The Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights begins a new year with a tea at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the clubhouse on Hammonds Ferry Road. The theme is "Smiles Around the World: Operation Smile International."
Operation Smile, headquartered in Norfolk, Va., is an organization that provides reconstructive surgery for children in developing countries and American children who are from poor families or are uninsured.
Since 1982 when the organization was founded, more than 12,500 children with cleft palate and lip deformities, tumors, orthopedic problems and scars from burns have been helped, according to the organization.
Those who attend the tea will learn more about the program and are asked to bring articles to fill "Smile" bags for children who undergo surgery. Each bag will contain a 6-ounce tube of shampoo, small bar of soap, washcloth, mirror, hairbrush or comb, small stuffed animal, toothbrush, 3- to 4-ounce tube of toothpaste, pack of crayons, pencil and pen, small toy and coloring book. The club wants to fill 100 bags.
New members Darlene Gilligan, Madeline Hornung, Mary Schrock, Sandra Shupe, Anne Skillman, Kathryn Smigal, Mary Young and Vicky Zephir will be installed by Jane Bond, first vice president.
Order blanks for holiday gift wrap and the club's cookbook, "Sharing Our Best," will be available.
After lunch, members will gather outside the clubhouse for dedication of the President's Tree, which was planted to honor all past presidents.
This meeting is open to the public and prospective members. For more information, please call Marge Holmes at 859-5939.
A pancake and sausage breakfast with all the pancakes you can eat will be held from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Ferndale Fire Hall. The breakfast is sponsored by the Anne Arundel Alarmers Association Inc. Proceeds will go toward the work of the organization.
The breakfast costs $3. Eggs are extra.
The fire hall is at Broadview Boulevard and First Avenue South.
Ferndale resident Carol Wagner, owner of Forever Yours, will be offering classes on preserving flowers and instructions on how to make a dried hydrangea wreath at her shop on Crain Highway.
The schedule of classes is: Dried Hydrangea Wreath -- Sept. 20, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Flower Preserving -- Sept. 23, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Dried Hydrangea Wreath --Oct. 4, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Those attending the flower preserving class are asked to bring a notebook, pencil and a 10-inch round cake tin. The $45 tuition includes fresh flowers to dry and 6 pounds of silica gel.
All materials are included in the $75 cost for the dried hydrangea wreath. Besides clusters of hydrangeas, the wreath is filled with lemon leaves, cockscomb, sunflowers, nigelia, poppy pods, pink larkspur and caspia. Bring a glue gun and wire cutters. A sample of this wreath is on display at the shop.
Elaine Collins of Joyanne Wreaths will teach the the wreath classes.
For questions or to reserve a space, call 768-9565, or 421-1469.
The Notables, the entertainment group from the American Association of Retired Persons, chapter 3850, will begin its fall schedule of engagements with a concert Friday at the Charlestown Retirement Center. The group holds weekly rehearsals to prepare for the many performances it will give through Christmas.
If you would like to join the group, attend one of the rehearsals from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Christopher's Church, or call the director, Charles Haslup, at 859-1850.
* Rally Day at St. Christopher's Church will begin with a church service at 10 a.m. Sunday. There will be plenty of food, fun and games for the children after the service.
St. Christopher's is off West Maple Road between Camp Meade and Hammonds Ferry roads.
Religion teachers at St. Philip Neri School and Confraternity of Christian Doctrine will receive their commissioning as teachers at the 5 p.m. Mass on Saturday and 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
Registrations for all children who will be at least 3 years old by Dec. 31 is being accepted in the Religion Center. There are vacancies in all levels through 12th grade. The center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., or call 859-0249 to register.
* New customers who place a minimum $20 order with the St. Philip Neri Market Day-Food Cooperative Fund-raiser this month will receive a free pound of ground beef. Simply mark the "new customer" box on the order, which is due tomorrow. The pickup is from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 26.
For more information, please call Cindy Showalter at 768-1365.