Special 'nights' promise fun, food for families [Maryland City]

Our students have been hard at work the last two weeks, participating in the last-ever Maryland School Assessment tests. Good job to everyone on getting a good night's sleep and breakfast each day to be prepared for the daily testing.

Maryland City Elementary offers a number of upcoming events. Enjoy Restaurant Shuffle Night with the family on Wednesday, March 19 from 4 to 9 p.m. at Chick-fil-A in Corridor Marketplace. Be sure to mention Maryland City so a portion of your meal cost gets donated back to the school. On Thursday, March 20, Maryland City students smile brightly for their class pictures. Please remember that school uniforms are required. Finally, join Maryland City Elementary on Thursday, March 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. as they celebrate Multi-Night. Come out and explore the exhibits and learn about the many wonderful cultures that make up our neighborhood.

Many people are wondering when spring sports will begin. The county just cleared the opening of the fields now that the snow has melted and the fields have dried out. As good neighbors, we should remember that we need to take care of the fields in our neighborhood so that the sports programs have beautiful play spaces available for our children. The Maryland City Recreation Council Mustangs' travel coaches meet on Monday, March 17 to receive this spring's rosters and kick off the season. If your child is in second grade or above and registered to play, you should hear from the coach by this weekend. The in-house program for first graders and younger will begin in about two weeks. Baseball is also set to begin in about two weeks with kids pitch traveling teams for the 9U and 10U age group, as well as coach pitch and T-ball. We only have a couple of spots left on the 9U and 10U teams, so quickly contact John Venit, dpws@aol.com or 301-725-7711, if you are interested in playing.

Over the past couple of years, many people in the area have asked why Maryland City now plays with the county league instead of in the Little League program, in which they participated for 40+ years. The answer is quite simple. Little League rules would no longer allow the organization to co-exist with the Maryland City Recreation Council. Once Maryland City Little League split from MCRC, the MCLL president stepped down and the vice president at the time was unable to step up as president. After several attempts, no one else offered to step up to lead the organization and MCRC was not allowed (per Little League rules) to have board members sitting on both boards. In order to keep baseball alive in our area, MCRC Mustangs re-joined the Anne Arundel County Parks and Recreation baseball league in 2011 and the players continuing with MCRC have enjoyed their travel experiences. Athletes in the area are encouraged to practice and play in their "own backyard" with the MCRC Mustangs.

In just 10 weeks, Memorial Day weekend will arrive. What does that coincide with? The opening of the pool. Start saving about $40 a week now and your entire family can enjoy the pool and some snacks for the whole summer starting on Memorial Day weekend.

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