PASADENA businessman Rich Dobry is a man with a mission. He wants to feed the hungry.
It is a year-round passion that moves him to help stage food drives whenever and wherever he can.
Several years ago, at Dobry's urging, the Pasadena Business Association decided to get involved in a big way by sponsoring an annual Thanksgiving parade and food drive, focusing on what we have to be thankful for while sharing our good fortune. Over three years, several tons of food have been collected at the parade.
On Sunday, the fourth annual Thanksgiving Parade will kick off at 2 p.m., starting at Tick Neck Park, on Tick Neck Road. Several local businesses, community and civic groups, schools, churches, bands, youth sports groups, cheerleaders, fire companies and car clubs will be participating in Sunday's parade.
The parade will head south on Tick Neck Road, west on Mountain Road to Outing Avenue, and end at George Fox Middle School.
Those watching the parade can bring canned food items on Sunday or drop off donations before the parade at several businesses.
Drop-off locations are Cross Auto, Baxter Tire, Mahers Florist, Cookies Kitchen, Grannys Cafe, County National Bank, O'Prudential Caruthers, Re/Max Experts, and O'Conor, Piper & Flynn.
If you can't make Sunday's parade but have canned goods to donate, just give Rich a call. He'll find a way to get the stuff picked up. Monetary donations, which are always welcome, should be made payable to the Anne Arundel Food Bank, and mailed to: AA Co. Food Bank, c/o Rich Dobry, 2152 Poplar Ridge Road, Pasadena 21122.
See you at the parade.
Time still left to stride
It's not too late to be part of the Annapolis Striders 5-mile race, fun run, or tot trot at Downs Park tomorrow morning.
The day's events will begin with a 1-mile fun run at 8: 05 a.m., followed by the 100-yard tot trot for kids age 6 and under at 8: 20 a.m. Runners will start the 5-miler at 8: 30 a.m. Race day fee for the 5-miler is $5; all other events are free.
Participants in the free events will receive ribbons. Awards for 5-mile entrants include T-shirts. Hams and plaques will be given to the overall male and female winners. Plaques will also be awarded to the first- and second-place age division winners.
Information: 410-266-0561; 410-222-7300; or http: //annapolisstriders.org
Church marks 50th year
Happy anniversary to the congregation of Magothy Chelsea Community Lutheran Church.
The little church at 265 Beach Ave. in Magothy Beach will be marking its 50th anniversary Sunday with a luncheon and program to celebrate the placement of the original cornerstone. The program will follow the 10: 30 a.m. worship service.
The building has changed somewhat over the past half century, said member Annie Webb. "We still use the original church building," she said. "Of course, we have modernized a bit, and added a Sunday school building."
She said the church was constructed by the late Warren Eyerly with the assistance of the local Kiwanis Club in 1949. Eyerly's mother had always wanted a church in the community, because it was a rural area with few churches. Many of the original congregants, including Edith and Thomas Foster, Ruth Fritze, and Webb, are still members and will be attending Sunday's special celebration.
Exploring the state fish
The Pasadena Sportfishing Group will have its monthly meeting at 7: 30 p.m. Monday at the Orchard Beach fire hall on Solley Road.
The speaker will be Eric Schwaab, director of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service. He will be presenting a new multimedia presentation about the status of striped bass.
According to DNR, this will be the most comprehensive presentation ever offered on rockfish, and it has never wrapped up so much information in one package before, said Dave Nolan, PSG spokesman.
The information covered in the presentation will include young-of-year statistics; recent areas of controversy, such as the lack of large rockfish in the upper bay; the Susquehanna Flats fishery; and the year 2000 proposal for the striped bass fishery. This is a great opportunity to become an expert on Maryland's state fish, Nolan said.
The PSG will also participate in Sunday's Thanksgiving parade. They say they will have the largest rockfish in Pasadena on display in the parade, and hope to collect a boatload of food at the event. The group collected a quarter-ton of food at its October meeting. Meetings are open to anglers of all ages. No membership dues are charged.
Food and beverages, sold by the fire department, are available starting at 6 p.m. No smoking is permitted in the hall.
Information: 410-HEY-FISH (439-3474) or www.heyfish.com
Getting in shape with fun
After some scheduling difficulties, Sweatpants and Dance is ready to start next week.
The fun, one-hour, low-impact program will resume its Monday and Wednesday sessions at 7 p.m., from Monday through Dec. 22 at George Fox Middle School on Outing Avenue.