It didn't rain this weekend, but the wind may have been a worse enemy for everyone trying to string lights and install displays for the Crofton Christmas Illumination Contest.
The contest, sponsored each year by Greater Crofton Newcomers Club, will be judged this week. I'll pass along the names of the winners next week.
Crofton is all decked out in its holiday finery, and it's fun to pile the kids in the car and drive around to see how your neighbors have gotten ready for the season.
We in Crofton are lucky to live in such a wonderful community, but sometimes we forget that there are less fortunate people out there.
Local businesses are doing their part to make it easier for us to help the needy. For the ninth year in a row, the local office of O'Connor, Piper and Flynn Realtors in the Crofton Medical and Professional Group on Route 3 is a drop-off point for Toys for Tots. Ann Marie Baker will be accepting unwrapped toys until Friday.
This year's toy drive is being led by Chris Harle. All toys collected will be distributed to needy area families in time for Christmas.
For information, call 721-0103.
The Crofton Library is another place to find holiday fun this season and every time of year. The library will feature seasonal
songs and a special story time tomorrow at 10 a.m. and again at 7 p.m. for children ages 2 to 6 years old.
For information, call 222-7915.
The Crofton Kiwanis Club is busy all year, but come December things are more hectic. The club is getting ready for the annual gift basket raffle and making plans for its family hayride and caroling night on Dec. 22.
The wagon will leave from and return to the Kiwanis Activity Room at the Crofton Country Club. Hot apple cider, soda, hot chocolate and holiday goodies will be awaiting the carolers.
The club meets each Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Crofton Country Club.
Us Kids, a support group for children ages 6 to 13 experiencing family separation, divorce or remarriage, is accepting registration for a new session.
The group meets Monday evenings at All Saints Lutheran Church, 16510 Mount Oak Road, Bowie. Parental participation is required.
For information, call Janis Thompson at 464-8385.
Middle and high school youths of Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church invite other students in the community to a holiday dance from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 27.
Music will be provided by a Tunes R Us disc jockey. The $3 admission includes refreshments. Church members will be chaperoning.
The party will be held in Fellowship Hall, adjacent to the church at 1657 Crofton Parkway.
For information, call the church at 721-2313.
The Arundel Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will have a dance to say goodbye to 1993 and hello to 1994 from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
The event, at the firehouse on Route 424, will feature a disc jockey, party favors, hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, beer, setups, a champagne toast at midnight and a continental breakfast.
Dressy attire is requested. Reservations will be taken through Dec. 20.
For information or to make reservations, call 261-0676 or 721-3454.