Tim Rhodes, band and orchestra teacher at George Fox Middle School has been selected as September's Educator of the Month by the county school board.

"Tim is very sensitive and caring about students at George Fox," said Pam Swaggerty, faculty member.

Rhodes arrived short on experience but quickly built skills and went out of his way to bring enthusiasm to all of his students, Swaggerty explained.

"He is very pro-kid, and his success in building our band and orchestra program is a result of that positive attitude," she said.

Rhodes, a native of Charleston, W.Va., has a music degree from West Virginia University and has been teaching for five years.He has been at Fox for the last four years. During his tenure, students' involvement in the instrumental program has blossomed.

"When I first came to the school, we had about 60 to 70 kids enrolled in the instrumental program, with 30 in the concert band and 18 students in the orchestra," he said.

This year, Rhodes said, 157 students are taking instrumental classes, with 60 to 70 in the concert band and 30 to 35 in the orchestra.

Last year, the school's concert band received a superior rating, gaining a chance to attend the state band festival.

"It was the first time in 17 years that George Fox made it that far," he said. "We didn't place, but our students gained experience performing at that level," Rhodes said.

Band and orchestra students also competed at the Music in the Parks program at Hershey Park, Pa., placing fourth in the band competition and winning first in the full orchestra competition.

Dealing with ever-changing pre-teens has brought Rhodes to one conclusion.

"Some might call me crazy, but I really enjoy teaching middle school kids," he said.


The National Multiple Sclerosis Society needs volunteers to assist clients at an upcoming activity program series that will meet at Pasadena United Methodist Church, 61 Ritchie Highway. The six-week program runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Sept. 26.

"We are looking for extra hands to help with the program," society spokesman Roberta Carpico said.

"We serve all types of clients with a wide range of symptoms," she explained.

According to Carpico, some clients are mildly affected while others use canes or use wheelchairs.

"For many, these programs are their only chance to get out and meet other people," she said.

Crafts, games, guest speakers and two special outings to Marley Station Mall and Catonsville Equestrian Center are planned.

Interested volunteers can contact Anna Montgomery at 987-3902 for more details.


Senior citizens in the Pasadena area are invited to attend one of two free seminars on asset preservation and long-term health care, presented by Helen Belka, a specialist from Anne Arundel Financial Planning.

The first seminar will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Lake Shore Baptist Church, 4613 Mountain Road.

The second seminar is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sept. 28 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 8616 Fort. Smallwood Road.

According to Belka, many seniors are not aware of how they can protect themselves and theirfamilies against the financial consequences of convalescent or nursing home care.

"A survey conducted by the American Association of Retired Persons showed that 79 percent of people who expected to need a nursing home believed -- incorrectly -- that Medicare would foot the bill," she said.

"In reality, Medicare and Medicare supplementalinsurance pays very little, with over 50 percent of the bills being paid for out of pocket.

"Seniors need to know that they can preserve their independence, assets and still receive the health care that they need," Belka said.

No products or plans will be pitched at the one-hour seminars.

To reserve a seat, call 766-0900.


St.Jane Frances School in Riviera Beach is the host of the county Artist-in-Education Elementary Showcase, 8:50 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Sponsored by the county Commission on Culture and the Arts and Community Talent Associates, the free showcase will feature 20 performers, all of whom have been recommended by the state Arts Council.

As a bonus, students at St. James will get the opportunity to watch someof the performers. Parents of students at the school are invited to attend.

For more information about the showcase, call 222-1247.


Hot and spicy steamed shrimp will be the main bill of fare at Stoney Creek Democratic Club's annual shrimp feast from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sept. 27 at the clubhouse on Fort Smallwood Road.

"This is our big event, and we invite everyone to come and have a good time," saidCharles Michaels, club president.

Tickets are $20 and include steamed shrimp, shrimp soup, hot and cold buffet, beer and setups.

Toorder tickets, call Michaels at 437-9821.


Members of Long Point Garden Club are back from summer travels and ready to get together again. They will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Long Point Hall.

Willard Mumford, an assistant professor at Anne Arundel Community College, will present a special program on the life and times of Lady AnnArundell at 11 a.m.

New members are welcome.

For club information, call 255-6087 or 255-3386.


Be a part of the jam-packed programming offered by Rec & Parks in the Pasadena area this fall.

Learn a new skill, get into shape or just have fun. The choice is up to you.

* Returning by popular demand are Walk for Fitness evenings, scheduled from 6 to 8 Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at NortheastHigh School on Duvall Highway. The six-week program starts Sept. 23 -- and it's free.

* A new aerobic program for second- through fifth-graders, Heartlight Aerobics, will meet from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Thursdays at Riviera Beach Elementary starting Sept. 26. The fee is $20.

* Munchkins-in-Motion, a large motor skills program for preschoolers ages 3 to 5, will meet at Riviera Beach Elementary on Saturdays starting Sept. 28. Classes are scheduled from 9 to 9:45 and 10 to 10:45am. The fee is $35.

* Beginning gymnastics are offered to boys and girls ages 6 to 12 at Bodkin and Riviera Beach elementary schools.

At Bodkin Elementary on Ventnor Road, children in first and secondgrade will meet from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Sept. 24. Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders will meet from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Thursdays starting Sept. 26.

Classes at Riviera Beach Elementary on Jenkins Road, will meet Saturdays beginning Sept. 28.

Children in first through third grade will meet from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Fourth- through sixth-graders meet from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

The fee for the 10-week gymnastics program is $35.

* Co-ed youth karate classeswill meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Riviera Beach Elementary. Open to children ages 8 to 14, classes will start this Tuesday.

For teens in the family, several free drop-in programs are offered.

* For Michael Jordan types, age 16 and up, the hoops at Riviera Beach Elementary are available from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at High Point Elementary. Both programs will be starting the first week of October.

* Teens ages 14 to 19 can drop in at Chesapeake High School from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays for basketball, volleyball, racquetball and weightlifting beginning Sept. 30.

* A free 10-week body conditioning program for womenonly, age 14 and up, featuring the use of free weights and Universalmachine, will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Northeast High School.

The program starts Sept. 23.

* For the little ballerina in your life, several classes are offered in the area.

Preschool movement and dance class will meet from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays at Lake Shore School.

Beginning jazz dance will meet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Lake Shore School. This program is open to children over age 6. Beginning jazz and ballet class for ages 8to 11 will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays at High Point Elementary.

* Beginning tap and ballet classes are offered at several locations:

Highpoint Elementary -- 4:40 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, for ages 5 to 7.

Northeast High School -- 9 to 9:45 a.m. and 10 to 10:45 a.m.Saturdays, open to ages 3 to 5.

Lake Shore School -- 4:30 to 5:15p.m. Wednesdays, for ages 3 to 5.

Advanced tap and ballet classesfor children ages 4 to 11 with one to three years' dance experience are available Saturday afternoons at Northeast High School.

Limited openings are available. Advanced registration is required for all programs.

For more details about programs in the greater Pasadena area, call Bob Brandenburger at 222-3538.

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