One of Severna Park's main attractions is its natural beauty. Surrounded by two scenic rivers, the community is bisected by a well-designed recreation trail that meanders through some lovely countryside.
But mixing people and progress with Mother Nature usually creates problems. Two local organizations have decided to give something back to the environment.
The Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce has encouraged its members to spruce up and maintain their businesses (along Benfield Road, for example).
Working with the chamber is the Greater Severna Park Council, an umbrella group representing the neighborhoods, which is in the middle of its first "Clean and Beautiful" campaign.
At 7:30 p.m., Oct. 13, county extension agent Dave Hitchcock will discuss neighborhood landscaping at the regular council meeting at the Severna Park branch library.
Saturday, Oct. 24, the official end of Severna Park's campaign, is also the fourth annual County Clean-Up Day. A large trash bin will be placed in the Severn School parking lot on Maple Street.
The council and chamber hope that through their campaign, a clean and beautiful community will become an irresistible habit.
If you're planning a trip down the aisle or know someone who is, run, don't walk, to the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop on Ritchie Highway.
The shop has just received a shipment of wedding gowns and bridesmaid's dresses from two well-known bridal boutiques. The prices are excellent.
For more information, contact Judy Dooley at 544-0568.
The Severna Park Middle School band and orchestra boosters have planned a Booster Carnival from 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10, at the school.
At 3:15 p.m., the Naval Academy Electric Brigade will perform in the gym. The teachers will prove to the kids that they are indeed human by performing the Electric Slide, which, sources tell me, is a dance.
Plan to have lunch during the carnival. Pizza, popcorn, barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs, nachos and soda will be sold. There also will be a silent auction, raffles and games and prizes for the kids.
For more information, call 647-7900.
The Severna Park Newcomers Club has plans for October anyou:
* If you're new to the area and need something to do and someone to do it with, drop by the Newcomers' get-acquainted coffee at 10 a.m., Oct. 14, at the home of Carolyn Davis.
For more information, call 987-5411.
* The Newcomers' October general meeting is a luncheon/fashion show beginning at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 21 at Chartwell Country Club. Lunch is at noon and the fashions are by Talbotts.
The deadline for reservations is Oct. 17. Contact Judy Anderson at 544-0771.
* Every fall, the Newcomers plan a tailgate party. Attend the bTC Navy vs. Delaware game Oct. 24 and cheer for the blue and gold. The get-together before the 1:30 game will definitely be a winner.
For details, call Mary Galligan at 987-5058.
If you're a boater, you should know by now that the state boating safety education law requires people born on or after July 1, 1972 to earn a safety certificate before operating a registered pleasure boat.
To assure you're not left high and dry, sign up for the Maryland Basic Boating Course offered at Quiet Waters Park. The three-part course is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 19, Oct. 22 and Oct. 26.