Sometimes the simplest gifts are most appreciated GLEN BURNIE

NEIGHBORS

December 16, 1992|By BONITA FORMWALT

Did anyone notice a somewhat befuddled looking gentleman and his two sons wandering around Glen Burnie looking for my Christmas gift? No? Well then, did anyone, perhaps, notice this same gentleman, offspring in tow, sneaking in to see "Candyman" when he was supposed to be out wandering around Glen Burnie looking for my Christmas gift?

I thought so.

This could possibly mean yet another holiday when, as I open my present -- odds are running good for a small teddy bear sitting in a coffee mug holding a balloon that reads "#1 Mom" -- the scent of a 7-Eleven Big Bite with chili clings to his little teddy bear hat.

I'm not a difficult person to please. The things I want don't even cost a great deal of money. For example:

* I'd like someone to please go outside every evening at 11 and unplug the Christmas lights on the front porch. It's cold out there, and I can only find one slipper.

* I'd like the men in my family to realize that the large green and tan object attached to my right hand is not a charm on my bracelet but a Hoover vacuum cleaner and that in modern society, wiping your feet before entering the house is not a sign of weakness but a simple courtesy.

* I'd like to find a Chinese restaurant that delivers.

* I want my car door fixed so that I don't have to roll down the window and casually attempt to open the door from the outside, acting as though this were the preferred way of doing things.

I want it all, Glen Burnie.

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For Sale: Parts of a new Allen organ. Speakers, $1,000 each; floor pedals, $600 each; voices, $300 each; keys, slashed to the bargain price of $90 each. See Harundale Presbyterian Church for details.

Last month, the congregation of Harundale Presbyterian made a "leap of faith" and purchased a new Allen organ for the sanctuary. Now the congregation is seeking the help of its

members to raise money for the instrument through an innovative fund-raising method that encourages members to pledge money to purchase individual parts of the organ.

Pledge forms request a commitment within the next year to pay for either a specific item or a general donation. This obligation must be met by Dec. 31, 1993.

The $94,000 state-of-the-art instrument meets or exceeds all of the church's musical requirements, said Music Director Terry Ruth. The current organ is old, and continuing repairs are needed.

For more information on the organ project or for a pledge form, contact the church office at 766-4338.

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For those who wistfully long for the return of the sun, the smell of chlorine and the taste of Coppertone, I offer you swim club news.

The new board for the 1993 swim season has been announced for the Glen Burnie Park Swim Club. Tom Zlockie will serve as president; Frieda Stephens, vice president for administration; Butch Schmitt, vice president for operations; Eileen Pierce, treasurer; Bob Murray, personnel director; Rita Hemphill, secretary; Maureen Peltzer, swim team director; Barbara Lawton, social director.

Located on Everett and Baylor roads within the community of Glen Burnie Park, the swim club has been providing relief from the summer's heat for 30 years. In addition to the swimming and social activities, the club also sponsors an active swim team, the Dolphins.

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There's holiday music in the Glen Burnie night air. Several schools in our community are celebrating the season with winter music concerts.

Fourth- and fifth-graders at Point Pleasant Elementary School, under the direction of music teacher Petra Pineyro, will serenade friends and family members at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the primary building's multipurpose room

Tickets have been sent home with the student performers. For further information, call the school office at 222-6425.

* Jean Prigelmiller will direct the instrumental band of Rippling Woods Elementary School in its winter concert starting at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow.

For additional information, call the school office at 222-6440.

* Southgate Elementary School students are planning to "Sing Out The Season" with their winter concert at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Glen Angus will direct the string ensemble and the chorus will perform under the direction of Marjorie Lee. Information: 222-6445.

* The curtain goes up at 7 tonight on Marley Middle School's winter music program. Performances by the school's band, orchestra, small instrument ensemble and jazz ensemble will be under the direction of music teacher John Dean.

For ticket information, call the school office, 761-0934.

* The Glen Burnie High School Band and Vocal Ensemble will present its winter concert at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the school auditorium.

Fred Probeck will direct the band, and vocalists will perform under the direction of Anthony Pinder.

For information, call the school office, 761-8950.

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Glen Burnie's chapter of Parents Without Partners will hold a New Year's Eve dance complete with hats and noisemakers from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Dec. 31 at the Orchard Beach Volunteer Fire Hall on Solley Road.

Music will be provided by disc jockey American Pie. Prizes will be awarded for the best performance in a karaoke contest.

Tickets are $22 per person and include beer and setups throughout the evening; a dinner menu of roast beef, gravy, mashed potatoes, rolls and butter and fruit cup; midnight champagne and a late-night buffet with coffee and dessert. No alcohol will be served after 1 a.m.

For ticket information, contact Darlene Stankiewicz at 789-5910.

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Celebrate New Year's Eve with the Holy Trinity Council Knights of Columbus from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., Dec. 31 at the Columbian Center, 335 N. Ritchie Highway.

Tickets are $30 each and include an open bar, dancing to the music of "Spice," and a dinner menu of shrimp cocktail, beef tenderloin, potatoes, mixed vegetables and rolls and butter. A continental breakfast will be served after midnight.

For ticket information, call 647-3413 or 766-4724.

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