With Christmas just around the corner, holiday festivities abound WEST COLUMBIA

NEIGHBORS

December 09, 1992|By LARRY STURGILL

The holiday season is again upon us, and most of us are making plans to enjoy some of the festivities. It is a time of joy and celebration. The Hanukkah and Christmas parties have begun and the shopping season is in full swing.

All this will culminate in the more private, family oriented celebrations of Hanukkah and Christmas later this month.

Some holiday parties still on the agenda are:

The Children's Hanukkah Party, featuring singer Barry Louis Polisar, on Sunday, Dec. 13, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Linden Hall in Dorsey Search village center. This promises to be an enjoyable event and all are welcome.

The admission fee is $5 per person. Call 730-4005 for information.

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The Holiday Party, on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will be the big event this holiday season at the Hawthorne Neighborhood Center in Hickory Ridge village center.

L Children age 3 to 10 are invited to enjoy the fun and games.

L Pre-registration is required. Call 730-7327 for information.

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The annual Hanukkah Party presented by the Wilde Lake Community Association at Slayton House on Sunday, Dec. 20, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The party is open to children from kindergarten through fifth grade, and will include songs, dance, crafts and refreshments.

Admission is free, but because space is limited, pre-registration is required.

Call 730-3987 for information.

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A Hanukkah Party will be held at Kahler Hall in Harper's Choice village center, on Monday, Dec. 21, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Children age 3 to 10 are invited to enjoy singing songs and playing games. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free, but a donation of a non-perishable food for the needy is requested.

Registration is required. Call 730-3888.

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Along with many others, I personally enjoy the displays of Christmas lights and other colorful decorations that are now beginning to adorn homes in Columbia.

As we have done in the past, my family will enjoy spending time each evening driving through the neighborhoods enjoying them all, from the quietly tasteful to the outrageously gaudy.

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And, while on the subject of holiday lights, the Florence Bain Senior Center is sponsoring a "Lights of Howard County," tour and party on Dec. 13, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Transportation will be provided from various locations in the county.

The tour will end at the Bain Center, where a party featuring music by the Goldenaires will be held.

Call 730-8113 for reservations.

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Congratulations to Coach Doug DuVall, his staff, and the members of the Wilde Lake High School football team. Winning three consecutive state championships is an astonishing accomplishment. More importantly for the participants, it is the stuff of dreams, a joyful memory no one can take away from them.

At the Championship Awards Banquet held on Sunday, the camaraderie between the staff and the players was obvious. Tears of joy flowed along with the laughter and revelry of the evening.

Of special note is the fact DuVall and his staff made sure that some unsung people were recognized, including the student managers -- B.J. Slater, Lewis Weinerman, Jonathan Brooks, and my son, Jason Sturgill -- who were rewarded for their hard work and dedication behind the scenes during the season.

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The Town Center Association will have it's annual Card Party and Luncheon at the Rose Price House on Thursday, Dec. 17, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person, or $28 for a table of four. There will be a grand prize drawing.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling 730-4744.

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For all of us who have lost, or inadvertently damaged, precious photos we wanted to keep, an informative workshop on how to organize and preserve such photos will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at Slayton House in Wilde Lake village center.

Maryanne Hammeerle will head a hands-on workshop to demonstrate how to put together a permanent keepsake album. People are invited to bring a selection of photos and memorabilia.

L The workshop fee is $15, and a starter kit will be included.

Call 730-3987 to register.

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