Spring craft fairs abound as church fund-raisers PASADENA


The Spring craft fair season finally has arrived, much to delight of winter weary shoppers.

Tomorrow, the Pasadena Early Learning Center will sponsor its annual fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pasadena United Methodist Church, 61 Ritchie Highway.

Local crafters will present a variety of handmade Easter crafts and gifts, toys, jewelry, floral arrangements and carved wood, spokeswoman Becky Batta said.

For a small fee, youngsters can visit the "make and take" craft area to try their hands at spin art, bead or sand art. "The children's crafts were such a hit at our last event, especially the spin art, that we had to do it again," Mrs. Batta said.

Refreshments also will be on sale.

Proceeds will benefit the church capital fund.

Information: 647-3090.


Our Lady of the Chesapeake Catholic Parish presents its fourth annual spring fair tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church, 8325 Ventnor Road.

With something for the entire family, the event will feature handmade crafts for decorating or gift giving created by parish members, a treasure room, plant table, kiddie craft corner and bake table.

Food, including pit-beef sandwiches, and refreshments will also be available.

Raffle tickets, featuring a grand prize home cooked dinner catered by the Rev. Brian Rafferty, will be on sale.

Information; 255-3677.


Pick up a frilly Easter bonnet for that special baby girl in your life at the Bonnet and Bake Sale, sponsored by the Black-Eyed Susan Smocking Club, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at Angel's Market on Mountain Road.

Bonnets hand-crafted by club members will be on sale for $15. Smocked bibs and booties also will be featured, along with a table of homemade goodies.

Proceeds will benefit club activities.

Information: 437-0428


The Ladies Guild of Magothy-Chelsea Community Lutheran Church will be serving a ham and oyster dinner from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow at the church, Third and Beach Streets in Chelsea Beach.

The menu will feature fried oysters, ham, macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, green beans, cole slaw, beverage and dessert.

Tickets are $9 for adults and $4.50 for children 6 and older. There will be no charge for younger children. Carryouts will be available.

Homemade cakes and desserts will also be on sale.

Proceeds will benefit the church building fund.

Information: 647-6210.


Stop by Magothy United Methodist Church, 3703 Mountain Road, tomorrow between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. for a delicious roast beef dinner sponsored by the United Methodist Men.

Along with the beef, the dinner features mashed potatoes, string beans, apple sauce and dessert.

The cost is $7 for adults, and one child under 12 is $3. Rates for larger families will be offered.

Carryouts are available.

Information: 255-2420.


Students at High Point Elementary will end their Reading Around the World program today with a visit by a very special character, the Penguin, a.k.a. principal Robert Kanach.

Kanach will spend the day reading with students and toddling around the building to fulfill a reading challenge he issued to High Point students.

"This year he challenged our children to read 800,000 minutes during the eight-week program, and they came through," said Carol Mergenthaler, PTA president. But this is not Kanach's first novel attempt at motivating his students to read, she said.

"He's been up in a tree, dressed up as Dorothy from the 'Wizard of Oz', floated in a hot air balloon, and spent the day on roller skates, all to challenge the kids to read," she added.

Way to go, High Point.


Lake Shore Rotary and the Friends of Downs Park invite you to participate in the annual Fun Run/Walk May 15 at Downs Park. The gates will open at 7 a.m. with the run/walk starting at 8 a.m.

The event is open to people of all ages and abilities and is an easy way to start or maintain your fitness program, said Rotary spokesman John Creamer.

The 5K run winds through the beautiful bay front park on asphalt paths bordered by woodlands. The one mile walk will use the park's trails.

Recognition award plaques will be given to the male and female winners of the 5K run. Prizes donated by local merchants and professionals will be awarded by random drawing immediately after the finish of the run. All registrants present will be eligible for prizes.

The entry fee is $10.

Forms are available at the park or you can call 255-4552 or 437-8477.

Proceeds will be used to fund community service projects at the park and to aid scholarship/activity programs for students at local schools.


It's kindergarten sign up time at area elementary schools.

State law requires that children enter kindergarten the year they turn five and that they have specific immunizations before beginning classes.

At registration, parents must provide birth certificate, custody papers if applicable, and written proof that the child has received required immunizations.

Along with registration times, some area elementaries have scheduled open house events or observation times.

?3 Call your neighborhood school for more details.

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