IT'S A PLEASANT way to donate: while being entertained by a colorful parade. Neighbors in several Pasadena communities are busy collecting food in anticipation of Sunday's annual Caring & Sharing Harvest Parade.
The parade, sponsored by the Pasadena Business Association, will begin at 2 p.m. at Tick Neck Park. Marchers will wind their way through the communities of Chesterfield and Green Haven, entertaining the crowds while picking up donations that will be passed along to local church food pantries.
Since its inception five years ago, the neighborhood event has kept the same theme and goals, said Carol Cross, PBA's executive director. "Being thankful for all that we have and sharing with those less fortunate in our community - that's what the parade is all about," she said.
Thousands of pounds of non-perishable food have been donated over the past five years, Cross said. "Last year, we collected over 17,000 pounds of food, thanks to all of our wonderful spectators and parade participants," she said. "We are hoping to double that amount this year."
Organizers had considered donating a portion of the food to be collected to those directly affected by the Sept. 11 tragedy. But they were advised to keep the food here in the community to help local needy individuals and families. "It really wasn't needed there," Cross said.
Three church pantries - St. Jane Frances, Magothy United Methodist, and St. Andrew's Episcopal- will receive enough food to stock shelves for several weeks. Food not used at local pantries will be passed on to the Maryland Food Bank. "Nothing goes to waste," Cross said.
Sunday's parade will feature more than 60 participating groups, with something that should appeal to every member of the family-marching bands, fire trucks, antique cars, mounted horse units, beauty queens, local dignitaries, community floats and Santa Claus.
WQSR radio personality Steve Rouse will be the parade grand marshal.
Marchers will assemble at Tick Neck Park on Edwin Raynor Boulevard. From there, the parade will proceed south on Tick Neck Road to Mountain Road.
The rest of the route: west on Mountain Road to Mansion House Crossing, north on Mansion House to 220th Street, west on 220th Street to Catherine Avenue, north on Catherine to 218th Street, west on 218th Street to Outing Avenue, south on Outing Avenue, ending at George Fox Middle School. A reviewing stand will be set up in front of Cross Auto Supply on Mountain Road.
Haven Wood Little League concession stand in the fields at Outing Avenue will be available for purchasing food and refreshments.
Donors unable to attend Sunday's parade can drop off items at collection bins at several businesses. including County National Bank, Cross Auto Supply, Village Cleaners, and the Bank of Glen Burnie.
Firefighters' open house
Firefighters at Orchard Beach Volunteer Fire Company invite the community to their annual fire prevention open house from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the fire hall.
Visitors can eat lunch free with Sparky the fire dog, Smokey Bear, Vince & Larry the Crash Test Dummies and Buckle Bear.
Several demonstrations will be offered, including a fire extinguisher demonstration by the Naval Academy Fire Department, an auto extrication conducted by Orchard Beach volunteers, drug-detecting dogs from the Maryland State Police and tours of the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Firefighters Association's Fire Safety House by county fire prevention queens.
A number of other local agencies will be at the event, including a MEDSTAR helicopter, the county Fire Department's Special Operations Emergency Medical System unit, the Anne Arundel Alarmers, a crash truck from the BWI Fire Department, the Maryland Fire Rescue Institute residential sprinkler trailer and the state Department of Natural Resources.
For the younger crowd, the open house will include rides on an antique fire engine, stop-drop-roll demonstrations, a midnight alarm game in which kids can practice being firefighters.
The open house is free and open to all. Information: Jane Huffman, 410-255-0921.
Lions to hold fruit sale
East Anne Arundel Lions Club will begin its annual fruit sale fund-raiser this month.
The club will take orders for navel oranges, ruby red grapefruit, and especially for the holidays, Benson Fruitcakes. Orders must be placed by Nov. 12. Pickup is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nov. 17 at Community United Methodist Church, 8680 Fort Smallwood Road.
Proceeds from the club's sales benefit sight and sound projects in the community and help fund Lions programs at the Wilmer Eye Clinic at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
To order: 410-255-7207, 410-255-1128 or 410-255-1783.
Business group meeting
The Pasadena Business Association will hold a general membership meeting at noon Wednesday at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.
Myra Wieman from AAA will present a program on road rage.
The cost for members is $12 with a reservation, $15 at the door.
Reservations must be made by today. Information: 410-987-4887.
Church group's bazaar
United Methodist Women of Pasadena United Methodist Church, 61 Ritchie Highway, is sponsoring its annual two-day Christmas bazaar Nov. 9 and 10.
The bazaar will open with a traditional turkey dinner being served from 4 to 7 p.m. Santa will be available from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The cost for the dinner is $12 for adults, $5 for children ages 7 to 12, and $3 for children ages 3 to 6. Those older than 60 pay $10.
Bazaar hours Saturday will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Crafts and attic treasures will be for sale, plants, along with homemade candies from the Sweet Shop, Children's Land and the Pocket Lady. Santa will visit the bazaar again from 10 a.m. to noon.
The luncheon, featuring sandwiches, homemade soups, and pies, will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Proceeds will benefit local and global church missions.