Spring is here and so are the school May festivals. Let's hope the rain subsides again this weekend, as the community has two more springfestivals to attend.
The Park Elementary School PTO will sponsor a May Festival with games and prizes from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the school. Hot dogs, pizza, cotton candy and sodas will be sold. Hot, 16-inch, fresh pizzas will sell for $4 each.
The May Pole dance will begin at 6 p.m. and the school's king andqueen will be crowned.
Proceeds from the festival will be used tohelp rebuild the playground.
The next day, you can venture over to Belle Grove Elementary School for May Fest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sen. Philip C. Jimeno will begin the ceremonies by dedicating an American flag to the school.
The day's festivities will include a demonstration by Kim's Karate, a National Guard vehicle display, a bike parade and a visit from Smokey Bear. The county police will be there with radar guns to clock the speed of softball throws. You can send a friend to the slammer at the mock jail. And you can take a break and enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers, sodas, candied apples and lemon sticks.
Everyone is invited to join in the fun, games and food!
Belle Grove Elementary School played host to last week's Area I Battle ofthe Books. Four elementary schools -- Belle Grove, Brooklyn Park, Hilltop and Overlook -- competed for the chance to move on to the county contest on May 15 at Fort Smallwood Elementary School.
The winning school in the evening's first competition at kindergarten level was Hilltop, with its team of Rachel Clary, Peter Hazy, William Henn and David Olsen.
Next up were the first- and second-graders, who faced a tie-breaker before the winner was chosen. Brooklyn Park studentsJody Haupt, Kerry Morris, Toni Sanford and Jessica Stanley were victorious.
When the third- and fourth-graders battled it out, Hilltopwon again with its team of Joshua Jones, Meghan McNichol, Jamie Parris and Danny Sandlin.
The final battle was a tough one, with Brooklyn Park's fifth- and sixth-grade team coming out on top. Angela Brown, Michael McCormick, Megan Haupt and Mary Storey took top honors.
Congratulations to all the students who competed.
News from Belle Grove Elementary School: Students will celebrate May Week with many activities. Each day, students will be asked to bring in specific items, with prizes going to the student submitting the most items.
Monday is Apple Day; Tuesday is White Elephant Table Day; Wednesday is the canned good drive; Thursday is Lemon Day; and Friday students are asked to bring in baked goods for the "Goodie Shoppe."
Friday also is School Spirit Day and Grandparents Day. All students are asked to wear blue and gold, and grandparents are invited to visit their grandchildren in their classrooms at 10:30 and have lunch with them. The cost of lunch is $2.05 and must be ordered in advance. Call 789-8777.
News from Brooklyn Park Elementary School: Sixth-graders will be going on a field trip today to Petrucci's Dinner Theatre for lunch and the Mark Twain classic, "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court."
Fourth-graders will be visiting the Science Center and Flag House on Wednesday.
The band will present its spring concert at 9:45 a.m. Friday.
The Belle Grove Improvement Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Belle Grove Elementary School library. The guest speaker will be Larry McCormick from the Brooklyn Park Health Center. Plans will also be made for the community yard sale on Saturday, June 8, at the West Meadow Road park.
Association members can rent spaces for $3; non-members will be charged $5. Donations are needed for the baked goods table.
To rent a space orto get more information, call Kathy Towles at 636-1843.
Welcome to our newest scouting group, Cub Scout Troop 699.
The troop meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Lloyd Keaser Center in Pumphrey.
All boys in grades two through five are invited to join the fun.
The K.C. Task Force will meet at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Lloyd Keaser Center. The agenda will include discussion ofthe third annual Pumphrey Day.
The center also is the scene of a second session of aerobics classes, and there is still plenty of timeto join. The 10-week class will run from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
It costs $20 to join. For more information, call 636-4677or 636-1714.
All heart patients, their families and friends are invited to attend a May 14 meeting of the Harbor Hospital Center's Coronary Club.
The evening's program will be, "What's Up, Doc? New Modalities in Treating Heart Disease."
The club will meet at 7 p.m. in Room 502 of the hospital's Gruehn Building, 3001 South Hanover St., Baltimore.
After the program, blood pressure readings will be taken and
refreshments served. For more information, call 347-3533.
The United Methodist Youth Fellowship at Brooklyn Heights United Methodist Church, 110 Townsend Ave., is sponsoring a Mother's Day dinner at 6 p.m. in Lacher Hall.
The menu will include: stuffed shells, lasagna, garlic bread, a salad bar and dessert.
Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are $5. Mothers and children 12 and under eat for free.
For information, 789-3688.