LIKE MANY WHO have been watching public television lately, I have a dream of finding a trinket at a flea market, or coming across some long-lost object in the attic, and discovering that it is a priceless gem worth enough to keep me secure during retirement.
It may not be public television's "Antiques Roadshow," but there's a chance to find out if those trinkets are worth millions (or pennies) on Antiques Night at the Brooklyn branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
Auctioneer Richard Opfer will offer free appraisals from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 20. Opfer has more than 20 years of experience in appraisals and conducts more than 100 real estate, antique and personal property auctions each year. He has served as a consultant at the Mint and Boxed Auction for Christie's in New York. This year, he will preside over an auction of items from the recently closed Haussner's Restaurant in Baltimore.
Also attending the library session will be Ellen Luchinsky, head of the fine arts and recreation department at the Enoch Pratt Central Library. She will provide information on library resources available for the collector.
Antiques Night is sponsored by the Friends of the Brooklyn Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Carolyn Barr, manager of the branch library, said events like Auction Night are part of the library's mission of service to the community.
"We always get questions about collecting," Barr said. "Our mission is to give information on all formats, so why not have information from a real live expert?"
The library is at 300 E. Patapsco Ave. The public is welcome to bring items to be appraised. Information: 410-396-1120.
Association meets Monday
The Brooklyn Heights Improvement Association will hold its monthly community meeting at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Brooklyn Park Library, 1 E. 11th Ave. Guest speaker will be Anne Dorrett, construction manager of Arundel Community Development Services Inc., a nonprofit organization that works to improve the quality of housing for individuals and communities in Anne Arundel County.
The association is eagerly awaiting news of its application for Brooklyn Heights to be designated a "hot spot" community, allowing it extra assistance to fight crime. Association president Joe Collini hopes that the application will be approved.
"All of the [Baltimore] city neighborhoods that applied were approved. The county police department is positive about our application," he said. Notice of the approval is expected late this month or in early November.
All residents are welcome to attend the association's meetings. There will also be an opportunity for discussion of community concerns. Information: 410-636-8020.
Harbor Hospital Center cardiologist Dr. Allen Schaeffer will present "Listen to the Rhythm of Your Heart: Arrhythmias" at 6: 30 p.m. Tuesday at the LifeResource Center, discussing the signs, treatments, medications and available technologies to control arrhythmias.
Advance registration is required. The center is on Hanover Street, across from the main hospital building entrance. Information: 410-354-9655.
The kick-off for Harbor's fall wellness and health campaign will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Glen Burnie Mall. Blood pressure screenings, body fat analysis, a food tasting, karate demonstration and a free five-minute massage will be available, along with registration for the Advantage and Harbor Hikers programs.
Advantage is a program for seniors age 55 and older who are interested in receiving health information. Harbor Hikers is an indoor walking program held at Glen Burnie Mall. For information or to register for a massage, call 410-354-9655.
Church flea market
The Men's Club of St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church will hold its Mammoth Fall Flea Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 30 on the church parking lot. The cost to rent a table is $10. Refreshments will be sold.
The church is accepting donations of items to be sold at the event. They may be dropped off at the rectory porch. St. Athanasius is at the corner of Church and Prudence streets in Curtis Bay.
To reserve a table or to arrange for pickup of donated items, call 410-636-6496 or 410-355-4588.