HERE'S AN IDEA for those women in the community who work outside the home or just don't have the time to join a daytime club. Or maybe you want to get more connected to what's going on locally.
You may find a great resource in the Career Woman's Group of the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights. Started about a year ago by the club, the group meets some evenings and Saturdays. All interested women in the community and club members who are unable to attend daytime programs are invited.
The next Career Woman's Group meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at St. John Lutheran Church, 300 W. Maple Road. The speaker will be Babs Condon, first vice president of the Maryland Federation of Women's Clubs and program chairwoman of the federation's outreach for children. The topic will be "Helping Children of the World."
Condon will share her experiences and memories of three trips - to Guatemala in 1999 on a CARE fact-finding trip, to the Philippines last year with Operation Smile as a participant in a medical mission, and to Peru on another CARE fact-finding trip in February.
"I hope a number of our regular members come to hear her speak also," said Jo Barker, career woman's committee chairwoman. "She is a really good speaker."
The woman's club is collecting donations of children's vitamins. Bottles may be brought to the meeting. The vitamins will be distributed to well-baby clinics all over the world through the General Federation of Women's Clubs/Maryland Federation of Women's Clubs Outreach for Children International project.
Another event on the calendar for the career group is a holiday program, "Thanksgiving Trimmings: You Can Do It!" scheduled at 7 p.m. Nov. 19, also at St. John. The evening will feature a hands-on workshop on place settings, favors, napkin folding and table decor.
Women will be asked to share a Thanksgiving memory, recipe or decoration.
Refreshments are served at meetings.
Information: Jo Barker, 410- 859-3308.
It was a perfect fall day, and the people turned out in droves Sept. 29 to enjoy the Linthicum Community Fair. While it was a great success, bringing together schools, churches and associations, the organization that benefited the most was North County Emergency Outreach Network.
The canned goods collection was the best ever. More than 3,000 cans were collected for the network's food bank.
Many organizations offered donations, including 800 cans from Love To Cheer Cheerleaders; 650 items from Girl Scout troops sponsored by St. Philip Neri School; 500 items from Cub Scout Troop 550, sponsored by Linthicum Elementary School; and 390 items from Linthicum Baptist Church.
"There is no real way to express gratitude for what people do, especially at this time when we know people are going to be hit hard [with layoffs]," said Marsha Frazier of the network. "It has already started. We know we are going to be seeing more and more people. We want to be ready for them."
The organizations that won prizes for floats in the parade were: first place, Cub Scout Troop 550, and second place, North County High School Hula Bowl participants.
The judges were the Rev. Lynn O'Berry, pastor of Linthicum Baptist Church; Betty Friedland, principal of Overlook Elementary School; County Councilwoman Pamela G. Beidle; and Sue Wagner, a teacher at Lindale Middle School.
Martin Muller, chairman of the 12th annual fair, was pleased with the activities and the entertainment.
"There were as many - if not more - people attending the fair than last year," he said. "It is nice to see talent from outside the community, but I was particularly pleased so see the local talent perform."
Nonprofit organizations that participated contributed 20 percent of their profits to the network. The amount raised has not been calculated.
Pennsylvania bus trip
A bus trip planned for Dec. 4 will take participants to The Miracle of Christmas at Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster, Pa.; lunch and entertainment at Historic Strasburg Inn; and a Christmas water show at Living Waters Theater.
The trip is sponsored by the Missions Committee of Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church.
The bus will depart from the church, 200 School Lane, at 9 a.m. and return by 8 p.m. The cost is $86, which includes transportation, escort, refreshment, gratuities, lunch and the two shows.
A deposit of $36 is required at registration, with the balance due by Oct. 31. All profits go to the Missions Committee.
Reservations: Ruth Syme, 410- 761-7672.
This month and next, the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society is displaying an historical curiosity at the Kuethe Library, 5 Crain Highway.
It is a ledger belonging to Samuel Sewell Tracey, Glen Burnie's first postmaster, an interesting artifact dating to the earliest years of the town.
The first post office was established Aug. 3, 1887, with the puzzling name of "Myrtle." On Sept 15, 1888, the post office was renamed Glenburnie in recognition of the Glenn family's county estate in the Harlem Park area of Baltimore.
On April 15, 1930, the name was changed a final time - to Glen Burnie.
Tracey's ledger reflects these changes. It was donated to the historical society by Betty Woodfall Dawson, a descendant of one of Glen Burnie's earliest families.
The library is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Information: Mark N. Schatz, 410-760-5206.