Brightly colored lights, dazzling white displays, plastic Santas on the roof. . . . Christmas decorating has arrived in Pasadena.
Several communities in the area are sponsoring decorating contests, with ribbons or prizes awarded to the winners.
In the Elizabeth Landing community, the Elizabeth Landing Community Association is sponsoring its annual Holiday Decorating Contest 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 22.
Contest Chairman Rene Hammond said representatives from other communities will serve as judges for the evening. Ribbons will be awarded in the following categories: best white light display; best colored light display; first, second and third places for best decorated door; first, second and third places for best decorated window; and a winner for most beautiful overall.
"Everyone in the community is invited to participate; all they have to do is turn ontheir lights on Dec. 22," Hammond said. Ribbons will be given out that evening.
* The Aspen Park Community Association will sponsor its Decorating Contest during the evening hours of Dec. 22. Members of other community associations will serve as judges, with cash prizes awarded to the top three homes. First place will receive $50, second $30 and third place $20.
How do you enter? Just turn on your lights, it's that simple.
Neighbors in Aspen Park are also invited to join in for Christmas Caroling 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 22. To join in, just meet at the new town homes on Appalachian Drive at 6 p.m. Sheet music will be provided, as well as hot chocolate at the end.
Councilman Carl "Dutch" Holland invites you to his first Holiday Celebration1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.
Tickets are $30 and include a buffet and open bar. Music will be provided by First Class.
Those attending can also participate in the U.S.Marine Corps "Toys for Tots" campaign, by dropping off a new toy forneedy children this Christmas.
For tickets, call 255-9525.
The Fort Smallwood Elementary PTA is sponsoring "Breakfast with Santa" 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at the school, 1720 Popular Ridge Road.
Admission is $3.50 for adults, $2 for children ages 2 to 10, freefor youngsters younger than 2.
In addition to sharing breakfast, Old St. Nick will be available for visits and wish lists. Photos taken with Santa will be available for $3 and up, depending on the style chosen.
Children can also shop at the special Santa's Workshop forgifts for family, friends and teachers.
For more details, call the school at 437-5100.
In need of some home-baked goodies to celebrate the holidays? The parish of Our Lady of the Chesapeake, 8325Ventnor Road, will be selling Christmas goodies after all masses this weekend.
Spokeswoman Gloria Romey said that, in addition to the normal bake sale fare (cakes, cookies and delicious homemade candies), a special Christmas decorated cake will be raffled off. Proceeds will benefit the church.
St. Jane Frances Home School Association will present a gala New Year's Eve celebration 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Dec. 31 in the school hall on St. Jane Drive.
Tickets are $20 per person and include hors d'oeuvres, beer, setups, sodas, party favors, achampagne toast at midnight with coffee and doughnuts served at 1 a.m.
Spinning tunes for the evening will be DJ John Bertulis.
Forticket information, call 544-2453 or 437-2917.
Northeast High School PTSA's Caring and Sharing Committee and students from the Maryland's Tomorrow program have adopted two families in need this holiday season.
Members are seeking donations of canned or non-perishable foods, toys suitable for two little boys (ages 5 and 2 1/2) and boys clothing (sizes 6 and 3T).
Anyone interested in donating can contact Carlene Heilman at 437-6400.
Downs Park will kick off a series of monthly naturalist programs this weekend.
The first program will take place 1 p.m. tomorrow. Ranger Dave DeVault will lead the two-mile jaunt through the winter wood and teach easy identification of trees in the winter.
At 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, join in theEvening Solstice Walk and celebrate the first day of winter. Registration is required. Call 222-6230.