Tiny 'houses' demonstrate a commitment


August 16, 1998|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

NO TWO are alike; each house has its own character and color, and they cost $10.

Well, OK, you can't live in them -- but handmade jewelry "house" pins are on sale at a local shop for the benefit of Habitat for Humanity.

Sandy Hartzell and Barbara McWilliams, members of St. John's Lutheran Church, are helping their congregation raise money, reflecting St. John's commitment to Habitat for Humanity, by selling the jewelry in their Magic Moment Creations Ltd. shop in Ferndale Plaza on Baltimore and Annapolis Boulevard.

"Ten pins buys a door for a house," said Hartzell. "It's a real good cause. What I like about it is that they have to work 500 hours," Hartzell said about the contribution a family must make to the construction of its own house. Hartzell is on the board of directors of Arundel Habitat for Humanity and a youth coordinator at St. John's Church.

The shop also carries two cookbooks for Habitat for Humanity, each selling for $12. "Home Sweet Habitat -- Partners in the Kitchen" is filled with recipes for sweets.

"You can gain weight reading that one, everything is absolutely delicious, not on the low-calorie end," offered Hartzell.

"Partners in the Kitchen -- From our House to Yours" is a compilation of recipes submitted by recipients or workers with Habitat for Humanity.

It is less than a year since St. John's began raising money for Habitat for Humanity. The goal was $6,000. According to McWilliams, the church youth got into the fund-raising spirit. During a recent meeting, someone suggested challenging the adult leaders to a competition to see who would be the first to raise half of the $6,000. Each group has been "constantly doing little things throughout the year to raise money," McWilliams said.

Wreath sales, bake sales, a strawberry festival and car washes have helped bring in cash for the housing program. The young people have been "working hand [in] hand with Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church," helping to clean the yard of a Severn house that is near completion, said McWilliams.

Hartzell said Arundel Habitat for Humanity is "looking for available lots to build a house on, and if anyone would like to make a donation we would be happy to entertain the offer."

Magic Moments Creations Ltd. is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, except Friday, when it closes at 8 p.m.

Candidates to speak

The District 32 Democratic Club will meet at a different location this month. The meeting Thursday will take place at Ferndale Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore & Annapolis Blvd. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., followed by an 8 p.m. meeting. Diane Evans and Janet Owens, Democratic candidates for county executive, will speak.

Guests and prospective members are welcome. Dues are $8 a year. The club meets on the third Thursday of each month.

Information: Tom Dixon, 410-987-5299, or Evelyn Kellner, 410-969-9325.

Picnic and concert today

The grand finale of the Concert in the Park series, sponsored by the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights, and the Great American Picnic in the Park provided by the Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association, take place today in Linthicum Park. Free hot dogs, chips, pretzels and sodas will be served from 4: 45 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Naval Academy Band will perform.

The program will provide a medley of favorites, including pop tunes, marches and old-fashioned American band music.

Linthicum Park is on Benton Avenue off Camp Meade Road. The concert and picnic will be canceled if it rains.

Information: Jo Barker, 410-859-3308.

Pub Date: 8/16/98

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