The Ferndale Garden Club does not go into hibernation just because the growing season has ended. At this time of year, members shift their emphasis from live gardening to home decorations for the holidays.

"Back to Basics" will be the subject of the club's annual Christmas Show at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Ferndale Elementary School.

Marty Baikaukas, from Cedar Hill Florist in Brooklyn, will demonstrate, step by step, how to make Christmas arrangements and wreaths.

Refreshments will be served by the club members. They also have donated the door prizes.

Some tickets to this popular event may be available at the door, but it is best to reserve them. Tickets are $3 and can be purchased from any club member, or by calling 766-8547 or 761-6759.

Ferndale Elementary, at 105 Packard Ave. and Hollins Ferry Road, has plenty of parking.


The Linthicum Shipley Improvement Association will meet at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Linthicum Elementary School media center.

There will be two guest speakers: Francis Phillip, a county health officer, will speak on the cancer studybeing conducted by the county; and Beth Robinson, a spokeswoman withthe MTA's light rail project, will give a construction progress report.


Your opportunity to see "Linthicum by Candlelight" is coming.

The Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights is sponsoring a Christmas House Tour from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8.

Eight private homes, both historic and contemporary, will be open for viewing, plus the little-known historic treasure, Holly Run Chapel, and the Baltimore & Annapolis train station.

All the homes and churches will be festively decorated for the holidays.

Guest musicians will be playing in several of the tour stops. St. John's Lutheran Church's HandbellChoir will present two performances: 6 and 6:30 p.m. at the church, 300 West Maple Road.

Refreshments will be available at the church and fresh swags and Christmas decorations will be for sale.

Donation for the house tour is $8. Advance purchase is recommended and tickets are available at the following locations: Pumphrey's Variety Store on Camp Meade Road in Linthicum; Flowers Extraordinaire by Stephen;Baltimore & Annapolis Boulevard in the Burwood Plaza; Granny and Friends, 804 Crain Highway; All Things Country, 3820H Mountain Road and the Browse 'n Buy Shoppe on Jones Station Road.

Reservations can also be made by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope and a check,made payable to the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights, to: The Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights, P.O. Box 301, Linthicum Heights 21090-0301.

Please, no children under 12. For further information, call 859-5530.


Awards were given to the following contestants in the annual Halloween parade sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Optimist Club:

Prettiest: Suzanne Howard, first place; Ann Horwitz, second; Helen Welch, third.

Funniest: Jennifer Jarecki, first; Sara Senter, second; Ginger Horwitz, third.

Spookiest: Brian Rice, first;Ryan Moyer, second; Lauren Rice, third.

Hobo-iest: Margaret Bladey, first; Michael Cromer, second; Joel Huffman, third.

Most Original: Hope Monskie, first; Katrina Stephens, second; Cory Senter, third.

Tiniest: Allison Ciculo, first; Jonathan Marsiglia, second; ErinMcCarthy, third.

Largest Family Group: Senter, first; Rice, second; Casamento, third.

Float: Laulen Scally, first; James Monskie, second; Charles Huffman, third.

The event was co-sponsored by the Linthicum Lions and assisted by the Overlook Elementary School facultyand the county Department of Recreation and Parks.

Donations weremade by Westinghouse, C & P Telephone Co. and Harbor Hospital.

Judges were Chuck Slater of the Optimist Club, Charles Tyson of the Linthicum Lions, Brian Senter of the North Linthicum Recreation Association and Steve Cilino, of the North Linthicum Improvement Association.

Bill Blotzen of the Optimist Club was the event chairman.


Tonight's the night for the homework seminar at the Linthicum Elementary School media center.

Parents of children in Linthicum and Overlook elementary schools are invited to "Motivating Your Child to Do Homework" from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The workshop will be conducted by Pat McIntyre, guidance counselor, and Nancy Kruger, Linthicum Elementary reading teacher.

Registration is not required.


All the fall sports teams and the organizations that cheered them on to victory hope you can attend the Fall Sports Banquet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Michael's Eighth Avenue.

The dinner will consist of roastbeef, lasagna, broccoli with cheese, cold cuts, desserts and more.

The North County High School Parents Club will be selling tickets for $7 during the lunch periods tomorrow through Friday.


The Woodlawn Heights Community Association's monthly meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 21 at the Ferndale/Linthicum Senior Center.

Note that the time was changed to make it easier for working peopleto attend and the date was changed because of the holiday.

The focus of the meeting will be safety during the holiday season.

Roy Phillips, public fire safety educator for the county Fire Department, and Guy Della, from the county police crime prevention office will bethe guest speakers.

At the association's October meeting, Anne Bachman, wife of Councilman George Bachman, encouraged residents to attend one of the public hearings this month on the county budget.

The nearest meeting to our community is at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Old Mill High School.

Roy Shatt is president of the association. For additional information, please call him at 766-8547.

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