Thanksgiving advice: Plan and pray NORTH COUNTY--Linthicum * Ferndale * Brooklyn Park * Pumphrey



The beginning of any holiday week sails by for most everyone. Whether you are making travel plans or preparing a feast at home, time is running out!

Like most amateur chefs, we are always searching for new dishes to enhance our cooking reputations and add to our Thanksgiving traditions. Sometimes, what you end up with is a recipe for disaster.

For example, there was the time we got up at 4 a.m. to start cooking the turkey. We set the oven at 475 degrees and slid the 15-pound bird in. Imagine our expression when we looked in six hours later!

Or how about the time we made granddad's famous oyster stuffing and forgot the oysters.

Don't laugh. If you've scheduled dinner preparations around football games, soccer tournaments, cheerleading competitions or Girl Scout cookie sales, take our advice: Use a good cookbook, set your timer and pray.

Though most of us take Thanksgiving gatherings for granted, there are many who won't have the company of family and friends. Many schools and organizations have been reaching out to those less fortunate.


North County Senior High School is still accepting contributions of food, toys and clothing for its Holiday Sharing program. Contributions may be sent to the school, 415 Andover Road.

Information: 859-5400, Ext. 57.


Belle Grove Elementary School news: The Human Relations Committee is continuing to collect canned goods and non-perishable items for this Thanksgiving holiday. All contributions may be dropped off in the school's foyer. The school is at 4502 Belle Grove Road.

Information: 789-8777.


Brooklyn Park branch library news: The County Food Drive will be distributing food throughout the county to food banks and shelters.

Bring your non-perishable foods to the collection boxes inside the library.

The library is at 1 E. 11th Ave., off Ritchie Highway.

Information: 222-6260


Brooklyn Park Elementary School news: A makeup photo session is planned for Wednesday morning for children who missed the regular session.

To arrange a time, call the school office at 222-6590.


Park Elementary School news: Two new programs offered by the D.A.R.E. -- Drug Abuse Resistance Education -- program of Anne Arundel County will be held tomorrow.

"Children are People Too" focuses on self-esteem and understanding yourself. "Parent to Parent," deals with the frustrations of parenting and drug abuse prevention. The program gives parents the knowledge and skills to help their children become responsible adults.

Both classes are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the school, 201 E. 11th Ave. Call 789-0174 for more information.


Harbor Hospital Center news: The center is seeking volunteers to assist the nursing staff in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit waiting room.

Duties include updating families on patients' conditions, restocking nursing supplies and assisting at the nursing station. Four-hour shifts are available every day between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Information: 347-3478.


Brooklyn United Methodist Church, 401 Pontiac Ave., is reaching out to those less fortunate by offering a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Dinner will be served from noon to 2 p.m. in the social hall.

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