Mention Glen Burnie in a conversation and people will share fond memories of watching the planes from the roof of Friendship Airport or recount horror stories of attempts to transfer the title of a car at the Motor Vehicle Administration.
We are known throughout the area for an abundance of car dealerships, fast food and some serious shopping centers.
I knew all this when I moved here 15 years ago. But what I didn'tknow -- and really, I think this should have come up at some point -- is that there are snakes in Glen Burnie.
I know this because onevisited me in my home last week -- while I was alone.
It just slithered right into the bedroom and made itself comfortable at the footof my bed.
After a futile effort to locate someone in my neighborhood to come and collect this reptile, I did the only thing possible and captured it in an inverted waste can. Then I stood there with my foot securing this Rubbermaid prison and cried.
Now it's times like this that really show you who your true friends are, trust me. Six phone calls later (after discovering that I have no friends) I calledAnne Arundel County Animal Control. After the longest two hours on record, that snake was out of here.
A call to the animal control office later that day confirmed that the visitor was a baby rat snake. It was non-poisonous and I wasn't to worry. Right. Sure, guys.
But, and here's the important part, this has happened to people before. As a matter of fact, according to Jan Worrell, administrator of Animal Control, her office has extracted unwanted snakes from homes in this county 72 times this year.
In May alone, 20 snakes were relocated to more appropriate surroundings.
The end result of this nasty episode is that I now wear my shoes to bed, and there is not a single extension cord left in the house. I have also spent major money on concealer to hide the dark circles under my eyes from lying awake waiting for Momma Snake to come find Junior.
"Is Shawna still dating Luke? Or is it Lorne? Do you think Sarah dyes her hair or is she really a blonde? You don't think the parents are going to dance with us again this year, do you? What are you going to wear?"
For the answer to these and other important questions, Glen Burnie teens are invited to the first dance of the year at the Rebel's Teen Center, Friday night at Corkran Middle School, 7600 Quarterfield Road.
After an extended summer vacation, the center is back to provide an evening of dancing, games and gossip for the youths in the community.
Debbie Sullivan, acting director for the teen center, has announced a fewchanges for the year.
"The younger dance, for kids 7 to 12, will only be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The dance for the kids 12 to 17 will be from 8 to 10 p.m.," said Sullivan.
"Admission for this first dance will only be a dollar. We want to welcome them back. We missed them.
"This year we're trying to give the kids a variety of things to doat the dances. Jack Barton will be the DJ at Friday's dance. He's very popular with the kids, and we're looking for a good turnout. We also have planned some new games for anyone who doesn't feel like dancing. Hopefully we'll have something for everyone," she added.
The teen center is sponsored by the Rebels Youth Sports Organization, but the weekly activities are the responsibility of a committee of teen-agers ages 12 to 17.
Working with an adult supervisor, the committee makes most of the decisions concerning the dances -- selecting DJs,buying new music tapes, deciding on games and prizes.
Interested youths can join the committee at Friday's dance.
The dances are always chaperoned by adults, but parents are welcome to attend as guests of the Rebels.
For more information, call Debbie Sullivan, 760-9381.
North Arundel Hospital's Emergency Department has scheduled a dedication and open house from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, to celebratethe opening of their expanded emergency department.
Following a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony, the public is invited to tour the new facilities. The expansion of the area has resulted in 25 treatment areas, compared to the 14 previously offered. The new emergency department will have two divisions: one for minor injuries and illnesses and one for major medical problems and severe injuries.
The improvements to the emergency care departments are part of North Arundel's $22 million expansion program. The new department will open for patients at 8 a.m., Oct. 24.
The music of organist Randall Sheets willstart the 1991-1992 concert series at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul'sEvangelical Lutheran Church. Sheets will perform a concert titled "Organ Music For The Church Year." Selections by Bach, Buxtehude, Brahms, Barber and Mulet are on the program.
St. Paul's concert series offers a wide diversity of musical programs including religious, classical and holiday themes.
There is no admission to any of the concerts, but donations are welcome. The next concert in December will offer holiday music.
Members of the Glen Burnie community will have an opportunity to voice their concerns at a round-table discussion with Councilman Ed Middlebrooks, 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16, in room 507 of the Arundel Center North, 101 Crain Highway.
According to legislative aide Sharon Chewing, Middlebrooks has scheduled this open forum so voters can tell him what they think about the budget, improvements to Friendship Park and legislation concerning adult book and video stores.
The round table is open to the public. For additional information, call 222-1401.
Students at Glen Burnie Park Elementary School will get the chance to see a different side of their teachers and parents this Friday at the PTO Follies Dinner Show.
A dinner of spaghetti, salad, bread and butter and beverages will beserved from 5:30 to 8 p.m.. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2.50 for children ages 3 to 11. Children age 2 and under are free.
It's O-R-I-O-L-E-S, when the Oriole Bird visits from 6 to 7 p.m. Fans should bring a camera to have their pictures taken alongside the big, furry bird.
The curtain goes up on the PTO Follies at 7 p.m. The evening's entertainment includes teachers singing and dancing to music from the "Wizard of Oz" (or is that "The Wiz"?); PTO members rapping as they audition for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III; and a basketball drill to "Sweet Georgia Brown."
Rumors that Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers look-alikes will perform have not been verified, but there has been an alarming shortage of hair spray in the Glen Burnie area.
For ticket information call Wanda Harding, 768-5160 or the school office, 766-5156.
I know the leaves are just starting to change color. I know the stores are selling tiny little candy bars for tricksor treats. I know that Christmas decorations haven't been put up yet. But parades don't plan themselves, and Joe Corcoran has a Memorial Day parade to prepare.
Working with co-chairman Richard Wengert, Corcoran has already had the first of several meetings to plan for next year's Memorial Day parade, scheduled for Sunday, May 24, 1992.
"I know it's early, but a parade takes a lot of planning. The theme for this year's parade is "Putting Memorial Back in Memorial Day."
"We're looking for interested churches, civic groups, fraternal organization, schools and marching groups to participate," said Corcoran.
The committee will also begin accepting nominations for the secondannual Dick Carter Memorial Award for Civic Achievement. The recipient will be honored in a ceremony prior to the parade.
Other members of the committee include Bob Eveson, Al Mewshaw and John Corcoran.
Anyone interested in registering their group to participate in theparade call Joe Corcoran, 761-9168.
The Ladies of the Elk, Glen Burnie Lodge 2266, has scheduled a craft show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, in their hall at Quarterfield and Stevenson roads.
Tables may be rented for $25 each. Only handcrafted items willbe allowed -- no flea market items or manufactured goods.
For reservation information, call 859-1477, or 636-3152.
Bingo players take note: the Rippling Estates Civic Association is having a Bingo fund-raiser, 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. Bernadette's Parish Hall, Stevenson Road.
Admission is $10 and includes cards for 20 games. In addition to cash prizes, several door prizes will be awarded, including tickets to a dinner theater and pizzas.
Proceeds from the fund-raiser will be used for community projects.
For additional information, call Carol McNaley, 969-5750.
Three decades of lobster feasts add up to a lot of claws.
The Rotary Club of Glen Burnie is once again taking out the lobster bibs for their 30th annual Lobster Feast, from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Kurtz' Beach in Pasadena.
The $27 ticket includes two Maine lobsters, salads, soups, fried clams, hotdogs, sauerkraut, beer and setups.
For ticket information, call Ed DeGrange, 766-7200 or 766-2762.