When I sat down to compose this week's column, I thought, "Oh, just another sleepy week in Pasadena. Not much happening." Boy, was I wrong.

How wrong? Well, you be the judge.

The Greater Pasadena Council has scheduled a meeting for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Eastern District Police Station on Mountain Road.

Theodore J. Sophocleus, the former 1st District county councilman, will speak on the transition from one administration to another and how it affects the county.

Also up for discussion is how proposed county budget cuts might affect projects in the Pasadena area.

All residents are invited.

For more information, call Dave Williams at437-4247.


Being call a "bookworm" doesn't carry the stigma that it used to, especially at Chesapeake Bay Middle School.

In fact,pupils have been lining up this week to register for the second annual Read-a-Thon, sponsored by the school's Student Literacy Corps.

Participating teens will be seeking pledges from family, friends and neighbors next week.

Reading sessions will take place during the March 5, 6 and 7 club periods, with special after-school sessions planned for March 6 and 7.

The last day of the event will feature a two-hour reading session followed by a pizza party and awards celebration.

Money collected by Read-a-Thoners will be used to buy books for the school's media centers.


Attention procrastinators: the Greater Riviera Beach Recreation Council has scheduled a special late registration for spring and summer sports programs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at Sunset Elementary School.

Several leagues are participating in this last sign-up:

Havenwood Little League and Softball, open to children ages 5 to 18. Registration fees are $25 for individual and $30 for family.

For information, call Carol Caines, 255-7229 or Sharon Bland, 255-7102;

Pasadena Clinic League Baseball, open to boys and girls ages 5 to 7 for tee ball and coach-pitch. Feesare $20 for individual and $30 for family.

For information, call Brenda Evans, 255-9464, or Bill Cyford, 255-3217.

Riviera Girls Softball League, open to ages 7 to 18. Fees are $25 for individual and $30 for family. An additional county/ASA participation fee of $5 may be charged.

For details, call Lee Espegren, 255-6506; Skip Jeffrey, 437-6609; or Elemer Hohman, 255-0766.

Riviera Little League, forages 8 to 15. Fees are $25 for individual and $30 for family.

Call Jim Canby, 255-5057, or Chris Clark, 437-0955.

St. Jane Soccer, for boys and girls, ages 5 to 18. Fees are $20 for clinic and $30 forcounty or family registration.

Call Steve Naylor, 437-4699, Al Adams, 437-3710 or Jean Santucci, 255-5952.

All registrations will require birth certificates, and late registrations may be subject to a penalty.


The weekly 7:30 p.m. Saturday worship service at Lake Shore Baptist Church, which began last fall, has been expanded.

Beginning tomorrow evening, there will be a Bible study for adults and preschool children at 6:30 p.m.

Mark Foy will be leading the adult lessons, which will focus on the best-known and -loved chapters of theBible.

Betty and Earl Stout will teach the preschoolers during both Bible study and worship hours.

Beginning March 2, the church will feature a concert of sacred music on the first Saturday of the month at 7:30 p.m. It will be followed by an informal, contemporary worship service. Attendees are encouraged to dress casually.

The firstconcert will feature Robi K, a Glen Burnie vocalist.

For more information, call the church office at 255-5413.


Pasadena United Methodist Church will present a sacred music program at 7 p.m. March 3 at the church on Ritchie Highway.

Otis and Karen Stroup and LoriCaylor will be performing the program, "Many Prayers, One Story."

Otis Stroup, a graduate of the Maryland School for the Blind, earneda bachelor's degree in romance languages from the Johns Hopkins University. He is a part-time information operator at Baltimore-Washington International Airport and plays piano nightly at the Marriott nearby.

Karen Stroup also works as an information operator at BWI, which allows her to use her degree in French and Spanish, and runs a photography business. In their spare time, the Stroups perform at nursinghomes.

Lori Caylor is working on a master's degree in vocal performance at Towson State.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students.

To order tickets or for more details, call the church office at 647-3090.


The Pasadena Elementary PTA is sponsoring a FamilySpring Fling Dance from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the school.

Cheese or pepperoni pizza from Domino's will be served from 6 to 7 p.m. Pizzas may be pre-ordered at a discount or can be purchased that evening.Pizza orders and payment must be received by Monday.

Dance admission is 50 cents and children under age 5 will be admitted free. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Music for dancing will be provided by disc jockey Patti Hannum.

An exhibition routine will be performed by dancers Sylvia and Lee.

For more details, call the school at 647-3111.


While stars and stripes and yellow ribbons abound, grass-roots efforts that touch a person's everyday life are usually more effective.

That was the feeling at Tuesday's Operation Desert Storm Family Night program at George Fox Middle School.

The idea for the program came from PTA President Carlene Heilman. "We started out just offering this to our students. But we received calls from other schools in our feeder system that wanted to be invited, so we ended up inviting them all."

Sen. Phil Jimeno (D-District 31) and military personnel attended and answered questions.

"We wanted to let those families who have a relative serving in the Persian Gulf know, even in a small way, that we care, and we accomplished that," Heilman said.


The Pasadena Elementary PTA Executive Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the school.

The board will discuss the need for sidewalks along Pasadena Road. Several local elected officials will attend.

All parents are urged to attend.

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