For those staying close to home this Labor Day weekend, there's a wide range of activities to keep the family busy -- everything from an AIDS benefit to a historic tour to traditional picnics.
Tomorrow the Elkridge Heritage Society is sponsoring its 10th annual House and Garden Tour from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The tour covers sections of Howard and Baltimore counties.
On the schedule are: an early 18th-century house and restored ** gardens on Old Columbia Pike in Ellicott City; a restored house and and its garden on Norris Lane, the Brumbaugh House on Main Street and a contemporary home on Bellanca Drive, all in Elkridge.
Five minutes from Elkridge, in Halethorpe, the tour concludes with a visit to an early 20th-century home and garden which is, according to tour director Mary Strow, "like a world of its own."
Ms. Strow said the homes were chosen for interesting architecture and beautiful gardens.
Buses will depart from Elkridge National Bank parking lot at 7290 Montgomery Road at 2 p.m., and will return at 6 p.m.
A rest stop and time for refreshments are provided.
Space on the bus is "almost" filled for tomorrow's tour.
The $12 tickets for the tour must be purchased in advance, and Ms. Strow suggests that people call her this evening to inquire about the availability of seats.
On Monday night several former Howard County performers will be back in town to perform in "A Labor of Love" benefit for the AIDS Alliance of Howard County at 7 p.m. in Smith Auditorium at Howard Community College in Columbia.
Carolyn Keleman, a choreographer and dance critic brought together dozens of performers for the show.
The benefit will feature actor/singer Betsy True, a Wilde Lake High School graduate. She is working in television and just finished a tour with "Les Miserables".
Other local performers include Robin Baxter, Rob Bowman, Ric Ryder, Bobby Smith, Rob McQuay, Robin Baxter, Gary Dieter, Scott Rink, Ethel Leslie and Kathy Ferguson.
Hap Erstein, a Washington-based television critic will serve as the emcee.
Some of the performers will do selections from local dinner theater productions, including "Pirates of Penzance," "Godspell," "Once On This Island" and "Nunsense II."
There also will be dance performances by international dancers Mark Mejia and Linda Kintz, and an African-Caribbean number.
The AIDS Alliance hopes to fill the auditorium's 450 seats and generate $10,000 for an emergency fund for AIDS patients to be used when a financial crisis arises.
General admission is $20; tickets for seniors over 65 and students 18 and under are $15.
Also on Monday, the Howard County Democratic Central Committee is sponsoring a Labor Day picnic from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lake Elkhorn Pavilion.
"The Democratic Central Committee does this every year. It's more of a get-together, rather than a fund-raiser. Although, we are trying to raise funds for the 1994 elections," said Heidi Gerzowski, coordinator of the 1993 Labor Day picnic.
The event will feature an auction of donated political items, including a framed sketch of two roses in a vase by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
Massachusetts Congressman Joseph Kennedy donated an autographed picture of himself, Maryland Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes has donated a group tour of the Capitol and a photo opportunity with him, Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin donated a flag that can be flown over the Capitol upon request and Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski donated a book about the Capitol.
The fee is $5 per person, $8 per couple and $15 per family.