Fall festival time continues in the Pasadena area with several great opportunities for shopping, food and family fun.
The parish of St. Jane Frances de Chantel in Riviera Beach will hold its first Fabulous Fall Festival for three days through Sunday. The festival will be open from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. tomorrow and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, rain or shine.
"This is the first time in 30 years that we have attempted to have a carnival," said Kathy Dungan, event coordinator. "It's been a challenge, but with everyone's help, it will be a fun and successful time for our parish."
Carnival rides for kids and adults will be in the rear parking lot. Inside the parish hall will be plant, cake and money wheels, a super book sale featuring adult and children's books, a silent auction with more than 35 items to bid on, good food, beer and refreshments. Dawson DJ will provide music to spend money by.
Feel lucky? Then you won't want to miss taking a chance on winning $1,000 or maybe taking home one of six baseballs autographed by Oriole greats Cal Ripken, Brady Anderson, Mike Mussina, Chris Hoiles, Frank Robinson or the entire '93 Orioles team.
Raffle drawings are set for Sunday evening.
Tonight is ride-all-night-for-one- price night. Two-dollar discount coupons are available at several local stores.
Proceeds will benefit parish projects.
Monsters, ghouls and ghosts, plus a few surprises, will be in attendance at the annual Halloween Haunted Trail and Castle at Downs Park from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight and tomorrow. The event is accessible to the handicapped.
For youngsters in your crowd, a friendly ghost area will feature face painters, McGruff the Crime Dog and Sparky the Fire Dog.
Tickets are $2 a person. Advance tickets may be purchased at the main gate or information center. Tickets will be sold at the main entrance to the Haunted Castle tonight and tomorrow evenings.
No one will be admitted to the park after 9 p.m. Visitors in line at 9 p.m. will be admitted to the castle and trail. No costumed or masked visitors will be admitted.
Start your Saturday morning with hot cakes and sausages tomorrow at the annual Lake Shore Rotary Club's breakfast at Mount Carmel United Methodist Church, 4760 Mountain Road.
Breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. by members of Chesapeake High School's Interact Club.
White elephant items will be sold.
Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children. Proceeds will benefit Rotarian community service projects.
The Pasadena Elementary PTA is sponsoring a flea market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at the school, 105 Spruce Ave.
Shopping bargains, food, sodas and baked goods will be available.
The Buccaneers Athletic Club is sponsoring basketball registration and skills clinics from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 31, at the Northeast High School gym on Duvall Highway.
Openings on county and intramural basketball teams are available for boys and girls 7 through 14.
The cost is $35 for one child, $10 for each additional child.
Basketball registrations will also be accepted from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Bucs' new building, on the front football field at Sunset Elementary, Fort Smallwood Road.
Information: 255-7229 or 255-7691.
Next week is Homecoming Week at Chesapeake High School.
Chesapeake's Student Government Association has come up with contests between classes, theme days to encourage participation and a spirit pep rally to promote school unity.
Spirit Week theme day activities kick off on Monday with Ugly Tie Day. Chivalrous knights and damsels in distress will be the rule for Tuesday's Renaissance Day. Plaids of every hue will be the required threads for Plaid Day on Wednesday. Long hair, love beads and just about anything polyester -- including dad's old leisure suit -- will fit the bill for '60s-'70s Day Thursday. Friday will be the day to wear blue and gold for School Spirit Day.
On Wednesday, students will vote on homecoming king and queen, with winners to be announced at the game.
Friday's activities will focus on getting charged up for the evening's football game between the Chesapeake Cougars and the Glen Burnie Gophers. A pep rally is planned for 1 p.m. A pregame parade is also planned.
The game will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Rhodes Stadium. Admission is $3.
Topping the week's celebration will be the homecoming dance, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday in the student center. The night's theme is a remake of that old Elvis hit "Can't Help Falling in Love," by UB40. Tickets are $8 each and are available in advance only.
Shoppers at Lauer's Edwin Raynor Super Thrift will take home drug awareness messages on their grocery bags next week, thanks to students at Jacobsville Elementary.
Close to 800 bags were decorated by kids and delivered to the store through this PTA-coordinated project.
"Our children want to pass the message onto the community about how they feel about drugs," PTA president Jane Riedy said.
The human relations committee at Lake Shore Elementary is sponsoring a seed-guessing contest for students during October.
Eddie's Produce on Mountain Road donated the monster pumpkin and each Lake Shore kid can submit his or her guess-timate. Grade-level winners will receive a holiday treat and certificate.
Children at Riviera Beach, Solley and Sunset elementaries are collecting canned good for the Kids Helping Kids/Harvest for the Hungry program this month. All food collected will be donated to a local food bank. Last year at Sunset Elementary, students collected 3,200 pounds of food.
Donations can be dropped off at school during regular school hours.
Students at Fort Smallwood Elementary will be entertained at 2 p.m. Thursday with tales of the Arabian Nights, presented by the Children's Theatre.
The cultural arts program is sponsored by the school's PTA.