Christmas food drive set for Elkridge area

November 20, 2005

The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring its Christmas Holiday Food Drive to benefit needy families in the Elkridge area.

Donations can be made through Dec. 23 at the fire hall, 6275 Old Washington Road, or given to Santa and Mrs. Claus when they visit neighborhoods Dec. 8-12.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will travel through Elkridge neighborhoods on a firetruck to collect canned food and wrapped gifts from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 10; noon to 9 p.m. Dec. 11; and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 12, weather permitting. Dec. 13 is a makeup date.

Jingle Bells will be played on the air horn of the fire engine to let neighbors know Santa and Mrs. Claus are arriving. Those who would like to visit with them should go to the nearest street corner.

Canned food and wrapped gifts will be donated to the needy. Wrapped gifts should be marked to indicate whether they are appropriate for a boy or girl and an approximate age.

Foods needed include sweet potatoes, sauerkraut, vegetables, gravy, cranberry sauce, desserts, butter and margarine, juices, stuffing and other boxed nonperishable items. If you wish to donate a turkey, call to have it picked up. Monetary donations also are acceptable by cash or check, made payable to the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department, care of "Christmas Food Drive." Donations are tax deductible.

The Fire Department will hold an all-you-can-eat breakfast with Santa from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dec. 11.

Information: 410-313-4901.

An evening at Toby's to see `Aida'

Parents of African-American students at Mount Hebron High School will sponsor an evening at Toby's Dinner Theatre to see the Broadway musical Aida at 5:30 today.

Tickets are $45, and include a dinner buffet.

Information or tickets: Jimmy Curtis, 443-722-9681.

Around Town

Bridge, pinochle -- Kiwanis Wallas Recreation Center will offer free, drop-in bridge sessions from 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and pinochle sessions from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Table games also will be available. Coffee, tea and treats will be available. Donations will be accepted for the snack fund. 410-313-7279.

Evergreen sale -- The Mount Hebron Viking Backers will begin their sale of fresh-cut evergreen trees and greens Saturday at the school, 9440 Old Frederick Road (Route 99) in Ellicott City. The sale will be held from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Medicare seminar -- The health ministry of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road in Ellicott City, will offer a seminar for senior citizens about the Medicare Part D prescription drug program at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at the church. Registration is requested. 410-465-2977.

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