He was almost out the door. Two more minutes and the entire house was mine. He paused on the steps.
"Oh I forgot. Mrs. Day needs volunteers to work in the library this year. I told her you would help."
I stared at my son.
"It's not like you have a real job or anything," he continued. "So this will help keep you busy while we're at school." He appeared very pleased with himself.
I assured him that I was quite capable of occupying myself while he was in class. Then I began to wonder. Was he right? Maybe it was time to get back on that old volunteer wagon. Then again, could I ever forget my previous ill-fated efforts? For example:
* An altercation with a laminating machine and a construction paper turkey that has left me with an unnatural fear of Saran Wrap.
* A 5-year-old showing me how to reload a computer after I inadvertently dumped the "Cookie Monster Counts To Ten" program. Talk about a humbling experience.
* Being led from the room, sobbing, after reading the ending of "Charlotte's Web" to a group of terrified third-graders.
After giving this serious thought, I decided to give it another try. After all, what kind of trouble can I get into with the Dewey Decimal System?
See you in the stacks, Glen Burnie.
Every year St. Paul's Lutheran Church welcomes the autumn season with an afternoon of fun and fellowship. This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the community is invited to be a part of the 27th annual Autumn Fair on the church grounds at 308 Oak Manor Drive.
Activities for children and adults are planned to keep the entire family busy.
Perhaps it's a bit early for Halloween, but the children always enjoy the "Make Your Own Scarecrow" booth. Other activities for the kiddies include face painting, pony and tractor rides and a Moon Bounce. Children also may want to visit a craft booth where volunteers will assist in making an easy project to take home.
And don't forget the visits from Sparky the Fire Prevention Dog and McGruff, and his Crime Prevention Van will entertain and educate.
Adults can spend some time browsing through a flea market, a craft show or the Gift Emporium.
Pit beef and barbecue beef will be sold, and stop by the Country Store for homemade goodies to take home.
This year's fair has been organized by Pat Reese, Shirley Robinson and Bill Roesler.
For information on the event, call the church office, 766-2283.
Youth football players throughout the county are invited to attend a Punt, Pass and Kick Competition on Sunday at Lake Waterford. Registration is scheduled to begin at noon with the competition starting promptly at 1 p.m.
The contest is open to youth ages 7 to 15 as of Dec. 31. Athletes do not have to belong to any organized football league to participate. Anyone that is part of a team is encouraged to wear his uniform jerseys.
This event is sponsored by the Father McGivney Council of the Knights of Columbus in Marley. The Pasadena Chargers Football Association will serve as hosts for the contest.
Players will be grouped according to age: 7 to 9; 10 to 11; 12 to 13; 14 to 15. Each participant will be scored on punting, passing and kicking. The first-place winner in each age group will receive a trophy.
L For additional information, call Larry Rzepkowski, 766-1328.
The Church of the Good Shepherd is accepting applications from artisans for spaces at the annual Christmas Craft Show Nov. 6 in the church hall, 1451 Furnace Ave.
Tables are $10 and are for craftsmen and women only. No flea market items will be accepted.
For reservations call Susan Kelly, 761-1878.
The impact of Maryland's new health care reform legislation on health professionals and small-business owners will be discussed at a seminar 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight at the Days Inn BWI.
The Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce is presenting the seminar in cooperation with the West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce, the Maryland Small Business Development Center Network, Dale Snyder Associates and Richard McAlee, P.A.
Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For information, call the NAACCC, 766-8282.
The NAACCC has two additional events on its calendar this month.
* Tomorrow evening at 5:30 p.m., chamber members are invited to a business mixer held by Harbor Hospital Center in the hospital's Gruehn Auditorium.
Tickets are $6 with a reservation or $10 at the door. Refreshments will be served.
Call the chamber office, 766-8282, for reservations.
* Two seminars have been scheduled to address the issue of drug abuse in the workplace. The first seminar will meet from 9:30 a.m. to noon on two consecutive Wednesdays, Sept. 29 and Oct. 6 at the Arundel Center North. The second will meet from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Fridays, Nov. 5 and 12.
The Governor's Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission is a co-sponsor of the seminar.
The cost of the seminar is $30. To register call 541-2325.
A demonstration of Brillance, a paint program for Amiga computers, is on the agenda for this month's meeting of the Glen Burnie Chapter of Another Baltimore Commodore Users Group, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the North County Library. A demonstration on a C 64 is scheduled.
Anyone interested in Commodore 64, 128 and Amiga Computers is welcome to attend.
The chapter is planning a swap meet for from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 at 104 Sunset Drive in Glen Burnie.
There will be several tables of Commodore 64/128 and Amiga hardware and software available, including program packs from On-Line Software.
Members of ABCUG will be on hand to answer questions about the club.
Vendors can rent space at the swap meet for a $5 setup fee. They are required to provide their own table.
For information, call Pat Anthony, 760-2047.