This year's annual decorating show by the Ferndale Garden Club, "'Tis the Holiday Season," will take place Wednesday at Michael's Eighth Avenue. The program is open to the public.
Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., displays and demonstration booths will be set up so participants can learn holiday decorating and entertaining tips. Christmas cookies and holiday punch will be served during this time. The formal show will begin at 8 p.m.
Demonstrations will include how to make a holiday arrangement using silk flowers by Bonnie Lear, a floral designer at A.C. Moore; hands-on bow making by Barbara Barillaro from Evergreen Gene's; using rubber stamps to make homemade Christmas cards, tags and packaging items, by Almee DeGrange, a Stampin' Up demonstrator; and Maria Price-Nowakowski of Willow Oak Herb Farm, who will share ways of using herbs during the holiday.
The formal show will feature Marty Baikaukas from Cedar Hill Florist in Brooklyn Park, Stephen Formwalt from Flowers Extraordinaire in Linthicum and Suzy Provine from Blooming Basket in Millersville. Participants will learn to create wreaths, tabletop arrangements, swags, mantel decorations and wall hangings. The floral designers will construct arrangements of fresh greens and other natural materials while designer Robert Nichols offers a commentary describing the materials and techniques used.
Nichols is a retired art teacher who taught at Andover and North County high schools.
Door prizes will be awarded throughout the evening. Christmas ornaments will be given out as prizes to anyone who can produce a bizarre item from a purse. The purse-scavenger-hunt contest was started last year. A raffle featuring a first prize of a 24-inch, folk-art Santa Claus statue also will be held. Tickets cost $1 each or eight for $5.
Admission to the holiday program is $5 at the door.
An artistic potpourri will be presented by artist Helen Kita at the meeting of the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the clubhouse, 110 N. Hammonds Ferry Road.
A graduate of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Kita teaches at Art Institute of Washington in Arlington, Va., and has taught at Art Institute of Pittsburgh and at Duquesne. She is a new club member.
Her art background includes experience in stained glass, advertising art, graphic design, fashion illustration, portraiture, watercolors and children's book illustrations. Among her many accomplishments are pen-and-ink drawings that are on display at the North American College in the Vatican, and a Pulitzer Prize nomination for a book she designed. Her goal is to write and illustrate children's books focusing on folklore or ethnic themes and the Christian book market.
Kita is the adopted mother of two brothers from Estonia.
Catherine Citroni, the club's Hugh O'Brian Youth Foundation representative at a foundation seminar at the Johns Hopkins University in June, also will be at the meeting to discuss her experiences at the seminar. She is a junior at North County High School.
Paper products are being collected at the meeting by the club's Community and Volunteer Service Committee for Hearth House in Arbutus and Sarah's House at Fort Meade.
Information: Bernadette Simon, 410-859-4433.
The Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights, in cooperation with Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY), will sponsor its fourth one-day Community Leadership Workshop for high school sophomores from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at 110 N. Hammonds Ferry Road.
The one-day seminar is organized along the same guidelines as the annual four-day seminar held every spring. in Maryland.
Coordinating the event are club member Anne Yakaitis, HOBY chairwoman for the Maryland Federation of Women's Club's Southern District, and Carole Applegate, chairman of Maryland's Community Leadership Workshop program.
The workshop will include leadership activities and workshops on entrepreneurship and volunteerism. Students participating in the workshop were chosen for their leadership potential by the principals of area high schools.
HOBY was established by actor Hugh O'Brian to develop youth leadership programs for high school sophomores. The program is offered in 50 states and in Canada and Mexico.
The morning session will include a communications skills activity led by Applegate, a goal-setting activity by Yakaitis and "Judging Your Peers," presented by Officer Jeff Gross of the Anne Arundel County Police Department.
The afternoon session will feature a panel, "Strengthening the Community with Volunteerism." Participating will be Democratic Del. Mary Ann Love; comedian Michael Aronin of Glen Burnie; Dr. Silvia Golombek, a Johns Hopkins University sociologist; Stephanie Harkness, a senior at Western High School and former HOBY representative; and Bill Yakaitis, former chairman of Anne Arundel County Commission on Culture and the Arts and an instrumental music teacher in Anne Arundel County Schools for more than 30 years.
Assisting with registration and refreshments are members of the club's literature and education committee, led by Mary Lee Laprade. Margaret Booker is the club president.
Information: Mary Lee Laprade, 410-859-1859.