THE FERNDALE Roadrunners, a senior social group, is throwing itself a birthday party from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie.
John Norfolk will perform on the keyboard. Members, associate members and friends of the club are invited. The cost is $15. Reservations must be made by Thursday.
During the club's 30-year history, there have been two presidents, Ethel Schmidt, the club's founder, and Melvia Scott, its current president.
Schmidt, now deceased, saw the need for a senior citizens club in Ferndale and organized one at age 75. She was the club's first president when it began in 1972. Ten people came to the first gathering at Ferndale United Methodist Church. Bi-monthly meetings were held there for about 12 years until the club moved to the then-newly built Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center at 7205 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.
When Schmidt stepped down as president in 1985, Scott assumed the office. At first the club was called the Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Club but eventually began calling itself the Ferndale Roadrunners because of the many bus trips the group takes.
Member Pete Scott, Melvia's husband, is the travel coordinator and chaplain. He said members take about 15 day trips a year, some overnight. He also said the club has a yearly Christmas party and picnic.
One of the most popular activities is penny bingo held from noon to 3 p.m. every Monday at the center. "It is a good chance for everyone to get out and share troubles and also a good healing time. It is a social, not commercial bingo," Pete Scott said about the games that cost a penny a card. He also said anyone in the community can attend the bingo. It is not just for members.
The group meets at 11 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. Because the center holds a limited number, there is an associate membership list. Associate members are invited to attend any functions held away from the facility until a place opens up on the regular membership. There are 150 members and associate members.
Officers of the club include Lee Payne, vice president, Norbert Malchester, treasurer, and Pat Herrmann, secretary.
Reservations: Melvia Scott, 410-761-0484.
Oktoberfest at St. John
An event that fits right into the season and promises to be bigger and better than last year's is the third annual Oktoberfest sponsored by St. John Lutheran Church. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26 at the church, 300 W. Maple Road.
Enjoy dancing to music by the German band the Heimat Echoes and a performance by the Polka Kids. Grilled bratwurst, sour beef and dumplings, hot pretzels, sodas and non-alcoholic beer will be sold. A gourmet coffee and gift shop, flea market, moon bounce, pony rides and games will offer fun for the whole family.
Neighboring congregations, community organizations, and friends are welcome to join the celebration.
Crafts for Christmas
Get an early start on your Christmas shopping at the St. Philip Neri's Home and School Association's Annual Fall Craft Fair that will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the new parish building and first floor of the school, 6401 Orchard Road. There will be 130 crafters selling their wares including woodwork, floral arrangements, jewelry, candles and much more. Food will be sold.
Spaces are also available for the Annual Christmas Craft Fair which will be held at the school from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 30.
Information: Lisa Oursler, 410-766-0017.