Festival-goers can buy fall decorations, make scarecrows


THOUGH THE WIND and rain of Hurricane Floyd halted activities for a couple of days this week, several local events will be up and running this weekend.

Chesapeake High School Band Boosters will hold its annual Fall Family Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow on the school grounds, 4798 Mountain Road.

Participants can purchase fall decorating supplies including pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks and mums. Youngsters can go on a hayride, jump in the moon bounce, pet a rabbit or have their faces painted.

The Riviera Beach Fire Company will be on hand demonstrating the Jaws of Life, and the WJZ-TV helicopter will make a landing if weather permits.

One of the most popular items at the fair, a make-your-own scarecrow area, is back this year. Families can create a scarecrow for $5.

Food, refreshments, crafts, flea market items and a bake table will also be featured.

Proceeds are used to purchase marching band uniforms and music, and to pay other band expenses.

The event will be held rain or shine. Information: Dick Collins, 410-360-7555, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Church festival

The parish of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Roman Catholic Church in Riviera Beach will hold its seventh annual Fabulous Fall Festival in the school hall and surrounding grounds from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. today, from noon to 11 p.m. tomorrow, and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Rides will be outside and games inside.

More than 100 items are featured in the silent auction, plus raffles will be held with various prizes including $1,000 cash.

Ride-all-you-want discounts will be available from noon to 4 p.m. tomorrow and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Proceeds will benefit the school. Information: 410-255-4646.

McDonald's event

McDonald's of Riviera Beach, at Fort Smallwood and Bar Harbor roads, will sponsor a fun festival to benefit the Ronald McDonald House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow.

Beanie Baby raffles, raffles for bikes and Orioles tickets, a silent auction, and appearances by the county police dogs will be featured.

Entertainment includes performances by Talent Unlimited from 11 a.m. to noon, and the Northeast High School Band from noon to 12: 30 p.m. Information: 410-437-4455.

Dinner bingo

The Stoney Creek Democratic Club at 8123 Fort Smallwood Road will have its third Sunday dinner bingo event Sunday in the club hall.

The doors will open at noon with early bird games starting at 1 p.m.

Twenty dollars will buy dinner plus 20 regular bingo games. Early bird and special games will be sold separately.

The club invites the community to a town hall meeting at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

County Executive Janet S. Owens, County Councilwoman Shirley Murphy, and a representative from the county board of Public Works will speak and be available to answer questions.

Information: Evelyn Sommers, 410-255-4611.

Pasadena council

The Greater Pasadena Council will have its monthly meeting at 7: 30 p.m. Thursday at the Eastern District Police Station meeting room, 3700 Mountain Road.

James Praley from the elections board will talk about the administration of elections and address concern about the ethics of paying for recounts.

The GPC and the Pasadena Business Association are inviting local youth, religious and community groups and organizations to participate in a program to honor veterans and celebrate the community with a Pledge of Allegiance at the flag at Mountain Road and Route 100.

Information: John Mogey, 410-360-2134.

Lions club fund-raisers

The East Anne Arundel Lions and Lioness clubs are sponsoring two events to raise funds for local sight and hearing projects.

From 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow, Lions will be selling raffle tickets to win a 1999 Ford Explorer at the Wal-Mart store on Ordnance Road.

Other prizes include $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 cash.

Tickets are $2, with the drawing to be held Oct. 9.

The second event, a flea market, is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 25 at Community United Methodist Church, 8680 Fort Smallwood Road.

A wide variety of items, including antiques, will be sold.

Proceeds will benefit the Low Vision Research Program at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Information: 410-255-0076.

Baseball teams

Lake Shore Youth Baseball travel teams are accepting applications for coaches and players for spring ball until Oct. 1.

Openings are available in the under-12, under-14 and under-16 travel teams.

Information: George Green, 410-437-3739.

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