The children of Glen Burnie better watch out and they better not cry. After all, Santa Claus is coming to town.
In keeping with a tradition of more than 50 years, Glen Burnie will enjoy a Christmas Eve visit by the main elf himself as he prepares for his journey around the world.
Sponsored by the Glen Burnie Improvement Association, Santa's tour is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. in the northwest corner of town. As he proceeds along his traditional route, Santa and his helpers will stop at the following corners to distribute holiday candy to area children:
* 5:30 p.m. -- Georgia Avenue and Maple Lane, Maple Lane and Virginia Avenue, Virginia Avenue and Crain Highway, New Jersey Avenue and Oak Lane, Maple Lane and New Jersey Avenue, Linden Lane and New Jersey Avenue, Linden Lane and Greenway, Greenway and Oak, Greenway and Maple Lane, Central Avenue and D Street.
* 6 p.m. -- Circle Brownshade Drive, Central Avenue and B Street, First Avenue and A Street, First Avenue and B Street, First Avenue and Maple Lane, First Avenue cul-de-sac, Second Avenue and D Street, Second and Glenview avenues, Glenview and Third avenues, Third Avenue and D Street, Oak Lane and Second Avenue, Second Avenue and C Street, Second Avenue and B Street, Second Avenue and A Street, Third Avenue and A Street, Third Avenue and B Street, Third Avenue and C Street, Third Avenue and Oak Lane, Fourth Avenue and D Street, Fourth Avenue and B Street, Fourth Avenue and A Street, Fifth Avenue and A Street, Fifth Avenue and B Street, Fifth and Stewart avenues, Stewart and Baltimore avenues, Baltimore Avenue and Newfield Road, Newfield and Magnolia roads, Stewart Avenue and Elizabeth Lane, Elizabeth Lane and Wilson Boulevard, Wilson Boulevard and Theresa Avenue, Wilson Boulevard and Bertha Avenue, Wilson Boulevard and Crain Highway.
* 7:15 p.m. -- N Street and Third Avenue, M Street and Second Avenue, Second Avenue and Padfield Boulevard, Padfield Boulevard and Third Avenue, Third Avenue and M Street, Third Avenue and N Street, Griffith Lane and Third Avenue (at the ball field), Delmar and Fourth avenues, Fourth Avenue and Padfield Boulevard.
* 7:30 p.m. -- Fifth and Delmar avenues, Fourth Avenue and N Street, Fifth Avenue and N Street, Delmar and Seventh avenues, Delmar and Ninth avenues, Griffith Lane and Ninth Avenue, Griffth Lane and Seventh Avenue, Griffith Lane and Fifth Avenue, Wimmer Road and Seventh Avenue, Wimmer Road and Eighth Avenue, Hamlen Road and Eighth Avenue, Hamlen Road and Seventh Avenue, directly to Monroe Circle, on return stopping at Fifth Avenue, Oakwood Road and Blossom Lane, Blossom Lane and Pine Terrace, Pine Terrace and Oakwood Road, Oakwood and Range roads, Range Road and Greenway.
* 8 p.m. -- Harford Road and Delaware Avenue, Delaware Avenue and Kent Road, Delaware Avenue and Kuethe Road, Delaware Avenue and Garrett Road, Delaware Avenue and Dorchester Road, Carroll Road and Biddle Road, Carroll Road and Washington Avenue, Carroll and Glen roads, New Jersey Avenue and Garrett Road, New Jersey Avenue and Kent Road, Kent Road and Georgia Avenue, Georgia and Rogers avenues, Furnace Branch Road and Stewart Lane, Stewart Lane and Andrews Road, Andrews Road and Marie Avenue, Marie Avenue and Langley Road, Langley and Roseann roads, Roseann Road and Marie Avenue.
The times for Santa's schedule are approximate. Inclement weather may cause delays.
Students at Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School have sought the true meaning of Christmas in several ways this holiday season.
Hoping to share the warmth of the holidays, Slade families collected more than 350 coats to give to less fortunate children. In the last six years, Slade has collected more than 2,300 coats for the "Coats For Kids" campaign.
This year, the junior high student council wanted to make sure migrant farm workers and their families had a decent holiday season. This is the 10th year students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades have collected new toys to send to Apopka, Fla. The toys will sold at a discount to workers who otherwise would not accept charity. Profits from the "Apopka Christmas Store" are placed in a fund for leadership development among the workers.
Locally, Slade homerooms "adopted" 24 families. Students used a wish list provided by the families to guide their purchases of food, clothing and gifts for the adopted families.
Anyone with information for the Glen Burnie Neighbor's column call Bonita Formwalt at 766-4549.