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We have survived our first big snowfall and spring must be just around the corner, so now it's time to start thinking about putting the boat back in the water.

If you are one of those people, you ought to know how to operate a boat in a safe and responsible manner. The Coast Guard Auxiliary Magothy River Flotilla 18 is sponsoring a 13-lesson, seven-week "Boating Skills and Seamanship Course." Registration and the first class are scheduled for Monday, and will continue from 7to 9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, through April 13. Classes will be held at Magothy River Middle School on Peninsula Farm Road in Arnold. There will be a nominal fee charged to cover the cost of the text anda workbook.

For additional information, contact the flotilla public educationofficer at 647-5906.


If boating safety is not for you, how about ballroom dancing? The Crofton Civic Association is once again sponsoring the ever-popular class for area residents. Teacher Spiro Pappafotis will be featuring the waltz, samba, tango and the polka. The seven classes will be conducted from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning March 18, at Crofton Elementary School. The cost of the sevenclasses is $16 for singles and $25 for couples. Classes fill up fast. Registrations will be taken until March 13.

For information on how to sign up contact Sue Bents at Town Hall, 721-7093 or 261-6021.


The American Red Cross and Crofton Civic Association are conducting a CPR course for adults. You never know when you may be called upon to save a life. For information, call Sue Bents, 721-2301.


Town Hall still has a few trash bags available for purchase. Now is the time to call or come by. Boxes are $10.25, and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.


The Crofton Civic Association along with Mary's Consignment Shop will be coming to the rescue ofparents' pocketbooks with a teen prom fashion show at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 22.

Teens representing Arundel, Old Mill, Saint Mary's and Spalding high schools will model a variety of formals from Mary's to help parents and teens make economical and beautiful prom night purchases. Mary's will offer a 25 percent discount on gown purchases.

Crofton Florists will be available to show and suggest prom flower specials and offer discounts to prom teens. A corsage and boutonnierewill be raffled off and will be redeemable on prom weekend. Raffle tickets are 25 cents each.

Also available will be a tuxedo rental service, as well as several limo services. Miracles hair salon will beon hand to offer hair, cosmetic and nail advice.

See how to make the most of your prom dollars. The fashion show will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at Crofton Woods Elementary School, Urby Drive, Crofton. Admission is $2.

Proceeds will be donated to S.A.V.E. (Students Against Vandalism Everywhere). Cookies and punch will be available.

For information, call Sue Bents, Crofton Civic Association recreation assistant, at 721-2301 or 261-6021, or write Crofton Town Hall, 1576 Crofton Parkway, Crofton, Md. 21114.


The Crofton Civic Association is still looking for candidates for its board ofdirectors. The deadline for submitting applications is March 1. Forms are available at Town Hall or by calling 721-2301.

The board of directors runs the special tax district. The president, secretary, director of operations, maintenance and public safety, director of recreation and youth, director of education and civic affairs, director of planning and zoning and neighborhood representative for each of thesix districts are elected, as are three members of the rules committee. Terms of office are two years. To be eligible, a person must be at least 18 years old and be a registered member of the civic association.


Us Kids support group meetings for youths ages 6-15 are held weekly in Crofton. Groups run concurrently for children and at least one parent in separate groups. Peer groups for children in families experiencing separation or divorce and/or remarriage meet every Monday evening. Scholarships are available. Information: Jan Thompson,(410)-721-2313.


Coach Bernie Walters and the state champion Arundel Wildcats baseball team will sponsor a one-day baseball camp at 10 a.m. April 11 at Arundel High School. For more information, callErnie Sylvester at 261-3449.


The Crofton Athletic Council has scheduled tryouts for the county baseball/softball teams Saturday, March 14, at Crofton Park. The rain date will be Sunday, March 15, with times two hours later.

The schedule is: boys 10 and under, 10 a.m., field 4; boys 12 and under, 11:30 a.m., field 4; boys 14 and under, 1 p.m. field 4; girls 10 and under, 9:30 a.m. field 1; girls 12 and under, 10:30 a.m. field 1; girls 14 and under, 11:30 a.m. field 1.

For baseball information, call Mike Reinkecke at 261-6819. For softball, call Steve Beegle, 721-0627. Players must be registered to try out for these teams.

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