Continuous entertainment, ethnic and American food, and crafts to purchase or make are among the attractions planned for the entire family at the Sixth Annual Family Fun Fest from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Arundel Center North Plaza.
Glen Burnie will play host to the afternoon's activities, sponsored by the county's Office of Community Services.
Karen Henry, volunteer coordinator for community services, has organized this year's fair, which will feature a multiethnic theme.
"We have 110 participants in the fair this year," said Henry. "There are various county agencies and departments, non-profit organizations, crafters, both local and from around Maryland, and food vendors."
The entertainment will be showcased on the Main Stage, at the intersection of Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard and Crain Highway. Local andnational performers include the Volunteers of the U.S. Army Field Band, the Polka Kids, Detour, PJE Big Band and Janice Santoni, a Scottish Highland dancer.
While their parents are visiting with representatives from various county departments, the children can spend time with Smokey Bear, Sparky the Fire Dog, Woodsy the Owl and McGruff theCrime Dog. County animal control employees will have several animalsfor a mini-petting zoo.
Members of AFSCME Local 582 will operate the hay ride, one of the more popular treats of the fair.
Volunteers from Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. will offer their creative talents for face painting in the Kid's Tent. Children will also be invited to visit the arts and crafts tables to make a personal treasure to take home.
Food from around the world will be available including Mexican, German, Italian, Polish, Chinese and American.
Co-sponsors for the event are the Anne Arundel County Sun, BG&E;, Buffalo Sound and Light Productions, CEM Printing, First National Bank of Maryland,the Glen Burnie Improvement Association, Kroeger Electric, Lauer's Super Thrift and Mars Super Markets.
Admission is free. For information call 222-1530.
Seniors at Glen Burnie High School were honored last week for their outstanding academic achievements at a special awards assembly. Principal Midgie Sledge welcomed the student body and family members of the honored students.
Theresa Gardner received several awards for her efforts, including the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, the Tandy Technology Scholars Award and first place at GBSH for the American High School Math Exam.
Several awards were presented to Kimberly Ann Myers. Kimberly was awarded the Bronze Good Citi
zenship medal from the Sons of the American Revolution, the Old Crows Award from the local chapter of the Chesapeake Bay Roost and an award from the Elks Lodge of Glen Burnie.
The Ladies of the Elks of Glen Burnie Lodge 2266 gave an award to Melanie Scharf.
A medal from the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science was presented to Catherine DeGrange.
Dr. Richard Solomon presented Christy Hutson with a Human Relations Award.Christy also received the U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar AthleteAward and a scholarship in memory of Amy Eveson Huey, a member of the first graduating class of GBSH in 1926.
Bill Barrington leaves Glen Burnie High with an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Maj. Charles Cusick was present to acknowledge the appointment. Bill also received the High Rider award in memory of Cpl. Ted Wolfe and the Ronald C. Bower's Award for outstanding musical achievement in the band.
Paul Randazzo presented the first Ronald M. Randazzo Memorial Scholarship to Lisa Purkins and Ernest Barrett. The scholarship, in memory of the Glen Burnie alumnus who died in the Persian Gulf war, will enable both students to pursue their education in criminal justice.
Eric Crapster was presented with the U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award by Sgt. Scott Bond.
A U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete Award was given to Sheridan Snedden.
Matthew Gross was the recipient of an award from the Elks Lodge of Glen Burnie and a scholarship from Delegate W. Ray Huff.
Deborah Bean was also recognized for her efforts with the presentation of a scholarship by Huff.
Two businesses in the community shared in the celebration. Fleet Business School honored Michelle Young for her achievements and Kara Daniels received an award from the Southgate/Oakwood/Horizons Pharmacy.
Nina Gaither was honored with a merit award for outstanding achievement with the NAACP African-American Award.
Jim Frye presented Tom Gilley with an award from the Civitan Club of Glen Burnie.
The William A. Dietz Sr. Memorial Scholarship was given to
Jason Free, and Tracey Mezewski received the Cross Journalism Award for the outstanding student in journalism.
Students who have shown improvement in attitudes, work habits and academics were honored with presentations by principal Sledge. In showing that they have demonstrated above-average citizenship in meeting adult responsibilities, Vance Belcher was given the Col. Smith Award for Outstanding Student in Resource, and Scott Hood received the Col. Smith Award for Outstanding Work Study Student.
Thomas Gilley was presented with an award from the VFW Post 8097 in Howard County.
Tandy Corp. presented certificates to the top 2 percent of the graduating seniors. Those students are Susan Byun, Kara Daniels, Teresa Gardner, Matthew Gross, Kimberly Myers, Melanie Scharf and Laura Schneider.
Counselor Janice Thomaspresented Peer Counselor Awards to Michelle Ackerman, Joe Carson, Cindy Garrett, Kyle Kackett, Dawn Hagood, Roy Hynson, Gloria Jones, Ralph MacMurray and Keisha McCoy.
Officer Guy Della of the Anne Arundel County police will speak
at the next meeting of the Mid Spencer Community Association at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at the North County Library.
Scheduled topics include organizing a neighborhoodwatch, Operation I.D. and crime prevention.
The meeting is open to all members of the communities of Shannon Square, Woods on Shannon and Shannon Forest.
For more information, call Martha Whitney 360-2804.
The end of school also means the end of the Rebels' Teen Center dances at Corkran Middle School. This Friday night will be the final dance of the school year and will feature a beach-party theme.
Youth wearing beach clothes, hats or carrying beach floats willbe admitted for half the regular admission of $2. Hawaiian leis willbe distributed to everyone. At both the younger and older dances, there will be limbo, hula and dance contests.
Refreshments will be available including frozen pina colada-flavored drinks.
"This has been a really good year for the dances," said Rebel president John Stumpf. "When we started back here at Corkran the adult chaperones outnumbered the kids. But we reached a high of over 250 at some of the dances. Now that baseball and softball have started the crowds have thinned, but we're looking forward to this last dance to be a lot of fun.We'd like to see the kids come back for the party."
Stumpf credits the cooperation of many of the Rebel parents for making the dances a success.
"As any organization can tell you, it all rests on the backs of the volunteers. We've had a core of parents working in here almost every week since fall," he said.
Youths, ages 6-12, are welcome at the dance from 6 to 8 p.m. and older kids, 12 to 17, are invited from 8:30 to 10:30. Admission is $2 and chaperones are always welcome as guests of the Rebels. The entrance to the dance is through the rear parking lot of Corkran Middle School, 7600 Quarterfield Road.
Seraiah, a contemporary Christian rock band, will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, June 7, at the Calvary Temple, 651 old Mill Road.
This new approach to Christian music is sponsored through the church'syouth ministry. Bryan Swartwood is the youth minister at the church.Several other bands are scheduled to play in the next few months including: Whitecross, Aug. 2; Deliverance, Sept. 6; Sacred Warrior, Oct. 4.
Tickets for the concert are $10 and can only be purchased at the door the night of the concert.
Students at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church raised $1,721 to be used to fight multiple sclerosis through a Read-a-Thon started in February. Jessica Mann was the school's top fund-raiser, with $200 pledged, and will be honored at an assembly today.
Thirty-nine children participated in the project, reading a total of 656 books. Sponsors pledged money per book read during the Read-a-Thon.
Congratulations to Chrissy Weedonand Jennifer Shumake for winning the Miss Glen Burnie Fire Prevention competition last Saturday.
Chrissy is the Glen Burnie Volunteer Fire Company's junior representative. Statia Mauler was first runner-up in the contest.
Jennifer Shumake will succeed last year's winner, Tammy Price, as senior representative. The first runner-up was Christine Barton.
Both girls will participate in the county competition Aug. 18. Their first public appearance will be at a parade in Landsdowne this Sunday.
Neighbors, parents and perspective buyerswill have an opportunity to see the "House That Students Built" during an open house at 2 p.m. Sunday at 1502 Furnace Avenue. Students from the Center for Applied Technologywill be able to show off the hardwork that resulted in a three-bedroom rancher.
Built as an Anne Arundel County Students Construction Trades Foundation project, the house was constructed in two parts at the CAT, North and then completedon the Furnace Avenue lot.
Applications are currently being accepted from first time homebuyers to purchase the house for a mortgaged amount of $85,000. Through special financing with the county, no downpayment is required, although $5,000 to $6,000 will be required for closing costs.
For information call 222-6858.
Not all of the students at Glen Burnie Senior High are concerned about getting their driver's licenses and passing exams. Some of the students at the school are more concerned about their ABC's and who gets to be line leader this week.
At least that's what Trae Jefferies is thinking about.
Trae is one of the students at the school-within-a-school atGlen Burnie High. He is one of nine children participating in the child-development preschool operated by the high school students.
High school students who plan to pursue a career working with children can take two semesters of the class which teaches them how to relate to young children while they prepare them for kindergarten. The children meet four times a week for nine weeks in the fall and nine weeks in the spring. During class the Glen Burnie students work with the children to learnbasic number and letter recognition and to improve their attention span.
Laura Harthausen is a sophomore who plans to continue in college and get a 64-hour child-care certificate to work with young children.
"I love kids and this class gives me a chance to be around them and get some experience," she said.
One of the students, Jenny Goladay, used her experience with the class to secure asummer job at North Arundel Hospital.
Although the children may be more impressed with the games than the child-teacher ratio ("there are a LOT of teachers", said 5-year-old Brandy Klimaszewski), their parents are more enthused.
Michael Groff will be starting kindergarten next year at Hilltop Elementary. His mom, Donna Williams, is verypleased with the preschool program. Her older daughter completed it last year.
"The number of student-teachers means they all get a lot of attention," said Williams.
Several parents are repeat customers or have family members whose children have attended. Even within the same family they find different children reap different benefits of the program.
Maggie Burkhead's daughter, Jillian, was very reserved at the beginning of the year.
"She was very quiet at first, but now she looks forward to school. She needed the social development more than her sister who went here before," explained Burkhead. "Whenshe goes to Point Pleasant (Elementary) next year, I think she'll befine."
At the very least she'll know how to be a good line leader.