Fort Meade is opening its gates to the entire community tomorrow foran all-day July 4th celebration along the shores of Lake Burba.

The Orioles Bird, Uncle Sam, horses, floats and the New Additions, a 30-piece band from Baltimore, are expected to participate in a parade that kicks things off at 9:30.

Parade participants will meet at Meade Senior High School, traveldown Clark Road, turn onto MacArthur Road, go past the Main Exchange, take a right onto Mapes Road and finish at Devers Hall.

An 11 a.m. parachute drop over McGlachlin Field will be followed by the 1991 "Cherry Bomb" Criterium Bike Race. The course circles McGlachlin Field. Registration for the race begins at 9 a.m. and closes 30 minutes prior to each race. Events include novice (5 miles), women (15 miles),masters (25 miles) and seniors (30 miles).

For more information on entry fees and event times contact the college Park Bicycle Club at864-2211 or Mike Kilrain, 229-9437 after 9 p.m.

Because of the bike race, Mapes Road between Cooper Avenue and MacArthur Road will be closed 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

At 2 p.m. at McGlachlin Field there will be a fly over and rappeling demonstration.

Children's rides, food, beverage and game booths will open at 1 p.m. around Burba Lake. Stageentertainment also begins at 1 p.m., as Master of Ceremonies Randy Richmond takes center stage. A children's magic show is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.

Other afternoon entertainmentincludes a childrens clown show at 2:30 p.m., the band, "Manical," at 3 p.m., a karate demonstration at 4 p.m., the band, "The Down Home Boys," at 5 p.m., the band, "Poision Whiskey," at 6 p.m., the "Parkway Jazz Ensemble" at 7 p.m. and the First U.S. Army Concert Band at 8 p.m.

Fireworks are scheduled to begin 9:30 p.m. Roving performers include Uncle Sam, who will pass out little American flags and balloons, a trick bike team, six giant animal characters, magicians, mimes, a juggler on stilts, an accordion player and a ragtime band.

All events, coordinated by the base director of personnel and community activities, are free andopen to the public.


The Fort Meade Retired Officers' Wives' Club is sponsoring a trip to Wildwood, N.J., Sept. 16-20.

The costof this trip is $235 double occupancy and $290 single occupancy. Transportation will be provided by Dillon's Deluxe Motor Coach. The package includes motel accommodations for four nights and full breakfast,lunch and full-course dinners at Wildwood's finest restaurants.

Daytime activities include a visit to Wildwood's boardwalk, a visit tothe historic city of Cape May, a cruise aboard the Delta Lady, a replica of a Mississippi paddle wheel boat, the Crest Pier Show and a tour of Philadelphia.

Evening activities include a special cocktail party, dinner and dancing, a dinner theater party and a trip to an Atlantic City casino.

A $50 deposit is required, with the balance due by Aug. 2.

For more information, call Betty Juba, 721-2494.


Professional puppeteer Shirley Johannesen Levine will use mime, music, make-believe and all sorts and sizes of puppets to stretch children's imaginations at programs at the county's branch libraries.

Her hour-long show, "Puppets and Poems: Colorful Characters Come Alive!" is one of the special events in the library's summer reading program is free and open to all ages, parents and children alike.

Registration is not required, but seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

This entertaining presention will be held 2 and 3 p.m., July 16 at the Odenton Branch, 1270 Odenton Road; at 2 and 3 p.m. July 19 at Provinces Branch, 2624 AnnapolisRoad; and at 2 and 3 p.m. July 22 at Crofton Branch, 1657 Crofton Centre.

For more information, call the library branches at 222-7371.


Every month, the O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Road, sponsors a variety of special lectures, instructions and trips. Alongwith these special presentations, the center holds a wide variety ofdaily activities.

These activities include ceramics, sewing, quilting, oil painting for beginners and advanced students, duck carving and painting, and country crafts.

For the active are aerobics, bowling, swimming, yoga and armchair exercise.

The health-minded can pick up tips at the blood pressure and diabetic screenings.

Still others may want to improve their minds studying Spanish, world religions or genealogy.

Or you can learn to ballroom dance and polka.

For information on any activities, call Ann Marie Remillard or Erma Taylor at 222-6227 or 621-9515.

As a reminder, the O'Malley SeniorCenter will be closed tomorrow for the Fourth Of July.


The West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce is offering a "New MemberBriefing Week." Chamber members who have been unable to attend previous briefings will have the opportunity to learn about benefits and services during the week of July 8-13.

The week has been set aside to acquaint members with the chamber at their convenience. Just call the chamber at 672-3422 to make an appointment. During your visit to the chamber office members will learn about available resources.

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