FROM THE LINES in the shopping malls, I can tell I'm not the only one rushing to get it together for Christmas.
Somehow the panic has spread a little earlier this year. That's probably because Thanksgiving sabotaged my plans this year (actually, that's not true, but I'll look for any reason to absolve myself of guilt).
Rationally, I know that Thanksgiving is always the fourth Thursday in November. But someone moved the two holidays closer together. For a person who requires five weeks in a month for everything to balance, I've been caught short again.
Before pushing the panic button, however, maybe what we really need is a little reflection on the real reason for the season.
Several community organizations and churches and have planned special family celebrations and displays to perk up our sagging Christmas spirits.
Area families can join Santa for breakfast at Jenkins Memorial Church in Riviera Beach tomorrow from 8 a.m. to noon.
Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for youngsters ages 6 to 12. Children under 6 can eat free.
Pictures taken with Santa will be available for $2.
Santa sets sail
Santa and his wife will be cruising up and down Stony Creek again this year, thanks to members of Marley Boat Club.
The parade of lighted boats is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. tomorrow in Sloop Cove. For those that don't live along the shoreline, the parade should pass under the Stony Creek Bridge at about 6: 30 p.m. It will proceed to Rock Creek past the Maryland Yacht Club and Anchor Inn, up Nabbs Creek past the Marguale Marina and back to Stony Creek.
The event will be canceled in the event of snow.
For more details, call Allan Webb, 974-4051.
Pasadena United Methodist Church will present a Christmas concert by the Newe Renaissance Voyces at 7: 30 p.m. Sunday.
The Voyces, under the direction of Loraine Shaw, is a renowned group of local singers and instrumentalists that specialize in the music of the 15th and 16th centuries. The musicians will perform old and new carols, folk music from around the world, and medieval and Renaissance selections.
A reception will follow.
Baby-sitting will be provided for children age 3 and younger.
The church is at 61 Ritchie Highway. For more details, call the church office, 647-3090.
Family, friends and neighbors are invited to George Fox Middle School winter vocal and instrumental concerts scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 17-19 at Northeast High School on Duvall Highway.
Admission is free.
Orders for fruit due
East Anne Arundel Lions and Lioness clubs are accepting orders for navel oranges and pink grapefruit through tomorrow.
Orders for half or whole cases are to be picked up at Community United Methodist Church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 21.
All proceeds will benefit Lions Club-supported hearing and vision programs and scholarships for high school seniors.
To order or for more details, call 255-7207, 255-0076 or 255-1783.
The Chesapeake Chargers, a newly formed 14-and-under softball team, is having a fund-raising dance for children ages 11 to 15 Dec. 20 at Lake Shore fire hall on Mountain Road.
Adult supervision will be provided. All those attending must be signed in and out by a parent or other responsible adult. The event will run from 7 p.m. to 11: 30 p.m.
Tickets are $4 in advance, $5 at the door. Proceeds will be used for equipment and uniforms.
For tickets or more information, call Steve Morgan, 255-0280.
New Year party
Ring in the New Year at the Stony Creek Democratic Club annual celebration from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the clubhouse on Fort Smallwood Road.
Tickets are $28 and include an open bar, hot buffet, hats and noisemakers, three cash door prizes ($500, $200 and $100), and music by Pizzazz.
For tickets, call 255-7960 or 255-4266.
Pub Date: 12/13/96