evening from 5 to 9 p.m.
There will be games of chance, raffles, tombola table, crafts, grab bags, food and baked goods.
Santa will put in an appearance during the event.
If you are having out of town guests for the Thanksgiving holidays, maybe they would like to join you for the dance sponsored by the Linthicum-FerndaleYouth Athletic Association. It will take place 7 p.m. to midnight onNov. 27 at Michael's 8th Avenue.
The Hubcaps, a popular '50s and '60s rock band, will perform. A cold buffet, beer and soda will be included in the $20 price.
For tickets, call John Connolly, 768-4031or the concession stand, 859-5550. Michael's 8th Avenue is located on 8th Avenue and Greyburn Drive.
The Naval Academy Brass Quintet will be guest performers at the next meeting of the Patapsco Valley 3850 American Association of Retired Persons tomorrow at St. Christopher's Church, 118 Marydell Road, in Linthicum.
Members will gather at noon for a social time followed by the program at 12:45 p.m. and the business meeting at 1:30 p.m.
Following the program, Neal Cutchins will present donations to the following organizations on behalf of the Benevolent Committee: Opportunity Builders, $500; St. Christopher's Church, $500; Salvation Army, $200; Epilepsy Association of Maryland $200, Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association $200, Arundel Hospice $200, and North County Emergency Outreach Network $200.
For more information, call George Surgeon at 761-3667.
The entertainment unit of AARP 3850, The Notables, is gearing up fora busy holiday season. They are visiting a senior center and an elementary school in the next week to entertain with their fall musical program.
They will be at the O'Malley Senior Center in Odenton Thursday at 12:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, Nov. 26, they will entertain at theJessup Elementary School for Grandparent's Day, with two performances at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.
For more information, call Charles Haslupat 859-1850.
Janet Draper from the Kirk Bluemel Nursery in Monkton will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Ferndale Garden Club at 8 p.m. on Tuesday. The club meets at the Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore & Annapolis Blvd.
Draper will speak on "Ornamental Grasses," their many varieties and how they can be used in the home landscape.
Hostess for the evening will be Shirley Hertz and Jeanette Lehman. Prospective members are welcome. Call761-6759.
The club's annual Christmas Show last week at Ferndale Elementary school had everything going for it.
The arrangements were beautiful and the demonstration of their construction helpful. A very receptive and enthusiastic audience attended and delicious refreshments served. Another successful show.