A pajama party with celebrities


November 13, 1997|By Sally Buckler | Sally Buckler,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IF YOU visited West Friendship Elementary School on Tuesday night, you saw youngsters in pajamas, listening to bedtime stories read by firefighters, police officers, school board Chairwoman Sandra French, Washington Redskins quarterback Jeff Hostetler and many other local dignitaries.

Tuesday's celebration was a reward for West Friendship students.

These enterprising children raised $4,372.57 this fall for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

When West Friendship Principal Sandra McAmis suggested a fund-raiser for the school's newest business partner, everyone thought a goal of $800 was realistic.

Students asked parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends to pledge money for each book or page they read. Besides learning the value of reading, these children learned the value of helping others, said McAmis.

When McAmis talks about what her students accomplished, she frames the children's accomplishment not in dollars, but in "a lot of reading."

Johns Hopkins Children's Center treats very sick children. Some of the money earned by the West Friendship children will be earmarked for sleeping chairs, so sick children's parents can stay with their youngsters all night.

West Friendship children donated a stuffed tiger -- their mascot -- to the Children's Center's "zoo," and books to the center's library.

They learned much about caring for others in the process.

Thinking and dreaming

"Teaching Children to Think and Dream" is the theme of this year's American Education Week, which begins Monday.

Parents and community members are invited to visit local schools during the week.

Part of Mount View Middle School's celebration will be a Parent Power Workshop from 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Thursday. The focus of the workshop will be communicating with your adolescent.

Most elementary schools will sponsor book fairs next week.

PTAs use these book fairs to raise money to support school programs.

Call your school for information.

Giant of jazz

On Wednesday evening, world-famous jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson and his band will perform live in the Glenelg High School auditorium.

Ferguson, one of the giants of jazz, will hear the Glenelg High School Jazz Band, under the direction of Barry Enzman, before his group takes the stage.

To be part of a jazz-loving crowd, buy advance tickets for $15 at Glenelg High, or order tickets by mail at 14025 Burnt Woods Road, Glenelg 21737.

Your tickets will be held at the door. If tickets are still available on the day of the concert, they will be sold at the door for $20 each.

Information: 410-313-5528.

Grand opening

River Hill Village Center's grand opening is this weekend, and many west county neighbors are pleased, knowing a supermarket is less than 20 minutes away.

As part of the opening ceremonies, groups from River Hill High School -- including River Hill's marching band, cheerleaders, pom-poms and Madrigals -- will perform.

Festivities will begin at noon.

The Madrigals will perform at 2: 30 p.m., and River Hill's Jazz Ensemble at 3 p.m.

Art show, auction

River Hill High School parents are sponsoring an art show and auction Nov. 22 to raise money for a chemical-free graduation activity.

You may preview works by many artists at 6: 30 p.m. at the school.

The auction by Heisman Fine Arts Gallery of Ardmore, Pa., begins at 7: 30 p.m.

Tickets are $5 a person, or five for $20. Become a patron for a donation of $30 or more.

You can make opening bids for ready-to-hang art for about $50. Works include oils, watercolors, lithographs and etchings.

There will be bargains available as the evening proceeds.

Information: Jackie Ring at 410-531-5823 or Dee Allen at 410-461-8166.

Soccer finals

Glenelg and River Hill high schools' girls' and boys' soccer teams go to the state championship finals in their divisions Saturday.

Teams at the schools are supportive of one another, knowing that to make it to this level is a victory worthy of great pride.

Glenelg's teams, competing in Division 1A, have gone farther this year than ever before in pursuit of state soccer championships.

River Hill, in its second year, is competing for state titles in Division 2A.

Coffee and conversation

Sue Smith, president of the Glenelg High School PTSA, invites Glenelg parents and community members to coffee and conversation with Glenelg Principal Bonnie Daniel at 7: 30 p.m. Monday in the cafeteria.

Information: 301-854-6142.

Shoots and supper

Dayton Rod and Gun Club's turkey and ham shoots continue through Dec. 7.

At 1 p.m. Sundays, folks gather for target shooting with 12-gauge shotguns to win turkeys and hams.

The club is on Greenbridge Road in Dayton.

Information: 410-531-3238.

Poplar Springs United Methodist Church is the site Saturday of the Poplar Springs and Jennings Chapel United Methodist churches turkey and ham supper.

Starting at 2 p.m., you can feast at the church for $8.50 for adults and $4 for children.

Information: 410-489-4465.

Crafts in the Woods

Stop by Crafts in the Woods from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at St. James United Methodist Church in West Friendship.

Thirty artisans will offer handmade goods, while church members will provide baked goods and lunch.

The church is just east of Routes 99 at 32.

Information: 410-489-5431.

Wonderful wines

We first tasted Jekel wines when best-selling author Pamela Jekel Koons lived across the street from us in Dayton.

Koons' family owned Jekel winery then, and she generously shared her stash of wonderful Jekel wines.

Koons' family sold the winery and began a new one. But the reputation of Jekel's excellent California wines continues.

If you'd like to taste some of these wines, along with champagnes from Korbel, join your neighbors at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Clarksville Volunteer Fire Station.

Taste three Korbels, three Jekels, and enjoy hors d'oeuvres from Rehm's caterers. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.

Clarksville Village Liquors and Rehm's Caterers are sponsoring this event to benefit the Fifth District Volunteer Fire Department.

Pub Date: 11/13/97

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