IT WAS GOOD to see Brooklyn Park well represented at the Baltimore Book Festival last weekend. The Ebony Eyes Book Club set a friendly mood at the Sibanye Stage, welcoming visitors and introducing both established and up-and-coming African-American authors to readers.
I saw neighbors and Brooklyn Park High School alumni inspecting displays and taking in the magnificence of the Peabody Library. Seems there is an appreciation of the literary arts in Brooklyn Park after all.
Perhaps with all of the retail redevelopment in the community, a bookstore will take up residence to help nourish this quest for reading.
Those wishing to find that special or unique holiday gift item will be happy to note that the St. Rose of Lima Home and School Association's annual Holiday Craft Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 7 in the school hall.
Association representative Thomasine Scott said the fair has become a traditional holiday event in the community. "It is a good, popular affair. Vendors come back year after year," Scott said.
Craft vendors may rent a table space for $20.
St. Rose School is at 410 Jeffrey St. Refreshments will be sold throughout the day.
For information or to reserve a table, call 410-850-5450.
Everyone will have an opportunity to learn about the county police SWAT Team at this week's meeting of the Northern District Police Community Relations Council.
The council works to support and enhance the work of the police in the community. Meetings are held at 7: 30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at the Northern District Police Station on Hammonds Lane.
At this week's meeting, a representative of the SWAT Team will explain its functions and responsibilities in dealing with crime.
Here's a chance to get a sneak preview of what the Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts will bring to the community:
From noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 16 at Downs Park, the center will present Jazz: A Celebration, featuring the Rob Levit Group, Carl Grubbs, the Unified Jazz Ensemble and Dr. Rich Hochman's Dynamic Dixieland Band.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for students, and there is also a $4 entrance fee for vehicles without annual park stickers.
New theme at Pratt Library
A new month always means a new theme for activities at the Brooklyn branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. This month brings "Stories for Little Kids."
Children ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers can look forward to songs, stories and rhymes at 10 a.m. each Thursday during October.
The library is at 300 E. Patapsco Ave. Information: 410-396-1120.
The Unity Day Committee of St. John United Methodist Church will sponsor a bull roast from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.
A full Maryland-style menu and soft drinks will be served. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children ages 6 to 12.
Reservations: 410-789-4610, 410-987-8671 or 410-789-3589.
Shrimp at Post 34
American Legion Post 34 sponsors a Steamed Shrimp Night from 6: 30 p.m. to 8 p.m. the first Friday of the month at the post home, 5526 Belle Grove Road.
The cost is $4.95 for a half-pound of steamed shrimp, and $5.95 for a steamed shrimp platter.
You need not be a member to attend; everyone is welcome.
Community groups interested in reserving the meeting room at the Brooklyn Park Library can plan ahead for next year.
All nonprofit groups may use the room free of charge. It is available only when the library is open.
The library is at 1 E. 11th Ave.
Pub Date: 10/03/99