ONE OF the oldest and most urban communities in Anne Arundel County -- Brooklyn Park -- is undergoing a relative renaissance of development. Construction on the multipurpose building that will house Brooklyn Park Middle School, Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts and county offices is nearing its midpoint; the water system is being given a much-needed upgrade; and redevelopment of the retail district is nearing completion.
This week, there are two chances to learn more about the goings-on in Brooklyn Park:
The Olde Brooklyn Park Alumni Association will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Brooklyn Park Elementary School, Morgan Road and 14th Avenue. The speaker will be Ned Carey, a neighborhood resident who directs the Office of Aviation Noise and Abatement. He will provide information on the development of BWI Airport and why more planes are flying over the community.
Information on the alumni group: 410-636-6269 or 410-636-0352.
County Executive Janet S. Owens is the scheduled guest of the Arundel Improvement Association at 8 p.m. Thursday at its hall at 705 Cross St. Here is an opportunity to get answers on community issues from the woman in charge.
The AIA will seek nominations for officers for next year.
Community residents are welcome to attend.
Brooklyn United Methodist Church will hold its fall festival craft show and flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 6. Table spaces may be rented for $15. The church is at Fourth Street and Pontiac Avenue. Information: 410-789-5258.
St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church, at Church and Prudence streets in Curtis Bay, will hold its first Harvest Dinner Oct. 24 in the church hall. It will feature a family-style meal of roast turkey breast, roast pork, sauerkraut, potatoes, cranberry and apple sauces, dessert and beverage.
Two seatings are planned -- from 11: 30 a.m. to 2: 30 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $11 in advance and $12 at the door. Children ages 6 to 12 are $5. Carry-out orders will be available.
Information: 410-360-2833, 410-789-3013, or 410-355-5740..
The Adult Adventurers of Townsend Avenue Baptist Church are planning a day trip Thursday to Lancaster County, Pa., to see fall foliage and ride the Strasburg Railroad.
The group will leave the church at 10: 30 a.m., stop for lunch at the Ponderosa Steak House, and return about 7 p.m. The cost of the rail ride is $6.25 for adults and $3 for children.
The church has scheduled a marriage enrichment evening at 7 p.m. Friday. Married or engaged couples are welcome. Discussion, a video and Bible study are planned, and participants will be invited to end the evening by going out for pizza.
Free child care will be available at the church, at Fifth Street and Townsend Avenue in Brooklyn.
Information or registration: 410-355-0347.
The Unity Day Committee of St. John United Methodist Church will hold a prayer breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday. The speaker will be Rev. Kenneth Moore of Severn. All members of the congregation are invited.
The church is at 6019 Belle Grove Road.
Harbor Hospital programs
Changes that occur to feet as people age will be discussed by Dr. Paul Sheitel at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Harbor Hospital's LifeResource Center. Information on how to postpone and prevent problems involving circulation and joints will be provided.
Anyone with diabetes or chronic foot problems will especially benefit from the session. A free foot screening will be available.
A self-help program for those with arthritis will be offered from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 23 at the LifeResource Center. The program will be directed by a certified American Arthritis Foundation physical therapist.
The program will enable participants to increase their knowledge and provide support for those who suffer from arthritis. The cost is $30.
The LifeResource Center is on Hanover Street, across from the main entrance to Harbor Hospital.
Stories for the season
The Brooklyn Park library invites children ages 2 to 6 and their caregivers to attend its Autumn Storytime Festival at 10 a.m. Wednesdays and 7 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 27. Each week's sessions will focus on a different autumn theme.
The library is at 1 E. 11th Ave.