BIG THINGS have been happening in Brooklyn Heights -- a beautiful park, caring neighbors and an active community association. If you haven't visited the neighborhood in a while, perhaps it's time you stopped by to take a look.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, the Brooklyn Heights Improvement Association will celebrate the neighborhood's past and future accomplishments with the third annual Brooklyn Heights Community Day, held on the grounds of Park Elementary School, 3 E. Hammonds Lane.
Association president Virginia Eidinger, along with a group of dedicated volunteers, has organized a day with enough activities to keep everyone happy and satisfied.
There will be visits from the Oriole Bird and Bowie Baysox Louie; the Anne Arundel County police will conduct a police dog demonstration and have the police helicopter on display; and children will be able to enjoy a moon bounce, games and a puppet show and have their faces painted.
Adults may pick up the latest information on policies and programs from county agencies, have their blood pressure checked, enjoy craft displays and have their pets vaccinated against rabies.
Doing all of that can work up a real appetite, and the improvement association has taken care of that, too. Hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks and snowballs will be sold.
"We have volunteers from the entire community," Eidinger said. "The Brooklyn Bridge Christian Coffeehouse will help us supervise, the Christian Bible Church is doing the puppet show, Maryland's Church on the Rock is helping and local businesses have donated door prizes. It's been a lot of work. We've been working on this since March. We will have lots of door prizes, but you have to be present to win."
The first community day was a small one held in a shopping center parking lot, she recalled. "Since the HotSpot [Initiative], we've worked with the Police Department, county agencies, the whole safety team," she said. "There have been so many improvements. There is more involvement in the community."
Eidinger said one of the most popular activities is the cakewalk.
"This is sort of like musical chairs. There are blocks marked out on the ground. Some are blank, some have a design and some have a number. If you are standing on a number when the music stops, you win a prize. The kids get so excited about this."
The event is intended to put the spotlight on a neighborhood that Eidinger called "a nice place to live and raise your kids." She continued: "The community works on issues. There are active people working here and are willing to improve the neighborhood. It's just a great family day. Come out and meet your neighbors."
The Arundel Improvement Association's annual end-of- summer crab feast will be held from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 8 at the association's hall, 705 Cross St.
Tickets are $30, and the menu will feature steamed crabs, crab soup, steamed corn, barbecue beans, hot dogs, sauerkraut, beer, soda and salads and a greens table. Music will be provided by M&M Diversified.
Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. To reserve tickets, call 410-789-2192 or 410-761-1769 .