When children come fund-raising, a good cause is hard to resist

NEIGHBORS

September 28, 1994|By BONITA FORMWALT

"I'll take two," she shouted through the door. As she opened it just a crack, I saw a check whiz past my head.

"Just fill in the amount," she yelled.

Retrieving the check I noticed her front step littered with rolls of holiday wrapping paper, boxes of chocolate turtles and pizza kits. Peering in through the window I saw tins of cookies and entertainment coupon books stacked on the furniture.

A fund-raiser's dream -- my friend couldn't say no to a child. Schools, sports, scouts -- they beat a path to her door.

"You're not selling anything?" she asked, checking my purse for glossy, full-color ads before letting me enter the house.

Selecting two packets of instant coffee from her "Coffee From Around The Globe" collection, she poured hot water in two "#1 Uncle" mugs.

"The uncle mugs were the cheapest item my nephew's Tee-ball team was selling," she explained. "It was either the mug or a magnet with a drawing of a fake Barney on it."

She set the mugs down on coasters fashioned from losing raffle tickets. The smell of Joe Corbi's Pepperoni Pizza filled the air.

Later she apologized for not walking me to my car, mentioning a recent incident with a squad of cheerleaders lying in wait behind the garage.

As I got in the car, my children began to shout, "How many did you sell! What did she buy!"

Tossing them the check, I felt a momentary twinge of guilt. Then again, I didn't see a single Write-On/Wipe-Off calendar in the house.

Sell on, Glen Burnie.

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St. Paul's Lutheran Church heralds the changing seasons at its annual Autumn Fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the church grounds, 308 Oak Manor Drive. Activities have been planned for the entire family.

Demonstrations and information from guests include: National Aquarium Mammal Rescue Van; the Glen Burnie Volunteer Fire Company; Sparky the Fire Dog and his Fire Prevention Bus; McGruff the Crime Dog and his Crime Prevention Van; and a demonstration of K-9 Dogs.

Children will enjoy the Moon Bounce, balloon games, face painting, tractor and pony rides.

A "Make-Your-Own-Craft" table allows children to take home a souvenir of the day.

Shoppers can visit the 25 artisans who will display their crafts for anyone interested in getting a head start on holiday shopping. Stop at the "Country Store" for homemade baked goods, relishes and gifts from the garden.

Refreshments, including pit beef and barbecue, will be sold throughout the day.

In the event of inclement weather, the fair will move inside the school and church buildings.

For information, call Pat Reese at the church office, 766-2283.

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Convinced you could repair your

car if only you had some vague clue how do pop the hood?

Your first stop for information is not the local garage but the North County Library, 1010 Eastway.

The library recently has added to its computer database a new CD-ROM version of the Mitchell Manual, a popular source on auto repairs.

It is a user-friendly program, promises Jean Levy, an assistant at the library's information desk.

"This is a menu-driven program," explained Levy. "Each step presents itself with an option you can pick."

The program offers repair and maintenance information in addition to up-to- date recall notices.

Library hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

For information, call 222-6270.

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Take your chance with Lady Luck when the Church of the Good Shepherd has Las Vegas Night, 8 p.m. Oct. 8 in the church hall.

The $7 admission includes unlimited beer and soft drinks, refreshments and $10,000 in play money to gamble with.

Gambling begins at 8 p.m. followed by an auction at 11 p.m. Players can use their winnings to bid on items.

The church is at 1451 Furnace Ave.

For ticket information, call 766-0330 or 766-1102.

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Get into the spirit of Halloween with the Glen Burnie Park Civic Association costume party, 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Oct. 29 at the Elks' Lodge at Quarterfield and Stevenson roads.

Dressing-up is optional but prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.

Admission is $13 per person and includes beer and set-ups.

For ticket information, call Karen Brucksch, 768-2937, or Barbara Lawton, 766-7676.

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In last week's column, an item on new classes for 2-year-olds at Messiah Pre-School included an incorrect phone number. The correct number for information on classes is 761-1944.

Anyone with information for the Glen Burnie Neighbors' column should call Bonita Formwalt at 766-4549.

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