There is a special feeling about this time of the year, it's almost like waiting to deliver your first child. You know it's coming, you just don't know when. Can't you feel it "spring" is in the air.

A nice day here, a nice day there, you see folks doing all those warm-weather activities and you promise yourself that tomorrow you will do the same thing. But the next day the temperature is 35 degrees again, and the only relief you have is to think it won't be long before spring will be here to stay.

Community groups and organizations are already planning spring activities and the community of Pumphrey is right on schedule by welcoming spring with their "Annual Community Cleanup Drive."

A large trash container will be placed on the grounds of the LLoyd Keaser Community Center on April 27 for bulk trash removal. Start preparing now to beautify your lawns and get rid of any debris around your home.

Also, due to the many seniors who live in the community, the neighborhood association would like to form a pickup truck pool to help seniors remove and carry bulk trash to the containers. If you own a truck and would like to be a part of the "pickup truck pool", call 789-2517evenings.


Belle Grove Elementary School News . . . Thanks goes to everyone who helped the school reach its goal of $120,000 for Giant receipts. They will purchase a computer, printer and disk drive with the receipts.

* A PTA meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, at the school. This will be the last chance for nominations for the PTA Executive Board for the 1991-92 school year. Nominations are open for president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, historian and parliamentarian. The PTA is also in need of two delegates to represent the school at the county level PTA.

If you are interestedin any of these positions or know of anyone who is, please plan to attend this meeting.

* The children in Diane Jafari's first-grade class are participating in the Pillow Case Program. For this program, Gail Ebersole, a parent volunteer, listens as individual children read books to her.

After the child reads, he/she then illustrates a part of the book on a pillow case. Each time the child reads a book, another illustration is added to the pillow case. At the end of the year, the pillow case will be given to the student to take home.

A special thanks to Pat Hunter, a grandmother, who made and donated all the pillow cases.

* Volunteers are needed to tape books on cassettes for the school Lit Kits. The school will supply the books and tapes. They may be taped at the school or taken home and returned when finished. These kits are kept in the school so that the children can listen and read along in the books.

If you are interested in helping, call the school at 789-8777.


Brooklyn Park Elementary School News . . . The time has come!

Science projects are to be broughtto school by 9:10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13. Judging will take place on the 14th and 15th. Good luck to everyone.

The P.M. kindergarten class will visit a local dentist at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 14,to learn about taking care of their teeth.

Dress up and look yourbest. Class pictures will be taken on Tuesday, March 12. Remember toreturn the picture envelope and money to school on the day of the pictures.


Brooklyn Park/Lindale Middle Junior High School . . .A special thank you goes to Paula Dougher and her students for collecting 154 pounds of supplies that were sent to the Persian Gulf through the "Supplies for the GI's" program. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this special effort.


Park Elementary School News . .. A PTO meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in the multipurpose room. At this meeting, the final judging of the science fair projects will take place. Plan to attend and congratulate the participants.


The North County High School is looking for nominations for the PTA Executive Board for the 1991-92 school year. If you are interested in nominating someone or being nominated, contact the PTA nominating committee at 859-5400.


The Taxpayers Improvement Association Board of Governors will sponsor "The Norman Muldrow Male Chorus" in concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at the Lloyd Keaser Community Center, 5757 Belle Grove Road.

A $5 donation per ticket is requested and all proceeds benefit the community center. For tickets ormore information, call Phillip Marner at 789-4181.


There is still time to join the "Learn Weight Loss Program" offered at Harbor Hospital Center. The program is a 16-week behavior modification and nutrition education weight control course. They will meet from 6 to 7p.m. on Wednesdays. The first meeting has already past. The cost is $125.

For more information, call 347-3404.


This weekend will be a busy one for people celebrating St. Patrick's Day.

The American Legion Post 34, Belle Grove Road, will sponsor a dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, March 16. Live music will be provided by "Still Cruisin."

Tickets are $6 per person and includes a platter,beer and sodas. Tickets should be purchased in advance due to the popularity of this dance.

For more information or tickets, call 789-9682.


The Arundel Improvement Association will host its St. Patrick's dance from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, at the AIA hall,705

Cross St.

Music will be provided by M & M's Diversified. Tickets are $7 per person and include a platter and beer. For more information or tickets, call 789-2192.


The AIA Seniors will be going in a mini-van to Security Mall on Friday, March 15. The bus willleave from the AIA hall parking lot at 9 a.m. If you would like to register to go, call 789-2192.

There are still a few seats left forthe bus trip to the Showboat casino in Atlantic City on Thursday, March 21. The bus will leave from the AIA hall at 8 a.m. and return at approximately 8 p.m. The trip costs $20.

If you are interested, call 789-2192.


The Brooklyn Park Satellite, located in the Brooklyn Park Library, 1 E. 11th Ave., is open to seniors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Thursday. At 11:30 a.m., Thursday, March 14, they will be having a Recipe Social. For more information, contact Kathy White at 222-6825.


Please note that the new meeting time of the Belle Grove Improvement Association is 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month in the library at Belle Grove Elementary School, 4502 Belle Grove Road.

The next meeting is Tuesday, March 13. The drawingfor the lifetime membership will be conducted.

Plan to attend.


Remember to pick up your colored strips of paper from the Brooklyn Park Library on or after Thursday, March 14, for the "Link Up ForLibrary Week." Every time your child reads a book between March 14 and April 20, he or she should write down the title, author, the child's name and age on the strip of paper. The strips should be returned to the library before April 20 where they will be joined together to make a colorful chain to show the link between children and books.

The chains will be measured and the books counted to show the efforts of the children.


Brownie Troop 849 and Junior Girl Scout Troop 738 from Brooklyn Park Elementary School will be having a "Bastille Day" celebration at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 11. The girls have been studying about France and will share that knowledge.

The meeting room will be set up like an outdoor cafe, complete with artists, wandering mimes, flower girls and sidewalk drawings.

Still-lifedrawings made by the Brownies will be displayed on the the walls.

On Saturday, March 16, the Junior Girl Scouts will be attending a Bag-A-Badge program at the Museum of Industry located on Key Highway. Here they will earn their "Putting Things Together" badge.

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