Christmas is about spending time with family and friends



Merry Christmas to all of our friends and neighbors!

It's hard to believe that another year has passed and Christmas 1993 is here. There are only four more shopping days to find that special gift. The malls are packed and people are hurrying to finish last-minute details. In the hustle and bustle of the holidays, let's not forget to spend time making long-lasting memories with our families and friends.

People, not material presents, are the best gift of the season.


L Area churches invite you to share in their holiday services.

* St. John Lutheran Church, 226 Washburn Ave., will begin services on Christmas Eve at 7 p.m., with the family service of Holy Communion, a children's sermon and music by the handbell choir. The festival service, at 11 p.m., will include Holy Communion. The church will celebrate Christmas Day with a 10 a.m. festival service of Holy Communion. On Sunday, there will be one worship service at 10 a.m. and no Sunday School.

* Brooklyn Heights United Methodist Church, 110 Townsend Ave., celebrates Christmas Eve with services at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. There will be only one service at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Church school will begin at 9 a.m. in Lacher Hall.

* Brooklyn United Methodist Church, Fourth Street and Pontiac Avenue, invites everyone to its worship service at 7 p.m. or the 11 p.m. candlelight service.


L Our schools are having a host of holiday programs this week.

* The band, orchestra, chorus and handbell choir of Brooklyn Park Elementary School will present their annual winter concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the cafeteria.

* Brooklyn Park/Lindale Middle High School will have its winter concert at 7 p.m. tomorrow. The bands and chorus will perform.

* The sounds of the season will fill the North County High School cafeteria Wednesday night at 7:30 as the stage band and chorus perform for family and friends.


While doing your holiday shopping, be sure to save your cash register receipts from any Giant supermarket.

All community schools will collect receipts to purchase computers and other educational materials.


Harbor Hospital Center news: The center's low-cost Breast Screening Program will continue to offer a free gift to each participant during December. The program includes a complete breast examination, a screening mammogram and education about breast self-exam.

The cost is $45. For more information, call 347-3383.

* The hospital is looking for volunteers with four-wheel drive vehicles to transport key employees to and from work during inclement weather. For information or to sign up, call 347-2563.

* A tour of the maternity unit will not be held on Jan. 1 because of the New Year holiday. A tour is planned for Jan. 5, at 7 p.m., for expectant couples who are planning to deliver at the hospital. The baby's new grandparents also are invited to participate. Registration is not required.

For information, call 347-2229.

* The hospital auxiliary is seeking new members to work in the Gift Shop or visit patient floors with the book cart. The auxiliary is composed of men and women from the community who volunteer four hours a week. Proceeds from the shop benefit many of the hospital's departments and programs. For information or to volunteer, call 347-3411.


The Brooklyn Park Health Association, Inc. wishes everyone a Merry Christmas. The association also would like to remind members that the next scheduled meeting will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Health Center.


The Roland Terrace Democratic Club, 619 Matthews Ave., will sponsor a New Year's Eve Dance from 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

There will be a limited open bar, a platter, a buffet table and many other surprises. Music will be provided by the Zimpons.

Tickets are $23 a person and can be obtained by calling 636-1504.

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