Severna Park Jaycees sells luminarias


November 26, 1998|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SEVERNA PARK Jaycees is helping to bring the spirit of Christmas to our neighborhoods with its annual sale of luminaria kits.

The glowing luminaria candles, each in a small white bag, are placed along walks, driveways or streets, copying an age-old Spanish tradition that symbolizes the bonfires lighted by shepherds to illuminate the way to Bethlehem.

The flickering lights have in recent years become a tradition in central county, lighting the way for party guests, carolers and, sometimes, Santa Claus.

Each $5 kit contains 10 candles and bags, with enough sand to anchor each bag.

Proceeds support the maintenance of Jaycee Community Center in Kinder Park, whose rooms and grounds are used by area organizations.

The deadline for placing luminaria kit orders is Dec. 7.

Information: 410-987-5069.

Santa on the trail

On Dec. 5, Santa and his helpers will surprise boys and girls with a visit to the B&A Trail Park.

While passing out candy canes, they will accept donations of canned goods and other nonperishable items for the county's food bank.

Santa's scheduled stops are 11 a.m., behind Arnold Station; 11: 30 a.m., Jones Station Road; 11: 45 a.m., behind Severna Park Elementary School; noon, Robinson Road; and 12: 30 p.m., Earleigh Heights Ranger Station.

Santa also will stop to greet youngsters along the trail.

The county Department of Recreation and Parks and Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 70 are sponsoring the visit. The rain date is Dec. 12.

Information: 410-222-6244.

SPAN donations

Did you know that Our Shepherd Lutheran Church donates the space that Severna Park Assistance Network uses?

This helps SPAN direct its resources to needy families in Anne Arundel County who are struggling with an emergency.

To reach everyone on its 1998 holiday list, SPAN needs grocery gift certificates, small unwrapped stocking stuffers, or a few hours of your time Dec. 20, 21, 22 or 23.

You can also sponsor an entire family for Christmas gifts.

Information: SPAN, 410-647-0889.

Chamber holiday

With gift-giving in mind, you'll want to stop by the Holiday Open House from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 5 at Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce at 1 Holly Ave.

Author Marianne Taylor and illustrator Joan Machinchick will sign copies of their new book, "My River Speaks, The History and Lore of the Magothy River," from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Next door at the Severna Park Railroad Station, you can get a look at the modeling skills of the Severna Park Model Railroad Club.

This open house is from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6.

Information on both events: 410-647-3900.

Pub Date: 11/26/98

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