Members of women's club plan Halloween festivities for nursing home residents


October 28, 2001|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

DRESSING UP FOR Halloween is fun for more than the younger set.

The members of the Community Health and Volunteer Services Committee of the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights plan to don costumes and deliver some festivity to nursing home residents.

The volunteers will meet at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in front of the CVS store in Burwood Shopping Center on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard to carpool to Mariner Health of Glen Burnie.

They will serve cupcakes, ice cream and some cheer to residents. Treats will be delivered to the rooms of those who cannot make it to the dining room.

"Last year, we were dressed up as a clown, scarecrow, fisherman, witch, pumpkin and kitty cat. People got a big kick out of it," said Fran Purper, co-chairwoman of the committee. Last year, Purper said, she was the scarecrow, and Lynne Marie McGowan, the other co-chairwoman, painted her face.

The Community Health and Volunteer Services Committee plans a program or project every month during the club year. Members participate in Linthicum Health Fest, present speakers, collect paper products for Sarah's House and Hearth House shelters, and collect gently used clothing for Hospice of the Chesapeake's resale store. Members plan to collect new underclothing and gloves in January; the items will be given to men who use the evening shelters sponsored by area churches.

The committee has been visiting the nursing home for more than 10 years. They also bring cider and cookies and sing carols during the holiday season, and they bring more refreshments and smiles around Valentine's Day.

Members of the committee, which numbers about 10 women, invite others to join them in the Halloween festivities. Dressing in costume is a lot of fun, but is not required. Adults with young children are encouraged to attend.

Information: 410-859-5284.

Historical potpourri

The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society and the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society will sponsor a Historical Potpourri Seminar from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Glen Burnie Improvement Association building.

The seminar on local history will feature three authorities in the field. Daniel Carroll Toomey will describe his new book, The Maryland Line Confederate Soldier's Home and present information about the Civil War in Anne Arundel County.

William R. Mumford's topic will be "Barter, Bits, Bills and Tobacco," the story of money in colonial Maryland. Jack Mellin will transport listeners back in time with the history of "Anne Arundel County Railroad: Deltiology and Scripophily."

The cost of the seminar is $20. Proceeds benefit the Historical and Genealogical Research Center at the Kuethe Library.

Information: 410-760-5206.

The pampered pet

Patty Willis will present "Pamper Your Pets with Herbs" on Friday at the Friendly Thyme Herb Club meeting at Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

Willis, a club member, will explain which herbs are beneficial for domestic animals.

A time to socialize, with refreshments, begins at 9:15 a.m., followed by the program and meeting at 10 a.m. Guests are welcome.

Information: Audrey Roat, 410- 636-2151.

Anti-violence program

Linthicum Chapter No. 2244 of AARP will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. John Lutheran Church, 300 W. Maple Road.

The guest speaker will be Sgt. Bonnie Lowe Welsh, a 30-year member of the Anne Arundel County Police Department. Welsh has twice been named "Police Officer of the Year." She is an expert in the areas of sex crime investigations, violence against women and children, and workplace violence.

Welsh was educated at the FBI's Behavior Science Unit, the University of Louisville Southern Police Institute and the Johns Hopkins University, among other institutions. Her topic will include violence against women.

The meeting will include the election of officers for next year. Also, tickets for the Christmas luncheon on Dec. 6 will be sold.

The board will meet at 11:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served before the general meeting.

Information: Mary Foster, 410- 850-4630.

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