It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go in Brooklyn Park and the surrounding communities.
Many neighbors this season will not have money to buy presents and have all the extras for this holiday season. However, the true meaning of Christmas is getting together with family and friends and enjoying good food and company.
Those are the memories that last for years and years, while most presents never see the next Christmas.
Belle Grove ElementarySchool news: A PTA executive board meeting will begin at 6 p.m. tomorrow. The board meeting will be followed by a general PTA meeting at 7 p.m. and the annual Christmas program at 7:30 featuring the band, strings and chorus.
Following the program, the PTA is having a "Country Christmas Bake Sale." Homemade items such as cookies, breads, fudge and candies will be for sale. Now is the time to stock up on goodies if you are short on baking time this season.
The PTA is selling Christmas plants, which will be on display tomorrow night at the meeting and Christmas program and in the school office the rest of the week. Orders will be taken through Monday morning and pre-payment on orders would be appreciated.
Plants available include: 6-inch poinsettias, hanging-basket poinsettias, 4-inch Christmas cactus plants, miniature decorated Christmas trees, ivy wreaths and novelty Christmas planters.
Students will have order forms, or you may order by calling the school at 789-8777.
Brooklyn Park Elementary Schoolnews: The sounds of Christmas will come to the school at 1 p.m. on Thursday, when Mount St. Joseph High School presents its Christmas concert. Everyone should enjoy this fine performance.
Park Elementary School news: The morning and afternoon kindergarten students will be visiting Camp Woodlands today and tomorrow, respectively. Students will be studying animals and their habitat and will venture through the woods.
North County School news: The guidance department invites interested parents and students of all grade levels to attend the Financial Aid Night Program at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the media center.
The director of financial aid from Loyola College and a representative from Signet Bank will present an overview of the financial aid picture and the application process.
For more information, call 859-5400, extension 233.
As you go about your holiday grocery shopping, remember that all of our community schools are collecting green Giant Food register tapes and the double coupons for thechain's Apples for the Students program. Give the receipts to a student to take to school or drop them off.
Any amount will be greatlyappreciated.
The North County Writers Group will meet from 7to 8:30 p.m. tonight at the North County Library, 1010 Eastway, in Glen Burnie.
The group conducts an informal workshop with critiquesand swaps information. Beginning writers are welcome. Everyone is asked to bring a writing sample to read to the group.
For more information, call Dennis Barnes 636-2575.
The National Associationof Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 1519 is having a Christmas luncheon and party from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Fort Meade Officer's Club on Mapes Road.
Chapter 1747 from the Bowie-Crofton area will join Chapter 1519 for the affair. The Christmas luncheonand party will include dancing, and music will be provided by a discjockey.
Money for the afghan drawing will be due at the party.
For ticket information, call Neva Koester at 761-1430.
The Brooklyn Park Youth Athletic Association is selling Entertainment '92 books again this year.
These coupon books make great gifts and contain discounts to many places in the area. Two books are being offered this year: one for Baltimore-north and one for Baltimore-south.
For more information, call 789- 5430.
The county Cooperative Extension Service will offer a free class, "Getting Ready for the Holiday," from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Arundel Center North, Room 307, 101 Crain Highway.
The class will teach you how to modify recipes for health and add something new to menus and meals. The classis free, but registration is required.
For more information, call222-6758.
Harbor Hospital Center news: The center is offering a variety of holiday programs to help you take better care of yourself.
The hospital is offering a free packet of holiday eating tipsand recipes recommended by its nutritional and cardiac specialists. Recipes include hors d'oeuvres, vegetables, casseroles and desserts. To receive your copy, call 347-3445.
Also, in conjunction with theAmerican Cancer Society's statewide effort to provide affordable breast screenings for women, the hospital offers low-cost mammograms to women over 35 with no symptoms or history of breast disease. The $45 screening includes a mammogram, breast examination and information. To schedule an appointment, call 347-3711.