An air of anticipation and excitement will prevail on the campus of Chesapeake High School next week as student and faculty members prepare for their annual Homecoming celebration.

Members of the Student Government Association have planned several events to help generate school spirit and involve their classmates in the festivities.

It is a tradition that CHS students dress up for Spirit Week in odd or different ways. Bell bottoms and flower power will rule the halls on Monday when students dress up for Hippie Day. Tuesday is Color Clash Day. On Wednesday, Halloween costumes will prevail, and Thursday will be Crazy Hat Day. And, as always, students will wear school colors on Friday for Spirit Day.

A decorated wall contest will be conducted between the four grade levels. Assigned walls in the Student Center will be adorned and the class best depicting the overall theme, "Beat the Wildcats," will be declared the winners. The junior class won that honor last year.

Hundreds of Cougar paw prints with messages will be sold to decorate the halls.

Chrissie Jones, vice president of the SGA, said that students will be asked to donate to the Trick or Treat for Troops program, sponsored by Giant Food and Champion Reality. "We wanted to do something to help show our support for the troops in the Gulf, and participating in this programs seemed like the thing to do," she said.

Also on Monday, the student body will be voting for the Homecoming King and Queen and for the Court of Honor members from their own grade level.

The winners will be announced Friday.

At 6 p.m. Friday, the annual pre-game parade steps off, led by the music of the CHS Band. The senior class float and extra-curricular clubs and organization banners will be marched around the track in front of the school.

The Chesapeake Cougars vs. Arundel Wildcats kickoff will follow at 7:30 p.m.

Ending the week's activities will be the semiformal Homecoming Dance on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the school. The theme will be "Love Song by Tesla."

The cost of tickets is $5 per person or $8 per couple. Music for dancing will be provided by Davis DJs.

The SGA will be selling a new promotional item this year at the game and dance. Small plastic footballs, in school colors with CHS on the side, can be purchased for $2 each.

All proceeds for the week's events will be used by the SGA to benefit programs for the entire student body. Kathleen Sorg is SGA adviser.

Fight the bulges of couch potato season at the YMCA fall fitness programs beginning next week.

"Shape-up and Tone" classes consisting of 30 minutes of aerobics and 30 minutes of floor work, will be held at three locations. A morning class, with baby-sitting available, has been scheduled for Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 to 10 a.m. at Victory Bible Church, off Catherine Avenue.

Evening classes will be conducted on Tuesday and Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Fort Smallwood Elementary. And Lake Shore Elementary will be the site of classes held on Monday and Thursday evenings from 8 to 9 p.m.

A one-hour, Aerobics in Motion class, consisting of choreographed dance fitness, stressing cardiovascular conditioning and muscle toning will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at George Fox Middle School.

Registrations will be accepted by instructors at the first class. People interested in trying out a class are welcomed. A small fee will be charged.

For more details on YMCA classes, call Sheila Light at 647-3800.

The Stoney Creek Democratic Club will host a bingo fund-raiser to benefit the United 31st Team this evening at 7:30 p.m. at the clubhouse on Fort Smallwood Road.

Tickets are $20 per person and will be available at the door.

Older trick or treaters can trip the light fantastic and chase those boo's away at several local dances this weekend.

The Riveria Beach Volunteer Fire Department is hosting its annual Halloween Dance tonight from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the fire hall on Fort Smallwood Road.

The cost of tickets is $25 per couple and will include beer and setups.

Tickets can be purchased at the door. Costumes are optional, but for those dressing up for the occasion a costume contest will be conducted and prizes will be awarded.

Music for dancing will be provided by Pizazz.

Proceeds will be used to help defray the cost of the new engine and ambulance.

The Venice Civic Association will have its Halloween Dance tomorrow evening from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the community hall, 1919 Arundel Road.

Costumes are optional, but prizes will be awarded in several categories.

Music will be provided by Mike Fabian.

Tickets are $8 per person or $15 per couple and include beer and setups.

Tickets maybe obtained by calling 255-0608.

Cut a rug at the Halloween Dance sponsored by the Stoney Creek Democratic Club tomorrow evening from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the clubhouse.

Music will be provided by Pizazz and costumes are optional. A costume contest with prizes will be conducted.

Tickets are $10 per person and include a platter, beer and setups.

For tickets, call Fred Frommelt, 255-0333, or Charlie Michaels, 437-9821.

Children in Pasadena can get a lot of wear from their Halloween costumes this weekend and maybe win some prizes, too, at several celebrations in the area.

The Chelsea Beach Improvement Association is sponsoring a Halloween Party for children in the Chelsea Beach community tomorrow from 1 to 3 p.m.

at the Ninth and D streets community playground.

The event will feature costume contests, with prizes, grab bags and an appearance by McGruff the Crime Dog.

Angel's Market invites families to a free Halloween Party tomorrow afternoon from noon to 2 p.m. at the store, 4681 Mountain Road.

A costume contest, parade, games and prizes are planned. Treats will be given to all participants.

Ghosts, goblins and a magic trick or two will be featured tomorrow evening from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Spook House, sponsored by Bodkin Elementary PTO.

Spook House tours will be available throughout the evening for 50 cents per person. Special lights-on tours will be offered to younger visitors.

A pumpkin decorating contest, costume contest and magic show will round out the evening's entertainment.

Cheese or pepperoni pizza, available by the slice or whole pies, can be purchased to eat in or carry out. Home-baked treats and drinks will also be sold.

Linda Eser, PTO president, asks that parents accompany their children to the celebration.

Children who attend the UNICEF Party at Community United Methodist Church will be celebrating the holiday with costumes, prizes and a Haunted House. They'll be having fun and supporting programs for children around the world, too.

Admission to the 6 p.m. party is a UNICEF bank or donations.

Get out of the kitchen tomorrow morning and take the family to the Hot Cake and Sausage Breakfast, sponsored by the Lake Shore Rotary and Inner Wheel, at Mount Carmel United Methodist Church.

Rotarians will be cooking up stacks of flapjacks, sausage and hominy along with applesauce, juice and a beverage from 7 to 11:30 a.m. The Interact Club of Chesapeake High School will be serving.

The cost of breakfast is $3 for adults and $1 for children.

Homemade baked goods made by Inner Wheel members and a flea market will also be featured.

The Pasadena Church of God will be hosting the crusade of the Shoreys beginning this weekend.

Kevin, Mark and Kari Shorey will bring their gospel ministry, preaching and song to the church on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The crusade will continue nightly on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m.

Big Chick Huntsberry, former bodyguard to Prince, Madonna and AC/DC, will also be presenting his story at the Thursday evening service.

Baby-sitting for children infants through 4 years old will be provided.

For more information, call the church at 255-8403 or 255-3168.

The singles group at Lake Shore Baptist Church invites interested single, divorced or widowed Christians to attend a new Home Bible Study program at the home of a member.

The group will be discussing the Book of Romans starting tomorrow evening at 6 p.m.

For more information or for directions, call Mike Walter at 437-1922.

Learn to make a reed market basket at a class offered by the county Department of Recreation and Parks. The three-hour class, with step by step instruction, is scheduled for Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lake Shore Elementary School.

To register or for more details, call Bob Brandenburger at 222-3600.

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