Winter blues got you down? Need to loose some of those extra pounds you gained over the holidays? Or maybe this year's resolutions included getting into shape? Tired of watching your kids turn into video vegetables waiting for spring sports to arrive?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, you need to check out the Department of Recreation and Parks' new winter-spring program guide. Hot off the presses, the guide features programming for young and old.
Adults can choose from a wide variety of fitness courses, such asBio-Aerobics or Tone and Firm at Northeast High; join a coed, recreational volleyball program at Riviera Beach Elementary; or get into a walking program, starting next month, at Chesapeake High School.
For ladies only, pump some iron and turn that flab into muscle at the free body-conditioning workouts offered at Northeast High School.
Younger members of the family can be a Munchkin-in-Motion at Riviera Beach Elementary; enroll in beginning gymnastics offered at Bodkin orRiviera Beach elementaries; or join a coed youth karate at Riviera Beach Elementary.
Free after-school fun-and-games activities, a hitwith kids and parents, are set to begin midmonth at High Point, Riviera Beach and Lake Shore elementaries.
There are also free recreational sports like basketball at High Point or Riveria Beach elementary schools or volleyball, racquetball and basketball at Chesapeake High School beginning soon.
The guide, listing programming countywide, including registration forms, was delivered early last week. Additional copies are available at county libraries or from the Recreation and Parks Department.
Have a question? Contact Northeast area supervisor Bob Brandenburger at 222-3538.
Make a new you in '92.
Your junk may be just the treasure that the technology departmentsat Chesapeake and Northeast high schools are looking for.
A dyingtelevision, a clunker car or a stubborn lawn mower could provide thespark that opens up the worlds of electronics, power and energy and automotive technology to a young mind.
Both schools are accepting donations of automobiles, small appliances, televisions, lawn mowers and small outboard motors that will be incorporated into the curriculum, giving students "hands-on" experience while helping to build a strong and innovative program.
To donate items, call Chesapeake HighSchool at 255-9600 or Northeast High School at 437-6400 during school hours.
All college or trade and technical school bound students and their parents are invited to attend the next program in the Parent-Student Evening Speaker Series, sponsored by Chesapeake High School guidance department, at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the school's cafeteria.
Angel Jackson, assistant director of admissions at Towson State University, will talk about post-secondary school visitations and giving helpful tips about making the most of your visit.
"Simply hearing a short overview or taking a tour of a school is not enough toreally make good choices and decisions about a particular institution," said Edie Picken, school counselor.
"We really urge junior andsenior students and their parents to attend this next program since these decisions are in the not-too-distant future for them," she added.
For more information about the series, contact Picken at 255-9600.
The guidance department at Northeast High School is sponsoring a two-part informational session on post-secondary education for students and parents Wednesday.
The evening will begin with a "Return of the Native," session featuring '91 Northeast graduates who will share experiences of their first semester of college.
"They will let parents and students know what things they have found to be successful, what things they wish they could have done differently and what things your sons and daughters could be doing during the rest oftheir high school days," said Suzanne Kauffman, school counselor.
The second session will focus on financial aid.
It will include adiscussion of the major sources of financial aid, types of need analysis, application procedures, legislative changes and new higher education financing options.
Parents of seniors who have questions about the financial aid form should attend. To help parents, a representative from a local bank also will be available to discuss student loan information.
"This is a good opportunity for all high school students (freshmen, sophomores or juniors) and their parents to get a preview of what is ahead in the financial aid picture," Kauffman explained. "It can also give them some ideas about family financial planning and income tax implications."
The FAF form is used by colleges and nearly all technical and trade schools, Kaufman said.
For more details, contact Kauffman at 437-6400.
Winners of the annual holiday decorating contest sponsored by the Elizabeth's Landing Community Association were recently announced.
"The variety, beauty andcreativity of the displays and decorations provided the judges with a difficult choice," said Rene Hammond, contest chairman.
The award for best white-light display was given to Mr. and Mrs. William Harrison of Houlton Harbour.
The home of Don and Wanda Saunders of Englishman Harbour received the award for best colored-light display.
Awards for best-decorated doors were given to: Mr. and Mrs. Scott Davidson of Cobscook Harbour, first place; Diane and Charles Miller of Machias Harbour, second place; and Peggy Shiflett of New Bedford Harbour, third place.
Awards for best-decorated were given to: Daniel Cogliano of Bullman Harbour, first place; Barbara and Romie Nickles of Black Rock Harbour, second; Howard and Rondi Coates of Oyster Bay Harbour, third.
The home of Donna Hauser of Bulman Harbour receivedthe award for best overall Christmas display. Her creative design incorporated white lights, a wreath, nativity scene and stars.
The next meeting of the Athletic Boosters of Chesapeake High School will take place 7 p.m. Monday in the school cafeteria.
Boosters president John Perrone advises all members that new membership cards have been mailed out but that the new data base has a few bugs. If you have not received a new card, just give him a call at 647-1740 and listen to him blame the computer.
Explore the majestic scenery, wildlife and hidden treasures of our national parks without leaving your seat as Downs Park begins a four-part Armchair Adventure Video Series this month.
The first presentation, scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan 10, will transport viewers to the awe-inspiring panoramas of YosemiteNational Park. Come and see why 3.8 million people visited Yosemite last year.
Seating is limited, so pre-registration is required.
If county schools are closed for inclement weather, the video will be shown at 7 p.m. Jan. 17.
* Find out more about one of winter's safest and easiest sports, cross country skiing, which can be enjoyed right at Downs Park, at an workshop at 2 p.m. Jan. 11.
An instructor from the Glen Burnie Ski Haus will be on hand.
To register for either program or for more details, call Downs Park at 222-6230.