AS DARKNESS comes earlier each evening, our festivals of lights begin.
The eight-day festival of Hanukkah starts this evening at sunset, when the first candle of the menorah is lighted.
Advent, with its wreaths, candles and symbols of hope, began Sunday.
I hope you celebrate your holiday in the joyful presence of family and friends.
Holly Bell bazaar
If you've missed some good church bazaars this fall, don't
Lisbon United Methodist Church's Holly Bell Bazaar begins at 8: 30 a.m. Saturday.
It's festive and classy -- a place to finish your holiday shopping in style. You'll find crafts of wood, glass, dried flowers and stitchery.
Have a picture taken with Santa, let the kids do a make-and-take project while you shop, or find a treasure in Granny's Attic.
The silent auction features items you'll want to bid on, including creations by local artisans. Have lunch in the country kitchen and feast on homemade chicken corn soup, vegetarian vegetable soup, salads and the pork and sauerkraut plate.
Don't miss the bake room with homemade candies packaged as gifts, jams, unusual home canned goods and baked goods.
Enjoy "Light One Candle," a concert of Christmas harp and organ music at 7: 30 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Lutheran Church in Woodbine.
Celtic harpist Kris Snyder and Calvary organist Jack Lauderdale will play carols and seasonal music at the church on Old Frederick Road.
Join church members and guests for a reception after the concert.
For more good music, purchase a compact disc from Glenelg High School's Symphonic Band, "Glenelg's Symphonic Band's Greatest Hits," now through Dec. 18, the day of the band's winter concert.
Performances retrace the band's best work from 1988 to the present and include music from concerts and competitions.
The $15 CD features 70 minutes of well-known music, sure to be a hit with current and former Glenelg students and fans of the Glenelg band.
Proceeds help support the band program.
Information: the music office, 313-5533.
News from Bushy Park
Bushy Park Elementary School's Junior Drama Club presents "Magic in the Toy Shop" at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the cafeteria.
Bring the whole family to one of these free performances.
Bushy Park's annual Bushy Bear Run and Walk brought parents out to volunteer and see their students compete.
Physical education teacher Gale Zitnay congratulates all the students who tried their best.
Many earned awards, including first-place runners Justin Frederick, Megan Branthover, Jennifer Cochran, Danny McMahon, Brendon McShea and Michelle Ewing.
Diana Pesce, Matt Geisler, Mallory Heinke, Laura Hubert, Matt Luedtke and Richard Selfridge earned second-place awards.
Thumbs up to Nevin Kumar of Glenelg High School who won a minority research apprenticeship in a competitive summer program sponsored by the University of Maryland Dental School.
Pub Date: 12/05/96