YOUR HOME COULD be the last stop on an incredible journey for the Winter Wonderland Express. All you need is the winning raffle ticket in the fifth annual Train Garden Benefit for the North County Emergency Outreach Network.
A $1 donation buys a chance for the grand prize, a 4-foot by 6-foot garden platform complete with Lionel Holiday Trolley & Christmas set, transformers and scenery. Other prizes include a .027 Lionel/Crayola train set, HO gauge train sets, an N gauge train set and a $20 gift certificate.
The complete train garden is on display at the Glen Burnie Mall from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays until the drawing at 8 p.m. Dec. 23.
Four mini-gardens also are on display at Ben Franklin's Crafts and the Medicine Shoppe in the 8500 block of Fort Smallwood Road, Arundel Federal Savings and Loan in the 4100 block of Mountain Road and Lauer's Super Thrift in the 8000 block of Edwin Raynor Boulevard. Chances can be purchased at those locations.
The raffle, sponsored by Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Pasadena, Glen Burnie Mall and dozens of area merchants, has raised more than $20,000 over the last four years for NCEON, a non- profit network of area churches that provides emergency funds and food to needy families in North County.
The Winter Wonderland Express' trip to the mall began last summer when volunteers began building the platforms in Margaret Pugh's basement in Rivera Beach.
A member of Emmanuel Lutheran and a volunteer for NCEON, Pugh has seen first-hand the dedication of the volunteers who donated their time, labor and materials to create the garden.
"They started in June. At first they would get together once a week to work on the train, then twice a week and as the deadline approached they would meet sometimes three times a week," recalls Pugh.
Under the direction of Chief Engineer and train buff Frank McDonald, husbands and wives, fathers and sons, friends and co-workers gathered in the Pugh home to work on the train.
Assisting in the construction were Jeff Adler, Harold Campbell, George and Pat Fornoff, John Halajko, Robert Killian, Elaine Leigh, John Meister, Kathy, Charles, Matthew and Christin Miller, Nick Patel, John Quasney, Steve Sawyer, Mike Thomas, Phillip and Matt Weinreich and Pastor Bob Stevens of Emmanuel and his son, Aaron.
The need for volunteer didn't end with the completion of the project.
"We have volunteers from all over the north part of Anne Arundel County who help us man the train and sell the tickets at the mall," Pugh said.
Volunteer organizations include churches, schools and scouting groups. A few spots in the schedule are still open and volunteers are welcome. Participation can be credited toward high school student's service learning requirements.
For ticket information or to volunteer to assist at the display, call Pugh at 255-6665.
Take a break from your holiday shopping and decorating and stop by Messiah United Methodist Church for the holiday soup sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the church hall, 7401 Furnace Branch Road.
The menu of homemade soups for take-out or eat-in includes chicken noodle, barley beef, cream of potato, bean, corn chowder, vegetable and chili. Barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs and baked goods also will be sold.
Soups may be ordered in advance and picked up on Saturday by calling Mary Holste, 761-0178 or Dora Turner, 761-6638.
Profits will go to Messiah's general fund.
It's "A Very Special Christmas" when the Glen Burnie High School Dance Company performs its holiday production at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 in the center court at Marley Station mall.
Under the direction of dance teacher Dianne Rosso, the 14-member company will perform dance styles including tap, lyrical, jazz and hip hop.
The company also will perform at local schools and the Pascal Senior Center.
Members of the company are Christine DeGuzman, Carissa Gresham, Jamie Huffman, Amber Hughes, Melissa Jordan, Kristen King, Robin Lewis, Melissa McEnaney, Terri Moyer, Jamie Newman, Tammy Noe, Lisa Pratt, Wendy Robinson and Amy Smith.
Celebrate the season
The Abundant Life Church Purest Praise choir, dancers and orchestra will present "An Evening of Christmas Praise" at 6: 30 p.m. Sunday in the church hall, 7305 E. Furnace Branch Road.
The community is welcome to attend this celebration of the season. Admission is free.
For information, call the church office, 761-9075.
Pub Date: 12/11/96