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THE FRIENDLY Thyme Herb Club will meet at 10 a.m. Friday at Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

The program, Basic Herb Garden Construction, will be of particular interest to new members and beginning gardeners, but promises something for everyone. Club member Marie Gish is the program leader, assisted by members Cleo McCoy, Robin Ward Ireland, Helen Patterson and Marion Adams.

Richard Hood, beginning his term as club president, said he wants to "make sure that the club really becomes the instrument for learning all about herbs.

"Sue Latini has the programs planned, and it looks like there are some fantastic ones for learning in 1999," he said.

Members are encouraged to come early for the new social time a half-hour before each meeting, Hood said. This will be a good time for fellowship and a chance to exchange gardening ideas, he said.

Hood retired as a floral designer in 1981, and he worked for the Bank of Glen Burnie for 12 years. He retired from the bank in 1993.

Hood, who grew up in Hanover in the late 1930s and '40s, developed his love of gardening helping his father, Louis Hood, in the family garden during the summer and after school.

"We raised vegetables, tomatoes, strawberries and other things that grow so well in Anne Arundel County," he said. "My father had a truck garden. He crated up the produce and took them to Baltimore and sold them to the wholesale market."

Although his father sold what he grew, gardening is a hobby for Hood. In 1996, he took a course sponsored by the Maryland Extension Service, passed a stringent exam and holds the title of master gardener.

Information: 410-799-4246.

Boy Scout exercise

Boy Scout Troop 550, sponsored by the Linthicum Elementary School PTA, joined 58 other area Boy Scout patrols at Downs Park last weekend to test their skills in building and using Klondike-style sleds, signaling, first aid and building an emergency shelter.

"We got plenty of exercise," said Scoutmaster Butch LaWall.

Dan Severn, Cory Senter, Chris LaWall and Bill McKercher of the Flaming Arrow Patrol, and Travis Elseroad, Jordan Wilson, Devin O'Brien, Ron Schweiger and John Cunningham of the Pedro Patrol, represented the troop. LaWall and Assistant Scoutmasters Bryan Senter and John McCarty accompanied the Scouts.

Troop 550's next outdoor event will be a camping trip Feb. 12 to 14.

Information: Chris LaWall, 410-636-6154.

AARP meeting

Linthicum Chapter 2244 of the American Association of Retired Persons will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. John Lutheran Church, 300 W. Maple Road, Linthicum. A social hour will be held at noon.

According to Mary Foster, the program chairwoman, Jack Meckler, who draws caricatures of comic strip characters and famous people, will be on the program.

Information: 410-850-4630.

Catholic School Week

St. Philip Neri School, 6401 S. Orchard Road, observes Catholic School Week, beginning today, with registration for new students from 10 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m.

An open house will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday.

Information: 410-859-1212.

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