Toys for Tots Motorcycle Run

Santa greets members of the Anne Arundel County Police during the Toys for Tots Motorcycle Run Oct. 5, which started at First Christian Community Church of Annapolis, near Crownsville, and ended at the Fort Meade Pavilion. (Photo by Tim Reyburn / October 17, 2013)

Happy Halloween!

Come one; come all to the Anne Arundel County Fair's 24th annual Halloween Happening starting on Friday, Oct. 18 on Fridays and Saturdays from 7 to 10 p.m. and Sundays 7 to 9 p.m. at the fairgrounds in Crownsville for their haunted barn and hayride events. The cost is $13 per person and children under the age of six get in for free. Free parking is available. For more information, call 410-923-3400 or go to aacountyfair.org.

In keeping with the holiday season, Christmas in all its splendor is fast approaching and with that comes the spirit of giving. On Oct. 5, Anne Arundel County kicked off its annual Toys For Tots program, as it does every year in early October, with its second annual Toys For Tots Motorcycle Run. The fee was a new, unwrapped toy. This annual event is hosted by former Anne Arundel County Councilman and U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Capt. Pete Smith. With a police escort, more than 100 motorcyclists took part in the 18-mile ride, which started at the First Christian Community Church of Annapolis, near Crownsville, and ended at the Fort Meade Pavilion. My husband, Tim, participated in the event, riding his motorcycle to deliver two toys.

At the end of the run, live entertainment was provided by the band, Mad Planet, and scheduled to perform as they did last year, was the U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Team, but due to the federal government shutdown, that did not transpire.

In spite of that, everyone's sprits were high after an exhilarating ride. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus with a plate of cookies and hot chocolate kept the enthusiasm going.

Russett is once again an official Toys For Tots donation site this holiday season. Come by the Russett Community Center starting Monday, Nov. 4 to Friday, Dec.13 and help support the program by donating a new, unwrapped toy during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m..