Did you make up your mind that 1991 would be the year that you do something just for yourself?

Maybe you decided to take a computer course or a flower-arranging course. Well, we are very excited about the large selection of adult education courses North County High is offering this year.

North County High is the school most Brooklyn Park students attend, so we know many parents would benefit from this information.

Some of the classes being offered include: watercolors, ballroom dancing, basic sewing, bookkeeping and accounting, keyboarding, computer education and parent effectiveness training.

The prices range from $14 for a two-session class to $86 for a 20-session class.

Bookletslisting all the courses can be picked up at the local library.

For registration or more information, call 224-5385.


Belle Grove School news: The state Reading Council sponsored a "Young Author Contest" recently at the school. Three students received certificates for their original stories: Jamie Fitzsimmons, third grade; Walter Clubb, fourth grade; and Lewis Eckert, fifth grade.

Congratulations to all the winners.


Brooklyn Park Elementary School news: On Thursday, a program entitled "Drugs and Your Brain" will be presented to the third graders.

This puppet show is presented by Mac Bogart.The show will begin at 2:15 p.m.

* Next Monday, a program called "Peers and Pals" will begin. Sixth graders will be paired with first-grade students for a 15-minute tutoring session in reading and math skills.

Program organizers hope to improve academic skills and raise self-esteem.

* Winners of the state Reading Council's "Young Author Contest" were: Toni Ashburn, Clifford Barnes, Crystal Barnhouser,Kimberleigh Black, Ebony Flowers, Lisa Fraley, Charles Gaither, David Mitchell, Dan Nealon,

Deirdre Parker, Ann Sosnowski and Jackie Tomago.

* The 17th annual science fair is on its way.

All students are invited to participate. The entry blank must be returned to the school by Feb. 4.

The fair will run from March 13 to 19, so put on your thinking caps and come up with a great project to show.

Brooklyn Park/Lindale Middle-Junior High School news: The students, staff and parents would like to thank Paula Dougher for all her help in coordinating the "Apples for the Students" program. She has spent long hours collecting, tabulating and processing the receipts.

The school has collected $300,000 in receipts so far and would love to see that amount doubled from now through March. You may send in your receipts with a student or drop them off at the school.


Park Elementary School news: Vision and hearing screenings for kindergarten students, third graders, students new to the school and students in special education will be conducted by the Health Department tomorrow and Wednesday.

If you feel your child needs a screening and is not in one of these groups, you may call the school to schedule an appointment.


The St. Rose of Lima Home and School Association will sponsor a St. Valentine's Dance on Feb. 2 in the school hall, 410 JeffreySt. The dance will run from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Music will be provided by the Moonlight Brothers disk jockeys. Door prizes, wine coolers,set-ups and beer are included in the admission charge. Tickets are $10 per person in advance and $12 per person at the door.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 354-8860 or 789-3527.

* Aparish bingo is set for 7:45 p.m. Friday in the school hall. Everyone is invited to attend.


The county Recreation and Parks Department will sponsor a free "fun and games drop-in" for elementary-agedchildren at the Pumphrey Community Center, Belle Grove Road. The children will be offered group games, outdoor games, table games and crafts.

The 10-week program will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Jan. 30.

For more information, call 222-3600.


The Arundel Pastoral Counseling Service now has an office at the Brooklyn Heights United Methodist Church, 110 Townsend Ave., on Mondays.

Services offered include individual counseling, marriage counseling, pre-marital counseling, family counseling, separation and divorce counseling and organizational development consultation.

For more information or an appointment, call 433-2241.


In our first column of the new year, we wrote about several neighbors in the Brooklyn Park area who were interested in forming a writers group.

Well, we have great news: The first meeting of the North County Writer's Group will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the North County Library in Harundale.

The agenda will include an informal workshop, critiques and information for all. Beginners are welcome. Be sure to bring something to read. For more information call Dennis Barnes, 636-2575.


Today we observe the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. All local libraries have special sections with readings about King. To learn more about this historic figure, visit your local library.

Phyllis Flowers


Phyllis Lucas


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