Individuals and organizations encouraged to help others Oct. 22


September 27, 1994|By NATALIE HARVEY

Do a good deed and "make a difference" on Oct. 22.

The fourth annual Make a Difference Day encourages individuals, DTC organizations, schools and churches to look around and discover some way they can help.

It need not be a month- or year-long project -- a few hours or a day can encourage and help a friend or neighbor.

If you enjoy cooking, demonstrate preparing a dish or meal to young women.

If you like housekeeping, help an elderly or handicapped person.

If your church or meeting place can use a fresh coat of paint, get out your paint brush.

Also, start a collection of small household items that a homeless family could use when setting up a new home or collect canned food in your neighborhood.

Our local Grassroots shelter is always in need of food.

High school students can organize a project that can also serve as a community service.

Last year, 250,000 people cared enough to help others.

It's an American concept that perhaps needs a friendly nudge.

You can win money for your favorite cause, too.

USA Weekend, one of the sponsors, will award $2,000 to 10 outstanding projects and you, as a representative, will participate in National Volunteer Week in Washington, D.C.

"Paul Newman's Newman's Own" will award 50 $2,000 donations to honorable-mention projects. Hundreds of award certificates also will be given.

A group can also make money by selling Make a Difference T-shirts, caps, buttons and balloons. But you must order by Friday.

Call 1-800-255-0007.

After your successful day, send a report of your project (500 words or less) and snapshots if available to USA Weekend's Make a Difference Day, 1000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington Va. 22229-0012.

All projects will receive a "thanks" in an issue of USA Weekend, which appears in 412 newspapers.

(East Columbia would like to know of your good deeds too.)


The Columbia Forum invites teen-agers to volunteer for a two-year term as members of the CF Board.

Sophomores and juniors can send a letter of interest to P.O. Box 1289, Columbia 21044.

It is a wonderful opportunity to be an active Columbia resident and could be the answer to a citizenship essay for school.


Oakland Mills Village Board also is accepting applications from high school students, for an ex-officio teen adviser to the board.

Sophomores, juniors and seniors who are residents of Oakland Mills Village are eligible.

The deadline is Oct. 21 for applications. which are available at Oakland Mills and Howard high schools or the Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Oakland Mills Village Shopping Center.

Information: 730-4610.


East Columbian Dave Pardoe reminds those who feed feathered friends that the Audubon Fall Seed Sale is Oct. 15 at Clarksville Elementary School.

You can call 381-0449 or 795-1442, to place your order for sunflower heart chips, black oil sunflower seed, proso millet, thistle seed and suet.

There will be bird feeders, field guides, calendars and birdhouses for sale, too.

Mary Pfister's limited edition wildlife prints are being sold this year, for from $5 to $20.

Proceeds will benefit Audubon Adventures, the educational Audubon group that brings information to the classrooms.

Don't miss the Tailgate Flea Market, another addition.


Everyone's fall calendar becomes filled with school, church and organization events.

Today is the time to note Nov. 4 as the 25th Birthday Celebration Barn Dance at Oakland Mills Community Center.

Pat and Jim Davis will call the square and line dances.

Early-bird tickets, before Oct. 4, cost only $13 or $15. A table for 10 costs $12.50 a person.

The cost includes a catered country barbecue buffet and great door prizes.

Information: 730-4610.


Cover to Cover Bookstore/Cafe, Owen Brown Shopping Center, invites organization, schools and churches to inquire about discount night as a fund-raiser.

Groups can invite members, families and friends to browse the diversified inventory.

Purchasers can earn a 10 percent discount, which is then turned over to the treasury.

Information: 410-381-9200.


You can decorate your home with a "harvest basket of flowers" when you attend Fontaine Rodgers' class at Columbia Art Center, Long Reach Village Shopping Center. The workshop begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 6.

"Florist Bows" is the subject of Ms. Rodgers' class at the arts center at 7 p.m. Oct. 20.

Information: (410) 730-0075.


Lively Arts For Little Ones performing arts series returns to Oakland Mills' Other Barn this fall.

Bob Devlin's one-man band opens the series Oct. 14.

Blue Sky Puppet Theater returns Nov. 11, and the popular "Kinderman," John Taylor, will entertain Dec. 9.

The seven-part series costs $23 for each child and parent.

Please state 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. performance preference.

Thursday is the reservation deadline.


Halloween is drawing near.

Chaselle's Learning Center, 9645 Gerwig Lane, Owen Brown Village, is offering an adult class (18 years and older) on re-creating faces in a plaster gauze shell as a mask base.

Instructor Dave Scalzi will demonstrate finishing techniques. He suggests that participants wear old clothes and bring a towel.

(A little face lotion might be a good idea, too.)

Registration is $20 for materials with $5 redeemable for Chaselle purchases.


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