With "Black History Month" being celebrated during February, a variety of activities are scheduled for our community in recognition of the many contributions that African-Americans have made to history.
The Pumphrey community will host three nights of family fun and celebration. The festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Lloyd Keaser Center on Belle Grove Road with Youth Night, which includes poem recitals, a youth chorus singing several Negro spirituals and dramatic presentations.
On Friday, Feb. 15, the celebration continues with "An African Experience." Come on out and experience a unique type of entertainment, as the Lloyd Keaser Center will be transformed into a market setting.
Proceeding along the marketplace, you will be introduced to African art, jewelry, fashion, food, song and dance.
To conclude "Black History Month," an "Apollo Music Show" is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday,Feb. 22. The show will feature impersonations of such famous black singers as Aretha Franklin, Billy Holiday and the original Motown sound.
All the shows are free, but donations will be collected each night. Refreshments will be served. All the events are sponsored by the K.C. Task Force. For more information, please contact Yolanda Dickerson at 636-1714.
Belle Grove Elementary news:
* Congratulations to Jason Raczniak, whose artwork is on display at the Linthicum Library through Feb. 18.
* Volunteers are needed to help with the after-school bowling program. Three parents are needed each week to ensure that the children get the help they need. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the school.
* Through January, the school has collected a total of $66,412.14 in Giant receipts. The school needs another $120,000 to obtain another computer.
Brooklyn Park Elementary news: The "Maryland You Are Beautiful" essay contest is under way. Here is a chance for children to display their writing talent.
Students in grades K-2 are to write a paragraph for their classmates telling about the differences between "good" and "bad" drugs. In grades 3-5, writing a letter to the governor explaining their ideas for a commercial to convince students to "Say no to drugs" is the the theme.
Sixth-grade students will be writing a letter to Governor Schaefer explaining how people might solve the drug problem in their communities.
All entries must be submitted to teachers by Feb. 28.
* Parents of sixth-grade students are urged to attend an orientation set for 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11 at Brooklyn Park/Lindale Middle/Junior High School.
Brooklyn Park/Lindale Middle Junior High news: A PTSA Executive Board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight. The school's CAC will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the school.
Park Elementary news: Congratulations to students Dorien Sears, Lorraine Wagner and Stephanie Thomas, who have their artwork on display at the Linthicum Library.
* Pre-K students will be walking to the Brooklyn Park Library tomorrow, where they will be given a tour of the library and hear a short story.
* The Math Club will meet at 3 p.m. Friday.
* The faculty and staff would like to thank all the volunteers who have contributed so much time to help in the school and classrooms. The students are the ones who benefit from their diligent efforts.
Special thanks to volunteers Mary Bilenki, Michele Knight, Hope Church and Maria Wertz, who have contributed between 50 and 99 hours. And to Barbara Delss and Mary Rayman, who have given over 100 hours.
The school can always use more volunteers. If you are interested, call the school.
* Students in grades 3 through 6 should begin thinking about their Science Fair projects. Projects are due March 7.
* The school recently has added two new computers to its lab. The school community still is collecting pink Giant receipts in hopes of obtaining a fourth Apple computer.
On Friday, the school will beobserving "Pink Day." Everyone is encouraged to wear something pink to school and to turn in their Giant receipts. Special stickers will be given to those children who turn in at least one receipt on that day.
* Get a jump on the Easter Bunny! The Parent-Teacher Organization will be raising money through Feb. 15 selling Easter candy and goodies. Be sure to contact one of the students at the school if you are interested in making a purchase.
* Report cards for elementary school students will be distributed tomorrow.
The North County High School Parent's Club will have a board meeting beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday. A general meeting will follow at 7:30 p.m. Anyone interested in lending support is encouraged to attend.
The North County High School Regional CAC meeting is set for 7 p.m. tomorrow. The discussion will include the progress of the renovation of Lindale Junior High School into North County High.
Baseball! Softball! T-Ball! It's that time of year again.
The Brooklyn Park Youth Athletic Association will begin registration for playing ball on Saturday, Feb. 9 in the Brooklyn Park Elementary School cafeteria, 200 14th Ave. The hours will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration will continue on Feb. 16 and 23 and March 2.
Baseball is available for boys ages 7-14,softball for girls ages 7-15 and T-ball for boys and girls ages 5 and 6. The age of the child as of July 31 of this year will determine if the child is eligible to play.
Registration is $20 for one childand $35 for two or more children in one family. For more informationabout baseball, call Jack Conley at 789-0959; for softball and T-ball, call Wayne Combs at 789-1947.
* The association still has a fewEntertainment books left for sale. The price is $35 per book. If youare interested, call Daisy Garrison at 789-5430.
St. Rose of Lima School will be hosting a bingo night at 7:45 p.m. Friday in the school hall at 410 Jeffrey St. Plenty of good food, door prizes and money prizes for bingo will be featured. For more information, call 355-1050.
A new Cub Scout pack is forming in the Pumphrey community.All interested boys and their parents should attend an informational meeting at 6 p.m. Friday at the Lloyd Keaser Community Center.
Are you ready to put your body in a swimsuit for the summer?
If the answer is no, now is the time to do something about it. A low-impact aerobics class will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning tomorrow at the Lloyd Keaser Community Center.
The class is open to men and women of all ages. Tanja Stevens, a certified aerobics instructor, will be teaching the class. The cost is $12.50, and registration will takeplace before class tomorrow.
So come on out and enjoy 10 weeks ofself-improvement. For more information, call Sylvia Little at 636-4677 or Yolanda Dickerson at 636-1714.
Do you know someone in yourneighborhood who is always involved in helping others? Someone who is dedicated to the youth or elderly of the community? Someone who is always willing to lend a hand no matter how big or small the task maybe?
If you know someone like this, we would like to hear about it. Please call us, as we would like to acknowledge these people for making our community a better place to live.