Church has raffle for train sets to benefit NCEON


November 24, 1994|By PEG ADAMARCZYK

The holiday rush is now officially in full swing. Over the next few weeks we will be caught up in the hustle and bustle of celebrating the season.

Familiar holiday gatherings and events fill the calendar, plus a few new ones.

Tomorrow marks the opening of the third annual Train Garden fund-raising project sponsored by Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church to benefit the North County Emergency Outreach Network (NCEON) at Glen Burnie Mall.

The train display will be open from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23.

Buying a $1 raffle ticket makes you eligible to win a 4-foot by 8-foot seascape section of the garden that includes a complete garden platform, with buildings and two HO-gauge train sets. All proceeds will benefit NCEON.

Five consolation prizes, including a O72-gauge train set, HO train sets and an N-gauge set, will also be awarded.

"Over the past two years, we've helped raise over $10,000 for NCEON," said Nancy Quasney, church spokeswoman. "While a small group at our church plans and builds the garden, other churches and community organizations contribute the manpower to keep the garden running," she said.

The consolation prizes, set up and operating, will travel during the next few weeks to several businesses in the area, including Arundel Federal Bank in Lake Shore Plaza, Ben Franklin and the Medicine Shoppe in Riviera Beach, and JEM Trains in Glen Burnie.

Tickets are available at all train garden display sites, NCEON covenant churches and Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church.

For more details, call the church office at 255-4141.


Tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Anne Arundel Chapter of the Autism Society of America will sponsor its third annual craft fair at the Earleigh Heights fire hall on Ritchie Highway.

More than 50 artisans will sell their handiwork including stained glass items, Southwest wood art, baskets, personalized jewelry, hand-painted clothing, holiday decorations and much more.

For young visitors, Santa will be available from noon to 1 p.m., and a clown will distribute balloons throughout the day. Snapshots are encouraged, so bring your camera.

At 11 a.m., the Chesapeake High School Vocal Ensemble will serenade shoppers with a medley of Christmas carols.

Pit beef sandwiches and hot dogs are the featured lunch items. Homemade baked goodies also will be on sale.

Proceeds will benefit programs sponsored by the local chapter for children and adults with TDD/autism.

Last year the chapter gave grants to the county Board of Education to assist in training teachers who deal with autistic students and to the county library.

"We also offer community awareness programs and grants to families with autistic children," said Roxanne Simmons, chapter president.

The chapter meets the last Tuesday of each month at the Ruth Eason School on Old Mill Road.

For more information, call Simmons at 544-3452.


Ice cream and Santa Claus -- favorites with young and old alike -- will again be featured at the Lake Shore Elementary School PTA "Sundaes with Santa" event, scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 2, at the school on Mountain Road.

Make-your-own sundaes are $1.

Pictures taken with Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be available for a fee.

Kids can visit the Corner Gift Shop and buy items for family and friends for $1 to $3. Free gift wrapping is available.

There will be button-making and make-a-craft areas.

For seasoned shoppers, the PTA will offer a silent auction featuring craft items, breakfast with the principal, leisure and service items.

For more details, call Debbie Roussey at 437-4667 or Lynn Gerber-Smith at 437-6391.

To tell the community about your group or event, call Peg Adamarczyk at 437-6343.

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