ONCE A MONTH for a quarter of a century, a group of women has come together to help make Pasadena a better place to live.
Over the years, the Chesapeake Women's Club has worked to see that a library was built on Mountain Road, awarded prizes to young artists, offered support to victims of domestic violence and given hundred of books to needy children. It has awarded scholarship money to local college-bound students and supported a variety of environmental causes.
To celebrate the club's 25th anniversary, a dinner is scheduled for Wednesday at Sunset Restaurant in Glen Burnie. County Councilwoman Shirley Murphy and Del. Mary M. Rosso - both members of the club - and representatives from the Maryland Federation of Women's Clubs are to attend.
Irene Callbeck, CWC president, will distribute awards that the club received at a recent state convention.
Chesapeake Women's Club received an award for helping with lobbying efforts against the dumping of dredge in the Bodkin River area. The home life committee received an award for its efforts in making the community aware of the effects of aging and ways of coping with the problems of aging.
The public affairs committee received an award for its work with the YMCA domestic violence program and for supporting student ambassador Nick Ryan's trip to New Zealand last summer. The legislation committee won an award for its efforts in helping make the community aware of pending legislative bills that affected women and children.
Evelyn Pizza, CWC spokeswoman, said the club also received thanks from the Tree-mendous Maryland program, and thanks from George Washington Elementary School in Baltimore for the donation of new and used books in the Libraries 2000 program.
Congratulations on a quarter of a century of service to the community, ladies.
Church of God event
Chesapeake Christian Center Church of God invites the community to attend an evening with the Rev. Tony D. Hodgson at 6 o'clock Sunday at the church, at 7975 Tick Neck Road.
Hodgson is an evangelist and soloist from Ocean View, Del.
Owens to speak
County Executive Janet S. Owens will be the guest speaker at Stony Creek Democratic Club's open house evening at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
The community is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.
Church blood drive
Pasadena United Methodist Church, 61 Ritchie Highway, will hold a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 9.
Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and not have been tattooed in the past year. Repeat donors should not have given blood on or after April 10.
Appointments can be made in advance. Walk-ins are welcome.
Information: 410-766-0637, 410-410-760-2021.
Jenkins Memorial Church, at Riviera Drive and Jenkins Road, is holding its annual strawberry festival and flea market from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 8.
Light breakfast fare will be sold from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Lunch items including crab cakes, barbecue, hot dogs, refreshments and strawberries served with ice cream and homemade cake will be available starting at 10:30 a.m.
Reservations for spaces and tables at the flea market are available. Spaces are $7 each. Table rental is $10.
The event is handicap accessible. Proceeds will benefit the church building fund.
Rental information: 410- 437-0124 or 410-360-1818.
Jenkins Memorial Church is looking for performers for its Concert in the Park, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 24 in Riviera Beach Community Park.
Bill Williamson, a church member and coordinator of the annual community event, said that several Christian groups from area churches have tentatively committed to perform at this year's concert, including Trudy Marie, John Price, Maryland Sings, Linda Lee, Son Rise, Sound of Joy, Youth for Christ, Mary Kay, Lou Redd, Singing Shepherds, Praise Band and Glory Bound.
Entertainers will have 10 to 20 minutes to perform. They will be given access to a free table where they, or a charity of their choosing, can sell books, food items or crafts.
Williamson said commitments from performers at the concert are needed as soon as possible. "Spots are filling up fast," he added.
Information: Williamson, 410-636-0334