'Tis the season to trade gifts, cookies with Savage Homemakers NORTH LAUREL/SAVAGE

NEIGHBORS

December 04, 1992|By LOURDES SULIVAN

Pretty sidewalks, city sidewalks, dressed in holiday style -- I love this season of the year.

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The Savage Homemakers' December meeting will be at 11 a.m. Dec. 10 at Carroll Baldwin Hall. For this holiday meeting, bring a covered dish to share with the other good cooks.

The members are holding their annual cookie exchange. From personal experience I can report that there are some terrific bakers there. I usually bring two dozen oatmeal cookies, and take home stuffed dates, meringues, chocolate chip bars and lemon sugar cookies in return.

This year, there is also a gift exchange of the "bring one, get one" variety. Charlotte Watts and Irene Stohl are the hosts of this meeting. They invite mothers of younger children to attend.

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Don't forget the family fun night at Bollman Bridge Elementary tonight. The Parent Teacher Association is showing "Benji, the Hunted." Admission for children ages 2 and older is $1, babes in arms are free. (If only that were always true!)

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The Savage Volunteer Fire Company's Ladies Auxiliary has its spaghetti dinner tonight. All the pasta you can eat, along with salad, vegetables, coffee and dessert. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children and $4 for seniors. Kids under age 6 eat free.

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I almost wish I were back in middle school. This month, Hammond Middle School's social calendar is full of activities.

The eighth-graders can attend a roller-skating party Dec. 10.

The admission is one new toy for the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program.

I can't think of a better expert on great toys than someone just leaving childhood. An eighth-grader is near enough to childhood to remember what makes a toy fun, but mature enough not to be swayed by pretty packaging.

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A week later, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Hammond Middle invites everyone to its annual Winter Band and Choral Concert.

The next week, the band will give a shortened version of this performance to Head Start kids as part of the Kids Helping Kids program run by the student council and Susan Griffith.

Robert Miller will direct both concerts.

Kids Helping Kids is a mentoring program run by Hammond's middle-schoolers for the preschoolers enrolled in Head Start. The middle-schoolers invite the preschoolers to various activities. The preschoolers are invited to try out the band instruments after the performance. Somehow, I think the brass section will be the center of attention. Who can resist a trombone?

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On Dec. 23, Hammond students are invited to a special dance during the school day. There will be no admission charge, other than having behaved positively during the school year. This is a reward for all who do right.

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The holiday season is in full swing. The Rev. Ernest Beevers of the First Baptist Church of Savage invites everyone to hear the "His Love . . . Reaching," directed by Eleanor Witcher.

The program will be at 11 a.m. Dec. 20.

That Sunday will be a busy one for the members of the congregation. After the Sunday evening children's program, members of the choir and other congregants will board the church bus and go caroling from house to house.

Mr. Beevers will "go along to make a joyful noise," in his phrase.

The bus stops at the houses of shut-ins and of those the carolers think might appreciate a merry tune. Call Mr. Beevers at (301) 725-3944 if you know anyone who'd appreciate a touch of Christmas at their door.

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Of course, there is more to the holidays than music. The First Baptist Church, like many others, distributes food baskets.

It also has a brilliant program, "Magi's Workshop," that combines service, recycling and gift-giving.

The congregation solicits good used toys, which members clean and fix up. The toys are then offered for sale at budget prices to children shopping for gifts for their brothers and sisters.

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Mr. Beevers invites all to attend a candlelight service Christmas Eve at the First Baptist Church in Savage. The service begins at 7:30 p.m.

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Now through Sunday, Bay County Crafters presents "A Country Christmas" in Carroll Baldwin Hall. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday.

The entire vaulted auditorium and stage of the hall is covered with handmade delights. Among the treasures are doorstops highlighted with cavorting bears, picket-fence fire screens painted with old-fashioned Santas, fudge, colored lollipops and wreaths.

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas: The decorations are going up all over town.

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