WEATHER NEVER FAILS TO MAKE A CONVERSATION PIECE

THE BALTIMORE SUN

In searching for something interesting to begin this week's column, I tried to avoid the obvious choice, the recent snow or snain, as theweather people call it.

But this non-event was too tempting. Tuesday evening's weather forecast was accepted with cheers of "Yes!" by my kids. No words of caution could shake their faith. Wednesday wouldbe their last chance for a snow day before spring's official arrivalnext week.

As we all know, weathermen speak with forked tongues. Not a significant flake fell until after school was dismissed. Plans for lounging around, parked in front of the Nintendo were dashed. A definite bummer for the kids, but at least it gave snow-panicked shoppers one last chance to race down the grocery store aisles to stock up on the essentials of modern life, such as milk, bread, toilet paper, ice cream and junk foods, which are always in short supply in a crisis.

But there is a bright side, March is half gone, and I am keeping my fingerscrossed that the old saying "in like a lamb, out like a lion" will not come true this year.

Chesapeake Bay Middle School will open itsdoors to incoming sixth-grade students and their parents from 7 to 9p.m. Tuesday.

The annual event will include exhibits, demonstrations and displays of the curriculum offered to CBMS students.

Principal Thomas G. Evans will offer opening remarks followed by presentations by outgoing PTSO president Nancy King and CAC chairwoman Jane Guy.

After touring the building, meeting teachers and viewing the classrooms, visitors can stop by the cafeteria for refreshments at 8:30p.m.

For more information, call the school at 437-2400.

Dine on traditional St. Patty's Day fare from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Riviera Beach fire hall on Fort Smallwood Road.

The dinner, sponsored by the Auxiliary of the Riviera Beach Volunteer Fire Company willfeature corned beef and cabbage, parsley potatoes, carrots, dessert and beverage.

Tickets are $5 for adults and will be available at the door.

Need to know more? Call 255-3521 or 255-1798 for details.

Enjoy a stack of flapjacks at Magothy United Methodist Church from 7 to 11 a.m. tomorrow morning at a breakfast sponsored by the United Methodist Men.

Pancakes and home-style sausage will share the menu with hominy, apple sauce, juice and beverages.

Tickets, available at the door, are $3.50 for adults and $2.50 for children.

Enjoya delicious pasta dinner and help Boy Scout Troop 770 raise money, at its spaghetti dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. March 23 at the Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Department hall on Mountain Road near Lake Shore Drive.

Tickets are $3 in advance and $4 at the door. Diners can top off their meal with dessert and coffee or soda.

To purchase tickets, call Mark Weiland at 437-2053.

The Elizabeth's Landing Community Association will have an informational meeting at 7:30 p.m. March 25 at Sunset Elementary School.

Residents can meet and question candidates for the group's board of directors. The budget will also be discussed.

The association has received two grants from the county that will be used for community improvements. A $2,000 environmental grantwill be used to place sod, ivy and barberry bushes on an eroding bank at the Brady Recreation Area. Cathy Dailey, erosion committee chairwoman, was instrumental in securing the grant.

The other grant, for $1,850, will be used to plant pine trees on the common grounds in the community. Jennifer Balla, who chairs the common grounds committee, developed and submitted the grant application.

A very special combined chorus of students from two county schools will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening at Fort Smallwood Elementary School.

Fourth- and fifth-graders from Fort Smallwood will get togetherwith fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students from Jonas Elementary to present "A Celebrations of American Music."

The community is invited to attend.

The Pasadena Kadettes Majorette, Color Guard and Drum Corps are looking for a few enthusiastic drummers to join its drum corps for the '91 parade and competition season.

"We're lookingfor boys or girls, ages 10 and up who would like to become a part ofour corps," explained Shelia Day, Kadettes spokeswoman. Day reports that some experience is helpful but not necessary.

The group practices from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at Chesapeake Bay Middle School.

To get more details, call John Peeler at 437-1783 or Day at 437-1402.

George Fox Middle School invites students and their parents to attend special program at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the school on Outing Avenue.

Shellie Leveton from the Oakview Drug Treatment Center in Ellicott City, will present a a program on drug awareness.

As an added incentive, homework passes will be offered to George Fox students who attend with their family.

The PTA is currently accepting nominations for officers and committee chairs for next year.

For nomination details, call the school at 437-5514.

Drag out those Hawaiian duds and get ready to hula at the big luau sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 2462, from 8 p.m. to midnight April 6 at the post home, 2462 Bayside Beach Road.

A Hawaiian-style dinner, hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and a Hawaiian Dance Revue will be featured.

Just in case your hips won't move to the hula anymore, a live band will provide music for regular dancing.

Tickets are $14 per person or $26 a couple. Hawaiian duds are optional.

To order tickets, call 255-4053 or 437-5629.

Stoney Creek Democratic Club issponsoring an indoor flea market tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the clubhouse on Fort Smallwood Road.

Tables can be rented for $8 each and refreshments will be sold.

For table information, call 437-9388.

Lake Shore PTO is taking orders for school spirit T-shirtsavailable in youth through adult sizes.

Two styles -- royal blue with gold logo or gold with royal blue logo -- are available. The logo, on the left chest area, features the school name, mascot and the new school motto, "Roaring with Success."

That motto was chosen as the winner in a school-wide contest. It was submitted by Darlene Murphy's fourth-graders and Sandra Ray's third-grade class.

The cost for youth sizes is $3.75 and adults shirts are $4.50 each.

For ordering details, call the school at 255-5920.

Twenty-one students in the mentor program at George Fox Middle School visited the Annapolis District courtroom of Chief Judge Clayton Greene. Green, an alumni ofNortheast High School and George Fox, spoke with the students who observed courtroom proceedings and the bail review process.

"We appreciated the time that Judge Greene took to talk with our group," saidCarlen Heilman, mentor participant and PTA president. "He rearrangedhis scheduled just for us."

One comment made by Greene left a distinct impression on the group. "He told us that failing to prepare ispreparing for failure," said Heilman. "That advice applies to us all."

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