MAY DAY CELEBRATION USHERS IN FULL WEEKEND

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Hope you haven't made any plans to take an out-of-town trip this weekend, as there are so many nice things to do just around the corner.

The Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights invites you to a May Day Celebration on Friday. This annual spring fund-raiser will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the clubhouse, 110 N. Hammonds Ferry Road.

Once again, there will be May baskets for sale this year, says Irene Newhouse, chairwoman of the event. Designed and decorated by clubmembers, the baskets come in all shapes and sizes and would be the perfect gift for Mother's Day or any special occasion.

The celebration also will feature booths with fresh plants, books and baked goods. A hand-made, wedding ring pattern quilt will be raffled off.

A chicken salad luncheon will be served. Tickets are $4.50 and must be purchased in advance by calling 766-4632 after 2 p.m.

There will bethree seatings: 11:15 a.m., noon and 12:45 p.m.

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Visitors andnew members are invited to welcome spring with the Friendly Thyme Herb Club at 10 a.m. Friday at the Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore & Annapolis Blvd.

David Hitchcock, extension agent for Urban Agriculture, will speak on "The Herb Garden."

At the meeting to follow, plans will be made for trips to the Baltimore Herb Festival, the Pennsylvania Heartlands Herb Seminar in Reading, Pa., and Herb Day at the 1840 House in Baltimore.

During a brown bag lunch, members will report on the progress of their herb gardens.

Membersare asked to bring extra herb plants for the garden at the 1840 House and the garden at Ballestone Mansion.

Information: Sue Latini, 766-1463.

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Linthicum Elementary School is having a "Crafter's Delight and Flower Mart" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the cafeteria-auditorium, 200 School Lane.

Forty-four local crafts makers will bring a variety of wares. Tables will include woodwork and unusual floral arrangements.

The Parent Teachers Association will staff the plant table and concession stand. Outdoor bedding plants, vegetables, hanging baskets and Mother's Day planters will be on display.

Hot dogs, sodas and ice tea will be sold. Coffee and doughnuts will beavailable in the morning. There also will be a baked goods table.

Door prizes will be awarded every half hour. Be sure to sign up. Youmight win something from one of the crafters who have contributed tothe drawing.

This is the second year the PTA has sponsored a spring fair. No wholesalers or vendors will be present, and there will not be any flea market items. Proceeds benefit the school.

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Pickup bargains and help preserve local history Saturday at the used book sale sponsored by the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society's Historical and Genealogical Research Center.

The sale, from 9 a.m. to4 p.m., will take place at 3 Crain Highway N.E., Glen Burnie. Money raised will benefit the operations of the society, including the support and development of the Benson-Hammond House in Linthicum.

The rain date for this event will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 9.

Information: 760-9679.

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This is one of those good news stories we like to write about.

Three- and 4-year-olds hopped to the tune of more than $8,800 during a recent fund-raiser for the handicapped.

St. John's Co-operative Nursery School, under the supervision of director and teacher Jane Soverns, participated in the annual Hop-A-Thon to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Three-year-old Patrick "Bubba" March raised $600, the most money by a single participant. Bubba is a member of Debbie Knight's class, which raised $2,167,the most of any class.

Among the top children fund-raisers were: Alexandra Albright, Brittany Autrey, Dominic Costa, Joni Dayton, Samantha Dupaya, Travis Elseroad, Chase Hardesty, David Lindner, Audrey Nagle, Nicole Peterman, Joe Scardina, Willie Schnetzler, Josh Sockriter, Matthew Stinchcomb, Bobby Stout, Rebecca Willey and Lauryn Wise.

This is the fourth year the school has participated in the event. Many parents helped out, Soverns said.

"I think its wonderful that people do all this for other people," Soverns said. "And, we don't doit because we know someone with the problem."

Before the Hop-A-Thon, the MDA visited the school and presented a program about happy and sad muscles to help the children understand a little about the condition.

"There are educational benefits there," Soverns said. "The MDA supplies storybooks that explain the condition in a manner that can be understood by the children."

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One of the hottest ticketsin town and one of the best bargains is offered by the Performing Arts Association of Linthicum.

The campaign for next season is beginning, and subscriptions for the five-concert series are now being accepted. The cost is $20, or $17 if you subscribe before May 31.

A flier is being circulated telling the artists to be presented in this,the 11th season.

Already contracted to perform are:

* The Veloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, a troupe of 40 performers.

* The Edinburgh Quartet of Scotland, returning to PAAL after 10 years.

* The Barry Cove Jazz Sextet, which will perform a swing, be-bop, ragtime concert for young and old.

Two other concerts will be announced at a later date.

Concerts are at North County High School and the Linthicum Heights Methodist Church, where parking is free and plentiful. Both facilities are fully accessible to the handicapped, and the high school has assistance for the hearing-impaired.

PAAL was organized in 1982 to bring high-quality live entertainment to the people of North County at low cost.

PAAL receives money from the MarylandState Arts Council and the Anne Arundel County Commission on Cultureand the Arts. Jerry Airsdale is president of the Association.

Fliers with a tear-off subscription form are available in the public libraries or by calling 636-2579 or 859-8047.

The last PAAL concert of this season, featuring The Peabody Ragtime Ensemble and Friends, will take place at 8 p.m. May 9 at North County High School.

Concert-goers are invited to stay for a reception following the performance,offering an opportunity to meet the performers and view paintings byPaul Newhouse.

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Members of the Ferndale Garden Club will meetat 8 tonight at the Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore& Annapolis Blvd.

The program, a demonstration of basic flower-arranging techniques, will be presented by a representative from Cedar Hill Florists.

Members also will exchange names for the May baskets. Garden club members have been filling baskets with greenery, flowers and herbs and delivering them anonymously to the door of that person on May 1 for a number of years.

Visitors are welcome.

Information: 859-0370.

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The Notables, an entertainment group from the Patapsco Valley American Association of Retired Persons 3850, is taking its spring show to the Turf Valley Country Club in Howard Countyon Friday, where members will perform at 2 p.m. at the annual luncheon for the Volunteers of St. Agnes Hospital.

Charles Haslup is music director of the group.

Information: 859-1724.

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