The Ann Arundell County Historical Society will sponsor a flea market 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the historic Benson-Hammond House this Saturday.

Hot dogs, drinks and homemade baked goods will besold. Fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables can also be purchased.

Proceeds from the flea market will benefit the renovating of out-buildings for the museum grounds.

Spaces are available to rent for$10.

Call 544-4715.

The Browse & Buy gift shop on the grounds will be open and the house will be open for tours. The Benson-HammondHouse is located on Aviation Boulevard near Hammonds Ferry Road.


The public is invited to join members of the Friendship Church of the Brethren for a "Bike and Hike Family Day" 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Everyone is asked to meet 9 a.m. in the church parking lot, 217 Mansion Road, to car pool to Downs Park.

There is a $3 per car admission to the park.

The trip will be about 10 miles, biking or hiking. Bring a bag lunch and gather for fellowship afterward. Drinks will be provided.

This event is sponsored by the Service and Outreach Commission as a fund-raiser to help build a new church camp that is being developed along the Potomac River.

If you would like to participate, pledge sheets are available by calling the church office at 789-2422.


The Patapsco Valley American Association of Retired Persons No. 3850 will have its executive meeting 10 a.m. tomorrowat St. Christopher's Church Hall, 118 Marydell Road, Linthicum Heights.

For information, call George Surgeon at 761-3667.


Members of the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights gathered for their Opening Tea on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the clubhouse.

In keeping with theMaryland Federation of Woman's Clubs president's special project "Improving Our Environment", the members began their 1991-1992 club yearwith an environmental theme.

A short skit on conservation, originally written by a St. Mary's County club member and revised by Linthicum club member Laura West, was presented.

Cast members included: Mary Margaret Shipley, Fran Thomas, Shirley Beck, Betty Mohr, Jane Bond, Peg Johnson, Delores Schuman and Celeste Riddle. Adeline Bradshawwas the accompaniest and Laura West was the director.

The play demonstrated how each one of us must do our part in order to "save our planet".

New members Margaret Ballantine, Karen Bowers, Elizabeth Easton, Patricia Freel, Dorothy Gilbert, Marge Holmes, Jeannie O'Hare, Susan Rosko, Kay Smith and Marcia Wingo were welcomed to the club in a special ceremony presided over by First Vice President Celeste Riddle.

Pat Barrows, chairman of the public affairs committee of theWoman's Club of Linthicum Heights, has announced that the club will again be participating in "Bells Across America."

Today is Constitution Day, and at 4 p.m. churches in the area will ring their bells for 204 seconds to commemorate the signing of the Constitution.

* After a summer of rehearsals in Catonsville, the Elkridge Chapter of Sweet Adelines is happy to be back at Hilltop School Elementary in Ferndale for regular Wednesday night rehearsals.

The chorus practices7 p.m. every Wednesday.

It is actively recruiting new members.

The group has steadily grown to 107 singing members but theirgoal isto have 135 on stage in Baltimore next year for the International Convention of Sweet Adelines.

Any woman who likes to sing is encouraged to join. Membership information is available by calling 647-2773.


A new year begins for the Ferndale Garden Club next Tuesday,Sept. 24, when members meet 6:30 p.m. for a pot-luck supper and meeting at the Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore & Annapolis Boulevard.

Erma Holland, president of the club will begin the meeting 8 p.m.

The program planned is a talk on "Re-blooming Iris" by Jane McKnew, a member of the Re-blooming Iris Society.

You may not be aware that the beautiful iris that blooms in the spring can beenjoyed again in the fall. McKnew will explain how this second blooming can be accomplished in your own garden. All are welcome to attend.

Co-hostesses for the evening are June Kellner and Carol Wagner. For directions or more information, please call Erma Holland at 761-6759.


The first meeting this fall for the North Glen Improvement Association will be a general planning meeting for the year. It will take place 7 p.m. tomorrow at the hall, 303 Wellham Ave.

Joe Bisesi, president of the association, encourages members of the community to attend.

The association sponsores weekly bingo games starting Monday, Sept. 30, at the hall. Games begin 7:30 p.m.

For information on the meeting or bingo, please call 766-4843.


Have you watched square dancing groups twirl and swing around the dance floor and wished you could do the same?

You can learn the basics of square dancing from the Friendship Squares, a local club that is sponsoring lessons for beginners. A free introductory class will be 8 to 10 p.m. tomorrow at the Linthicum Elementary School, 101 School Lane.

For information, please call 266-3577 or 761-0579.


Parents who want to become more effective and help their children can take advantage of a variety of courses during the fall semester in the adult continuing education program of the Anne Arundel County Public Schools.

Walk-in registration will take place 7 to 9 p.m. tonight, for two of these courses at North County High School.

The first one, "Developing Good Study Skills at Home" is a one night, two-hour class Wednesday, Sept. 25.

The second class, "Parent Effectiveness Training" is scheduled every Monday 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. starting Sept. 23 for eight weeks.

Other courses for parents are scheduled at a variety of sites throughout the county and include; Helping Your Child Succeed in Elementary School; Indicators of Learning Problems; Real ParentsDon't Shout.

Helping Your Child With Homework; Improving Parenting Skills; Mastering the Special Educational Maze and Planning for Employment for Handicapped Students.

Adult courses at NCHS also include a wide range of other interesting subjects. These courses are verypopular and resonably priced.

For complete descriptions and registration forms stop in the local library or call 224-5384.

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