LATE LAST YEAR, Dorsey Emmanuel United Methodist Church was active in raising funds for Christa Borcherding, the baby who became ill with leukemia before her dad Charlie's health insurance began.
This year, the church continues its aid with a spaghetti supper from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
The menu includes salad bar, garlic bread and beverage, with a sundae bar for dessert.
Tickets are $6.50 for adults and $3.25 for children under 12. Children under 6 eat free. All proceeds will be given to the Borcherding family.
Here's some background: In October, Charlie Borcherding moved to Elkridge and got a new job, but health benefits didn't start until Jan. 1. Daughter Christa was diagnosed with leukemia and entered Johns Hopkins Hospital Nov. 7. The child, who has spent the past three months in the hospital, just turned 18 months.
Christa's mother, Denise Borcherding, says the family is taking it one day at a time.
"We have lots of family around, and everybody pitches in," she said.
Mrs. Borcherding goes to the hospital each day, leaving Lauren, 4, with relatives until dinner time, when Mr. Borcherding takes her home. Mrs. Borcherding often returns home late.
"Lauren plays at taking my blood pressure and doing my blood work," said Mrs. Borcherding, who some days stays home to spend time with Lauren.
Christa is having a tough time. Wednesday, she started her final and most rigorous round of chemotherapy. She will undergo a bone marrow transplant tomorrow, with Lauren as the donor.
If you would like to help this young family, come to the spaghetti dinner or send a contribution to the Christa Borcherding Fund, TC c/o Dorsey Emmanuel Church, 6951 Dorsey Road, Elkridge 21227.
For information, call 796-8598.
New band members
The cold weather hasn't stopped Patapsco Middle School music students from playing hot music.
Stephanie Moller, Robert Hudson and David Maskeroni, an alternate, were named to the Maryland All-State Band.
Shawn Doyle, Maria Luiza Cortes, Jonny Norman, Jeff Longo, John Rim and Kim Jackimowicz were named to the Maryland All-State Junior Chorus.
Vocal music teacher Daniel LeJeune will be the guest conductor for the Allegheny All-County Junior/Middle Choral Festival in March.
Roadrunners' road trip
The Elkridge Roadrunners, a nonprofit seniors group, is taking reservations for a trip to the Sight and Sound Theater in Strasburg, Pa., April 3.
They will see the biblical story "Noah," a production that returned this year by popular demand.
The bus leaves Elkridge at 9:30 a.m. and returns at 5:30 p.m. The charge of $58 includes the play, lunch at Hershey Farms and bus transportation by Gunther.
For details, call Dorothy Baker at (410) 796)2737.
Pancake supper at Emory
Emory United Methodist Church is flipping pancakes for the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 20.
Tickets are $4.50 for adults and $2 for children ages 6 to 12, wita family maximum of $11.
Emory Church is on Church Road at Emory Street in Ellicott City.
Howard High School's second semester has just begun. This means that each student has new courses, teachers and assignments. Parents can keep in step with the changes at spring parents' night, which will begin at 7 p.m. today.
A general PTA membership meeting will give parents a chance to meet new teachers. The transition team, which works to support the opening of Long Reach High School, will give a report.
'Far Away Friends'
Wednesday is Valentine's Day, the holiday of love. Children 7 and older can celebrate by finding a pen pal from another state or country and decorating an
envelope for their first letter in the "Far Away Friends" program.
The program will be offered at the Elkridge branch of the Howard County Library from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Register your child by calling 313-5085 or at the library.
Giant and Safeway grocery stores complete their 1995-1996 receipt drives March 2, so you have only three weeks to earn credit toward computers for your favorite schools.
The parents who count the receipts ask you to turn them in early to allow time for tallying.
If you live near a park area or open space, you'll want to attend the Feb. 21 meeting of the Department of Recreation and Parks Advisory Board.
The committee will present its Comprehensive Recreation, Parks and Open Space Plan, a result of resident surveys, workshops and demographic analysis. This plan will direct park and recreation activities through 2010.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the new headquarters, 7120 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia.
You can comment at the meeting or send ideas in writing to department headquarters.
If you can't attend, you can review the plan in county libraries. In addition, a 20-page summary document is available at department headquarters.
Call at 313-4640 for information.