Crafts bazaar comes just in time for early holiday shopping


Local artists and craftsmen will be the featured attractions this Saturday at a Holiday Crafts Bazaar in the Running Brook Neighborhood Center. This is a great opportunity to get an early jump on the holiday season.

"We have some excellent crafts people who will be displaying a variety of handcrafted items," says Laurie Gift, who has helped coordinate the event. "I'm really happy by what we'll have to offer, and I think the people who attend will be pleased, too."

Among those displaying and selling their goods will be Columbia craftsman Ed Kidera. His garden bells have received accolades at many juried crafts shows, including the recent Sugarloaf Crafts Festival at the Timonium Fairgrounds.

His wife, artist Brenda Kidera, will offer prints of her watercolor paintings. Her original watercolors have hung in galleries throughout the area. One of her better known paintings is "Cousins." A limited-edition print of this watercolor will be raffled.

Also present will be Tom Grasberger, displaying a large sampling of his distinctive, hand-crafted birdhouses, and Barbara Helfenbein, of Flowers of Distinction, presenting her lovely floral arrangements.

Other crafts items will include woven baskets, pottery, hand-painted tee shirts, embroidery, afghans and hand-made hair accessories.

There also will be gourmet coffee, mulled apple cider, and tasty baked goods.

Proceeds from the crafts bazaar will help supports activities at the Running Brook Children's Nursery.

The Neighborhood Center is located at 5730 Columbia Road, directly behind the 7-Eleven store. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, please call Laurie Gift at (410) 298-5134.


Almost every parent will agree there are drug and alcohol problems among today's young people. However, most parents will also add, "but not with my kids."

"Not My Kids!" is the title of a program to be presented by the Howard County Health Department at the Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Beaverkill Road, on Oct. 27, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

"Denial is common among parents," says Jonathan Hobbs, of the Howard County Addictions Services Center. "Most parents refuse to accept the possibility that their children may be experimenting with drugs or alcohol."

The program's guest speaker will be Phyllis Uterback, of the Howard County Department of Education. She will discuss a recent survey of drug, alcohol and tobacco use among adolescents in Maryland, the increasing problem in Howard County, and what parents can do to help solve the problem.

"Copies of the survey will be available to parents attending the program," says Mr. Hobbs. "I think the figures alone will open some eyes to the problem."

Mr. Hobbs recommends the program for all parents.

Free baby-sitting will be available.

To register for the "Not My Kids" program, call Mr. Hobbs at 465-6600.


Be sure to circle Nov. 4, on your calendar so you will remember an exciting attraction coming for one day only to Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Green.

Both kids and parents will enjoy the production of the classic Grimms' fairy tale, "Hansel and Gretel" presented by the Vagabond Puppet Theatre, the largest touring marionette theater group in the United States.

There will be two performances, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Each show is 45 minutes long.

Following the show, the puppeteers will give demonstrations in the art of marionette puppetry and answer questions from the audience.

Tickets are $4 per person and are available at Slayton House, in Wilde Lake Village Green. Pre-registration is required. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

For additional information, call Slayton House program director Carole Black, at 730-3987.


And, also at Slayton House -- "Wilde Bingo Night!"

It sounds like a big night of fun and games. If you like bingo, Slayton House is definitely the place to be this Friday night. The action starts at 7:30 p.m. So, put your game shoes on, and that lucky charm in your pocket and come on down.

There will be lots of cash prizes and door prizes, and plenty of refreshments. Bingo game cards will be distributed at the door.

Reservations are not required and everyone is welcome.

For more information, call Sharon Lea, the special events coordinator at Slayton House at 730-3987.


Wilde Lake resident Alice Courtney spent a week in Spain, where she visited with her daughter, Joanna White-Courtney.

Ms. White-Courtney, who is currently a graduate student at Fairleigh Dickinson University, joined her mother for a vacation in Barcelona, before they returned home together.

Ms. White-Courtney spent the summer with several Basque families in the Pyrenees Mountains, where she was gathering information for her master's thesis.


The Lorien Nursing Center, 6334 Cedar Lane, is in need of volunteers.

Especially needed are people for the "Adopt a Grandparent" and "Special Friend" visitors programs. Volunteers for these programs are encouraged to form close, one-on-one, relationships with residents of the nursing home. These particular programs may require some extra effort on the part of volunteers, but they are also very rewarding.

Volunteers are also needed to coordinate arts and crafts groups, lead exercise classes and direct topical discussion groups.

Other needs include a manicurist, and several people to help deliver mail to the nursing home residents.

For information, call volunteer coordinator Yolanda Walton at 531-5300, Ext. 221.

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