Caring women are using their sewing talents to make layette items they plan to donate to local hospitals.

The Black-eyed Susan Smocking Club will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Linthicum Elementary School on Camp Meade Road.

Last month's workshop will be continued this month so participants can learn how to make bonnets. They will be selling the bonnets in March to raise money for the materials needed to make the premature baby and infant outfits. The outfits are contributed to area hospital to be given to families of deceased infants in order to assist them in their time of grief.

Last month Helen Kampe of Pasadena, a longtime member of the club conducted the bonnet- making workshop which included information on materials, patterns, construction and embellishment. She is an experienced workshop leader and proficient bonnet maker and was a storehouse of information gleaned from years of heirloomsewing and smocking activities. This month an instructor from Creative Needle Magic will share some sewing techniques.

The Black-eyed Susan Smocking meetings are on the first Thursday of each month and are open to anyone interested in smocking and heirloom sewing. The evening begins with a short business meeting. This is followed by a workshop of about 1 hours that will address some needlework technique.

There is also a show-and-tell period in which individuals can show their creations and discuss patterns and materials. An opportunity isalso provided for members to get answers to questions about smockingand sewing problems. The latest equipment and materials are highlighted along with help in locating sources. Members receive information about interesting classes offered in the area by schools, clubs, various shops and individuals.

Call Alma Dolin if you are interested in the club or would like to attend the workshop.


The Fellowship Baptist Church of Ferndale invites everyone to an evening of inspirational, Southern gospel music by the Anchormen from Goldsboro, N.C.Their ministry will begin at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10 at the GeorgeT. Cromwell Elementary School on Wellham Avenue.

There is no admission charge and early attendance in encouraged. Child care will be provided. For more information, call 761-0217.


Peace Lutheran Church is sponsoring an activity that is fun for the whole family. Children who are accompanied by their parents or guardian can attend a bowling night at 6:30 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Coast Guard Yard's bowling alleys on Fort Smallwood Road. Snacks will be provided. Karen Byrd is coordinator for this event.

Anyone wishing to attend can call 766-3283.


Members of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 1519 are reminded that the next monthly meeting will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the HarundalePresbyterian Church Hall next to the North County Library on RitchieHighway.

This month's speaker will be Philip Precht from the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. The topic will be "Value of Your Electricity Dollar." Many other issues will be discussed including the location of future meetings.

Reservations are still being accepted for the luncheon at 12:30 p.m. on March 12 at Snyders Willow Grove Restaurant. The buffet meal costs $9.

Dr. Susan McCrone from the University of Maryland School of Nursing will speak at 2 p.m..

See Neva Koester at the meeting or call her at 761-1430 before March 6.

New members are welcome to join the organization. The reduced enrollment fee for first year membership has been extended to May 31. To inquire about the organization please call the president, Raymond E. Welsh, at859-5109.


The monthly meeting of the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights will take place at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the clubhouse, 110 N. Hammonds Ferry Road.

For the morning program Charles A. Sandler, owner of Ted's Pharmacy in Linthicum, will discuss the pros and cons of generic drugs.

Katherine Smith will also speak about The Wellness Community, a support group founded to help cancer patients and their families.

"Steamboats on the Chesapeake" will be the topic for the afternoon program. John H. Schaum Jr., a highly-regarded expert in the field of maritime history, will be the guest speaker.

For further information call 859-5284 or 859-1834.


Steven Ames from Scarborough, Ames & Associates will present "Estate Planning and Nursing Home Care" at the next meeting of the American Association of Retired Persons, Chapter #2244.

The meeting takes place on Thursday, Feb. 7, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 300 W. Maple Road. A social hour with refreshments begins at noon with Ames' programat 1 p.m., followed by a business meeting.

George Bottiger is president of the AARP chapter.


The monthly movie for young adults ages 7 years and up, sponsored by the Friendship Church of the Brethren, will take place this Friday, Feb. 8.

The doors of FriendshipHall, 217 Mansion Road, open at 6:30 p.m., with the movie beginning at 7:15 p.m. Admission is 50 cents and hot dogs, soda and popcorn is available for only 25 cents each.

This month's movie sounds like it will be very entertaining. It is titled "The Journey of Natty Gann"and is about a girl who catches a ride on a freight train accompanied by a wolf, during the Great Depression.

The Friendship Church ofthe Brethren is in North Linthicum.

Call Cindy at 789-2422 if more information is needed.


The PTA of George Cromwell Elementary School, 525 Wellham Ave., is sponsoring a treat for the students from 10 to 10:45 a.m. tomorrow.

Sharon Butler, a dynamic and expressive storyteller, will entertain the children with a large repertoire of stories. Her stories appeal to all age groups and celebrate a widespectrum of human emotions and experiences.

Butler lives in Takoma Park and has performed in schools, museums, libraries, senior centers, churches, parks and at festivals.

Ford's Theatre, the NationalPark Service and the Washington Folk Festival have featured her as astoryteller. She also conducts workshops for students, teachers and others interested in learning to tell stories effectively.

Following her visit, the students will discuss what they have learned and review the story with their teachers. Parents would enjoy hearing Butler and are welcome to attend the storytelling session along with theirchildren.


North County High School performed well in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholastic Chess tournament, saidNorth County Knights of Fury coach Frank Utley.

Robert Steiner was the county's first runner-up for the individual championship title,after winning three of his matches in the first five rounds, losing one, with one draw.

Michael Chearney received a trophy as the county's top under 1300 rated player after winning three of five matches.

Sean Rolinson and Matthew Tullius finished with identical recordsof 2-3.

The most phenomenal performance was turned in by one of North County's unrated players, Jonathan Torres.

Jonathan was unrated by the United States Chess Federation, yet somehow managed to beatthree USCF-rated players during the five rounds of competition.

On Feb. 16 the team will engage in another tournament with South RiverHigh School. The location has not yet been decided.

For information call Utley at 850-5400.


Happy Birthday Friendly Thyme HerbClub!

Last week at their regular meeting, herb club members celebrated their first birthday with a cake and other sweets. Just like a baby, the club has been growing rapidly, with its membership expanding from the original four people to 20.

Before enjoying cake and candles there was a program coordinated by the program chairman, Mary Goode. Two speakers provided a wealth of information about the Anne Arundel County Fair, held in September.

Joan Maurepzen, a resident of Pasadena and longtime fair volunteer, gave the club members a history of the event since its inception in 1952.

Marie Gish also spoketo the group. She too has been working for the fair in many different capacities. She worked to organize the exhibit building, and has volunteered many hours over the years to help in the smooth operation come exhibit time.

She emphasized that everyone who works there does so on a volunteer basis, telling the groups about an herb garden that has been started at the fair grounds in Crownsville and how they could contribute to its growth.

Both were very enthusiastic about the annual fair and encouraged herb club members to enter their own specialty for judging. The urged club members to become fair volunteers.

The program was followed by a short business meeting conducted by president, Sue Latini. Anyone interested in finding out more about the club can call Sue at 766-1463

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