Be a Star Parade to kick off annual holiday toy drive
Nov. 26, 1999

Be a Star Parade to kick off annual holiday toy drive

The Beltway Plaza Mall and the Greenbelt Lions Club will kick off the eighth annual toy drive with the Be a Star Parade at the Beltway Plaza Mall Sunday.

The drive nets an average $15,000 in new toys, distributed to families, orphanages, churches and hospitals with children who would not otherwise receive a gift during the holidays.

"It is hoped that through this phenomenal afternoon the awareness of children without toys during the holidays is heightened and that Prince Georgians will come together as a community and give from their hearts.

Be a star. Give a toy to a child who truly needs it," said Laura Latimer, spokeswoman for the Beltway Plaza Mall.

The parade will feature appearances by local look-alikes Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, Will Smith, Cher and Elvis. Characters, including Santa and Mrs. Clause, Pokémon's Pikachu, and the Cat in the Hat will thrill children.

Other performances will include the Redskinettes, Junior Redskinettes, the Wizard's Dance Team and local bands.

Festivities will continue inside the mall with a variety of family entertainment, including face painting, balloon sculpting, juggling, magic and comedy acts.

Anyone who donates a new, unwrapped toy worth $5 or more will be entered in a raffle to win one of four tickets to see an upcoming Wizards game in an MCI suite, or a Lionel Train Set.

Toys will be collected in the bright green and red toy box off Center Court of the mall until Dec. 20, when the Lions Club will sort and distribute them.

A place for memories

Create a family memory box in the Saturday Night Crafts Class under the direction of Greenbelt artist Nancy DePlatchet. The boxes make a wonderful holiday present or interesting heirlooms.

DePlatchet currently has an arts studio at the Greenbelt Community Center and is the arts coordinator for the Thomas Pullen Creative and Performing Arts Magnet School in Landover.

All supplies will be provided, and workshops are held at the Greenbelt Community Center at 15 Crescent Road in Greenbelt. The class costs $30 to $35. For more information or to register, call 301-345-5151.

Making Y2K okay

The Greenbelt Y2K Community Preparedness Group is hosting a video to show practical steps to take for individual and family preparedness at the end of the year.

Topics include food and water, storage, heating, health, safety and money.

The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the dining hall of the Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt. For more information, call 301-441-3809.

Food basket collection

The Greenbriar and Glen Oaks community food drive ends Friday in time to deliver food items for the Thanksgiving season. Donations of non-perishable foods are still welcome at the Greenbriar Community Building.

Anyone who knows a family in need of a food basket is asked to call 301-441-1096 to leave the name and address of the intended recipient. Cash donations and checks will also be accepted.

Drama department

presents Woody Allen play

The Eleanor Roosevelt High School Drama department presents Woody Allen's "Don't Drink the Water" at 7:30 p.m. tonight through Saturday at the high school auditorium. Greenbelt residents Joe Pugliese, Jesse Goldberg-Strassler and Kurt Nelson will be featured in the play.

Tickets are available at the door.

Turkey tummy trimmer

The Greenbelt Recreation Department offers a special post-Thanksgiving Turkey Burner workout Nov. 26.

Work off that turkey dinner from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. for just $2 at the Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Road.

For more information, call 301-397-2208.

Discussing medical ethics

Learn about ethics in medicine from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt.

Explorations Unlimited hosts Seymour Sokatch, vice president for human resources at Holy Cross Hospital.

Sokatch, a Silver Spring resident, has more than 25 years experience in the human resources field. He has worked at Yale University, Children's Hospital Medical Center in Ohio and at Holy Cross.

The Explorations Unlimited speaker series is held every Friday in the senior classroom.

Everyone is welcome and questions are always encouraged. For more information, call 301-397-2208.

Discuss the future

of the Jewish language

The presentation "A Jewish Language for the New Century" will be held Sunday at Mishkan Torah in Greenbelt.

Arthur Green will speak at 7:30 p.m. about the future of the language in the Jewish community. Green is the Phillip W. Lown Professor of Jewish Thought at Brandeis University. For more information, call 301-474-4223.

Join the festival of lights

before it's too late

Registration for child and adult crafters to reserve a table at Greenbelt's Festival of Lights Crafts Show closes Friday.

Tables are available for Dec. 4 and 5 and cost $10 for children younger than 17; $50 to $60 for adults.

Crafts must be handmade, not made from a kit or from beer or soda cans. For more information, call 301-397-2208.

Items for Community Notebook may be sent to Karl Hille, The Gazette, 8201 Corporate Drive, Suite 1200, Landover, Md. 20785; faxed to 301-731-2141; or e-mailed to