"Let your fingers do the walking" has taken on new meaning for parents of students at Sunset Elementary School in Riviera Beach.

Last Monday, a new telephone message service came on line to help keep busy parents informed about what's happening around the school.

No more frantic searches for school newsletters that either came home and were pitched or that just never came home in the first place.

The new Sunset Elementary Information Service Line, available 24hours a day, seven days a week, will list upcoming events, current topics of study and long-range projects by grade level, daily lunch menus, delays in opening or early dismissal and a special principal's message line.

Using the new line is not difficult. First, you call 789-9997.

When the call is answered, press the school's telephone number, 437-1313, and follow the directions to reach whatever messageline you would like to hear.

The new service is co-sponsored by Sunset Elementary and the Sunset PTA.


Get ready for some food events that will tempt the taste buds and help local organizations.

Members of Boy Scout Troop 770 and their parents will be cooking uplots of pasta this Sunday afternoon for their second annual Spaghetti Dinner that will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. at Lake Shore VFD hallon Mountain Road.

It's not a fancy menu. Just good old family fare, at a reasonable price. Along with pasta, you'll get a salad and beverage, for $3.50 in advance or $4.50 at the door. Carryout will be available.

For those with a sweet tooth, desserts will also be available for a small extra charge.

Proceeds from the dinner will be used to help pay for the troop's summer camp activities at Camp Horseshoe and to purchase supplies throughout the year.

For tickets or more details, call 437-1501 or 437-7562.


The Newcomers' Committee at St. Andre's Episcopal Church will sponsor a Bull & Oyster Roast from 7 p.m. to midnight, Feb. 15, at Long Point Hall on Long Point Road.

According to Linda Knight, committee spokeswoman, tickets are $22 and include a full roast menu, beer, prize wheels and music fordancing.

Proceeds from ticket sales will be used to help erect a sign directing newcomers to the church on Tick Neck Road.

To ordertickets, give Bill or Linda Knight a call at 285-1179.


Community United Methodist Church, 8680 Fort Smallwood Road, invites you to bring the family to its next delicious dinner, whipped up by those culinary experts known as the Methodist Men, from 4 to 7 p.m., Jan. 25.

The featured items will be roast beef, two veggies, dessert anda beverage. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 4 to 12;ages 3 and under eat for free.

Want more details? Call the churchoffice at 255-1506.


Sign up for a voyage of the mysteries ofthe universe at Downs Park, at 7 p.m., Jan. 23. Professor Elise Albert, from the U.S. Naval Academy physics department, will present the program.

"Our night sky seems so quite and calm, but we are reallyliving in an incredibly violent universe," explained ranger Bob Hicks. "Professor Albert's program will focus on quasars, galaxies and black holes; three discoveries that revolutionized 20th-century astronomy and created new concepts in physics that opened the door to more questions, that remain unanswered."

Due to limited seating, advanceregistration is required. In case of inclement weather (if county schools close), the program will take place at 7 p.m., Jan. 30.

To sign up, call the park office at 222-6230.


Mount Carmel UnitedMethodist Church will begin its seventh annual Mission Conference next week. The six-day event brings individuals who are working in various mission fields to the church to inform the congregation and community.

The conference will open on Tuesday, with dessert at 7 p.m.,followed by an evening of prayer, praise and special music, beginning at 7:30 p.m. A program for school-age children and preschool child care will be available.

On Wednesday and Thursday evenings, several mission coffees are scheduled in the homes of individual church members. The coffees will highlight Habitat for Humanity, the Maryland Food Committee and the work of missionary Jennie Todd in Kenya.

On Friday, Jan. 24, a special youth Tex-Mex party with food, fun, games and Todd, will take place at a private home.

For the congregation at large, a special program titled "Mission on the Move" will be presented by Debbie and Robert Walz, from Chinese Overseas Christian Mission, at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in the fellowship hall.

At noon, Saturday, Jan. 25, families are invited to a mission lunch with programming available for school-age children and nursery care provided.

The week's activities will end on Jan. 26 with Todd addressing the 9:30 and 11 p.m. worship services. Sunday school classes at 9:30 a.m. will have Debbie Walz.

For more information about the conference, call the church office at 255-8887.


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