One song you won't hear around the Riviera Beach Firehouse next weekis "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head." All mention of any type of airborne water droplets are definitely forbidden, at least during the evening hours next week: That's when the annual Riviera Beach Volunteer Fire Company's Firemen's Carnival returns for a six-day run.
Beginning at 6:30 each evening, July 15-20, young and old can gather atthe carnival grounds (behind the firehouse on Fort Smallwood Road, adjacent to McDonald's) to have fun, see old friends and enjoy the midway sights and sounds.
For several years, the annual event was almost a washout due to rain. It seemed like you could count on a downpour each evening it wasscheduled.
"We have ordered clear skies from the local weathermenthis year," company president Austin Isaac said. "We're crossing ourfingers and saying a prayer that the weather will cooperate so that the community can come out and have a good time."
Returning by popular demand are Ride-All-Night-For-One-Price evenings, nights where you can feel like a big shot without blowing the budget. Ride all 10 featured rides as many times as you can on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Don't forget to check with area merchants for free $2-discount coupons good on those evenings.
Along with the rides, thecarnival offers stands to try your luck and delicious food to tempt your tummy. (The barbecue and boardwalk style fries are always a hit with us.) And if Lady Luck doesn't smile on you at the vegetable, plant or goldfish stand, you can console yourself with a few games of bingo in the air-conditioned hall.
Ending the week's festivities will be the Firemen's Parade at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 20. In addition tofire equipment from all over the state, the parade will feature bands, majorettes, and drum and bugle corps competing for awards. Marchers will assemble at Meadow Road and proceed down Fort Smallwood Road, past the reviewing stand at the firehouse.
So stop by and have some fun. Just remember to keep all of those cracks about Noah or ark building to yourself.
Starting Sept. 3, Chesapeake High School will be the site of four fall-term classes offered by Anne Arundel Community College.
Students will be introduced to the economic and business principles of our economy and to the basic functions of business in the Introduction to Business course set for 7-10 p.m. Monday evenings.
Composition and Introduction to Literature I will begin at 7 p.m. on Mondays. Students will review paragraph structure and study multiparagraph writing.
Dance and Aerobic Fitness I will be offered from 7:30 to 8:20 p.m. Monday and Wednesday evenings. Introduction to Psychology has been scheduled for Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9:45 p.m. In this course, students will study the major problems confronting psychology and important attempts to solve them.
In addition to offering neighborhood classroom sites, the community college offers credit classes for students of all ages at its Arnold Campus andat off-campus centers in Fort Meade and Glen Burnie.
For more information about the courses, the college, upcoming campus tours, open houses and career opportunities, call the admissions office at 541-2246 or Academic Advising at 541-2307.
A team of 22 volunteers from two Pasadena churches will be departing Sunday for a week of hard work and service to the Cherokee United Methodist Church in Cherokee, N.C.
The group will spend next week roofing area houses, painting and helping the American Indians who live in the area.
Money for the trip came from a variety of sources, including the personal contributions of the mission team. Several fund-raisers, sponsored by Mount Carmel United Methodist Church, helped raise the $5,000 needed tomake the mission possible.
Joining Mount Carmel's pastor, the Rev. David Cooney, and his wife, Robin, will be congregation members George and Gail Braun; Debi Kirkpatrick; Earl Schanken; Charles, Amy andKris Davis; Dennis and Cari Beuerle; Charles and Jane Sins; Bud and Sarah Jenkins; Howard and Kathy Rosewell and Frank and Sue Kohli.
Representing Magothy United Methodist Church will be Bill and Stacy Buck, Matt Ward and Sherrie Williams.
Tomorrow is the last dayto purchase tickets for the upcoming Long Point Improvement Association crab feast, scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. at Long Point Hall.
Tickets are $15 per person and include all-you-can-eat spicy steamed crabs, crab soup, cold salads, corn on the cob, beer and setups.
For tickets details, call Ken Gast at 255-4815.
It'll be SecondSunday of the Month party time at Stoney Creek Democratic Club from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
For $6 a person, you can dine on a delicious platter, munch on pretzels and chips and have a brew or two while enjoying the music of the Sugar Beats.
Tickets are available at the door.
Need more information? Call Charles Michaels at 437-9821.
Now that the Fourth of July is but a memory, Downs Park can get back to what it does best: offer a wide range of informative programming to a variety of visitors in a friendly atmosphere.
But just what does Downs Park have to offer? If you are new to the area or have never enjoyed an afternoon at the park, you might be interested in thepresentation planned for 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
A 17-minute slide show exploring the many facets of what the park has to offer will be presented by a ranger. After a brief question-and-answer period, the Kaleidoscope 90 slide show will be presented. The show is set to music and features beautiful images of 1990 at Downs, involving volunteers, special programming and events.
Sunday evening from 6 to 7 p.m., the Naval Wind Ensemble will be performing at the Bayside amphitheater. Bring along a blanket or lawn chair for seating.
At 9 p.m.next Friday evening, come along on an Owl Prowl. Raptor enthusiast Don Steber will lead the prowl through the darkened woods searching for signs, sounds and a hopeful sighting of these nocturnal creatures. Advance registration is required and no young children or pets will be allowed.
Sign up early for Space Day, set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 27. Dennis Christopher, from the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, will lead a program packed with space-related activities, including a model rocket launch and a spacemobile show. Registration is required.
To register for upcoming events, call the park at 222-6230.