Santa will be making house calls for Mount Airy Jaycees' fund-raiser

NEIGHBORS

December 10, 1993|By KATHY SUTPHIN

The big guy with the white beard and the red-and-white suit will be making pre-Christmas Eve house calls in the 21771 ZIP code area, thanks to a joint project with the Mount Airy Jaycees.

"Santa Visits," an annual Jaycee fund-raising project, will begin Monday and will continue through Dec. 21. Parents who live in Mount Airy and surrounding areas can request an evening visit from Saint Nick during this period by calling (301) 829-2778 or 829-5349.

Santa, who will have a treat for each child on his list, will be chauffeured to and from his Mount Airy visits by Jaycee volunteers. Project chairman D'anita Kinna said Dec. 22 has been reserved for Santa Visits delayed by inclement weather.

Mrs. Kinna urged parents to make their Santa appointments as soon as possible -- next Tuesday and Wednesday have been booked. "The days are filling up because we put fliers all over Mount Airy," she said. A $10-per-family donation is requested per visit, said Mrs. Kinna. Arrangements can be made for larger groups.

Proceeds from the Santa Visits project will help with the cost of the Jaycees' Christmas Party for Less Fortunate Children on Dec. 18. This annual event provides an afternoon of fun for area children in need. A gift is selected by the Jaycees for each party guest.

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When it comes to having a big heart and a love of bingo, players attending games at Mount Airy's American Legion Post 191 are all winners.

A Bingo Night held Nov. 24 at Post 191 brought in $2,532 to benefit the town's Flood Relief Effort for Alexandria, Mo. Of this total, $288 was from Post 191's Auxiliary from food sales, said flood relief committee member Suzanne Mead.

The check for the proceeds from the benefit bingo game was presented to Mayor Jerry Johnson at Post 191's regular bingo game Dec. 2.

The bingo players and the local Legionnaires have also been donating money from the 50/50 raffle held at the post's weekly bingo games. A total of $4,168 had been donated through bingo by American Legion Post 191 and Sons of the American Legion Squadron 191, as of Wednesday.

"They are the largest supporter of the flood relief effort so far," said Mrs. Mead.

Following close behind are students at Mount Airy Middle School, who raised more than $3,073.29 from a read-athon at the school on Oct. 29. A check representing the student's flood relief donation was presented to the committee by students at Mount Airy Middle yesterday.

She said the school also collected boxes of warm winter clothing to be shipped to Alexandria with the "Adopt-a-Family" Christmas gifts Monday.

l The Benefit Dance featuring the band Retrospect, on Nov. 5 at Frederick's Holiday Inn near Francis Scott Key Mall, was another success, raising $5,600 for the Alexandria flood relief effort; 420 people attended the dance.

Thanks to the generosity of the band and Holiday Inn, all proceeds from ticket sales went to the fund.

As of Wednesday, $35,141.99 had been raised through the Alexandria Flood Relief effort in addition to the many gift and food donations that have come from near and far. Bowman Trucking is expected to arrive in Alexandria with the Christmas bounty from Mount Airy on Thursday.

Mrs. Mead said a party is planned in conjunction with distribution the gifts set for Dec. 18. Flood relief committee members Mayor Johnson, Mrs. Mead and Dorothy Gosnell will go to Alexandria to help with the distribution.

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South Carroll High School's holiday concert on Thursday is more than just a gala performance by chorus students in ninth through 12th grades.

The event will serve as a reunion for many of South Carroll's choral alumni, who gather on stage at the close of the evening to sing the "Hallelujah" chorus penned by George Frideric Handel. Mastering the challenging piece is an annual tradition for South Carroll vocal music students.

As in years past, the 7:30 p.m. concert will feature a variety of songs of the season directed by Kevin King, who has been vocal music teacher at the school since 1982. The chorus, ladies ensemble, madrigals and orchestra will perform and the event will mark the debut of the group's new choir robes, black with gold trim.

South Carroll's holiday band concert, conducted by band director Bradley Collins, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. An art show featuring the creative talents of many South Carroll High students will also be held in the lobby Wednesday and Thursday. For more information,call the school at (410) 795-8500.

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There's no need to go into the woods to get boughs of evergreens for holiday decorating when the parishioners at Mount Airy's Saint James Episcopal Church have already made the trip.

Tomorrow, the annual Fresh Greens Sale and Lunch will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church, 202 N. Main St. in Mount Airy.

Offerings of wreaths, roping and swags as well as cuttings of pine, magnolia, holly and other greens will be featured at the sale. Holiday baked goods, crafts and a variety of gift items will also be available.

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