Get out of fall yard cleaning chores and take the family to any one of several events in the Pasadena area this weekend.
The parish of St. Jane Frances in Riviera Beach will kick off its annual fall festival at 5 p.m. today. Festival hours are 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today, noon to 11 p.m. tomorrow, and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
There will be carnival rides for all ages and midway games for adults and kids. For budget-minded families, Sunday has been designated unlimited-ride day. Pay one price and you can let the kids ride all afternoon.
Hungry visitors can dine on crab soup, Italian sausage, chili, pizza, hot dogs and other refreshments.
A silent auction with more than 50 items donated by local merchants and parishioner will be held. Items include weekend getaways at several hotels, housecleaning, use of a recreational vehicle for the weekend and baseballs autographed by Brady Anderson and Jeffrey Hammonds.
Admission is free. Proceeds will benefit St. Jane Frances School.
Marketfest returns to Gibson Island Country School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow on the school grounds, at the end of Mountain Road near the Gibson Island gatehouse.
Shoppers can browse the treasure room for furniture, toys, games and books, or dine on the school's famous homemade clam chowder, open pit beef sandwiches, hot dogs or hamburgers.
For the youngsters, there will be pony rides, games with prizes, scarecrow-making and a moon bounce.
GICS is an independent, co-educational school with classes from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.
For more information, call the school at 255-5370.
The United Methodist Women of Magothy UMC are sponsoring a spaghetti dinner in the fellowship hall from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow.
The menu features spaghetti with meatballs, salad, garlic or plain bread, beverage and dessert. The church is at 3703 Mountain Road.
Tickets, available at the door, are $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 3 to 11.
Baked goods also will be on sale.
Jenkins Memorial Church at Jenkins Road and Riviera Drive in Riviera Beach has a weekend full of activities scheduled.
From noon to 7 p.m. tomorrow you can eat to your tummy's delight at the all-you-can-eat roast turkey and ham supper.
The men also includes homemade dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, candied yams, cranberries, applesauce, rolls, dessert and beverages. The cost is $7 for adults, $3.50 for youngsters over age 5.
On Sunday, the congregation will celebrate rally day starting at 8 a.m. The Wingert Family Singers will present a musical program of old and new hymns at the 8 a.m and 11 a.m. worship services.
Fellowship and refreshments are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and will be followed by Sunday school.
After the 11 a.m. service, a covered-dish luncheon will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
At 2 p.m., a sing-along and talent-sharing time will round out the day.
For more information, call the church office at 437-3830.
Riviera Beach Volunteer Fire Company 13 will hold its annual open house from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the firehouse, 8506 Fort Smallwood Road.
There will be nonstop action all day long with displays of equipment, blood pressure screenings, live demonstrations, plays and fire prevention tips to help bring attention to Fire Prevention Week.
Dave Duty, company public information officer, said families are invited to attend and learn.
For more details, call 255-3636.
Chesapeake Christian Center, 7975 Tick Neck Road, will celebrate "Friend Day" Sunday.
"It's a special Sunday that we set aside to celebrate the blessing of friends and an opportunity to make new friends," said Amber Shepard, church spokeswoman.
Congregation members are encouraged to bring a friend to the 9:45 a.m. Sunday school and the 10:45 a.m. morning worship.
The community is also invited to attend, Mrs. Shepard said.
"We want to reach out with love and friendship to all those wanting to come to church but [who] are reluctant because they don't know anyone who attends," she said.
For more information, call the church at 255-3168.
Pasadena United Methodist Church, 61 Ritchie Highway, is holding a hymn sing at 7 p.m. Sunday.
James Williams from Severna Park will be the guest leader.
Everyone is invited to attend.
For more details, call the church at 647-3090.
Parents can learn how to talk to their children about sexuality at Thursday evening's Parents and Children Talking (PACT) workshop in Chesapeake High School's student center.
The workshop starts at 5:30 p.m. and will feature a panel made up of teen-agers, school nurses, psychologists and adult facilitators. The speakers will present the facts, answer questions and moderate small-group discussions with parents and their children.
CHS Class of 1996 will serve a spaghetti platter with meat or vegetarian sauce, salad and beverage before the program. The meal costs $5 for adults, $3.50 for children age 11 and under. Tickets will be available at the door. Profits will benefit class graduation and prom expenses.
Baby-sitting with activities and crafts will be available during the PACT workshop.
For reservations or more details, call Nancy Schrum at 255-0474 or Dawn Becker at 360-0228.
Area Girl Scout troops looking for service projects are needed to help Downs Park with its annual fall craft fair and Halloween Haunted Trail on Oct. 29.
"We need help with a variety of events throughout the day, such as children's games, face-painting during the early afternoon hours and scarecrow-making," said Ranger Sharon Alfinito.
The deadline for troop sign-up is tomorrow. To volunteer, call Ranger Alfinito at 222-6230 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Anyone with information for the Pasadena Neighbors column should call Peg Adamarczyk at 437-6343.