A few events, at a clip, to keep in mind


October 03, 2002|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A CLIP-AND-SAVE coupon is designed to save you money; today's column is meant to save you the disappointment of missing events you want to attend because you forgot the dates.

Here, ready for the refrigerator door, is a month of enjoyable events for you to clip and save:

The Anne Arundel County Fire Department's annual Fire Expo will be held Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the training academy on Maxwell Frye Road, just off Veterans Highway in Millersville.

Featuring demonstrations of rappelling, auto rescue and fighting a house fire, the expo is held during National Fire Prevention Week in commemoration of the anniversary of Chicago's Great Fire of 1871.

Although the expo is fun for all ages, the goal is education, says Fire Department spokesman Lt. George Wiseman. Displays will show how firefighters handle marine rescues, collapse and trench rescue, emergency communication and fire investigation.

There will be plenty of parking, and restrooms are available in the academy's garage-classroom building. The rain date is Sunday.

Before the Fire Expo on Saturday, stop by the Fall Garage Sale at Severna Park United Methodist Church on Benfield Boulevard. This biannual event, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., will feature everything from clothing to household appliances. Information: 410-987-4700.

After such a busy Saturday, who wants to fix dinner? Instead, head to St. Martins-in-the-Field Episcopal Church on Benfield Road in Severna Park for barbecue chicken grilled right out on the church lawn. The chicken sale will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., but don't be late. These chickens disappear before you can say bon appetit. They cost $5 each, with proceeds going to the Severna Park Assistance Network and the church's mission project in Haiti. Information: 410-647-6248.

The Anne Arundel County Concert Association will open its 2002-2003 season with Frank Vignola and Hot Club USA, an all-string jazz ensemble, at 8 p.m. Wednesday at a temporary location, Glen Burnie High School. A world-class jazz guitarist, Vignola has performed with Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Woody Allen, Ringo Starr, the Manhattan Transfer and Lionel Hampton.

The all-volunteer concert association has been bringing professional performers to the county since 1951.

Season subscriptions cost $40 for adults, $10 for students, $90 for two-parent families and $50 for one-parent families. Tickets for individual concerts are $15 for adults and $5 for students. Season subscriptions can be bought at next week's concert or by calling 410-647-6873.

You'll do yourself and the community a big favor by attending the third annual Spaghetti Dinner to Benefit Your Community Center on Oct. 12. Dinner will be served from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the parish hall of St. Martin's-in-the-Field.

"Sauce Master 2002" Dave Win of the Bagel Bakery will be assisted by guest "celebrity" servers such as George Mercado of Mercado's Jewelers and Garry Anderson of Garry's Grill. The MOM's Club of Severna Park is in charge of dessert, and there will be entertainment and door prizes.

Tickets are $10 a person for ages 8 and older; kids 7 and younger eat free. All proceeds go to the community center.

If you'd like to help or need ticket information, call Barbie Willis at 410-544-0057 or send e-mail to charsmom@aol.com.

When you've finished your spaghetti dinner, get over to Roberts Field at Severna Park High School, where the marching band is holding its 24th annual Tournament of Bands on Oct. 12. Eight marching bands, including Annapolis Area Christian School, Broadneck and Meade high schools and schools from across the state, will compete. Tickets are $5 and help fund the SPHS band's competition expenses.

Seats will become scarce after the gates open at 5 p.m.; competition begins at 6 p.m. The host band doesn't compete, but it will perform for the hometown crowd. Information: 410-544- 1719.

Everyone's looking forward to Kinder Farm Park's fourth annual Fall Harvest Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19. If you haven't already made this wonderful park a regular part of your life, now's the time to begin. Information: 410-222-6115.

Asbury United Methodist Church will present its 13th annual Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26 at the church in Arnold. Lunch will be served. Proceeds will help finance the church's youth mission trip. Information: 410-974-0879.

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