Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow NORTH COUNTY -- Linthicum * Ferndale * Brooklyn Park * Pumphrey



The countdown continues. Only 18 more days until Christmas.

We don't need a blizzard for Christmas, but a light dusting of snow would set the mood for the holidays. (For those of you who don't like snow, we apologize.) What better way for children to spend their Christmas vacation?

Keep your fingers crossed. Maybe those sleds we bought our children three years ago finally can be used.


Belle Grove Elementary School news: Now through Dec. 22, the Human Relations Committee will be collecting mittens, hats and gloves for the Mitten Tree, plus used toys in good condition. Students can drop the toys in the barrel in the foyer.

* Tomorrow, the PTA Executive Board will meet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by the school Christmas Program. The band and chorus will perform. The PTA will sponsor a Country Christmas Bake Sale after the program. Donations are needed. If you can help, please contact Sandy Gallagher, 789-8621.

* Fourth- through sixth-graders will attend the Nutcracker Ballet at Maryland Hall for Creative Arts in Annapolis at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday.

* Also on Thursday, students who have completed the "Book It" program for November will receive special dessert treats.


Brooklyn Park Elementary School news: Second- and third-grade students will get in the holiday spirit by attending the Nutcracker Ballet at Maryland Hall for Creative Arts on Thursday.

* While preparing for the holidays, the art department asks that you save the following items: cardboard tubes from wrapping paper, metallic wrapping paper, old Christmas cards, plastic and paper grocery bags, microwave dishes and socks.

The final night for the Parent-to-Parent program is tomorrow from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the school.


Park Elementary School news: A PTO general business meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, followed by a Winter Concert at 7 p.m., starring the chorus, strings and band students.

Come and join in the fun at the PTO Sing-a-Long and Trim-a-Tree program at 6 p.m. Friday. Children can bring ornaments to decorate the tree. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

* The PTO will sponsor a Santa's Workshop and Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Santa's Workshop will offer children a selection of gifts from which to choose while parents browse and shop at the craft tables. Spaces still are available for $5. You must supply your own table.

For more information, call 636-4570 or 636-8559.


Brooklyn Park/Lindale Middle Junior High School news: There will be a student-faculty volleyball match at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the gym. Admission is five attendance award coupons. Students who attend the game will be eligible for a prize drawing held during the match.

* It's Burger King Night Again. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, everyone is encouraged to visit Burger King on Nursery Road. The PTA will receive 20 percent of all sales. Students who visit Burger King that evening will be eligible for a drawing. Stop by and help support the school.


It's Holiday Storytime at the Brooklyn Park Library, 1 E. 11th Ave., at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Children ages 2 to 6 can participate in the stories, music, activities and crafts. Children also should write the title of their favorite book on a strip of paper and add it to the holiday reading chain. For more information, call 222-6260.


Beginning Sunday, the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church Catholic Youth Organization will make visits visit to the Meridian Nursing Center on Hammonds Lane. They need 15 to 20 youths per visit. The youths will meet at 1:30 p.m. at the school and return by 4:15 p.m.

Parents are needed to provide transportation.

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