Families and students will be putting on the green today as St. JaneFrances School celebrates its 42nd annual St. Patrick's Day Bazaar from 9 am. to 2 p.m. and again from 5 to 10 p.m. in the school hall. Admission is free.
Faithful attendees will notice a few changes in this year's event. Green is still the color but new games with new prizes, new menu items and a bigger payout on the "Winning of the Green" raffle will keep lucky lads and lassies busy as long as the foldinggreen holds out.
For the young ones, there will be balloons, a duck pond, clowns, face painting and grab bags filled with goodies available during the day. After 5 p.m., the bazaar changes over to appeal to a more maturecrowd, but there is still a games room available for youngsters and teens to test their skills.
Loads of hand-crafted novelty items just for children will be sold in the Kiddie Kraft area. The Country Store will be a shopper's delight again this year, loaded with hand-made crafts, gifts and decorative items sold at reasonable prices. Copies of St. Jane's cookbook will be on sale.
A variety of raffle contests, including the bigger and better "Winning of the Green" raffle with three cash prizes ($500, $300 and $200), will tempt those feelinglucky this Friday the 13th.
Parish volunteers have been busy turning hundreds of pounds of shrimp into taste-tempting delights for hungry visitors. The menu will include shrimp salad, shrimp soup, tuna salad, potato salad, cole slaw, fish, pizza, hot dogs and sodas. Irishcoffee will be available during the evening hours.
"The efforts of parents, students and parish members have combined to make this fund-raiser a success over the years," said veteran chairwoman Kathy Dungan.
"Everyone has worked hard," said co-chairwoman Debbie McElroy.
Chesapeake High School Band Boosters will sponsor its fifthannual Clown, Illusion and Magic Show on March 21 at the school, 4798 Mountain Road.
The doors will open at 4:30 p.m. for a carnival midway of food, fun and games to be followed by the prestidigitation and slapstick of performers from Free State Alley 30.
Showtime for the first act will begin at 6 p.m., with one intermission scheduled.
The midway will offer an array of concessions including hot dogs, sodas, popcorn, lollipop tree, nachos and a baked goods table. Games with prizes for all will also be featured.
Returning by popular demand will be the duck pond, tic-tac-toe, ring toss and the plush wheel. New to the games this year will be bowling, ping-pong throw and basketball hoops.
Tickets, which are $4 for adults, $2 for children,are available in advance from CHS Band and Booster members and at the Fun House Magic Shop in Baltimore. Tickets will also be available at the door.
As in past years, the boosters are offering a discountto youth groups (such as Boy and Girl Scouts) on tickets purchased in advance.
"The success of this event can be attributed to the continuing support from the surrounding communities and local businesses," said band boosters spokeswoman Charlotte Clifford.
Advertising space in the Clown Show Program is still available.
To order grouptickets, call Steve Shaffer at 437-6419. Advertisers can call 360-3992 for more details.
The Pasadena Cluster, composed of 10 United Methodist churches in the Pasadena area, will present its seventhannual Lenten Choir Concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, at Asbury Town Neck United Methodist Church, 429 Annapolis Road in Severna Park.
This year's concert, dedicated in memory of Frank Taylor, will feature individual choirs and the deaf choir performing.
A love offering will be taken to benefit the Lee Owens family of Severna Park.
Participants are encouraged to bring finger food for fellowship and sharing, which will follow the concert.
Need to know more? Call George Fauther at 255-8338.
Lake Shore Baptist Church, 4613 Mountain Road, is sponsoring a spiritual awakening seminar from March 15 to 18. Conferences will be led by Henry T. Blackaby.
Blackaby, a former mission pastor and director of missions, is the author of "Experiencing God" and "What the Spirit is Saying to the Churches." He is a nationally known speaker who currently serves as the director of the office of Prayer and Spiritual Awakening at the Southern Baptist Home Mission Board in Atlanta.
Conferences on prayer will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, and continue each evening through March 18.
Daily conferences on experiencing God will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 16 to 18.
For more information, call the church office at 255-5413.
The spring sports season kick-off is just around the corner for athletes at Chesapeake High School.
Eager parents can get an early peek at CHS teams by attending next week's Spring Sports Night Practice and Social on March 19.
Practices are scheduled from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with a social, sponsored by Chesapeake Athletic Boosters, to follow in the cafeteria.
Dine out and get a preview of warm weather fashions at St. Jane Frances' Rainbow of Fashions show March 27, in the school hall.