Strange habits form when you're down in the dumps

NEIGHBORS

November 11, 1994|By LOURDES SULLIVAN

Question: Where does the Lone Ranger take his trash? Answer: To the dump, to the dump, to the dump, dump, dump.

This silly riddle has been ringing in my brain for three weeks now. My sister bought a house in need of minor renovations. As I have a station wagon, I've been delegated to take the debris to the dump in Marriotsville. It's a lovely drive out. But every time I leave the house, someone shouts, "Bring back more than you drop off."

Some joke. The first time, I returned with a yellow mum someone was about to toss. The next time, I sort of picked up a concrete lawn deer. It's only missing antlers and one ear. Last week I persuaded a harried father to give me the perfectly good Little Tykes playhouse he was throwing out.

The objects I come home with are getting bigger, but my car is not.

So what will I find this Saturday? I live in dread expectation of finding the perfect gazebo.

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The holiday countdown has begun: There is holly in the malls. We all try to get our gift shopping and holiday party preparations finished early so we don't face the Christmas crowds.

Which means there are more of us in the stores now, busily avoiding the holiday crush. Isn't this how rush hour expanded to three hours?

Luckily for us, local churches and organizations are there to help us out in the crunch.

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This Friday night, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Savage Volunteer Fire Co. serves up an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner at the fire hall.

Feast on spaghetti, bread, salad, a drink and dessert. The food is good, the company congenial and the cause virtuous. What more can you want in a meal?

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Why cook lunch when a short stop at Guilford Baptist Church Saturday, Nov. 19, will net hungry shoppers huge fried fish sandwiches and sweet potato pie?

The Men and Boys Club of Guilford Baptist serves its culinary masterpieces at the corner of Oakland Mills Road and Guilford Road Nov. 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The proceeds benefit the church, the food is delicious and no one has to load a dishwasher after lunch.

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The Laurel Woods PTA is ably served this year by the following new officers: Robin Marton, president; Judy Faudale, first vice president; Pat Flynn, second vice president; Gina Wilson, recording secretary; Kim Richardson, treasurer; and Marilyn Johnson and Vern Ringer, council delegates. The entire school community of more than 500 families is enriched by their efforts.

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After a month of hard work, the members of Countryside Fellowship Church dedicate their new site Sunday.

There will be hot dogs and balloons at 4 p.m. to celebrate the reopening of the former Grace Christian Church, followed by services beginning at 5:30 p.m. After services, the celebrations continue with a dessert buffet to cap a job well done.

Pastor Dan Schmidt is pleased with the number of volunteers who poured themselves into the restoration of the church. He noted parallels between the restoration of a church building and the renovation of individual souls. For more information about the church and its mission, call the office at (301) 490-5737.

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Area churches are planning the annual community Thanksgiving service in Savage. Every year, a different church hosts the other congregations at a joint service.

This year, First Baptist Church of Savage hosts Bethel Assembly of God, the United Methodist Church of Savage and Countryside Fellowship Church at the Wednesday service.

Pastor Daniel Schmidt of Countryside will give the sermon. First Baptist Church of Savage is at the corner of Washington and Woodward streets. Call (301) 725-3944 for more information.

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Montpelier Cultural Arts Center makes studio space available to selected artists for $6 per square foot per year ($7.20 per square foot per year for artists living outside Prince George's or Montgomery counties).

Artists who wish to be considered for this incredibly reasonable studio space should pick up an application form immediately from the center.

The juried competition for space will be held Wednesday.

To enter the competition, artists are to bring the application form and no more than five works to Montpelier on Tuesday between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Montpelier holds competitions for studio space every six months. For more information about these competitions, call the center at (301) 953-1993 or (410) 792-0664.

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