House of Pasta's party today will benefit Harvest Times

Neighbors

November 27, 1996|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE HOUSE OF Pasta at 3173 Main St. in Manchester is throwing a pre-Thanksgiving party at 7 p.m. today with raffles, door prizes and karaoke, to benefit the Harvest Times Helping Hands Food Pantry. Partygoers are asked to bring two nonperishable food items or $2 for admission.

The pantry, founded four years ago by Manchester couple Jack and Shirley Sealover, serves 50 to 60 families a month. The

Sealovers began their charitable work by providing a Christmas dinner to a family from their church, the Harvest Time Temple.

Their one-time holiday project became a year-round commitment when they became aware of the need for such a service in the area.

"It's not just people on welfare; it's working families, people with medical emergencies," Shirley Sealover said.

The Sealovers said January through April is a particularly difficult time because unfavorable weather leaves many local construction workers unemployed.

"It's a shame that anyone goes to bed hungry in this country," Jack Sealover said.

The Sealovers distribute food by appointment only.

For more information about the Harvest Time Helping Hands Food Pantry, call 374-9498.

Manchester holiday fun

In Manchester, no sooner is the turkey cold than Christmas festivities begin.

The Friday evening after Thanksgiving is the traditional time when people from the town government, school, businesses and churches decorate, sing and hold a downtown open house.

At 6: 30 p.m., as local church choirs sing, the Nativity at Trinity United Church of Christ will be illuminated. The singing continues during the short walk from the church to the Town Office, where Manchester's tree will be lighted at 7 p.m.

"We believe in live trees," said Councilwoman Charlotte Collett. "This is a new blue spruce to be planted in our new park. The decorations are little bags of bird seed."

Marcia Peeling, art teacher at Manchester Elementary School, coordinated the children's bird seed decorations. The theme: We care about our wildlife. Students decorated the tree this week.

Charles Pierce's fifth-grade at Manchester Elementary also delved into bird seed. His math students divided 250-pound bags of bird seed into 5-pound bags. Each bag is being sold for $2 to benefit Manchester's nature center.

As the choir sings and walks through town Friday, Santa will arrive on a firetruck, and at least 19 businesses will be open to offer refreshment and door prizes.

The Town Council will hold a sale featuring many local crafts people at its chambers Friday through Sunday. The Manchester Historical Society museum will be open and has three new exhibits about Manchester citizens.

The craft-sale and museum hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Share winter coats

Your outgrown but usable coat or jacket can keep another person warm this winter.

Donate your coats to the Coats for Kids campaign, sponsored by North Carroll Middle School. The campaign runs through Dec. 6.

Donations taken to North Carroll Middle School will be cleaned, and minor repairs will be made by Modern Ideal Cleaners.

Shepherd's Staff, a group of Westminster churches, will distribute the coats and jackets to children whose families cannot provide coats for them.

Information: Bonnie Clendaniel, 751-3440.

Christmas trees for sale

Cub Scouts Pack 790, sponsored by Spring Garden Elementary School, will set up a forest of spruce this weekend in the lot next to Ace Hardware in the Roberts Field Shopping Center.

The forest of hand-picked Christmas trees is the pack's annual tree sale. In recent years, the sale has lasted about three weeks.

The Christmas tree sale and other fund-raisers help the pack sponsor a needy family at Christmas.

Pub Date: 11/27/96

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