Good friends and shared memories give warmth to holidays WEST COUNTY--Clarksville * Highland * Glenelg * Lisbon

NEIGHBORS

December 17, 1992|By SALLY BUCKLER

A wise man once said that this is the time of year for --ing through the dough. Do you think he was talking about the green stuff or the cookie stuff?

Happy Hanukkah! At holiday times we think of good friends and warm memories. One summer day, my son and I met some dear friends at the airport. They were returning from a trip to Israel, a trip that was a dream come true for this couple and their two teen-age sons. My friend Gale was very excited about an unusual hand crafted menorah they'd bought on their trip.

Later that year, my son, who was only about 6 years old, visited the family on the first day of Hanukkah, and he lighted the first candle that shone on that menorah. One of the nicest parts of Jewish holidays is that people often spend it at home with family and friends sharing traditions. I hope your celebration is memorable.

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They say everyone gets 15 minutes of fame. Tonight at 7 p.m., in the St. Louis Church, the whole student body of St. Louis School will get their chance in the spotlight.

From kindergarten through eighth-grade, halos and wings will be straightened, costumes donned and voices tuned. Every Christmas season St. Louis School presents an original play based on the birth of Christ, and tonight's presentation promises to be a real winner.

So, if you're a St. Louis School parent, check your camera flash and video camera batteries. You won't want to miss this moment. This event is free and open to the public.

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Have you bought your Christmas tree yet? Remember that Linden-Linthicum Methodist Church will receive the profits from some of the trees sold at River Hill Garden Center on Route 108 in Clarksville.

You can stop by the church or at one of the local merchants to pick up your coupon entitling the church to the profit on the sale of your tree.

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Members of the Glenwood Lions Club often wish people a happy holiday. They know that some in the community will have a nice holiday, courtesy of the Lions. The Lions Club is a service organization, and they make sure they take care of the needy during the holidays. They delivered baskets to seven area families at Thanksgiving, and they'll be out in force during the winter holidays.

The Lions also are a fun loving bunch, and they celebrated Christmas with a party last Tuesday. They'll have another social event Jan. 9 and their leader dog presentation Jan. 19. If you are interested in joining this organization, call Membership Chairman Bill Pindell at (410) 489-4392. You'll be joining a great group.

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With winter weather here, we're getting used to warm hats and mittens. They're a nuisance, yet a comfort. Imagine what winter would be if you had no hat or mittens.

The students in the Future Homemakers of America at Glenelg High School did just that, and they decided to collect mittens and hats for needy children and adults through Dec. 23.

You may send new or old hats or mittens to the group in the home economics room at the school. Someone will be warmer because of you.

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Whether you call them Book It, Easy Reader or Read On, reading incentive programs work. Kids learn to read, comprehend and enjoy the whole process.

At Pointers Run Elementary School, the school staff has joined with business partner, First American Bank in the Cherry Tree Shopping Center, to encourage the students to read more.

When a child finishes reading a book, he writes a short review of his book on a paper hand. The school staff displays the hands at the school, and later the bank branch will display them. Each time the children fill out two hands, the bank will purchase a pair of mittens for needy children.

Media Specialist Joe Duckworth expects hundreds of reviews. That translates into a lot of mittens. Mr. Duckworth has a similar reading incentive each month. What do they call it this month? "Reading can warm your heart and someone's hands."

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The St. Louis Church Catholic Youth Ministry is a very active VTC program under the able leadership of Chuck Wible. Tomorrow is their annual Senior CYM Christmas semi-formal dance, beginning at 8 p.m. in the school gym. Local D.J.'s will provide the music. Tickets are $5 for singles and $8 for couples.

This group is having a movie marathon from 3 p.m. until 11 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23. The cost is $2, and don't forget to bring extra money for pizza. Call Chuck at 410-531-6668 for more information.

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The Glenelg United Methodist Church will present a Christmas Cantata Sunday, Dec. 20 at the 11 a.m. service. The choir has been rehearsing for this presentation for weeks, and it will be a very special Christmas presentation.

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At Chapelgate Christian Academy in Marriottsville, the Music Department and Drama Club will present a Christmas Celebration at 7:30 p. m. Monday, Dec. 21 at the school. The school chorus, the sixth and seventh grade music classes, the instrumental music students and the Drama Club will present an evening of entertainment, fellowship and refreshments.

Information, (410) 442-5888.

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Saturday is the day for decorating the church at Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church in Glenwood. Members of the congregation will gather at 9 a.m. to hang wreaths, banners and to put a tree and some poinsettias in place.

Sunday is the annual Sunday School Christmas program, at which church members will donate personal care items for people served by Grassroots.

The program begins at 10 a.m. and a coffee and cookie fellowship follows the pageant. The church invites you to share in their celebration next Thursday, Christmas Eve at 7:30 p.m. Your whole family is welcome.

The number at the church for more information is (410) 442-1204.

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