Lend a hand, boost community spirit


October 17, 1997|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SAVAGE SENIOR Center is always busy producing meals for seniors and occasional guests. The center also offers a series of activities.

On Monday, the center will hold a Bingo Extravaganza. Cards are a nickel each; coffee and doughnuts are free. On Wednesday, the knitting and crochet circle will meet to share tips and offer suggestions.

On Oct. 24, the center is to sponsor a trip to the Cracker Barrel restaurant in Frederick. The bus will leave at 9: 30 a.m. and is to return at 4 p.m. On Oct. 28, the center will have a presentation on hearing aids.

At 10: 45 a.m. Oct. 30, the center will welcome Democratic Del. Shane Pendergrass for a potluck lunch.

For information about these or other programs -- such as exercise classes and card-game sessions -- call Edith Bennett at 410-880-5915.

Lending a hand

With cold weather approaching, area churches are preparing for the annual assault on their charity budgets.

Heating bills and the holiday season leave many area families' budgets strained. In Savage, the efforts of several churches combat this annual budget shortfall.

First Baptist Church of Savage runs the Savage Food Pantry, a storage and shipment point for nonperishable food available to county residents.

It has been a successful venture with community support. Last year, a benefit concert given by the Burke Family -- a gospel group that includes Patuxent Valley Middle School's principal -- netted the pantry more than 8,000 canned goods.

Trona Volmerhausen reports that the pantry staff had to use plywood ramps running into the pantry's windows to roll in the cans. It was the only efficient way to get the food inside.

This year, the pantry is soliciting donations, and the community is responding. Eighth-graders at Patuxent Valley Middle will hold a yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon tomorrow at the school. Proceeds will go to the pantry.

The students will accept donations of household goods to sell for the pantry before the yard sale opens. Bring items to the school about 7 a.m.

Students will also accept donations of canned or packaged goods for the pantry. Drop them off at the school -- at Savage-Guilford Road and Vollmerhausen Road in Savage -- tomorrow.

This isn't the only way the Savage food pantry is planning to restock its shelves. Next month, the Burke Family will give a concert for the organization.

Forest Ridge campers

Forest Ridge Elementary School's PTA is trying to help fifth-graders go camping at the Genessee Valley Outdoor Learning Center.

This is an opportunity for the students, but it is considerably more expensive than most field trips. To help defray costs, the PTA has worked out an arrangement with the Pizza Hut on U.S. 1. On Wednesday, that restaurant will donate to the PTA a portion of all sales involving Forest Ridge families between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Diners must tell Pizza Hut employees that they are from Forest Ridge Elementary School.

Carryout and inside sales will help the Forest Ridge fund.

Rouse hearing

The new date for a zoning hearing on the proposals for the Rouse Co. mixed-use development is Wednesday.

This is an opportunity to influence how the community and the county will grow.

Savage Community Association and the Southern Howard Land Use Committee plan to present testimony at the hearing.

Information: Bill Waff, 301-725-1089.

Pub Date: 10/17/97

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