Courses offered on everything but fixing cars ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY * Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

NEIGHBORS

September 13, 1993|By LYN BACKE

Whatever happened to gas stations with real people outdoors who'd say, "Why sure, ma'am, I can find out why your tail lights don't work but your brake lights and flashers do. It'll just take a minute."

Of course, back in the same good old days, there wouldn't have been a roving service truck on the Jersey Turnpike to fix the flat tire earlier in the day and allow us to get to Kennedy Airport with a whole 15 seconds to spare to meet the plane from Stockholm. But a more experienced white knight wouldn't have done whatever he did to the wiring, while getting the spare out of its holder, that made the tail lights go out but left the brake lights working.

In light of my adventures, I probably need an auto mechanics course. That's one of very few that the Anne Arundel County Parks and Recreation Department isn't offering this fall. Their new brochure is out, with opportunities for everyone in the family, from aquatics to aerobics and crafts and excursions.

Registration is being accepted. Most courses begin this week or next. For information, call the department at 222-3600; from South County, call 621-9552.

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A community fund-raiser works best when many people are involved. An example is the benefit dinner for the Light House Shelter a week from Thursday at the Holiday Inn in Annapolis. Eleven local chefs are donating their talents, restaurants are donating the food and guests are donating $75 each to partake of the bounty.

The shelter, supported by a group of 10 local churches, has a permanent home at 206 West St. in Annapolis. It has beds for single men and women, and two apartments for temporary homes for families with children. A kitchen provides food for the homeless; medical care is also available.

The Sept. 23 dinner is the third annual fund-raiser for the shelter. For ticket information and reservations, call the Rev. David Henry at 266-8696.

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I'm a pushover for Greek food, music and ambience, and I plan to indulge myself thoroughly at the Fall Bazaar and Craft Show on Sept. 25-26, sponsored by Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church.

Greek food is just one of the attractions.

There will also be performances by the Aegean Odyssey Dancers, booths for local vendors of jewelry, clothing and art objects, and games and prizes for children.

The fall bazaar is scheduled from 10 a.m. to dusk on the 25th, noon to dusk on the 26th, at the future site of the church at 2747 Riva Road, near Riva Trace.

Admission is free. For information, call 263-2550.

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It's not too early to plan a special time in October: the second annual West River Jazz Festival at Our Lady of Sorrows Hall in Owensville. The day will feature a variety of jazz performances from noon to 5 p.m. and a big band dance from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Lynn Roberts will be the featured performer for the evening, and guitarist Charlie Byrd will be a special honoree.

Admission to the afternoon concert is $5. Tickets for the dance are $15 per person. Tables for eight or 10 may be reserved by calling 867-0888.

The event is sponsored by South County Cultural Arts, the Big Band Society of the Washington area and the Potomac River Jazz Club.

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Tomorrow at 7 p.m., Arundel Habitat for Humanity will host a discussion of its plans for the rest of 1993 and 1994. Dessert will be offered to participants.

Habitat's principles and operations will be the focus, with a slide presentation on recent local activities.

The meeting will be held in the Conte Building on Defense Highway. For further information, call 267-8430.

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