Shop for your fall decorating supplies at the Autumn Fair, sponsored by the Chesapeake High School Band Boosters, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 3, rain or shine, on the school grounds at 4798 Mountain Road.
Choose from among pumpkins, cornstalks, gourds, Indian corn and mums of all colors.
Prices are reasonable too, with mums selling for $4.50 and pumpkins from $3 to $4, depending on weight.
While adults shop, children can play. Face painting, dunking booth, games in the $.25 to $.50 range, pony rides for $2.50 and a pumpkin patch with child-sized pumpkins for $1 each, are available for them to enjoy.
You can make your own scarecrow for $5 or have your picture taken with Vince and Larry, those famous crash dummies.
Meet McGruff the Crime Dog between noon and 1 p.m., or watch a Maryland state trooper's K-9 demonstration.
Looking for food? There's plenty of it, including barbecued chicken platters, hot dogs with sauerkraut, homemade pies or cake a la mode, ice cream cones and beverages.
"We have expanded our fund-raising efforts to benefit the entire instrumental music department at CHS this year so we're looking to the community to help us make this event a big success," said fair Chairwoman Carolyn Schaffer.
For more details, call Ms. Schaffer at 437-6419.
Spend a little or a lot at Flea Market Day, sponsored by the Ladies Guild of Magothy-Chelsea Community Lutheran Church, Third and Beach streets. The event will feature home-cooked foods for breakfast and lunch, with bargain shopping for the entire family, starting at 7 a.m. tomorrow, rain or shine.
"We'll have lots of treasures and finds for shoppers to choose from," promised event Chairwoman Grace Sotherland. "The Ladies Guild will have a treasures table and bake table."
In the food department, the breakfast menu includes a choice of sausage, scrapple, eggs, French toast, pancakes, juice and coffee. The cost is $4 for adults, $2 for children. Youngsters under 5 can eat free. Lunch, starting at 11 a.m., will feature hamburgers, hot dogs and cheeseburgers served with all the fixings.
Table rentals are still available. Call 647-6210 for more details.
Gospel singer Bill Itzel will perform at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Lake Shore Baptist Church, 4613 Mountain Road.
Mr. Itzel, an honors graduate of Arlington Baptist High School in Baltimore, began his music ministry in 1988. He has toured with The Speers of Nashville, Tenn., and has received a Grammy nomination and "Newcomer of the Year" and "Young Artist of the Year" awards. His last album with The Speers, "Hallelujah Time," received a Dove Award nomination.
"At a Bill Itzel concert you can expect a music ministry, with speaking kept to a bare minimum," said church spokeswoman Gloria Krause.
For more information, call the church office at 255-5413.
The Pasadena Elementary School PTA is sponsoring two fund-raising events during October and invites the community to participate.
A flea market will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 10, rain or shine, at the school, 105 Spruce Ave.
Prices are $10 per space, $15 for one-half a table and $20 for a full table. To reserve your spot, call Dina Weavers at 647-9335, or Linda Sherrod at 544-9555.
A new event, called Market Day, is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 20.
According to PTA President Sharon McNey, the event is a fund-raising food co-op.
"You can order meat, produce, snack items, just about anything you would purchase at the grocery store," she said. "The prices are competitive and the Market Day Company guarantees your satisfaction. If the program is a success, we'll schedule Market Day on a monthly basis."
Order forms will be sent home with students next week.
To obtain an order form or for more details, call Ms. McNey at 647-5826.
The Rockview Beach Improvement Association invites you to an afternoon of food, fun and games at its dinner-bingo at noon Oct. 11 at the community hall on East and Edna roads.
A delicious roast-beef dinner, vegetables, a dessert and beverage will be served until 2 p.m., and then it's on to the games.
The cost is $20 per person and includes dinner, eight hard bingo cards and a pack of specials. Additional cards will be available, and a $150 guaranteed jackpot game will be offered. The event also will feature door prizes, raffles and free coffee and sodas for players.
To order tickets, call 255-1105.
Magothy United Methodist Church is seeking performers for a series of coffeehouses that will take place at the church in the coming months.
Singers, instrumentalists and groups performing all types of music are invited.
The coffee house, which began last spring, received a good community response, church spokeswoman Carolyn Dilda explained.
"Plan are to have them the first Friday evening of every other month," she said.
The first coffeehouse is planned from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct.4.
For more information about performing or attending a coffeehouse, call Paula Wentz at 255-0984.
For hundreds of county high school students, one of the major steps along the path to higher education involves taking the Scholastic Aptitude Test and the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. How important are these tests? Trying to find out the facts can be frustrating.
If one of these tests looms in your student's future, then plan on attending an information session offered by the College Board at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Broadneck High School auditorium. The event is sponsored by eight county schools, including Chesapeake High School.
Dr. Martha Gannon, a College Board representative, will describe the tests and explain what they measure and how they're scored. She also will discuss how to prepare for them.
"We urge any college-bound CHS sophomore or junior and their parents to attend this program to answer questions they may have about the tests," said CHS guidance counselor Ron Wagner.