Book fairs demonstrate children's love of reading


November 07, 1999|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IF ANYONE doubts that elementary school pupils in the Brooklyn Park community love to read, stop by one of the book fairs taking place in the area.

A book fair at Brooklyn Park Elementary School begins tomorrow and runs until Nov. 19. Park Elementary will hold a book fair next week.

This week, Brooklyn Park pupils will get a look at the selections and make a "wish list" of titles. Next week, they will have an opportunity to purchase them as the school holds Family Night at the Book Fair from 6: 30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 16.

Parents will be able to inspect the books their children have chosen, and teachers will be there with suggestions and answers to any questions. Grandparents and others interested in purchasing children's books as holiday gifts are welcome.

While you're at the fair, stop by the PTA's annual Pie Social.

Pies, coffee, hot chocolate and apple cider will be for sale, and there will be ample time for socializing. To make it a complete evening, the computer laboratory will be open, giving families a chance to learn about the software, curriculum and Internet skills that the pupils are acquiring.

Profits from the fair will be used to buy new books for the Media Center.

Brooklyn Park Elementary is at 200 W. 14th Ave.

Information: 410-222-6590.

The book fair at Park Elementary, 201 E. 11th Ave., will be held Nov. 15 to 19 for pupils.

Parents may purchase books Nov. 22 on Parent Conference Day.

Information: 410-222-6593.

The season for fruitcake

You know the holidays can't be far away when Townsend Avenue Baptist Church begins its fruitcake sale.

The church's United Methodist Women group is selling 3-pound Benson fruitcakes for $10. Cakes are available at the church, 110 Townsend Ave. in Brooklyn Park.

Information: 410-789-3688.

The Adult Adventurers group at the church is planning a "day away" Nov. 18 at the Potomac Mills shopping mall. The day will begin with a short inspirational message at 10: 15 a.m., followed by a bus trip. Return to the church parking lot is expected to be at 7 p.m.

The trip is available at no cost, but reservations are necessary. Lunch is on your own.

Information: 410-355-0347.

... and holiday crafts, too

Those hoping to find that special or unique holiday gift item will be happy to note that the St. Rose of Lima Home and School Association's holiday craft fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in the school hall.

Association spokesman Thomasine Scott said the fair has become a traditional holiday event in the community.

"It is a good, popular affair," Scott said. "Vendors come back year after year."

Refreshments will be sold throughout the day

The school is at 410 Jeffrey St. in Brooklyn.

Information: 410-355-1050.

Bull roast with Democrats

The Roland Terrace Democratic Club will hold another of its bull and oyster roasts from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 21 at its hall, 619 Matthews Ave., Brooklyn Park. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door.

The event will feature a traditional Maryland bull-and-oyster-roast menu with pit beef, ribs, a hot buffet, oyster stew and raw bar.

If you're not a member, or even a Democrat, don't worry; everyone age 21 and older is welcome. Music will be provided by Premier Country.

Information or reservations: 410-789-9143 or 410-636-1504 after 6 p.m.

Shrimp with the Legion

American Legion Post 34 sponsors a steamed shrimp night from 6: 30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of the month at the post, 5526 Belle Grove Road.

The cost is $4.95 for a half-pound of steamed shrimp, and $5.95 for a steamed shrimp platter.

You need not be a member of the post to attend.

Information: 410-789-9682.

Harvest festival

The St. John's Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and Lutheran Brotherhood Branch 8840 have scheduled their harvest festival for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the social hall of the church, 226 Washburn Ave., Brooklyn.

Included will be activities for children, a white elephant table, religious gifts, Christmas decorations, crafts, cakes, cookies and pies.

Information: 410-355-7295.

Harbor Hospital programs

One of every 25 people in the United States will develop colorectal cancer, the second leading cause of cancer deaths. Learn about the signs, symptoms and treatment from Dr. Mukul Khandelwal in a program at 6: 30 p.m. Thursday at the hospital's LifeResource Center.

All attending will receive colorectal screening kits. The session is free, but registration is requested.

In other programs at the LifeResource Center:

The "Advantage Monthly Movie" for November will be "Message in a Bottle" starring Paul Newman and Kevin Costner. The movie will be shown at 1 p.m. Friday. Snacks will be provided.

Susan Knight, director of the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging's Health Insurance Counseling and Information Program, will speak on planning for long-term care at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Registration for center programs: 410-354-9655.

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