The Women of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church will kick off Pasadena's fall festival season tomorrow with the first Apple Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The festival will feature apple-theme items for sale, tables filled with the handmade creations by local artisans, exhibits from North Arundel Hospital, food, games and all-day entertainment -- from live bands to country line-dancing lessons.
For the youngsters, there will be pony rides, a moon bounce, apple bobbing and face painting.
A variety of goods and services will be open for bids until 4 p.m. in the silent auction.
The highlight of the festival will be the live auction, conducted by St. Andrew's crowd-pleaser, the Rev. Fred Ramsay, at 4 p.m.
"We have so many nice items to auction, it's amazing," said Mr. Ramsay. "Our church garage is packed."
Donated items up for auction include a hand-painted icon of the virgin and child, a "Waffen SS" dagger, a framed sheet of engraved stationary from the desk of former Panamanian
dictator Manuel Noriega, gilded porcelain, prints, paintings, etchings, Japanese ceramic wall pieces, fur coats, computers, stemware, silver-plated flatware, plus a wide variety of appliances from toasters to televisions to exercise equipment.
"We'll also have items in the auction that are strictly fun items geared to children," Mr. Ramsay said.
Proceeds will benefit church activities.
The church is at 7859 Tick Neck Road. For more information, call 255-1070.
The United Methodist Women of Pasadena United Methodist Church is sponsoring a free Child Assault Prevention Workshop on Sept. 16 at the church.
The workshop will be presented by Cathleen Thiemens, a Pasadena native who lives in Ohio and is the coordinator of the Child Assault Prevention Program (CAPP) in Ashland County, Ohio.
Participants will learn how to spot child abuse, how to respond, how to protect your child and how to empower children to protect themselves.
Breakfast will be served at 8 a.m.; the workshop starts at 9 a.m.
Reservations are necessary if you plan to attend the breakfast; they are not needed for just the workshop. Breakfast reservations must be made by Sunday by calling Kathy Willats, 969-6984.
The church is at 61 Ritchie Highway.
The Pasadena Sportfishing Group will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday Orchard Beach fire hall on Solley Road.
A number of speakers have been lined up for the meeting, said George Bentz, the group spokesman.
A representative from Boat US will explain the store's marine discount concept. The Department of Natural Resources will will have a representative on hand to present the state's new marine waste dumping program.
The highlight of the evening will be an appearance by 13-year-old Devin Nolan, who will talk about his recent landing of the state's biggest rockfish -- 67 pounds, 8 ounces!
Devin also will bring along a mounted replica of his catch to show fellow anglers.
Other items on the agenda include award presentations to the winners of the white perch contest and the fishing rodeo, and an auction.
Before the meeting, Orchard Beach volunteers will be selling a $3.50 platter featuring hot beef, mashed potatoes, gravy and a vegetable. Other food and refreshments will also be on sale throughout the evening.
Membership in the group is free and open to fishermen of all ages. No dues are charged.
For more details, call George Bentz, 255-3678.