Church's fall bazaar Sept. 17 will benefit home missions program


Now that fall is unofficially here, my thoughts turn reluctantly to house repairs.

An astonishing number of things need to be flushed, nailed, painted and cleaned before winter. So I'm writing lists of stuff to buy at the hardware store. The lists are endless.

My budget isn't. So, it's decision time.

And I've rediscovered the 20/80 rule. The 20/80 rule states that 20 percent of the tools do 80 percent of the jobs. My desk set has a stapler, ruler, pen, protractor, compass, eraser, letter opener, tape dispenser, scissors, calculator and paper clips.

I write with the pen and eraser.

My kitchen shelves are stuffed with double boilers, muffin tins, fish steamers and graduated sizes of frying pans and pots. I cook dinner in the large frying pan and the medium pot.

Using this reasoning, I ought to just buy the most useful 20 percent of gadgets, such as screwdrivers, pliers, a saw. Hammers don't quite make the grade, as I can use the back end of the pliers to bang in loose nails.

I'll have a very unusual tool box.


The First Baptist Church of Guilford holds its annual Fall Bazaar Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The proceeds benefit the home missions program, which helps local families with groceries and necessities.

Later that day, the men and women's day committee sponsors a crab feast from noon to 5 p.m. to benefit the church.

Come feast on the bounty of the Chesapeake and the goodwill of your neighbors for only $11. There are no dishes to clean up after, either.

The church is at 7504 Oakland Mills Road near Guilford Elementary School. Call (310) 792-7096.


The Savage Branch of the Howard County Library is sponsoring a five-part reading and discussion series, "Portraits of Family Life." Participants will read such works as "Ordinary People," "A Raisin in the Sun" and "During the Reign of the Queen of Persia."

The series runs from Sept. 20 to Nov. 15 on alternate Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

Call (410) 880-5980 for information and to register.

As always, the library will accommodate patrons with special needs, but do give the library five days' notice to get any equipment needed.


Patuxent Valley Middle School will hold its back to school night Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria. Parents are encouraged to come and see the school. They will run through a brief version of their children's schedule that evening.


Montpelier Cultural Arts Center hosts a Jazz Festival this fall with seven concerts featuring renowned quintets and soloists.

The series opens Sept. 16 with the Phil Woods Quintet featuring saxophone player Phil Woods. Mr. Woods, a 40-year veteran of the jazz scene, is among the top alto saxophonists currently playing.

The performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets for this one performance are $15.

In addition to the concert, Mr. Woods will offer a free workshop at 3 p.m. the same day. Reservations are necessary for this free workshop. Call the mansion.

The jazz series continues this fall with performances by the Keter Betts Quartet, the Buck Hill Quartet, Rhumba Club, Ronnie Wells and Ron Ellison Quintet, Sir Roland Hanna and David Yarborough, and the Ron Holloway Quartet.

Tickets are $15 for each performance or $75 for the entire series.

The math majors among you realize this is a seven for the price of five sale, or a $30 savings.

To get to the center, take the 197 exit off 295, at 12826 Laurel-Bowie Road in Laurel.

Call the Center at (410) 792-0664, or (301) 953-1993 for details and directions.


Is your playful pup a doggone nuisance?

Turn your raving canine into a cuddly beast by attending the dog obedience course at Forest Ridge School Recreation Center.

Instructor Marianne Hein will help you tame your savage creature in only six weeks. The course is held Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. beginning Thursday. The cost is $33. Bring your pup and a scoop for accidents.

Information: 313-2762 or text telephone 313-2723.


The Department of Parks and Recreation is offering ballroom dancing classes this fall. Look like Astaire and Rogers on the dance floor New Year's Eve, gliding gracefully through the tango, waltz and foxtrot. Find out why the waltz and tango were banned in more restrained times.

The classes, which meet for six weeks and last 90 minutes each, are at 7 p.m. beginning Sept. 9 and Nov. 4 at the Forest Ridge Recreation School Center. They also will be held on Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 28, at Hammond High School. The cost is $53 per couple.

Information: 313-2762 or text telephone 313-2723.

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