Fancy new scheduler brings organization to holiday chores

NEIGHBORS

November 05, 1993|By LOURDES SULLIVAN

Another Halloween safely past!

Phew. I didn't think we'd make it, what with the rain and cold making for an abbreviated trick or treat session.

This means the serious holiday season is about to begin.

At our house we've discovered that with five exceptions, every relative and friend has a birthday between Halloween and Valentine's Day.

That's right, during the season when it gets dark early, we have birthday parties and holiday trips to coordinate, and zillions of gifts to buy.

The situation got so chaotic, I broke down and bought a fancy scheduler.

Now I can keep track of everything. We've already decided what to get everyone for Christmas, and for most of the birthdays. Our Christmas cards are addressed.

All this organization from a woman who can never find her shoes, who's afraid of getting glasses because it's another item to keep track of, and who has yet to return a library book on time.

Sometimes I don't recognize myself. This must mean the age of miracles is not past.

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More news from Laurel Woods Elementary: Today is "disAbility Awareness Day."

Judy Rice, the Gifted and Talented resource teacher, invited Anne Wode and her disAbility Awareness Program to the school for the entire day.

Bill Demby, a double amputee, will speak to the students, demonstrate wheelchair basketball and invite students to play.

Mr. Demby has been featured in DuPont television commercials and has been a frequent television talk show guest.

Others who will visit the school have a variety of disabilities and illnesses, such as Tourette's syndrome, deafness, blindness, HIV infection and lung cancer.

Each guest will visit the classrooms to meet with students and answer questions.

In the afternoon, Fidos For Freedom will demonstrate the abilities of seeing eye and hearing dogs.

Members of the fifth-grade classrooms are vying for the role of escort for the day's guests.

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Bollman Bridge's PTA sponsors a family film tonight. For one night only, come see "Aladdin" on a big screen with other families.

The movie is playing in the middle school across the parking lot: Patuxent Valley Middle School.

As always, admission is $1; the popcorn and soda are cheap, easy on the family budget.

Come see Robin Williams' version of a demented genie.

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Speaking of Bollman Bridge Elementary, last Friday, the school held its annual Halloween parade, so kids could show off their costumes to each other.

Kudos for creativity go to the three young friends dressed as the three blind mice; to the young man in his Sunday suit, carrying a briefcase overflowing with monopoly money, who went as the roaring '80s; and to the principal, Glen Heisey, who dressed as a snowman.

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Ray Miles, the music director of Savage's Methodist Church, is ++ back with the baton, ready once again to tackle Handel's "Messiah" for charity.

Last year, Mr Miles assembled singers, sponsors, an orchestra, a chorus and a site, and turned them all into the first-ever "Messiah" performance in this town.

He wanted to bring Handel's "Messiah" to people who ordinarily wouldn't get a chance to hear it, such as families with young children, so he made the concert free.

Because the original performance of the "Messiah" was a fund-raiser for the victims of the Irish Potato Famine, Mr. Miles requested donations for four charities that combat hunger.

The concert was a rousing success, and raised more than $2,000.

Well, he's doing it again!

This year he is being ably assisted by Leslie Knight and Ed Lewis as music directors.

There's still time to join the chorus, which is a great way to meet the neighbors if you're new to the area. Call Ray Miles at (301) 604-0703.

Call Connie North at (301) 725-4951 to sponsor the concert or to run an ad in the program, which helps defray the cost of the concert.

Mark your calendars for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 for a performance held in the Great Room at Savage Mill.

Come hear two dozen of your neighbors, four professional singers and an orchestra performing some of the most famous holiday music.

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The Savage Homemakers, really the Savage branch of the Maryland Association for Family and Community Education, will hold this month's meeting at the Savage Fire Hall instead of at Carroll Baldwin Hall.

This month the homemakers have volunteered to remove the old uniform patches on the firefighter's jackets and replace them with new ones on Nov. 11 and 12, beginning at 10 a.m.

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Savage Volunteer Fire Company will play hosts and provide lunch.

Charlotte Watts, the president of the homemakers, extends a welcome to anyone who might like to come, but she's especially looking for those who can sew.

If you have a lightweight, free-arm sewing machine or a seam ripper, bring those along for a modern version of a sewing bee. The fire hall is at 8925 Lincoln Street, Savage.

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Several of the area churches hold a joint Thanksgiving service at the end of this month.

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