The days around Mother's Day are beautiful. Dogwoods and azaleas enliven the landscape, and the world seems full of hope. Several churches in our area have plans to help you honor your mother Sunday.
Calvary Lutheran Church will hold its annual mother-daughter banquet at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets are $4 for children ages 6 through 12 and $7 for adults.
The side-splittingly funny entertainment portion of the banquet, called "Calvary Gets Culture?" will be repeated at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the church. Tickets are $2 for children and $3 for adults. Call 489-5280.
The United Methodist Men of Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church are cooking for the ladies at a mother-daughter banquet at the church at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The Hopkins United Methodist Church Choir will provide the entertainment. Call 531-5653.
Men from Jennings Chapel United Methodist Church will prepare a Mother's Day breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday at the church. Call 489-7185.
At Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church in Glenwood, church members will honor mothers at a coffee fellowship after the 10 a.m. worship service. Call 442-1204.
If the mom in your house likes plants, you can choose many for her this weekend. West Friendship Elementary School's PTA will hold a plant sale behind the school tomorrow from noon until 6 p.m. Buy colorful flowering bedding plants and vegetables for the garden in six-packs or small pots. Hanging baskets of geraniums, ferns, petunias, impatiens and black-eyed Susan vines are on sale for $9 and $12. Bright red geraniums in 4-inch pots are ready for the garden at a bargain price of $2.50 each. The PTA even has New Guinea impatiens and perennials for sale.
Gethsemane Baptist Church's Youth Group will hold a plant sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in front of the Ten Oaks Shopping Center in Glenelg. To defray the cost of their summer youth group trips, the group will sell bedding plants, flowers, vegetables and hanging baskets.
Lisbon United Methodist Church will hold its Spring Thing Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church on Route 144 in Lisbon. There you can buy handmade crafts, antiques, curios, household goods, collectibles and bushels of plants.
If you need mulch for your garden, call 442-1207 to reserve as much as you want. Stay for a lunch of delicious home-cooked food, and take home scrumptious baked goods from the kitchens of church members.
If you want local entertainment that is as classy as it can be, take your mother to the Glenelg High School Dessert Theatre tonight, tomorrow or Saturday. The 7 p.m. curtain begins an evening of theater in the round, with singing, acting, dancing and drama. You will enjoy scenes and vignettes, and some of your favorite commercial breaks, presented by the Glenelg drama students. Watch for "Media Blitz," with spoofs of television and movies. Intermission brings a dessert buffet with luscious homemade goodies, some made by the students who will perform. Tickets )) cost $6 and are available from any drama student or at the door.
Avoid crowded restaurants Sunday. Take mom to dinner Saturday between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the 5th District Volunteer Fire Department in Clarksville. Enjoy roast beef, gravy, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, green beans, rolls and butter, dessert, coffee and tea for $9 for adults and $4.50 for children. The Fire Department is at Routes 108 and 32 in Clarksville.
Prom night Saturday for Glenelg High juniors and seniors at the Lord Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore was a great success. Glenelg's Students Helping Other People (SHOP) encouraged students to pledge to be drug- and alcohol-free on prom night.
Each day for a month, youngsters manned a table in the cafeteria where students could sign the prom pledge. Students Against Drunk Driving, led by President Phuong Dam, handed out cards with numbers of cab companies and with quarters attached so that everyone could get home safely.
Glenelg High School sophomore Dan Green is an honor student, an all-star linebacker and a young man with dreams. He wants to be an electrical engineer, and he will study a pre-engineering program as a fellow at Southern University this summer. Saturday, he joined Glenwood Middle School science teacher Bonnie Palmer in Operation Skyway, an aviation careers "fly-in" for students and teachers at the Easton Airport.
Mrs. Palmer flew to Easton in a Cessna with volunteer pilot E. D. Onion of Sykesville. Dan took his first flight in a small plane with volunteer pilot Roy Michaelson. At the airport in Easton, Dan and Mrs. Palmer joined students and teachers who flew in from throughout Maryland to tour displays on careers and opportunities in avionics.
Mount View Middle School seventh-graders Tracey Malarkey and Tracy Goss are working on an independent research project on alcohol abuse. Their goals are to produce a public service announcement for television and to inform others of the problems resulting from alcohol abuse. The two invited state Sen. Christopher J. McCabe to visit the seventh grade.
Tomorrow, Mr. McCabe; Bonnie Cook, local president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving; and Howard County police Officer Sue Goldman will speak about alcohol abuse to the entire seventh grade. Glenn Scimonelli, a producer in the Howard County Public Schools Communications Department, has helped the girls produce their announcement, according to gifted and talented resource teacher Lorraine Quinn.
The Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Glenwood resident Angelo Gatto, will present the final concert of its season at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Fine and Performing Arts Theater at Catonsville Community College, 800 S. Rolling Road in Catonsville. The concert will feature guest soloist Jeff Silberschlag performing a Haydn trumpet concerto.
Tickets are $8 general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens. Call 442-5645.