Neighbors in the Riviera Beach community had a ringside seat for Saturday's Firemen's Parade, sponsored by the Riviera Beach Volunteer Fire Company.
Fire companies from over the state brought their firefighting and rescue equipment.
The Orchard Beach Volunteer Fire Company captured two awards: best-appearing county company with two or more pieces of equipment and the company with the most personnel in uniform. The Woodland Beach Volunteer Fire Company captured second place in the best-appearing company category. Bowie won the best-appearing non-county company with two or more pieces of equipment, with Chestertown placing second.
Individual trophies were presented to Deale, for the best-appearing pumper and ladder truck; Herald Harbor, for best-appearing ambulance; Woodland Beach, for best-appearing rescue truck, and Bowie, for best-appearing brush truck.
The trophy for the company traveling the longest distance was awarded to the Eastern Shore contingent from Chestertown.
Several marching units also participated in the parade and received trophies.
Our own Pasadena Kadettes marched away with four awards: best-appearing majorettes; best majorette drummers; best majorette color guard and best-appearing tiny tots. Placing second in the best-appearing majorettes category was another county group, the Pride of Maryland.
The Judges Award was presented to the Anne Arundel Alarmers and the Pasadena Kadettes Competition Unit Color Guard.
* The Pasadena Early Learning Center, at Pasadena United Methodist Church, 61 Ritchie Highway,has a limited number of openings in its preschool program for the upcoming school year.
Sessions for 3-year-olds are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays. Four-year-olds meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 5-year-olds meet every weekday morning.
Lessons are developed specifically for each age group. Opportunities for art, music and physical movement are available for all ages.
The center was founded 15 years ago to meet the need for quality preschool programming in the area. It provides an affordable program to families, due to the generosity of the church family at Pasadena United Methodist.
The center serves between 50 and 85 families every year.
For more information, call 647-3090.
* Crafters and artisans are invited to sign up for one of Pasadena's biggest craft fairs, sponsored by the Chesapeake High School Band Boosters, set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 7 at the school, on Mountain Road.
This is the event's third year. Proceeds will be used for instruments, uniforms, sheet music and trip expenses.
"Spaces are available, and we can supply tables for crafters if they need them," booster spokeswoman Sherry Smith said.
So don't delay; spaces will fill up fast. You can give Sherry a call at 255-9515 for more details, but please, no calls after 8:30 p.m.
* The YWCA will offer Red Cross swimming lessons at the Fairwood Community Pool on Fairwood Drive from Aug. 3 through 14.
The 10-lesson course, taught by a certified water safety instructor, costs $30. A youth YWCA membership fee of $10 also is required.
To sign up or for more details, call the YWCA at 647-1500.
* The Girl Scouts of Central Maryland has openings in its Camp Whippoorwill day camp program for girls entering grades one
The camp is off Lake Shore Road in Pasadena.
The session will operate from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 3 through 7, with bus transportation from selected sites.
For more details, call 789-1910.
* pTC The Chesapeake High School Class of 1982 will sponsor a year reunion from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sept. 26 at the Top of the Tower in Empire Towers.
The cost is $30 per person and includes a full buffet and open bar, with music by a disc jockey.
Class members interested in attending should call Karen Mortimer White at 437-5941 for tickets.
Orders must be received by Sept. 15.
* Escape to the island of Polynesian delights Sunday as the Bayside Concert Series at Downs Park presents Hawaii Aloha in concert at 7 p.m.
Native entertainers, wearing authentic costumes, will perform.
* Get ready to rock and roll at 7 p.m. Wednesday as the county Commission on Culture and the Arts presents "Detour" in concert at the park amphitheater.
Admission to both concerts is free, but a parking fee will be charged. Bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating.
No alcohol, bikes, pets or skates are permitted. For more details, call 222-6230.