February can be a difficult month. Everyone has the flu, just got over the flu or is trying to give you the flu.
Those last-minute Christmas purchases have finally shown up on the VISA card. Yes, there are two holidays this month -- but you can't count Presidents' Day because we all know that if you don't get a present it really isn't a holiday. And the schools are sending home lice notices again.
On the other hand, it is a television sweeps month, so most of the shows won't be reruns. I get to spend Saturday at Chuck E. Cheese celebrating my son's birthday and watching a large, fully dressed rodent moonwalk.
Football season is over, and Glen Burnie is busy thisweek.
If you're planning to drop by Harundale Mall on Saturday, you may find yourself surrounded by blue and gold and khaki. The Scouts of the Four Rivers District will be celebrating scouting with a day full of contests, demonstrations and displays.
This year's program has been organized by district Executive Stephen Bleezard and volunteer Chairman Bob Faber.
Highlighting this year's show will be the Boy Scouts' First Aid Meet and the Cub Scouts' Pinewood Derby.
"The purpose is to bring every level of scouting -- from Tiger Cubto Explorer -- together to see each other's programs and to share with the public what scouting is all about," Bleezard explained.
Saturday's show will run from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.
This week is National School Counseling Week. Students and parents are encouraged to spend some time exploring the services offered by guidance counselors.
Counselors do more than help negotiate the financial assistance maze or get you out of Woodworking 101. Connie Poussard, counselor at Marley and Point Pleasant elementary schools, has started a program that uses pupils to work at diffusing playground and classroom conflicts.
Her counterpart at Southgate Elementary, Vicki Coover, routinely publishes suggestions in the school newsletter for motivating and encouraging pupils.
Sandra Seward established a very successful mentor program at Marley Middle and is working on raising money for a computer system that will allow pupils and parents to verify homework information 24 hours a day.
On the high school level, Janice Thomas has coordinated a peer counseling program at Glen Burnie High. She is working with 16 students in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades to develop better listening skills. The goal of the project is to encourage students to seek support from their peers if they are uncomfortable discussing a problem with an adult.
These are just a few of the area counselors. If you have a chance this week, stop by the counselor'soffice and find a way to pay for college, catch up on a project offered by the school or, if you really need to, drop out of shop.
It's candy time at Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School. Young children in plaid clothing will be canvassing neighborhoods for the nexttwo weeks selling four varieties of candy bars for $1 each. Just remember, you can always rationalize buying candy from a school, church or Scout group. But, if you buy it at a grocery store it is still junk food.
The youths at Slade have been offered several sales incentives, including a luncheon with Principal Janice McIntosh, non-uniform days and cash.
The money raised will be used for operating expenses at the school.
Balancing a checkbook, computing your income tax deductions, determining your share of the car pool cost -- the math skills we learned (or didn't) influence our lives every day. Too bad we didn't pay as much attention in Algebra I as we should have.
The pupils on the math teams at CorkranMiddle School must have been paying attention. This year they have won two countywide math contests, and they hope to make it a hat trickat the third and final competition in March.
Marla Kollar, chairwoman of the Corkran math department, has coordinated the school's participation in the contest for several years. Fifteen pupils make up the team, the largest number ever to participate. This is the first year the teams placed higher than fourth.
"The kids are really excited about it. They're eager to go back and try for their third win this spring," Kollar said.
The contest is divided into two parts, individual and team competition. For the individual exam, pupils are given 30 minutes to answer six questions. The average of the three top scores is used as the school's score.
Pupils then form five-memberteams to work on six additional problems. The highest team score is added to the individual average to determine the final score.
"Although some of the problems use algebraic and geometric skills, most of them require reasoning and problem-solving skills," Kollar said. "We have students from the sixth, seventh and eighth grades on the team."
Members of Corkran's team are: Christin Cogswell, Lynette Erbe,Rebecca Gardiner, Brian Hemphill, Benneth Henderson, Bruce Knepper, Charles Krick, Andrew Krol, Joey Matukonis, Meghan Matukonis, Becky McDivitt, Raniece Medley, Jenny Na, Jimmy Prince and Mark Robinson.
It's a weekend for dancing in Glen Burnie.
Glen Burnie Senior High is hosting a Sweetheart/Friendship dance Saturday night from 7:30 to 11 in the cafeteria. The dance is sponsored by the Student Government Association.
Admission is $3 per person or $5 per couple. Tickets may be purchased during lunch periods this week. When the students purchase their tickets, they may enter the Sweetheart Contest.
"Students should write a paragraph on what is true romance or friendship. First prize is dinner for two at the Chart House in Baltimore," said Al Liverman, SGA adviser. "We'll announce the winner at the dance."
Other prizes include brunch at the Maryland Inn, Godiva chocolates, flowers and balloons.
Music will be provided by Danny Breeze Productions.
This weekend Glen Burnie can celebrate Mardi Grasat Jr. Jack's nightclub for teens. The club, at 400 Summitt Ave., ishosting a dance from 2:30 to 5 Sunday afternoon.
Admission is $2 per person for youths 8 to 16.
In keeping with the spirit of MardiGras, dancers can come in costume. Prizes will be given for the bestcostume.
For details, call 766-6646.
As a frequent chaperon at the Friday night dances sponsored by the Rebels at Corkran Middle School, I am pleased to see just how popular the dances are becoming. (Yes, that's me at the door taking your money and stamping your hand each week).
Every Friday more and more people show up ready tosocialize, dance and try to win prizes in the dance and the lip-synccontests. It is surprising how good some of the dancers are.
The dances are open to all youths in the community, whether you can danceor not.
The first dance is from 6 to 8 p.m. for those ages 7 through 12. From 8 to 8:30, the chaperons re-evaluate the decisions they have made in their lives. The doors open again at 8:30 for teens up to age 17. The dance concludes at 10:30.
Admission is $2 a person.
The dances are scheduled every Friday night that the school is in session. No school, no dance.
February's schedule is:
Friday: Jack Barton of Jr. Jack's will be the guest deejay at both dances.
Feb. 15: Valentine's Dance. Anyone wearing red and white or hearts can get in for half price.
Feb. 22: Washington's Birthday dance. No discount, but feel free to wear wooden teeth and bring Martha.
Adult chaperons are always welcome as guests of the Rebels.
Watch out St. Albans! Herb Meushaw is roasting a pig Saturday for the Supper Club's Hawaiian Luau, and church dinners may never be the same.
The club's luau aims to beat the winter doldrums.
Kathy Gates and Toni Sakalas started the club four years ago to combine socializing and different kinds of dinners.
"We thought that, in the middle of February, everyone would be so tired of the cold weather it would be fun to dress up in bright clothes and enjoy a tropical luau," Gates explained.
Several authentic Hawaiian recipes have been distributed to members of the club to assure a variety of appetizers, side dishes and desserts.
"We're still trying tofind a few people to dress up in grass skirts and carry in the pig, but other than that we ready," Gates said.
The dinner starts at 6:30 Saturday in the church hall, First and A streets.
For more information, call the church office, 766-1455, or Kathy Gates, 969-8223, after 7 p.m..
The Christian Women's Clubs of Glen Burnie willhave their February luncheons next week. It's "Crazy Kiln Folks" at Monday's luncheon of the Christian Women's Club No. 1. Lunch will be served at 11:45 at Michael's Eighth Avenue. There is a $9 charge.
Judy Stone of Tye's Mud Hut will give a lesson in ceramics. Barbara Largent, a local singer, will lend her talents to the afternoon's activities, and Patti Koschmeder will discuss her work with the Christianmission programs.
Ann Freid of Club No. 1 has extended an invitation to all women interested in Christian fellowship: "We are not a club to join. If you come, you are a part of us."
For reservations, call 551-3992 or 766-3250.
Koschmeder will also be the guest speaker at the Christian Women's Club No. 2 luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Tuesdayat Morrison's Family Dining. The cost of the luncheon is $7.50.
Billed as its "Have A Heart" luncheon, the club will welcome Dotie Pittius as its guest. Pittius will discuss how color analysis can improve your appearance.
Deborah Arnold of Perry Hall will entertain with her music.
Reservations: 766-4353 or 766-9220.
Those Parents Without Partners are out dancing again. The Glen Burnie chapter is sponsoring a Sweetheart Dance at the Orchard Beach Fire Hall, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday.
Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for non-members. This dance is open to the community, whether or not you're aparent.
Never let it be said that the North County Library doesn't have a heart.
Next Wednesday at 10 and 11 a.m., children ages 2 through 5 are invited to attend a special Valentine story time.
Kathlyn Sia, librarian in charge of programming, will read three special stories to the children, all with a Valentine theme. In addition, the children will make Valentines for their sweethearts.
A limited number of openings is available, so register by Friday.