The countdown is almost over.
Advent calendars are showing more open doors, trees are up and decorated, houses are bright with Christmas lights and schools are closed.
Only two more shopping days.
In case you've been telling yourself that you still have plenty of time to get ready for Christmas, WAKE UP. The big shindig is just two days away.
We would like to wish our readers a very Merry Christmas and a safe holiday.
North County High news: Seven students were inducted into the National Honor Society recently: William Howard, Jennifer Key, Terri Kim, Timothy Lotz, Christopher Odachowski, Hope Rojek and Natalie Wass.
All were selected by a faculty council on the basis of high standards of scholarship, service, leadership and character.
The National Honor Society is one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for high school students.
The North County High School chapterwas chartered in 1990. Membership has grown to 27. Adele Degnan and Barbara Pattillo are the faculty advisers to the chapter.
Brooklyn Park/Lindale Middle Junior High news: Congratulations to Sung Yoo, whose artwork was selected to be exhibited at the
Baltimore Life Building, Life of Maryland Gallery in Baltimore.
* Activity buses will no longer run on Tuesdays.
They will, however, continue torun on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.
Park Elementary news: Congratulations to the newly elected sixth-grade officers: Erica Diaz, executive secretary; Lesley Branham, corresponding secretary, and Sam Vick, committee chairman.
The following local churcheswill have special services for Christmas and Christmas Eve:
* St.John Lutheran Church, 226 Washburn Ave., will have two services Dec.24. The first will be a Family Service of Lessons and Carols at 7 p.m., followed at 11 p.m. by the Festival of Holy Communion.
The Christmas service, A Festival of Holy Communion, will begin at 10 a.m.
* St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 410 Jeffrey St., will have three services on Christmas Eve.
The Children's Mass will begin at 5 p.m. and a Folk Mass begins at 7:30 p.m., followed by midnight Mass. Services on Christmas Day will be at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon.
* Brooklyn Heights United Methodist Church, 110 Townsend Ave., will have a Family Service at 7 p.m. and a candlelight service at 10:45 p.m. onChristmas Eve.
Resurrection Lutheran Church has openings in its preschool program for the 1991-1992 school year.
The program is for children ages 3 and 4 and features age-appropriate learning in a Christian environment.
The church is at 601 Hammonds Lane in Brooklyn Park. For more information, call 789-0415.
Harbor Hospital Center news: If you're trying to lower your cholesterol and fat intake this holiday season, call Harbor Hospital Center before you head to your next party or family gathering.
The hospital is offeringa packet of free holiday-eating tips and recipes recommended by HHC nutritional and cardiac specialists. Recipes include hors d'oeuvres, vegetables, casseroles and desserts.
To receive your copy, please call the Community Relations Department at 347-3445.
* In order tobe prepared for this winter's snow and ice, the hospital has begun seeking four-wheelers willing to volunteer to transport key personnel during inclement weather.
If you are able to assist the hospital, please call Ann Heil, volunteer coordinator, at 347-3478.
* The hospital is also offering Pediatric Evening Service when your child's pediatrician is not available.
The service runs from 3 to 10:30 p.m.
For more information, call 347-3311.
Brooklyn Park Athletic Association news: The association is continuing to sell Entertainment '92 books for $35.
Two books are available, one for North Baltimore and one for South Baltimore. For more information, call 789-5430.
Tickets for the Arundel Improvement Association's New Year's Eve bash are available. The fun begins at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31.
Tickets are $15 per person and include hot & cold buffet, beer, soda, champagne and party favors.
To make a reservation, call 789-2192.
Put on your dancing shoes! An Oldies But Goodies Dance to benefit the Keaser Center Fuel Fund will rock from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27 at the Lloyd Keaser Center, 5757 Belle Grove Road.
Tickets are $10 per person and include contests, door prizes and set-ups. For tickets or more information, call 636-1714.
Members of the Old Brooklyn Park Improvement Association who ordered Christmas luminary kits will be notified when they are in.
All community members are reminded that the kits should be lighted on Christmas Eve.
The lights add a beautiful touch to the neighborhood and many people enjoy riding around to view them.
* The community would like to thank everyone who contributed to the making and hanging of the Christmas greens and bows on the street signs.
They add a touchof the holiday season to the community.