SANTA CLAUS IS coming to town. Actually, he rode through town last week atop one of Mount Airy's fire engines instead of on a sleigh, thanks to the efforts of Mount Airy Fire Prevention Committee.
Keeping up with its annual tradition, Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company drove Santa through the town and surrounding neighborhoods the week of Dec. 14, ending Sunday.
Lt. Jerry Abel of Mount Airy fire company drove the fire engine Sunday. "It's a lot of fun to do this for the kids," he said. "They have a great time seeing Santa, and they get candy canes. They don't usually see him riding on a fire engine, so it's something a little different."
Accompanying the fire engine were Santa's helpers who handed out candy canes to the children. Anne Marie Histon, Mount Airy's Fire Prevention Queen -- she is also Miss Carroll County Fire Prevention -- was among those helping to hand out the goodies. Other helpers included members of the Fire Department.
The Santa engine also visited the Mount Airy, Peacock and Twin Arch shopping centers. According to Abel, most of the Carroll County fire departments provide the "Santa rides" for their communities this time of year to bring extra holiday excitement to Carroll County youngsters.
Mitten tree offers warmth
This holiday season Carroll County Public Library will sponsor Corky's Mitten Tree at all library branches.
The public is invited to donate gloves, scarves and hats to decorate Corky's trees. These items can be handmade or purchased. Items do not have to be limited to children's sizes.
Each library branch began receiving the mitten and glove donations Nov. 30 and will continue accepting donations through Jan. 2.
All collected items will be given to Carroll County Neighbors in Need for distribution. Mount Airy area residents can drop off their donations at the Mount Airy branch at 705 Ridge Ave. Information: 301-829-5290, 410-795-1010 or call the CCPL Main Office at 410-876-6008.
Tae kwon do class forming
In cooperation with Woodbine Recreation Council, a karate class for ages 7 to adult is forming. Classes will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Jan. 5 and will run for 12 weeks.
nTC Classes for ages 7 through 12 for beginners and intermediates will meet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is $79.
Classes for ages 7 to 12 for advanced students will meet from 7: 15 p.m. until 8: 30 p.m. Cost is $99.
Classes for teens and adults of all levels will meet from 7: 15 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Cost is $99.
Tae kwon do is a Korean martial art and an Olympic sport. It emphasizes physical fitness and the values of courtesy, perseverance, self-control, integrity and indomitable spirit.
Arnis is a Filipino martial art oriented toward practical self-defense.
Both tae kwon do and arnis are taught in this class.
Information and registration: Carl Minkel, chief instructor, 301-829-2348.
Mount Airy branch of Carroll County public library is preparing for its 1999 winter season with bedtime story programs for youngsters.
Drop-in story time will meet the first Thursday of each month. The Jan. 7 story time will begin at 7 p.m. Parents and children are encouraged to join the library staff for stories just before bedtime.
Pajamas, bears and blankets are optional. No registration is required.
The library is also offering "Snuggle Bugs," a story time designed for children to age 24 months, with an accompanying caregiver. Story times are at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Fridays.
Registration for the Let's Play Jan. 15 "Snuggle Bug" program will begin Jan. 6.
Parents are encouraged to register for each session separately two weeks before the program.
Information: 301-829-5290 or 410-795-1010.
Donna Abel's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
If you have information for the community digests or datebook, call Ellie Baublitz at 410-751-7910 during the day, leave a voice mail message after hours or fax news releases to 410-751-7916.
Pub Date: 12/24/98