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ENTHUSIASM FOR Brooklyn Heights was evident at last weekend's community day celebration.

"It was a huge success. People were impressed with the size and variety of things to do. It was the largest event the [Brooklyn Heights] Improvement Association has been associated with in a long time," said its president, Joe Colllni.

The District 31 legislative delegation - State Sen. Philip C. Jimeno and Dels. John R. Leopold, Mary M. Rosso and Joan Cadden -turned out along With County Councilwoman Pamela G. Beidle. They didn't spend the day just, glad-handing constituents; they were working under the hot sun as volunteer "master chefs" grilling hot dogs and hamburgers for the crowd.

For Jimeno and Leopold, at least, the work was rewarded when they won first and second place in the raffle held by the association. Both are now proud owners of homemade afghans.

"It was a great crowd. The purpose was to reward all the hard work everyone has put into the community," Leopold said.

"Knowing that the day was a success is all the reward that I needed," he said.

If you missed that event, there will be another chance to experience Brooklyn Park community spirit on Oct. 29, when the Brooklyn Park High School Alumni Association and Anne Arundel County Police Drug Abuse Resistance Education program hold their fifth annual DARE Celebration.

Area nonprofit groups are invited to sell food and sponsor games in the event at Brooklyn Park Middle School, 300 Hammonds Lane.

The event will also include a mini-trade fair to highlight area business. To take part, call 410-636-3269 or 410-789-7214.

Good vs. evil

"Heaven's Gate and Hell's Flames," a dramatic presentation on the everyday choices people make between good and evil, will be staged at Maryland's Church on the Rock at 7p.m. today through. Wednesday.

Church spokesman Russ Tenhoff, who has performed in the show at Severn Covenant Church, said "audience reaction is just overwhelming. All of our ministry resources have been put into this.. We will spend all day Saturday and Sunday rehearsing."

The show is produced by Reality Outreach Ministries. Because of its dramatic nature, it is not recommended for children under the.. age of 10. Admission is a canned food item for the church food bank:

The Church on the Rock is at 900 Church St. Information: 410-355-5922.

Parent, child workshop

Harbor Hospital Center's Life-Resource Center will sponsor a workshop for school-age children and their parents from 8:30 a.m. to. 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

The workshop, "Communication is the Key to Understanding," is intended to help parents and children understand and talk to each other. It will be taught by members of the hospital nursing staff and will include individual and group activities.

The cost is $10 for a parent and one child and includes breakfast and lunch. To register, call 410-354-9655. The center is on Hanover Street, directly across from the main hospital entrance.

Community meeting

The Olde Brooklyn Park Improvement Association will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Brooklyn Park Elementary School, 14th Avenue and Morgan Road.

The meeting will feature an open discussion of community concerns. For more information, call 410-636-3269.

New York bus trips

The Brooklyn Park High School Alumni Association has tickets remaining for day trips by bus to New York on Nov. 4 and Dec. 6, leaving from the Bingo World lot at 10th Avenue and Belle Grove Road at 6:30 a.m. and returning about 11 p.m.

In between, you get a chance to shop for the holidays, sightsee or take in a show.

Tickets are $30 and seats will be assigned as payment is received. To reserve a seat, call 410-636-3269 or 410-789-7214.

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