Young writer, 9, has busy life, multiple interests


NINE-YEAR-OLD Christopher Webster likes school. He enjoys karate lessons, riding his bike, playing the drums, Cub Scouts, and being a big brother to Caitlyn, 7.

All pretty typical. But Christopher, the son of Paul and Susan Webster, is also the published author of a short fairy tale story, "The Elf Who Tricked the Dragon," that is featured in the December issue of Highlights for Children.

The story was first published last spring, in Chesapeake Children, a local monthly tabloid for parents. It began as a third-grade assignment in teacher Christine Kettering's class at Bodkin Elementary School.

When questioned about the characters in his story, Chris explained that he likes elves and a dragon is "scary kind of like, Dracula."

Chris enjoys writing so much that he has created a series of scary stories about an unnamed boy and his experiences with various monsters.

With three unpublished stories in his new series finished, Chris plans to keep on writing, when he can fit it in.

This future cartoonist, toy designer, or maybe rival to Stephen King, has a full schedule for the next few months.

December is packed with celebrating his birthday and Christmas, and preparing for his black-belt karate test in January.

However, he'll get back to writing.

"I like to write because it makes me feel good," he said.

Business meeting, party

The Pasadena Business Association will have its monthly meeting Wednesday at noon at Kurtz's Beach. Nomination of officers will be accepted.

Reservations must be made by today.

Information: 410-987-4887.

The association also will hold its annual holiday party from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Riviera Beach fire hall, 8506 Fort Smallwood Road.

L Tickets are $15, and reservations should be made in advance.

Reservations: Joanna Weiteha, 410-255-0166; Rich Dobry, 410-437-0289; Sharie Wade, 410-766-5400; or Winnie Maher, ,X 410-255-6120.

Make New Year's plans

Ring in the New Year with friends and family at two parties planned in the Pasadena area.

Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company will hold its party from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The menu includes a hot and cold buffet table, open bar, a midnight champagne toast, noisemakers, music by D & J Entertainment and a continental breakfast.

Tickets are $31 a person or $60 a couple if purchased before Dec. 25. After Christmas, the cost is $35 a person.

Proceeds will benefit the fire company.

Information: 410-360-6857 or 410-439-4803.

Stoney Creek Democratic Club holds its gala New Year's Eve party from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The party will feature a hot and cold buffet, served from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., with an open bar, hat and noisemakers.

Pizzazz will provide music for dancing from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Tickets are $25 in advance, or $27 at the door.

Reservations: 410-255-4611 or 410-255-7960.

Fruit orders taken

dTC East Anne Arundel Lion and Lioness Clubs are accepting orders for large navel oranges, tangerines and red grapefruit, fresh from Florida for the holiday season.

Citrus can be ordered by the quarter, half or full case.

This month's order must be received by Dec. 6.

The pickup date is Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Community United Methodist Church, 8680 Fort Smallwood Road.

Proceeds benefit the sight- and hearing impaired.

Orders: 410-255-7207, 410-255-1128 or 410-25-1783.

Pub Date: 11/27/97

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