Festive decorations adorn lawns in Pasadena PASADENA

NEIGHBORS

December 18, 1992|By PEG ADAMARCZYK

Brightly colored lights, dazzling white displays, madly synchronized light shows, plastic Santas on roofs and just about everything from gigantic nativity scenes to Frosty the Snowman dotting front lawns. . . .

Christmas has arrived in Pasadena. If the abundance of dazzling nighttime displays in every community this year doesn't cause a brown-out at Brandon Shores, we'll be lucky.

While some communities have a laid-back country attitude about decorating, several are more organized and sponsor decorating contests.

The Elizabeth Landing Community Association is sponsoring its

annual Holiday Decorating Contest from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Contest chairwoman Rene Hammond said representatives from other communities will judge. First- second- and third-place ribbons will be awarded for best white light display, best colored light display, best decorated door and best decorated window. One house will be selected as the most beautiful.

"Everyone in the community is invited to participate; all they have to do is turn on their lights Sunday evening," Ms. Hammond said.

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The Chelsea Beach Residents Association is sponsoring its annual Christmas decorating contest next week. Judges will tour the neighborhood Monday through Thursday evenings and select three homes with the best lighting displays and best decorated doors.

"I've notice that the community is really in a festive mood, and holiday decorations are everywhere," association spokeswoman Lynn Biancavilla said.

Certificates will be awarded to the winners.

* At 7 p.m. tomorrow, Chelsea Beach residents are invited to enjoy a Christmas bonfire and caroling at the community playground, D & Ninth Streets. Refreshments will be served.

* On Christmas Eve, barring rain, community residents will participate in the annual luminaria lighting.

"We have urged everyone in the community to be a part of this special celebration," Ms. Biancavilla said.

The association is selling luminaria kits.

For details, call Gary DeGrafft at 437-3733.

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The Aspen Park Community Association will sponsor its decorating contest on Sunday.

Judging will take place at 5 p.m., with $25 prizes awarded for the three best-decorated homes.

How do you enter? Just turn on your lights, it's that easy.

el,.5l * APCA President Jim Ryan is inviting community residents to sing Christmas carols, starting at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Just meet at Meadowick Court and be prepared to sing.

Refreshments will be served.

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A new fund-raising co-op effort, Market Day, will arrive at Chesapeake High School next month. Orders must be placed by Christmas Eve and can be picked up from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 7 at the school.

The Market Day program offers more than 150 food items, from such brand name manufacturers as Tyson, Quaker, Stouffer and Yoplait, CHS teacher Shirley Santora said. More than 14 categories of food are offered, from produce to snack foods and specials, all competitively priced. Part of the price will be donated to the CHS German Club's German exchange program.

To join the program, make your selections, and send the form back to the school. Payment isn't due until pick-up day.

Parents of CHS students received order forms in the December newsletter, but you don't have to have a child at CHS to order. Forms are available at the school.

To find out more about the program, call Shirley Santora at 255-9600.

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Seven days left until the big day. If the mad rush has gotten to you, then maybe a little infusion of the real reason for the season will help get you through. Several area churches have planned public events in the next few days.

The congregation of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church on Tick Neck Road will revive an old tradition on Wednesday, the greening of the church. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a potluck supper, followed by the 7 p.m. Eucharist service. After the service, adults are invited to join the altar guild and the Women of St. Andrew's in decorating the church.

* Pasadena United Methodist Church, on Ritchie Highway, is having a family Christmas dinner and program starting at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. A mitten/glove tree for local needy families will be decorated.

Continuing a long-standing tradition, the church will present a live nativity scene from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday in front of the church.

* The youth Christmas program at Lake Shore Baptist Church, 4613 Mountain Road, will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Members of the special education class will begin the evening with a performance of "One Bright Night in Bethlehem," followed by the youth group presentation of "And It Came to Pass."

The community also is invited to visit the Christmas in Living Pictures program offered by the church youth group, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday in the church's youth building. The program is a 15-minute guided narrative tour featuring scenes leading up to the birth of Christ, church spokeswoman Gloria Krause said.

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The festival choir of Chesapeake Christian Center will present the cantata "Don't Miss Christmas" this weekend. Performances are planned for the 10:45 a.m. worship service at the church, 7975 Tick Neck Road, and at 4 p.m. at Marley Station Mall.

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Celebrate New Year's Eve with friends and family at VFW Post 3462 on Bayside Beach Road from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Tickets are $25 per person and include a prime rib dinner, open bar, hors d'oeuvres, hats, noisemakers and a continental breakfast.

A disc jockey will provide music.

For tickets, call George Davis at 437-5629.

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The office and visitors center at Downs Park will close tomorrow and reopen on Jan. 4.

The park will operate on its regular schedule, but will be closed Christmas Day.

Visitors wishing to buy a 1993 parking permit can stop by the gatehouse for more details.

Information: 222-6230.

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