Ellicott City's Waverly Elementary School has planned a fun day to raise funds from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
It's the fifth annual fall festival, featuring children's games, pumpkin decorating, scarecrow making and creating children's crafts.
Ten local craft people will sell their wares and the PTA will sell large pots of chrysanthemums for $3.50 apiece.
Children may join a sock hop, complete with laser show, dance contest and bubbles with Creative DJs. Or they can watch Columbia Gymnastics students demonstrate their skills.
In addition, Mark Cohen will bring animals from his collection for a "Zoo Show" from noon to 2 p.m. At 2 p.m., Mount Hebron High School's Marching Unit will perform.
Amateur archaeologist Tim Miller will present a Fossil Find, using artifacts he retrieved from a recent dig in Calvert County. Kids can dig through sand to find a bona fide fossil. Look for the fossil find in the gazebo.
Festival chairwoman June Hackman and her committee invite the community to the event.
All Ellicott City and Elkridge residents were saddened when Kathleen Johnston was stabbed last week.
Of course, while she still suffers physically, our feelings of fear and sorrow are with her.
Please remember that we're with you, Kathleen, as you recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Sept. 19 saw the repetition of a new Ellicott City tradition: the annual reunion of Howard County High School's Classes of 1940 and 1941.
The Class of 1940 has gathered for four years consecutively, joined last year by the Class of 1941.
Mary Grimes, Class of '41, says, "Last year we were a little stiff. This year we knew everybody, and we just had so much fun. Lord willing, we'll have it again next year."
Far-flung Class of '40 graduates in attendance this year included Marjorie Johnson Kimbro from Altamont, Fla.; Kittie Kirn O'Neill and Mark O'Neill, Class of '38; Lucille Delosier Lambert from Farmingdale, Maine; and Billie Gardner from Virginia.
Thirty-eight class members attended the reunion.
Elkridge's Trinity Episcopal Church has for many years run a Gift and Thrift Shop at the corner of Waterloo Road, Route 108 and Old Montgomery Road.
The Thrift Shop is open for business Tuesday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drop into the shop and buy, or bring donations of unwanted items.
Trinity's women are setting up a Christmas display to provide low-cost holiday decorations.
Profits from the Thrift Shop will go into a fund to enlarge and improve the Sunday school building.
I neglected to put the Friends of the Library's Friendship Drive in my column.
The Friendship Drive was Sept. 25.
Although the drive is over, the need for more members hasn't changed. The Friends want to earn $10,000 by year's end to gain a National Endowment for the Humanities dollar-for-dollar matching grant.
The plan for the money is to enhance computer links between libraries in the system.
Frank Chase, vice president of the Friends of the Library, believes the county does an excellent job with the library. Consider all the use that county students, businesses, leisure readers and researchers give to our library system.
Even with downturns in the economy, the library continues as an important force in the community.
An individual can join the Friends for $10. A family can join for $15, a business for $25 and a student or senior for $5.
For information about supporting the Friends of the Library, pick up an application at your neighborhood library's information desk.
Information: Mr. Chase at 992-9304.
Dorsey Search Women's Foundation will sponsor its annual Children's Items Consignment Sale Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Dunloggin Middle School.
If you want to sell articles on consignment, price and deliver the items Friday, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Items on sale include children's clothing to size 12, maternity clothes, toys, books, baby equipment and juvenile furniture.
The club will split the proceeds 50-50. All profits will go to charity. Information: 461-7826.
The Friends of Whipps Cemetery thanks neighbors who donated plants, flea market items and priced items for its September yard sale.
Special appreciation to Mac Whittemore for posting signs throughout the community and to those who helped on sale days: Betty Magagna, Mary Thompson, Doris Guercio, Ellen Oppenheimer, Nancy Whitelock, Jo Ann Dodge and Marion Dodge.
The sale netted $1,002, allowing the group to continue gravestone repair at Whipps Cemetery and to help pay for the removal of three, 75-foot storm-damaged trees.
Columbia Hills/Meadowbrook Farms will hold a general membership meeting today at 8 p.m. at Epiphany Lutheran Church.
Residents will be polled concerning the reopening of the community's Route 29 exit, and officers will be elected.
Howard County historian Joetta Cramm will give three presentations this fall, sharing the fruits of her historical research.
From noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 18, eat lunch at the Furnace Inn in Elkridge while enjoying a slide presentation on Elkridge's history.
The Furnace Inn is an extensively restored furnace house that now serves as a meeting center and restaurant. Lunch and presentation are included for $18.
Go west (to western Howard County) Nov. 5 to learn about old mills, homes, churches and communities. This school bus tour runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and is narrated by Ms. Cramm. Sites include Alberton Mill, Judge Thomas B. Dorsey's Mount Hebron, Union Chapel, Glenelg and Old Frederick Turnpike. The morning's tour costs $10.
A two-hour walking tour will take you from Hill Street, up Court Avenue and along Main Street to discover more of Historic Ellicott City than ordinarily meets the eye.
The walking tour will start at 10 a.m. Nov. 12.
Ms. Cramm, author of the "Walking Tour of Ellicott City," will be your guide. The tour costs $5.
Information: Howard County Recreation and Parks at 313-7254 or 313-2762.
Bon Secours School of Nursing Alumnae Association will sponsor a trip to New York City Dec. 3.
Buses will depart from Security Square Mall at 7 a.m. and return to Baltimore at 11 p.m. The $70 charge includes the bus transportation and a Christmas Show at Radio City Music Hall at 3 p.m.
The balance of the day is free for shopping, visiting museums and enjoying the sights.
You'll be spending the day with some of the 300 graduates of Bon Secours Nursing School. The Bon Secours empire includes the downtown hospital, Heartlands retirement community in Ellicott City and Bon Secours retreat center in Marriottsville.
Community members are welcome to join them for the trip to the Big Apple. Information: Donna Jacobsen at 945-0920.
Manor Woods Elementary School announces its Gifted and Talented program orientation today at 7 p.m.
Tomorrow at 7 p.m., the PTA's executive board will meet in the media center.
Parents are welcome to attend.