This has been a week filled with symbols. Mardi Gras parties on Tuesday, ashes on Wednesday, red hearts yesterday and today begins the onslaught of presidential silhouettes on every advertisement from furniture to dog food.

Ah, modern life in the good old U.S. of A.

Somehow I find it hard to associate our founding father's birthday celebration with "shop till you drop" mall hopping over the long weekend.

Oh well, I have never been one to pass up a good deal. See you in the free cherry pie line. Happy birthday, George and Abe.


Get ready for an enjoyable science fiction movie geared for the younger set at the next Family Night Movie Time at Riviera Beach Elementary School.

"Flight of the Navigator" will be shown at 7 p.m. Feb. 22. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Admission is $1 for children, age 3 and over. Youngsters age 2 and under. Children under age 7 mustbe accompanied by an adult.

Popcorn, candy and soda will be on sale before each movie.

Movie Time is sponsored by the Greater Riviera Recreation Council and the county Department of Recreation and Parks.

For more information, call Bob Brandenburger at 222-3538.


Shop for attic treasures at Stoney Creek Democratic Club's indoor flea market tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Admission is free and refreshments will be sold.


United Methodist Churches in the Pasadena Cluster will present their sixth annual Lenten Choir Concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at Hall United Methodist Church on Solley Road.

Choirs from Community, Faith, Magothy, Mount Carmel, Magothy Church ofthe Deaf, Mount Zion, Pasadena and Asbury Town Neck will be participating.

Participants should bring finger foods for fellowship sharing thatwill follow the concert. A love offering will be collected.

For more details, call George Fauth at 255-8338.


Vendors are needed for the upcoming Baseball Card and Memorabilia Show sponsoredby the Riviera Beach Little League from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 3 atStoney Creek Democratic Club.

The event will feature more than 45 tables, with hourly door prizes awarded.

Tables are $35 each or two for $60. Proceeds will benefit league programs.

To reserve a table, contact Don Cunningham at 987-2318 or Bill Neary at 437-3800.


Limited openings are available in the before- and after-school YMCA sponsored day-care program at Lake Shore School.

Before-school care begins at 7 a.m., with after-school care from 3 to 6 p.m.

The center is open to students at Lake Shore School only.

For more information, call Peggy Hoover at 360-1707.


Next week, students at Jacobsville and Fort Smallwood Elementary schools will be celebrating National Brotherhood Week.

Children at Fort Smallwood will be exchanging friendship letters with their same-age, fellow studentsat Jacobsville. "The Human Relations Committee and guidance department at Fort Smallwood began this effort last year," said counselor Carolyn Keenen. "The correspondence initiated during Brotherhood Week lasted throughout the year in most grade levels."

"These children will all be at Chesapeake Bay Middle School in the future, and the ideawas to develop the roots of future friendships."

Both schools aredecorating friendship fences in their foyers. Special messages are written on heart-shaped paper, taped onto a painted mural with the messages delivered to friends at the end of the month.

Next Tuesday at Fort Smallwood, the PTA and Human Relations Committee will have a special day dedicated to teachers. Each class will prepare messages totheir teachers on a large scroll and parents will provide refreshments for the teachers in the faculty lounge.

On Feb. 22, Keenen willbe presenting a mini-session for parents. The topic will be "Understanding Children's Learning Styles."

The program will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. in the cafeteria at Fort Smallwood Elementary.

To register, contact Keenen at 437-5100 or 255-1394.


With the Lenten season in full swing, several churches in the area have begun special programming to highlight this time of reflection and repentance.

The congregation at Emmanuel Lutheran Church will begin a special midweek service at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays during Lent. The theme chosen for these services is "Overheard: Conversations by the Cross."

Community United Methodist Church invites families to Sunday eveningLenten programs at 7 p.m. starting Feb. 24.

The evening will begin with a covered dish supper at 6 p.m., followed by the service.

Wednesday night services at Pasadena United Methodist Church will takeplace from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. starting Feb. 20.

The topic of thesespecial programs is "Gospel, Culture and Media."

All ages are welcome and baby-sitting will be provided.

St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church has scheduled a special Mass at 7:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday evenings during Lent.

Novena devotions to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal will take place on Monday evenings following Mass.

Stations of the cross will take place at 7 p.m. Fridays.


ThePTA and faculty of Jacobsville Elementary invite parents to the Educational Fair and Pizza Night from 5 to 7:30 on Feb. 22.

The fair will feature displays of children's classroom work and accomplishmentsin different subjects.

For more information, call the school, 255-1394.


American Legion Post 277 is promising its "world famous" Bull and Oyster Roast from 1 to 6 p.m. Feb. 24 at the post home, on Carbide Road, off Fort Smallwood Road.

Tickets are $18 per person and can be ordered by calling the post home at 360-0880.

Do the bunny hop from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Chesterfield Recreations Committee's Spring Dance on March 23 at the Columbian Center, Ritchie Highway.

Music for dancing or hopping will be provided by Horizon.

Tickets are $13 each and include beer and setups.

For ticket information, call 437-8939.

Proceeds will be used for children's programming in the community.


Dust off your saddle shoes and get ready to do the stroll at the Spring Dance sponsored by Chelsea Beach Residents Association. The dance will take place from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. March 9 at Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Department Hall on Mountain Road.

Fifties and '60s music will be provided by Stallion DJ's.

Tickets are $9.50 per person and include a cold buffet, beer, setups and snacks. Dance contests and door prizes will be featured.

Tickets maybe obtained by contacting Gary DeGrafft at 437-3733.


Congratulations to Oma Foster on being selected the county's Educator of theMonth. Foster has been teaching for 42 years, 28 of those at Jacobsville Elementary, where she instructs fourth- and fifth-grade science classes.

"In addition to her regular classes, Dr. Foster serves asthe science resource teacher for our school," said principal Wayne Miller. "She cares about all of the students at our school and improvethe quality of their science education."

Foster lives in Pasadena.

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