Find a place to volunteer before holiday rush starts

NEIGHBORS

November 29, 1993|By LYN BACKE

Now that we're all back to skirts and trousers with buttons and belts (I fudge the truth a bit. I'm writing this on Thanksgiving evening in the loosest sweats my bureau had to offer and with fine memories of a perfect afternoon with friends), and the pressures and delights of Christmas and Hanukkah and Kwanza are not yet at their height, let's take a minute to schedule some outreach into the next few weeks.

The opportunities are legion, and the needs were never greater.

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The Salvation Army of Annapolis is looking for adults (and students who want rewarding ways to put in their community service time) to take turns at the symbolic red kettles that greet us in locations throughout the county between now and Christmas.

Last year, the kettles brought more than $35,000 into the Annapolis chapter coffers to help the needy.

For those who prefer a warmer station, help is also needed in preparing food baskets and wrapping gifts. To volunteer, call Carolyn Burge at 263-4091.

Toys also are much in demand by the Salvation Army: everything from teddy bears to Ninja Turtles, tea sets to basketballs is on the lists of children from families who have requested holiday assistance.

New toys can be delivered to the Salvation Army's Community Center at 351 Hilltop Lane in Annapolis.

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On another front, the Annapolis Jaycees are searching for volunteers to put the "OOOHs" and "AAAHs" on the lips of visitors and residents who wander the historic streets this time of year. The greenery, wreaths, lights, and bows don't jump into place on their own.

Saturday is greenery day. Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. at the King of France Tavern and work throughout the town all day. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and the magic will be complete by 4 p.m.

To sign up, call 268-1866, or 268-8087.

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First Night Annapolis also is looking for volunteers -- more than 500 of them -- to work both before and during the New Year's Eve extravaganza.

You may sign up for preparatory work such as carpentry, costuming, coordinating and publicity, or that-night work for hosts, parking supervisors, phone answerers and roustabouts.

A free First Night Annapolis button -- which gives the wearer access to all the performances and activities -- is the reward for each person who volunteers for one shift on New Year's Eve.

For information or to sign up, call Vera Schoenfield at 268-8553.

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Santa must be one of the most organized people in the world. No last-minute stuff for him. He has to have all of his tasks finished by Thanksgiving, so that he can do non-stop guest appearances around the world.

On Saturday, he'll be posing with children and their pets at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 1815 Bay Ridge Ave. in Annapolis. The photo session will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Photos are just $5 each.

If you're going to take Junior and his pup to the SPCA on Saturday, why not call first, and see what's on the society wish list. The staff needs a variety of things from a leaf blower to dish-washing detergent to cat litter and office supplies. Obviously, they prefer products that have not been tested on animals.

And if you're thinking about a pet as a gift this year, give the SPCA a call at 268-2659 to talk about timing. Christmas Day itself is not the best time for either the pet or your child to meet each other.

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The deadline for nominations for the Dallas G. Pace Sr. Human Relations Award is Dec. 31.

The award, presented annually by the Anne Arundel County Human Relations Commission, recognizes the work of an individual who has made significant contributions toward improving human relations and the lives of county residents.

Mr. Pace was a chairman of the Human Relations Commission, teacher and community leader.

The winner will be honored at the Martin Luther King Memorial Breakfast on Jan. 17.

For nomination forms, call the commission at 222-1821.

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If you ever wondered what the song "Send in the Clowns" means, or where it came from, plan to see the Colonial Players production of Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music," opening March 11.

Better yet, try out for the cast, or sign on to work backstage.

Auditions for "A Little Night Music" are being held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, and at 7 p.m. on Dec. 7, at the Colonial Players' annex, 2132 Renard Court in Annapolis.

The cast calls for seven men and nine women, ages 20 to 50, one "grandmother" (who has a delicious solo), and one girl between 9 and 13. Would-be stagehands also are welcome at auditions.

For information, call 757-9563 or 266-8015.

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It's great when we can have fine good fun while helping others. A case in point is Jonathan Edwards' concert at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts on Saturday at 8 p.m.

The Hard Travelers, one of the area's most popular bands, will open for Mr. Edwards. All proceeds from the evening will benefit the Providence Center, which provides services to developmentally disabled adults in the county.

Admission is $18 for the concert, or $50 for a pre-concert reception and preferential seating. Tickets are being sold by the Providence Center. Call 267-0701.

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