The deadline for attending this year's annual Northland Community Council awards banquet and inauguration is Friday, March 29.
Real soon, in other words.
"It's been slow so far," banquet committee chairman Bob Gale said last week of reservations.
He sent out another email reminder in hopes of spurring more people to advise him they plan to attend the dinner and ceremony, at $25 a person, Thursday, April 11, at Villa Milano, 1630 Schrock Road.
The evening will open with a reception and cash bar at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m. and then the awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m.
Former WBNS-10TV news anchorman Dave Kaylor will serve as the master of ceremonies.
The gathering, which honors individuals and organizations in the community who are nominated for their efforts at betterment and beautification, will take place regardless of attendance or failure of those who plan to be there to meet the deadline, Gale said.
"It's a go," he said. "I just need to have the information so I can get it to the facility, and they can start to work on things on their end."
In fact, Gale said, it's typical for residents and civic group leaders to wait until the last minute to indicate their plans to attend the banquet, at which a firefighter and police officer of the year are also named.
"I'm not too worried," he added. "Everything will turn out OK."
Reservations may be emailed to Gale at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gale said he is pleased that close to 11 associations had submitted the names of members to be given awards April 11.