I've lost control of time. Surely, it was just a couple of weeks ago that school started and only yesterday that trick-or-treaters were at the door. Months fly off the calendar like a blizzard in my kitchen, and minutes and hours pile up in the corners like early December snow.
But, where is the bitter cold of yesteryear? I hardly need a heavy coat, much less thick muffler and boots.
It's holiday bazaar time in Central County:
* This Saturday, investigate every nook and cranny filled with crafts at the St. Martin's in the Field Episcopal Church annual spectacular.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information: 647-6248.
* The American Cancer Society Discovery Shop plans its Christmas open house and holiday craft bazaar this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featured will be jewelry from the Bead Lady.
Discovery Shop is in the Didonato Shopping Plaza on Ritchie Highway, north of Macey's Corner. Information: 544-0568.
* The annual Holiday Crafts Fair is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Anne Arundel Community College.
Sponsored by the student association, the fair features the work of college and community artisans. Information: 541-2480.
The Severna Park Assistance Network (SPAN) needs help with its Holiday Sharing program.
This year, more than ever, county families are in need of money, food and new toys. You can give a single gift or sponsor an entire family. There was a shortage of donated turkeys at Thanksgiving, so you might consider supplying a bird or two for Christmas.
The deadline for Christmas donations is Dec. 16.
All donations will be packed and distributed on Dec. 23 in space provided by Park Plaza.
Located behind Our Shepherd Lutheran Church on Benfield Road, SPAN is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
The Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra will conduct second-semester auditions for musicians ages 11 to 18 next Thursday.
The orchestra is particularly interested in musicians who play the bass viola, trombone and French horn, although all will be considered. Upon receipt of a completed application, musicians will receive the time and place of their audition.
The Chesapeake Symphony String Orchestra also will be auditioning musicians ages 9 and older next Thursday.
For information about either orchestra, call Kathleen Silk at 647-7182.
The Bereavement Center of Hospice of the Chesapeake is planning a retreat for professionals who work in any setting with the dying or bereaved.
Scheduled for Jan. 13 and 14, the retreat will be at the Bon Secours Spiritual Center, Marriottsville.
A fee of $100 covers food, lodging and all materials. Registration is required by Dec. 27. Call Betty Asplund at 987-2003.
This Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at Anne Arundel Community College see a performance of modern, hip-hop, jazz and tap dance.
Based on popular and show music, the dances showcase the choreography of company director Lynda Fitzgerald, guest choreographer Mary Williford and six community college students.
Admission is $5 for the public. Call 541-2756. For disabled accommodations, call 541-2307 at least 72 hours in advance.