St. John's United's Rally Day

St. John's United Church of Christ hosted Rally Day Sept. 11 with kickball and other games, as well as moon bounce, for the children, along with a cookout. (Photo by Paul Dunn / September 19, 2011)

Local church recruiters are at work registering folks for next month's annual CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Walk 2011 to help refill the empty food shelves at Southwest Emergency Services' pantry.

Call Laurie Slack, 443-610-4456, or Jane Hager, 410-242-5918, by Sept. 25 to receive a walker's packet.

This year's event is Sunday, Oct. 2, at Lansdowne United Methodist Church, 114 Laverne Ave.

A small fee will be charged for lunch, served from noon-1:30 p.m.

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The walk, either a stroller-friendly half-mile jaunt or a three-mile trek around Hillcrest Park, starts at 2 p.m.

Free snowballs for all participants at the end.

Members of Our Savior Lutheran Church, 141 Laverne Ave., are planning a 120th anniversary celebration for Nov. 6 and need help.

If you have historic photos, recipes, journals or news clippings depicting the church's storied past, call 410-242-2141.

Halethorpe-Relay United Methodist Church, 4513 Ridge Ave., welcomes dance enthusiasts to two-step on over Thursdays at 6:15 p.m. for country western dance lessons, taught by Dottie Cadden.

Experience preferred but novices welcome, too. Fee varies by number of participants.

Contact Mike Finnerin at 410-242-3312 or

Festivals and flea markets

Christ Church of the Deaf, 1040 Beechfield Ave., hosts a Flea Mart and Crafts Bonanza from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Saturday, Sept. 24, rain or shine.

Rent a table from David Jessop for $12 to sell your treasures by calling 410-242-2358.

Hope Presbyterian Church, 4748 Shelbourne Road, presents a Fall Fun Fest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.

Traditional and contemporary crafts for all ages and tastes, games, prizes, face painting, moon bounce and music. Light lunch fare, baked treats and confections, too. Call 410-247-4673.

St. Clement Catholic Church, 2700 Washington Ave., hosts a Fall Festival Fiesta from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. Food, music, games, 50-50 raffles, moon bounce and more. Call 410-242-1025.

Enjoy two days of bargain shopping at Lansdowne United Methodist Church, 114 Laverne Ave., Friday, Oct. 7, 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 8, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Purchase household items, clothing and home cooked jams, and confections. Soups, sandwiches and beverages available, too. Rent a table for $10 to sell your wares. Rain or shine. Call 410-242-9156.

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