THE HOME Business Fair sponsored by the Ellicott City MOMS Club let mothers explore ways to work from home. The fair, held Thursday at the Miller library branch in Ellicott City, included booths for Mary Kay cosmetics, Stampin' Up! stamp kits, Shaklee nutrition, Longaberger home furnishings, Discovery Toys and others.
The women behind the tables praised their products and discussed the benefits of working from home. Children milled around as moms gathered information.
Anne Butt, a mother of four and member of the Ellicott City MOMS Club, has been selling Longaberger products for about three years.
"I can't imagine having to have a real job," she said. "This is what I do in my spare time."
Butt works when her kids are asleep and when her husband, a Howard County firefighter, is at home, she said.
Most of the moms praised the flexibility of working from home.
"You have more flexibility, make more money and don't have to deal with rush hour," said Jayne Kaiser of Columbia, who sells Mary Kay cosmetics and is the mother of 3-year-old Juliana.
Mary Kay, like many of the at-home businesses, calls for setting up home demonstrations where products are sold. A multilevel marketing system allows women to profit from sales made by their recruits.
Income from the business increases as new representatives are recruited, and the parties provide a valuable chance for at-home moms to speak with other adults.
Lisa Simmons, a Stampin' Up! representative and member of the Columbia MOMS Club, thinks of the home demonstrations as an opportunity to teach women about stamp art. "It provides connections with other women and a creative outlet," she said. "At the same time, it allows me to keep the family as a priority."
A few tickets remain for the annual Centennial Boosters' Bull Roast, to be held at 8 p.m. Nov. 11 at Turf Valley Country Club in Ellicott City. Festivities will include a buffet, casino games, dancing, raffles and a silent auction.
Tickets are $40. Profits will help pay for academic and athletic extracurricular programs at Centennial High School.
Tickets: Matt Bechta at 410- 750-1330 evenings or 410-880- 3561 daytime.
Jeff Brodie, band director at Burleigh Manor Middle School, has been recognized for his teaching excellence and is honored in the sixth edition of Who's Who Among America's Teachers.
The honor is reserved for teachers selected by one or more of their former students who have been listed in Who's Who Among American High School Students or "The National Dean's List."
Young fitness buffs
It's never too early to get in shape, as pupils of Hollifield Station Elementary School discovered. On Oct. 11, teachers Judy Fulmer and Suzanne Brinkley organized the one-mile Little Toot Run for grades one through five.
Winners were Tom Gorman, Alicia Krause, Eric Schmidt, Samantha Matthews, Jimmy Yoon, Nora Meador, Brian Bilney, Aubrey Green, Kevin Schmidt, Rachael Smith, Jon Purnell, Rachael McKee, Tyler Knight, Aileen Virella, Michael Quigg, Meghan Frey, Kevin McNerney, Kelly Kujawa, Matthew Baker, Megan Lechman, Brandon Hairston, Morgan O'Donnell, C. J. Thompson, Austin Ceresi, Alyssa Goldeisen, Tanner Brooks, Leigh Larkin, John Heim, Lindsay Kyser, Matthew Oliver and Jenna Kyser.
Church auction, bazaar
Saint Paul's Church is holding a country auction and bazaar from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday in the Parish Center. There will be food, drink, a silent auction, a Civil War display and an activity room.
The church is at 3755 St. Paul St. in Ellicott City. Information: 410-465-4483.
Congratulations to sixth-grader Paul Jester, seventh-grader Jeffrey Nash and eighth-grader Dane Kemp of Elkridge Landing Middle School. They were the top sellers for their respective grades in the PTA's Innisbrook gift wrap fund-raiser. The top seller in each grade, plus three other pupils per grade, were treated to a limousine ride by Tip Top Limo and lunch at the Furnace Branch Inn in Elkridge.
The sale raised $19,744 for the school's PTA.