The number of cars traveling through the area decorated with shoe polish, balloons and streamers means one of two things: everyone in Glen Burnie got married this week or the Class of '91 has been let looseon an unsuspecting community.
I'm going to assume the latter, as the occupants in the cars looked much too happy to have just gotten married.
A graduate of the class of seventy-something, I can remember how often adults would attempt to share sage advice that would carry me through the ups and downs that life had to offer. I smiled, I nodded, and I didn't listen. Oh youth, how smug thou art.
But in keeping with the spirit of the occasion, I have a few words of advice of my own for this year's crop of Glen Burnie graduates. (Although what can you say to a group of students who brought several small rodents to their awards ceremony and then . . . eek!!?)
But indulge me. I'm no longer young, but I'm eternally smug.
1. Never go to a job interview wearing leather, vinyl or spandex.
2. You will never appreciateyour parents until the day you write a check for the first month's rent on an apartment where they expect you to do your own laundry.
3. You don't have enough practical life experience until you have written at least 200 checks. Only then will you have a small inkling as to what it's really all about out there.
4. Eliminate the word "ain't" from your vocabulary and you will earn approximately 23 percent more money over a lifetime. Work on the double negatives and we're looking at CEO potential.
So Class of '91, smile at my advice, nod your head and then don't listen. I understand.
It's a senior thing.
Tomorrow marks the last day of class for county schools. While students are celebrating, their parents are trying to find activities
that will keep the kids occupied for the next 82 days.
If any organization or group has some suggestions on how to keep the kiddies busy, I would like to hear from you. I am really interested in programs or ideas directed at older children, 12-15.
* Two programs directed at elementary-school age children are the Summer Academy Program and the Summer Playground.
Recreation and Parks Summer Playgrounds for children ages 5 1/2 to 12 are scheduled at several schools in the Glen Burnie community: Richard Henry Lee, Glendale, Point Pleasant, Southgate, Quarterfield, Rippling Woods Elementary. Freetown Recreation Center also has a summer playground scheduled.
The sessions will operate from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. starting July 1 and continueweekdays until Aug. 9. All sites are closed on July 4.
Activitiesare structured around various themes, including sports, games, art and crafts, track meets and special family events. Other activities include special visitors and field trips. All of the sites will visit Wild World one day in July.
There is a $55 fee for children registered before June 28; a $3 late charge will be added after that date. Families with more than one child enrolled will receive a discount: $53 for second child in the family; $51 for third; $49 each for fourth or more.
Glen Burnie Park Elementary has a morning playground planned for preschoolers, ages 3 to 5. Registration for the half-day program is $70 per child. Children must be 3 years old by July 1 and toilet-trained. The morning session will meet from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Registration is required for all of the programs. For information, call 222-3600.
Richard Henry Lee Elementary, 400 A Street S.W., will behost for a Summer Academy Program sponsored by the county office of Continuing Education, July 8 to Aug. 1.
Two programs, in mathematics and language arts, will offer students strategies for improved comprehension. The classes will be organized in two levels: intermediatefor students in grades 4 to 6 and a primary level for grades 1 to 3.Classes will meet from 8:30 to 10 a.m. or from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m.
Tuition is $75 per course for county residents, $250 per course fornon-residents. Tuition assistance is available for families receiving public assistance.
Registration is set for 5 to 7 p.m. June 18 and 19 at the Summer Academy center the student will be attending.
Information: 224-5385 or 224-5384.
With the exception of greeting cards, poetry isn't much a part of our daily lives. But whether it is free verse or a sonnet, idyllic or narrative, there are fewer places where language is more expressive.
The Rev. Annie PerryDaniels and her congregation at John Wesley United Methodist Church, 6922 Ritchie Highway, are planning a poetry reading at 4 p.m. Sunday, June16, in the church sanctuary.
This is the first time the church has organized a public poetry reading. The idea came to PerryDaniels after she recently started a desktop publishing company.
"I was surprised by the quality of some of the poetry that I was seeing. I talked with some of the poets and decided to have a poetry reading," she explained. "At the reading, we will have some original poetry and someclassics, also."
Readers for the program include: Ann Lacewell, Roseline Young, Leonard Cox, Darryl Carter, Brenda Johnson Miller, Mary Harris, Lenell Coffey, Audrey Lessie White, Dr. Lola A. Jones, DrewJan Wade, Velma Meacham, the Rev. Frank Drumwright, Barbara Ann Daniels and the Rev. Perry Daniels.
Music will be provided by the church's gospel choir under the direction of Keith Brown and Virginia Brown.
This event is free and open to the community. For more information, call the church office at 768-2603.
Looking for a last-minute Father's Day gift or something for the bride-to-be may be easier if you stop by the craft show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Church of the Crucifixion, 100 Scott Ave.
Woodcraft items, hand-crocheted gifts and plastic needlepoint are some of the craft items available.
Crafters can still rent a table or a space for $15 by calling 768-4880.
Refreshments will be served throughout the day: coffee and doughnuts in the morning, light lunch in the afternoon.
Kristine Sims, a second-grade student at Southgate Elementary School, won first place for her photograph "Reflections of Time" in the Maryland Film Festival. She won the award for photography in the kindergarten through second-grade level.
Another second-grade Southgate student, Erin Holzman, represented the school at the state level after winning county honors.
The students participated in the competition through the encouragement of media teacher Elizabeth Thornton, who organized the contest on the school level.
Time to do thetwo-step tomorrow night, when the Paradise Club plays a little bluegrass in the second show of the Summer Concert Series, set for 7 to 9 p.m. at the Arundel Center North Plaza.
This is the second of seven free concerts for the community sponsored by the Glen Burnie Urban Renewal Administration, the County Commission on Culture and the Artsand the Glen Burnie Improvement Association.
Other concerts include: Joey and the Jammers, June 19; Crabtown Big Band, June 27; Skyline, July 11; Mama Jama, July 18; Sims and Porecki, July 25.
Music lovers should bring lawn chairs and refreshments. Pets and alcoholic beverages are prohibited.