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THE CALENDAR KEEPS filling with local events with something to delight every member of the family.

Tonight, two events are geared toward younger shoppers.

The auxiliary of Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company is sponsoring a Santa's Craft Fair from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the fire hall, 4498 Mountain Road.

Hand-crafted gifts suitable for youngsters to give to family and friends will be on sale. Free gift wrapping is included.

Santa will be there for visits, and the kitchen will be open for shoppers to purchase food and refreshments.

Information: 410-315-8166 after 6 p.m.

Youngsters are also invited to shop at Santa's Secret Workshop from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Pasadena Elementary School, 105 Spruce Ave. Food and games also will be available.

Information: 410-222-6573.

Breakfast with Santa

Youngsters can have breakfast with Santa Claus from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow at Jenkins Memorial Church in Riviera Beach.

The cost is $3 for adults and $1.50 for children.

Instant pictures taken with Santa will be sold for $2.

Boat club light show

Pasadena families can enjoy a Christmas light show from the shores of Stony and Rock creeks with the Marley Boat Club's annual parade of lighted boats tomorrow.

The parade will leave Boehmerosa Beach in Silver Sands at 6 p.m. It is due to arrive at the Stony Creek bridge about 6: 25 p.m. and enter Rock Creek at 6: 50 p.m.

The parade will turn around at the Anchor Inn restaurant at 7: 15 p.m., be back at the Stony Creek Bridge at 8 p.m., then motor down Nabbs Creek to the Nabbs Creek Cafe, cruise to Altoona Beach and then return to the Silver Sands launch site at 9 p.m.

"These captains and their families put a lot of time and money into decorating their boats for the holiday season," said Ben Ray, fleet captain. "But it's all worth it when you hear the children clapping, cheering and yelling to Santa from the shoreline. Hopefully, we can bring a smile and a few minutes of joy to anyone that sees us cruising the creeks."

If winds are too high, the parade will be postponed until the same time Sunday.

Information: 410-255-7766.

Christmas coffee house

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 7859 Tick Neck Road, will present its 10th annual Christmas coffee house at 6: 30 p.m. tomorrow.

The evening of seasonal music will feature the St. Andrew's Pretty Good String Band and Friends.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

Cookies, sweets, hot apple cider, and other light refreshments will be available.

Information: 410-255-1070.

Sportfishers meet

The Pasadena Sportfishing Group will hold its monthly meeting at 7: 30 p.m. Monday at the Orchard Beach fire hall on Solley Road.

The group will have an "open mike night" for members to share funny stories, jokes or fishermen's tales. Speakers must be age 16 or older, and prizes will be awarded.

Free cake and cookies will be served. Children age 15 and under and people 65 and older will receive free ice-cream sundaes.

L Food and beverages will be sold by Orchard Beach volunteers.

Information: 410-HEY-FISH (410-439-3474).

Train gardens open

The Riviera Beach Fire Company has a train garden open to the public from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sundays through Dec. 19. The garden will be open from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily after Dec. 20.

Local train enthusiast John Sturgeon is opening the train garden built in his garage at 836 Turf Valley Road, off Tick Neck Road, to the public.

Sturgeon, a Baltimore police officer, usually invites only his Turf Valley neighbors. His display will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday and Dec. 17.

Help with book needed

The Pasadena Business Association is planning to publish a coffee-table book on the history of Pasadena in the fall.

They group has hired writer Isabel Cunningham to pen the historical work and photographer Marion Warren to handle the artwork. Now all the members need is a little help from residents.

They are looking for photos of interesting people, places and events in the Pasadena area to be included in the book. Treasured photographs will be carefully copied and returned. Photos must be received by Dec. 31 for inclusion.

Information: Wendy Harris, 410-437-8279, or Carol Cross, 410-987-4887.

Pub Date: 12/11/98

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