Barbara Patterson is the new site manager at the Forest Ridge Elementary School center run by the Department of Parks and Recreation, and she's busy organizing the perennially popular Baby Bazaar -- a flea market devoted to the needs of the preschool set.
Parents swamped by bath toys, high chairs, strollers, crib liners, swing chairs and all the other paraphernalia of infancy sell them off at good prices to parents of younger children. Then they spend the loot received buying play houses and tricycles better suited to toddlers. It's a good way to get children the stuff they need and want without breaking the First National Bank of Mom.
The Baby Bazaar will be held Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Forest Ridge Elementary on Gorman Road.
Tuesday, the Savage Community Association will hold a general meeting in Carroll Baldwin Hall to discuss the future of Savage Fest.
The annual two-day fair in June is the main fund-raiser for the community group. Hundreds of residents come by all weekend.
But it seems that the fairs have been not only making less money in the past two years but also have been run by the same group of exhausted volunteers.
The group would like more community participation in the planning and running of the event.
There is entertainment to be scheduled, programs to be written and collated, a parade to organize, games and rides to co-ordinate, publicity to arrange, craft booth applications to process and a zillion other jobs to do.
None of the jobs is onerous or difficult; many of them involve only a little time commitment. So, if anyone has enjoyed the fair in the past few years or is looking for an excuse to tell others what to do, come to the meeting Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
The community association also is looking to involve area community groups in the process. Scout troops, church groups, social service clubs, special interest hobby groups and others are especially invited to help make Savage Fest a true community event. Bring your best ideas and a commitment to volunteer in some capacity.
For decades, the late Marian Matthews was the librarian at the Savage community library when it was still housed in Carroll Baldwin Hall.
Dressed as Mother Goose, she regularly read stories to children. She also was a member of the Howard County Association for Family and Community Education for many years, enlivening the meetings of what was until recently known as the Savage Homemakers with her humor. Her recent death was a sad day for her many friends.
Association members have recently made storybook aprons, which members wear when they read stories to children at local sites. The group recently voted to name the program the "Marian Matthews Mother Goose Program" in honor of our much missed Mother Goose.
New Girl Scout troops are forming locally. Maribeth Donohue is recruiting both girls and adult leaders for the Forest Ridge
Elementary School cluster. Call her at (301) 490-5621. Carol Wetherill is scouting for girls at Hammond Elementary. Call her at (301) 497-6170.
Bill Waff, president of the Savage Community Association, points out that many of our local concerns are really area-wide ones. He sits on a committee made up of residents of all the areas south of Route 32 and east of U.S. 29.
Among the issues he sees affecting our region are support for area schools, including accessibility to them, expansion of open space areas and park space, resolution of storm water management problems, U.S. 1 improvements and long-term issues of land use, including historic preservation and density.
Anyone with views on these or other quality-of-life issues is welcome to call him. Call him at (301) 725-1089.
If the press of life has kept you from updating your children's vaccines, the Howard County Health Department has just made it easier to fulfill this important duty.
Sept. 27, Hammond High School will sponsor a free immunization clinic for the children of harried parents.
Preschoolers can get immunized there, too. Bring the children's vaccine records if you have them. The clinics will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The school's address is 8800 Guilford Road in
For more information about immunizations, parents can call the Health Department's southeast center at (410) 880-5888.