One sure sign that you're not getting any younger is when you begin to sound like your parents: "when we were younger. . ."

Generally included in the references to the good old days are: music (they callthat music? The Beatles were music. The Rolling Stones were music. The Archies, now that was music.); hairstyles (face it guys, styling gel is just Dippity-do in better packaging); and clothing (what exactly is the point of the ripped knees on the jeans? It certainly isn't asocial statement like the maxi skirt, go-go boots and polyester leisure suits).

But just when you think that this generation has absolutely no style or direction, the kids show you just how special they really are.And remind us how lucky we are to share it all with them.

One example of their spirit was shown Saturday morning when students from the seventh- and eighth-grade religion classes at Holy Trinity CatholicChurch volunteered 15 hours at the parish Shelter-A-Thon, preparing food and gifts for less fortunate people who use area shelters.

Armed with spatulas, measuring cups and endless energy, 49 youths worked together with more than 70 adult volunteers to prepare soups, applebutter and baked goods for five shelters and outreach centers: Sarah's House, NCEON, Our Daily Bread, Christopher's Place and My Sister's Place.

Working from 9 a.m. to midnight, the junior chefs made 46gallons of soup, 900 corn muffins, 727 brownies, 30 pounds of fudge,53 cakes, 203 dozen cookies and candies, 86 loaves of pumpkin bread and 14 jars of apple butter.

Mary Jane Thomas, director of religious education for the parish, organized the "Shelter-a-Thon" and credits the junior high teaching staff and several parents with the success of the project.

"This could not occur if not for the Shelter-a-Thon team. The adults coordinated everything in the kitchen, which wasthe nucleus of the program," she said. "Kathy DeGrange and Maureen Michaloski have been planning this for months, getting the food contributions, scheduling and then working in the kitchen all day Saturday."

Another committee member, Kathy Campbell, worked with the young volunteers all day, making rosaries and toys, such as puppets and ring toss games, for the children in the shelters. Other craft items, such as puzzles, cross-shaped bookmarks and personalized buttons, were made to be sent overseas to the soldiers, sailors and airmen in the Persian Gulf. The youths also made a banner and collage depicting the theme of this year's project, "God is Watching Us."

The other members of the SAT team include: Pat Stanley, Joy Wilburt, Rick Wilburt, Sharon Morgan, Kathy Schaech, Mary Truslow, Colleen Strickland, Debbie Silcox, Melissa Woods, Jacque Bradley and Jim Bradley.

For the students, this project is a chance to explore the problems of the homeless and the needy and focus on what can be done to help.

"We talkabout this in class for weeks. Each student made a commitment to be a part of this. They were ready to work and they were enthusiastic for the entire day," said Thomas.

Several of the students went to the shelters the next day to deliver the food and crafts.

"When theyreturned they were all very quiet and reflective, trying to deal with seeing people lining up outside to get something to eat," said Thomas. "Suddenly the homeless had a face."


The house lights dim.The audience becomes silent. The stage lights come up, and suddenly it's talent time at Corkran Middle School.

The curtain will rise on Corkran's annual talent show at 7 p.m. Monday in the gym, 7600 Quarterfield Road. Thirteen acts will entertain with a variety of singers, dancers, gymnasts and pianists.

Tickets may be purchased for $1.50 during school hours. Children under 5 will be admitted free. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

For ticket information call the school office, 760-4414.


Green is K mart's signature color this month as the store participates in the Muscular Dystrophy Association's annual Shamrock Fund-raiser. For $1, shoppers can purchase and sign a shamrock, which is then used to decorate the store.

Lance Fallon, this year's MDA poster child, visited the K mart in Chesapeake Square last week to thank the staff for its support on this project. Last year the store collected more than $2,000 from their patrons. This year, with 11 days left until the March 17 deadline, the store hasalready collected $2,800.

"We have shamrocks all over the place,"said Bonnie Ludwick, organizer for this year's fund-raiser. "Our employees are really encouraging this project."

Ludwick credits threeemployees with a large percentage of the sales: Dottie Alleva, Dara Swan and Stephanie Wilder.

In addition to the shamrock sale, the store also participates in a Bowl-a-Thon for the MDA in the spring.

For more information on the programs sponsored by the MDA, call 252-5910.


Dance students from 18 county elementary, middle and senior high schools will display their talents tomorrow night in the annual Anne Arundel County Dance Festival at Glen Burnie Senior High, 7550 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

In addition to the individual schoolperformances, special presentations will be made by the Anne ArundelCounty Dance Ensemble and by dancers from three schools participating in the dance project sponsored by the county Commission on Cultureand the Arts.

Dina Ward, dance teacher at Severna Park High School, has choreographed the presentation of the 10-member dance ensemble. The students in this group have been selected from schools throughout the county on the basis of their skill and talent.

Another special presentation of the evening will be "Dances for the Theater," choreographed by Dennis Rice. Rice is the county's dance artist in residence. He works with dancers at three senior high schools: Glen Burnie, Old Mill and Southern Senior. The individual dance troupes from each school will be highlighted during the performance.

Even studentsfrom area elementary schools will be performing. Vicki Matulevich, the physical education teacher at Marley Elementary School, has been working with seven young girls on their presentation. The girls give up one recess period a week to work on their routine.

"The troupe will be performing a jazz routine to a new-wave jazz song, "Chakra 3,"said Matulevich. "They're very excited. They wanted to practice every day."

Tickets for the dance festival are $2 per person. Childrenunder 12 will be admitted free. For ticket information call 224-5461.


The first time I read about "Armchair Races," I developed amental image of large groups of people perched on the edge of their La-Z-Boy recliners furiously scooting about the room.

I was wrong.Actually, armchair races are videotaped horse races that one can beton in the comfort of your own church hall.

The parish of the Church of the Good Shepherd is sponsoring a day at the races from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday in the church hall, 1451 Furnace Ave. In addition to the races, there will be Keeno and two handcrafted afghans will be raffled off.

The cost is $5 per person and includes beer, soda and a hotdog or hamburger. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. For ticket information, call 766-0330.


Saturday night is being billed as a "Night of Magic" at St. Paul's Lutheran School, when the Parent-Teacher League sponsors an evening with the magical act Kohl & Co. The entertainment begins at 7 p.m.

The evening is part ofthe 40th anniversary celebration of the church.

Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for children 3 through 12. Children under 3 will be admitted free. Tickets can be purchased in the school's media center and after the 8 and 11 a.m. church services. A limited number of tickets may be sold at the door. For more information, call 766-5790.


Glen Burnie Senior High Band Parents are reminded that at least one parent must be present at tonight's 7:15 meeting in the band room.Arrangements for the band's April trip to Orlando, Fla., for the American Festival will be discussed. All outstanding money is due for the students and the chaperones.

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