CHRISTMAS PLANNING may be over for you, but it's just begun for those interested in Christmas in April, the one-day national effort to fix up houses for low-income and elderly homeowners who cannot afford to do it themselves.
Each April, teams of students, parents and staff members from Glenwood and Mount View middle schools and other local groups participate in Christmas in April projects. To raise funds, Glenwood Middle School's teachers will take on Mount View teachers in a basketball game Jan. 26 at Glenwood.
Last year, the two schools' faculties competed against each other twice, and Mount View's staff bested Glenwood's crew both times. The charity basketball games draw big crowds for noisy, fun-filled evenings.
You can support Christmas in April by attending the basketball game, for which a donation is requested, or by purchasing surplus building materials at the continuing sale at John S. Wilson Co. near the Howard County Fair Grounds in West Friendship. Call 442-2400. Ask for Hugh O'Donnell.
Howard County's 4-H groups are off and running in 1996. Training, planning and orientation meetings fill the calendar this month.
Training for officers of 4-H clubs will be held tomorrow night at Bushy Park Elementary. 4-H members are beginning to prepare for Visual Presentation Day, County Food and Nutrition Day and the annual Fashion Revue.
On Jan. 12, parents new to 4-H will meet at the Howard County Cooperative Extension Service office at 7:30 p.m. to learn such things as the language of 4-H and the importance of record books. Call Jane Stull or Hope Jackson at 313-2707 for more information about 4-H.
4-H member Robert Currier is an alternate for the Maryland 4-H Program's Ambassadors to the United Kingdom this summer.
Fruit for sale
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said this week that we should make grains, fruits and vegetables a major part of our diet.
Glenelg High School's Marching Unit wants to help. You can order navel oranges, tangelos and pink grapefruit from the unit. The fruit comes in bushels and half-bushels, with prices of $16.50 and $10.25 for navel oranges, $22 and $13 for tangelos and $15 and $9.50 for pink grapefruit.
Order forms may be obtained in the school or by calling Sharon Pirrone at 531-5149.
River Hill plans
Scott Pfeifer, principal of River Hill High School, invites students and parents to a series of planning seminars to develop the "heart and spirit" of the new school.
The first meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31.
Call Mr. Pfeifer at 313-7120 for more information.
Apologies to Richard Suchoski, a senior at Glenelg High School, whose name was not included in a recent list of Maryland Distinguished Scholar Certificate of Award Honorable Mentions.
Richard is the son of Andy and Monica Suchoski of Dayton.