Women's club commemorates its 60th anniversary at annual tea

THE BALTIMORE SUN

CELEBRATE WITH Us -- 60 and Still Going Strong" is the theme of the annual Opening Tea for the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights.

The tea will be held Tuesday at the clubhouse, 110 North Hammonds Ferry Road. President Virginia Kuhn will open the program at 10: 30 a.m., and Shirley Beck, the hospitality committee chairwoman, will serve the tea.

The tea has become a tradition since the club's inception. This year it features six vignettes highlighting the club's accomplishments in its six decades. Two quilts -- depicting the spirit of American women -- created by clubs in the Maryland Federation of Women's Clubs, also are on display. They were hand-quilted by Amish quilters in the group's Western District. Each square honors a special American woman or group of women.

Since making their debut in April 1997 at the federation's annual convention at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum, the quilts have been displayed at the General Federation of Women's Clubs' 1997 convention in Phoenix, Ariz., the State House in Annapolis, federation headquarters in Washington, and throughout Maryland.

Margaret Booker, the first vice president, will install the 19 members who have joined the club since last year's tea.

To celebrate the club's birthday, members are asked to bring a gift from the Grant-A-Wish Foundation's wish list for The Children's House at Johns Hopkins. The list includes paper products, detergent and office supplies. The Children's House at Johns Hopkins is a 16-room facility that provides a home-away-from-home for critically ill children and their families.

Since it opened in 1983, the house has provided more than 60,000 individual accommodations for 2,000 families from 45 states and 30 foreign countries.

The woman's club has a long history of community works; it is credited with starting the first accredited kindergarten in Linthicum and establishing the Linthicum Elementary School Library; in the 1950s, members campaigned for a branch of the county library system in Linthicum and conducted a fund-raising campaign to convert the old B&O; Short Line Station on Maple Road to a one-story library structure. Until that time, a bookmobile had served the community from Annapolis.

The club gave seed money and volunteers for the Performing Arts Association of Linthicum now in its 18th season. It also has been one of the sponsors and contributors to the free Concerts in the Park series for the past 19 years and organized the annual ecumenical Prayer Breakfast for 20 years.

Information: Margaret Booker at 410-551-4903

Health Fest

Don't miss the Third Annual Linthicum Health Fest co-sponsored by North Arundel Hospital, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday at Lindale-Brooklyn Park Middle School, 415 Andover Road. Almost 30 exhibits are being set up.

North Arundel Hospital is offering screenings for cholesterol level, blood sugar, blood pressure, pulmonary function and more. The hospital also plans to have health and wellness displays, educational materials and promotional items. Health professionals will be on hand for glaucoma and hearing tests.

Information on herb therapy, acupuncture, skin and hair care, exercise, reflexology, gemology, magnet therapy and Naturopathy will be available.

Local clubs will participate. The Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights and the Linthicum Lions Club are selling refreshments.

Linthicum-Brooklyn Park Middle Schools' Proud to Read Group is selling apples and pumpkins. The Rotary Club is providing free coffee and tea. Information booths will be set up by the following community organizations: Pascal Senior Center, Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts and Performing Arts Association of Linthicum.

Information: 410-684-2546 or 410-787-4367.

Flea market

The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society is holding a flea market at the Benson-Hammond House from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds will benefit the society. The Benson-Hammond House is at Aviation Boulevard and Andover Road. Parking is free.

The Browse and Buy Shoppe is open for business, and the Benson-Hammond House will conduct tours for a nominal fee.

Information: Joan Cunningham at 410-544-4715.

Pet parade

Start planning an imaginative outfit in which to dress your pet for the Pet Parade at the Linthicum Community Fair.

The fair benefits the North County Emergency Outreach Network (NCEON) and will take place Oct. 9. The prettiest, most creative, funniest, and best owner and pet dress-alike will be judged.

Pet Parade registration forms are available at the Brickhaus Pet Salon, 6869 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. and at the Linthicum Library. Information: 410-859-4433.

Also new this year will be a compilation of facts about Linthicum residents. Nominations are still being accepted for the person who has lived in Linthicum the longest, the oldest male, oldest female, the couple that has been married the longest and the family with the most children.

Nomination forms are available at Bruce's Hardware and Bonnie Max Variety Store in the Shipley-Linthicum Shopping Center and at the Linthicum Library. Information: 410- 859-4433.

Nonprofit organizations can sponsor games and sell food, beverages and other items at the fair. Fifteen percent of their proceeds will be donated to the outreach network.

Information: 410-859-0621.

Local crafters can sell their handiwork. Spaces can be rented for $15. To reserve a space: 410-859-0757. Businesses that would like to donate funds to this event: Martin Muller, 410-859-0621.

A meeting for participants in the fair will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Friendship Room of St. John Lutheran Church, 300 West Maple Road. Enter at the Medora Road door. The fair starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, with a parade from the Lindale-Brooklyn Park Middle School to the fairgrounds. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. John's field at the corner of Hammonds Ferry and Maple Roads. The rain date is Oct. 10, beginning with a parade at 1 p.m. and the fair from 2 p.m. until dusk.

Junior Scout leaders

Boy Scout Troop 550, sponsored by the Linthicum Elementary School Parent Teacher Association, has elected junior troop leaders for the next six months.

They are: senior patrol leader -- Chris LaWall; assistant senior patrol leader -- Jason Carter; Flaming Arrow patrol leader -- Ben Miller; assistant patrol leader -- Bill McKercher; Pedro patrol leader -- Travis Elseroad; assistant patrol leader -- Mike Heath; troop guide -- Cory Senter; scribe -- Sam Branham; librarian -- Matt Smith; quartermaster -- Dan Severn; instructor -- Scott Taylor; junior assistant Scoutmaster -- John Henkel.

Information: Scoutmaster Butch LaWall, 410-636-6154.

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