It's that time of the year when the children become free spirited and in need of activities to occupy the void created by the end of the school year. The teachers get a well-deserved rest from the busy, daily life of molding and creating our future leaders and we, as parents, must make sure our children still continue to grow and develop over the summer into those potential leaders. Our area offers many activities to channel all of their enthusiasm and energy.

To kick off the summer vacation, Community United Methodist Church, 300 Brock Bridge Road, presents Outdoor Movie Night on Friday, June 8."How to Train Your Dragon" begins at dusk and is appropriate for all ages. Bring chairs and blankets and enjoy an evening in the great outdoors along with free lemonade and popcorn. If raining, the movie will be shown indoors. For more information, contact Duane Peabody at 301-776-3667.

Another great summer activity for parents and children alike is swimming. We are lucky to have a pool within walking distance at a fun, family swim club. For a price comparable to sending one child to one week of summer camp, the whole family can enjoy the entire summer at the pool. The West Arundel Swim Club, located at 259 Old Line Ave., has trial, single and renter memberships available for this summer. Contact Flo at 301-725-5644 if you are interested in more information. Any family-type membership includes one session of free swimming lessons for each child on the membership. The first session of swim lessons begins on Monday, June 11 and runs through Thursday, June 21. The second session runs Monday, July 9 to Tuesday, July 19. All swim lessons are in the evening. Non-members may also take swim lessons at the swim club. Registration occurs at 5:30 p.m. on the first night of swim lessons.

Over the next two weeks, the swim club hosts a number of events including a cook-out potluck on Sunday, June 10 from 6 to 9:30 p.m.; a Youth Night for ages 11 to 17 on Friday, June 15 from 6 to 9 p.m.; and an Adult Night (ages 18 and over) on Saturday, June 16 from 6 to 10:30 p.m.


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The swim club also offers a competitive swim team with practices in the evening. The first home swim meet of the season against Marlton on Saturday, June 16 at 8:30 a.m. Don't miss out on any of the fun. Join early!

The Maryland City Recreation Council welcomes the new football leadership team of Dave and Brenda Cintron and Steve and Catie Herman. The Cintrons and Hermans are working hard to create a great new football and cheer program for the Maryland City Recreation Council this year. Coed flag football for boys and girls ages 4 to 9 and tackle football for players over the age of 10 will be offered. For more information or to register, feel free to call me at 301-725-7711 or dpws@aol.com.

The library offers an exceptional opportunity for us to continue supporting our children's and our own education. While most children balk at the idea of summer reading, let them choose books on their grade level that interest them and encourage them to participate in the library's summer reading club. If you have multiple children, you may even be able to add a bit of a competition, basing it on number of pages read (grade level books, of course) and let the one with the most pages read by a chosen date get to choose a special family activity and take a friend. To join the Summer Reading Club, visit the Maryland City at Russett branch library and sign up. There are different activities for preschoolers, elementary kids, teens and even adults. Our branch kicks off the club on Tuesday, June 19 between 2 and 7 p.m. with crafts, activities, games and fun on the theme "Oh the Things You Can Do!" with books.

Also visit the library on Tuesday, June 26 at 4 p.m. or 7 p.m. to be entertained by the wonderful Blue Sky Puppet Theatre as they present "If Pigs Could Fly." During the production some of our favorite puppets dream of visiting exotic foreign countries and discovering new cultures as their librarian leads them around the world without ever leaving home. As always, the show will be silly and entertaining and teach us how we can travel the world through books.

Finally, congratulations to our own Rocky Gorge Rugby Club. They won the National Championship for Division II June 2 in Glendale, Colo. Rocky Gorge defeated Wisconsin, 37-26. The Maryland City Recreation Council Mustangs work in close partnership with Rocky Gorge, and Rocky Gorge team members donate their time and talents to MCRC and share their fields. Last year the team helped put a new roof on the council's press box at Maryland City Park. They also plan to revitalize the NFL Pass, Punt, Kick program with the Maryland City Recreation Council this fall. Congratulations to all of the team members.