TURKEY DAY kicks off the holiday season around most households, mine included. I'm sure we will venture out on what my kids -- and many retailers hoping to get out of the red ink -- refer to as Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving).
Every year, I swear not to go forth and shop, but somehow I always end up going forth and shopping. I've tried to convince my spouse that I am doing my part to help keep the American economy blooming. His response is that I don't have to do it single-handed.
Have a great Thanksgiving, Pasadena -- and save a parking space for me.
Holiday shoppers can get a jump on finding that perfect gift or holiday decoration at tomorrow's craft fair sponsored by the Chesapeake High School Band Boosters from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school at 4798 Mountain Road.
I've been to this one in the past, and it's a shopping delight.
This year, the handiwork of more than 150 artisans and craft people will be for sale -- so the odds are favorable for finding something for that hard-to-please person on your list.
Men cook up fund-raiser
The men's group of Galilee Lutheran Church at 4652 Mountain Road will be in the kitchen tomorrow morning, cooking an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the church fellowship hall. The effort will raise money for the "Helping Hannah" fund.
"Hannah" is 3-year-old Hannah Norman of Rising Sun, Cecil County, who was born with a rare syndrome that has caused severe mental retardation and growth delay. The fund has been established to help defray the extensive medical costs that the Norman family faces in caring for her.
Admission to the breakfast is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children ages 4 to 11. Those younger than 4 are admitted free.
The menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, creamed chipped beef, sausage, fruit, coffee, hot tea, milk and orange juice.
Try dinner out, too
Roast beef, served with mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, dessert and a drink, make up the menu at the Lake Shore Rotary Club's all-you-can-eat dinner from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at Mount Carmel United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 4760 Mountain Road.
The Interact Club from Chesapeake High School will be serving.
Tickets, available at the door, are $8 for adults and $4 for children younger than age 12. Carryouts are available.
"It's a ton of work putting on the dinner, but when you know that the money raised will be used for a good cause, it's fun," said Rotary President Larry Sanders.
Proceeds will help Rotary youth projects. Information: 410-360-5118.
Holiday citrus time has rolled around again. Several groups have Florida fruit for sale, so pick your favorite charity and get ready to enjoy.
The Mountain Road Kiwanis Club will have its citrus sale from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. tomorrow at two sites -- Angel's Market on Mountain Road and the Stoney Creek Democratic Club on Fort Smallwood Road.
Navel oranges, red grapefruit, tangelos and Hamlin juice oranges will be available. Advance orders can be picked up at either site. The Kiwanians have ordered extras for those who didn't order ahead. Proceeds support the club's community activities.
Information: 410-437-2213 or 410-255-2252.
Mount Carmel United Methodist Church is accepting orders for navel oranges, grapefruit and tangelos through Sunday. .
Expected delivery date is Dec. 13. Proceeds will benefit the church building fund.
Orders placed for the East Anne Arundel Lions and Lioness Clubs' citrus sale may be picked up between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. tomorrow at Community United Methodist Church, 8680 Fort Smallwood Road.
Proceeds are used for sight and hearing projects and community service activities.