Gas up the car and visit your friendly ATM machine for a quick infusion of cash for holiday bazaar shopping this weekend in the Pasadena area.
The United Methodist Women at Pasadena United Methodist church is sponsoring its annual Country Bazaar from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at the church, 61 Ritchie Highway.
Crafts, including Christmas items, ceramics and jewelry will be available.
The country store will feature homemade sausage, fresh fruits and vegetables, spices, potpourri, decorations and gift baskets.
An assortment of delicious home baked cookies, cakes, breads and candies will be available in the Sweete Shoppe.
Tomorrow, young visitors can shop at St. Nicholas Nook for inexpensive gifts for family and friends. The Pocket Lady will circulate through the crowd offering surprises to youngsters who dip into her apron. Santa also will accept wish lists from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow. Bring your own camera for snapshots.
Tonight's dinner menu will feature homemade soups, tossed salad, desserts and beverages.
Saturday's menu will feature homemade soups, hot dogs, sloppy joes and homemade pumpkin and apple pies.
Proceeds will benefit UMW service projects.
* St. Jane Frances School will hold a holiday craft boutique from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow in the school hall on Virginia Avenue.
Forty crafters will participate, offering gifts, home decor items, furniture, paintings, picture mugs, custom embroidered monograms and folk art items.
Sister Mary's Country Kitchen will offer an assortment of cakes, pies, breads and candies.
Chances for a Thanksgiving dinner basket, including a turkey and all the fixings, will be sold 10 for $1. Chances on a craft $$ tombola also will be available.
Hot dogs, beef barbecue, cold cut subs and drinks also will be on sale for hungry shoppers.
* The United Methodist Women at Faith United Methodist Church, 905 Duvall Highway, is sponsoring a country kitchen fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at the church.
Crafts, baked goods and a variety of home-style soups, lovingly made and donated by congregation members, will be offered for sale. Food carryouts will be available.
Information: Bev Kinder, 255-5902.
The newly formed Northeast Soccer Club is sponsoring a breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Stonebridge Restaurant, 8238 Fort Smallwood Road.
Diners can choose from the restaurant's morning menu, with proceeds benefiting the club. "This is our first fund raiser and we're very happy that the owner, Leigh Mattson, offered us this opportunity," club spokesman Mary Ellen Blunt said.
Proceeds will benefit the boys and girls soccer programs at Northeast High School.
Information: 255-7989 or 360-2928.
Public schools in the Pasadena area invite parents to observe their children working and learning next week during American Education Week.
Each school has scheduled visitations to help ease congestion, and all have asked parents to leave younger children at home to avoid distractions. If you plan on visiting a high school or middle school, bring a copy of your child's class schedule.
Check with your local school for visiting hours, dates and more details.
Parents in the Chesapeake High School feeder system are invited to attend two meetings next week at the school.
At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium, Mike Raible, director of planning and construction for the Board of Education, will present proposals for space utilization and program equity in the feeder system.
A few alternatives to relieve overcrowding at area elementaries include realigning the grade organization from the present K-5 and 6-8 to K-4 and 5-8 and establishing a new elementary school in excess space available at Chesapeake Bay Middle School.
"We encourage parents to attend," said Jane Riedy, Jacobsville Elementary PTA president. "Their suggestions and thoughts on the plan are important."
At 7 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium, parents can attend an overview of county policies on sexual harassment and child abuse.
* The Chesapeake guidance department will present a workshop on college search and financial aid from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the student center.
Counselor Edie Picken will present the first part of the program, focusing on the dos and don'ts of searching for a college, money sources, college comparisons and campus visitations.
Mark Lindenmeyer, director of financial aid at Loyola College, will offer his expertise on securing aid and filling out the dreaded FAF, financial aid form.
Parents and their college-bound students are encouraged to attend.
The Northeast High School PTSA will have a general working committee meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the media center.
Parents are invited to attend. Information: 437-6400.
Students at St. Jane Frances School will be treated to a visit by renowned inventor and statesman Ben Franklin Wednesday when Living History Productions and actor Ed Whitehead appear.
Performances are set for 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
very pleased to bring this program to our students," Assistant Principal Rene Hammond said. "It offers history in an entertaining, educational and inspirational live theatrical presentation."
Space aficionados are invited to attend a talk on the Hubble space telescope at 8:45 a.m. Sunday at Pasadena United Methodist Church. The program is being sponsored by the United Methodist Men.
Daniel Holoubek from NASA will offer the presentation, focusing on the current and future benefits of the Hubble telescope.
"Mr. Holoubek has been involved in the program since 1987 and we feel that this is a timely subject due to the planned repair mission scheduled for early December," UMW spokesman George McCready said.
The Lake Shore Democratic Club will meet at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the club house, 236 Maryland Avenue.
Guest speaker for the evening will be State Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein.
The community is invited to attend. Information: 437-2526.
The Stoney Creek Democratic Club will celebrate its 59th anniversary with a special party from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 21 at its Fort Smallwood Road club house.
Admission to the party is free for club members and $7 each for friends and guests. Dancing, food, snacks, beer and sodas are included.
Information and table reservations: Emma Thomas, 255-1426.