Get out your fins, snorkels and life preservers, it's time for everyone to hit the pool.

The YWCA, at 103 Packard Ave. in Ferndale, isoffering swimming lessons for everyone from preschoolers through adults.

Classes start June 24 and run through Aug. 16 at the North Linthicum Pool. Swim lessons for children will take place Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to noon for preschoolers, 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. and 11 to 11:30 a.m. for beginners, 11:15 a.m. to noon for advanced beginners and 10:15 to 11 a.m. for intermediates.

Adult classes are scheduled for 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Fridays.

Participants must be a YWCA member or associate. Memberships are $15 a year, and registration for children costs $7.

The cost for 10 lessons is $28 for preschooland beginner classes, $38 for advanced beginners and intermediates. The charge for seven adult lessons is $25.

For more information orto register, call the YWCA at 768-2500 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.


A public hearing on the light rail extension to Baltimore Washington International Airport has been set for June 25 at the BWI Marriot Hotel.

An afternoon session will run from 3 to 5 p.m., and an evening session is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m.

Interested persons should attend either or both sessions to give their points of view.


The Black-Eyed Susans Smocking Club recently concluded a needlework course at North County High School. Twenty-seven students attended five classes highlighting different kinds of handwork, including shadow applique and shadow embroidery.

Club Vice President Alma Dolin said the classes were a big success. With one instructor for every two or three students, the youngsters were able to receive personal instruction. Some of the students joined the club after attending the classes.

Regular meetings of the Black-eyed Susans are discontinued for the summer, but hands will continueto be busy making "preemie" outfits for newborns. They will be donated to a hospital in the fall.

Monthly meetings will resume the first Thursday in September.

For more information, call Dolin at 859-0511.


Just a reminder that the Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church is conducting a Vocation Bible School June 24-28. Classeswill start at 9:30 a.m. and end at noon each day.

Parents can still register children from 3 years old through sixth grade by calling 859-0990.


The Patapsco Valley American Association of RetiredPersons Chapter 3850 will have its executive meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Christopher's Church in Linthicum. Final plans for the evening banquet will be discussed.

Any questions on the meeting should be directed to George Surgeon at 761-3667.

* The June dinner banquet is slated for 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. tomorrow at La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie.

Entertainment will be provided by the Notables, who have prepared a special musical presentation for the evening. Bud Kasper and his band will play for everyone's dancing pleasure.

Tickets are $17 per person. Call Bim Wheeler at 859-1499 for more information.

The Patapsco Valley AARP will continue monthly meetings in July and August. It meets at noon every fourth Wednesday at St. Christopher's Church Hall, 116 Marydell Road in Linthicum.


If you are looking for summer activities for your children, family or yourself, look into the many programs offered by the county Department of Recreation and Parks.

A complete list of summer programs is available at our library. Information on playgrounds and day camp for children ages 3 to 16 is included. Registration is under way, so don't delayif you are interested; space is limited.


Two events at DownsPark this week may interest you. An Eco-Trail Hike lead by trail guide Bob Lange is set for 5 p.m. Friday. Meet at the Information Center, where you will be led on an informative walk to learn about the park's plant and wildlife.

An Orientation Show is set for 1 p.m. Saturday. Ranger Bob Hicks will give a 20-minute slide presentation on the facilities and programs the park has to offer. He will gladly answer any questions you may have.

Both programs are free. For information or to reserve a seat for the orientation, call 222-6230.


Aerobics classes will be offered this summer at the St. Philip Neri school hall from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays starting this evening. The 15-session, eight-week course costs $42.50. You are welcome to try the first night without obligation.

For more information, call 301-741-1957.

* Baltimore Blast players Richard Chinapoo and Chris Simon are helping coach a soccer camp at St. Philip Neri School from 9 a.m. to noon June 24-28. The cost is $60 and includes a shirt.The camp is open to youths from kindergarten through 10th grade. Space is limited.

St. Philip is on Orchard Road in Linthicum. For more information, call 750-7282.


Something looked different to me, but I wasn't sure what it was. Then I realized: The ramp and parking spaces reserved for the disabled in front of the Linthicum post office are no longer there.

I guess by now everyone else has noticedit too. In case you were wondering what happened, it seems that theywere installed by mistake last year; since the small shopping centeralready had ramps on either end, these were not necessary.

Also of note is the shrubbery along the street and sidewalk in front of theLinthicum-Shipley Shopping Center. They were planted last year and are growing nicely. The shopping center has joined other commercial properties in the area in adding to the beauty of the neighborhood withshrubs and flowers.

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