AS CHRISTMAS DRAWS NEAR, CONTESTS, FESTIVITIES INCREASE

THE BALTIMORE SUN

BROOKLYN PARK - It's time to judge the best Christmas decorations in Sunnyfield Estates. The community's second annual Christmas Decorations Contest is set for tomorrow. Prizes will be given in the following categories: best door, best lighting and best overall.

* Bell Grove Elementary news: The children's Christmas Party is set for 1 p.m. Thursday. A Christmas movie sponsored by the faculty and staff of the school will be shown. The morning kindergarteners will have their party at 10 a.m.

The school will be participating in the Battle of the Books. Each classroom has a number of books assigned. Students are reminded to read and review their book list over the Christmas holidays.

The Human Relations Committee is sponsoring a collection of used games and toys in good condition that can be used as gifts for needy children who might otherwise receive no presents. Containers are in the foyer of the school.

* Brooklyn Park Elementary news: Students will be presenting their holiday concert tomorrow, at 10 a.m. for students and 7 p.m. for parents. The program will include the hand-bell choir and chorus under the direction of Tom Neuenschwander and the concert band under the direction of Geneva Fitzsimonds.

Guests will be reading to the students in each class today as part of Guest Reader Month. Parents have been invited to come and read to the classes.

All orders for the fall fund-raiser should have been picked up from the school Friday. Those who have not picked up their order should do so promptly.

All classes will be having a Christmas party Friday. Each class has a special treat and program planned.

* Brooklyn Park/Lindale Middle-Junior High news: The school's winter concert is set for 7 p.m. tomorrow. A PTA general membership meeting will precede the show. Parents who have not already done so are encouraged to join the PTA.

Volunteers are still needed in many areas of the school. If you can help, please contact the school.

The Student Government Association sponsored a canned food drive recently to help needy families in the area. The students collected 1,289 items and delivered them to NCEON, an organization involved in helping North County residents. The canned goods were boxed and delivered by teachers and administrators of the school. A special thanks to all the students and staff members who supported and helped with this year's canned food drive.

Interim reports for the second marking period are scheduled to be distributed to students between Dec. 17 and 21. Students in the trimester courses will be receiving their first 12-week grade.

Congratulations to eighth-grader Rebecca Leidig, who is performing with the Maryland Ballet. She was chosen to be play Clara in "Nutcracker." The ballet was presented this past weekend.

* Park Elementary news: Interims for the second marking period will go home today.

Thanks to the librarians at the Brooklyn Park Library who came to the school and presented third-graders with their own library card.

The sixth-grade class will visit the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore tomorrow. The class is studying Ancient Civilizations-the Egyptians.

The next CAC meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. today at the school.

* The chancel choir at Brooklyn Heights United Methodist Church, 110 Townsend Ave., will present "We Sing the Birth" next Sunday. The cantata will be sung at both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. worship services. The choir will be accompanied by flute, oboe, bells and keyboards. Come and enjoy this spiritual message through music.

That evening, members of the church will be caroling in the community.

Carolers are asked to meet at the church at 6. Everyone will gather for hot chocolate around 8.

* Brownie Troop No. 691 from Brooklyn Park Elementary engaged in an early Christmas project. With the generous donations and help of area businesses, vendors and concerned citizens, the girls were able to brighten the holidays for a combat maintenance platoon stationed in the Persian Gulf.

The troop collected gifts and cash donations for Christmas stockings, which were filled and sent overseas. One member of the Brownie troop, Meghan Hohl, had a special interest in the project: Her father, Sgt. 1st Class Robert Hohl, is the sergeant of the maintenance platoon from the 82nd Airborne of Fort Bragg, N.C.

The troop would like to thank everyone who donated cash, gifts and time to make the project a success.

* Junior Girl Scout Troop No. 738 from Brooklyn Park Elementary offers its Christmas party and variety show from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today. Every girl in the troop will display some kind of talent. Some will be reciting Christmas poems and stories, while others will be singing, dancing and playing different instruments. Families of the girls are invited to attend.

* The Arundel Association Senior CASOS Club will have a minivan going to The Mall at Columbia on Friday for any last-minute Christmas shopping.

Everyone must sign up in advance.

* The Arundel Improvement Association has had a very good response with volunteers for the Santa program but could still use a few more volunteers for Santa. The dates are today, tomorrow and Wednesday. Anyone who would like to volunteer, call 789-2192 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. or after 7 p.m.

The schedule for Santa's visits is as follows: Monday: Sixth Street, Disney Avenue, Wasena Avenue, Fourth Street, Patrick Henry Drive.

Tuesday: Wood Street, Taney Avenue, Liberty Terrace, Church Street, Ballman Avenue, Kramme, Prince Street, Seward, Matthews Avenue.

Wednesday: Gillespie Street, Remonds Street, Waverly Avenue, Fairfax Road, Rugby Avenue, Walton Avenue, Gischel Street, Magie Street, Moore Street, Phillip Street, Franklin Street, Pope Street, Johnson Street, Short Street, Church, Seward.

Be sure to have your porch lights on!

Dues will be collected during the visits. Please pay by check, enclosed in an envelope with your name, address and telephone number and how many in the family.

* A blood pressure screening is scheduled for today at the Harbor Hospital Outpatient Department from 1:30 to 3:30 and 6 to 8 p.m. Counseling and referral will be available. For more information, call the hospital at 347-3200.

* St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and School are sponsoring "adopt-a-family" for the holidays. The church has found 11 families that could use assistance for the holidays. A list of the family members, sizes and needs will be given to the family that wishes to adopt another family.

All presents, cash donations and canned goods should be brought to the rectory Sunday. For more information on this program, call the rectory at 355-8516.

* As Christmas creeps closer and closer, we look for thoughts for everyone to ponder this holiday season. Here's one we think you will enjoy: Children have God-given power/to rejoice in present things.

They look not into the future/nor do they seek passive springs.

Children live not for tomorrow/they are owners of today.

If you doubt what I am writing/Gaze upon a child at play.

Children want what now can offer/They have everything in view.

Things unknown to them are worthless/Every dawn brings something new.

If we older folks could only/halt our thoughts about tomorrow, This life would be void of worry/and there would be much less sorrow.

But we are no longer children/so we scan the future's sea, Seldom living in the present/Often in the used-to-be.

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