CELEBRATING THE national crime-prevention program "America's Night Out," the Arundel Village Security Patrol will hold its sixth annual Block Party and Flea Market from noon to 6 p.m. today at the Roland Terrace Democratic Club, 619 Matthews Ave.
Games, music from Dan the DJ and a police dog demonstration are planned. Representatives from the county sheriff's department will offer the Sheriff's Kid ID Program, giving parents a chance to have their children fingerprinted.
Brooklyn Park's fire station, Engine 31, will operate out of the block party and give everyone a chance to see its new fire truck. Gift certificates donated by merchants will be awarded as door prizes.
Donald Blair, the patrol's coordinator, said that the popularity of the party has increased every year.
"Now, even more and more people who are outside of the community come. People from Linthicum, Glen Burnie and all over Brooklyn Park - they're coming from all over," he said.
The security patrol was organized eight years ago to protect neighborhood residents and their property. Blair said the patrol has been successful.
"When we first started, there were problems with cars parking at night and prostitutes in the park. We don't see very much of that now," he said. "Drug arrests are down and car thefts are down."
When Blair moved into the community 30 years ago, there wasn't much need for a security patrol, but times have changed.
"It seems that in the '70s and '80s people stayed inside more. Now there are so many kids out late at night," he said. "Kids don't have any business being on the street at 2 in the morning."
Members of the patrol will be on hand to answer questions and sign up new members. Anyone 18 or older who is willing to invest time in keeping the community safe is welcome.
"It's a lot of work, and a lot of fun," Blair said. "We are sanctioned by the Anne Arundel County Police Crime Prevention Unit. We have our own guidelines and the rules that are set by the unit.
"It brings the community together, and that's the bottom line."
Brooklyn Heights UMC
The Brooklyn Heights United Methodist Church, 110 Townsend Ave., will hold a vacation Bible school, beginning tomorrow.
"We will be learning how to be good neighbors and working to support our mission in Africa," said Page Wacker. "This will help us learn about our neighbors across the world."
Children ages 3 through sixth grade are welcome. An adult Bible study will be held at the same time as the children's Bible school.
Crab cake dinner
St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church will hold its crab cake dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18 in the church hall, 4708 Prudence St. in Curtis Bay.
The menu will include crab cakes, crab soup, sandwiches, salads, iced tea and lemonade. Beer will be available at an additional cost.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for children ages 5 to 12. Children younger than 5 will be admitted free.
Tickets will not be sold at the door.
Information: 410-355-5740 or 410-360-2833.
BPHS all-class reunion
All Brooklyn Parkers should mark their calendars for Sept. 22 and get tickets for the Brooklyn Park High School Alumni Association's All-Class Reunion from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Severna Park Elks Lodge.
The reunion will feature a buffet, beer, soda and setups. Jewell DJs will provide the music.
Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance.
Information: 410-789-7214 or 410-636-3269.
Kid Video Time at library
Youngsters of all ages are invited to enjoy Kid Video Time at the Brooklyn branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library at 1 p.m. Thursdays.
This week's offering is "Watch the Stars Come Out." Admission is free. Information: 410-396-1120.