After the great weekend we just had, everyone is in the mood for summer and a good old barbecue -- music to the ears of the Crofton CivicAssociation and Crofton Kiwanis, who are starting to plan their Fourth of July celebration.

This will be the second year in a row Crofton has a celebration of its own, one that is sure to bring back memories to any longtime resident. I grew up here in Crofton and can remember when we celebrated with a big midway and street dance. What fun we all had -- not just the kids, but the adults too.

Area service organizations or groups that wish to participate should send a representative to the initial planning meeting, set for 7:30 p.m., March 5, in the Crofton Town Hall.

The agenda for this meeting will include the proposed layout of the midway, the allocation of sales items, coordination of midway operations and other event scheduling.

Because of the proven need to plan this big of an event early, you are urged to attend this first planning session. For information, call Mac McCann at 721-1121.


The Crofton Association for Retired Persons will meet at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Paul's Lutheran Church on Route 450. There will be a business meeting, program and then lunch.

Bill Cramer, who spent six weeks in the former Soviet Union with a group of students, will show slides taken on the trip.


The Crofton Library will restart its ever-popular Storytime in March. Family storytime for ages 2-6 and all parents is 7-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Preschool storytime for ages 2-6 is Thursdays, March 5 through April 9. Two-year-olds will meet from 9:30-10 a.m. Ages 3-6will meet from 10:15-10:45 a.m. No registration is required for storytime, but parents must accompany 2- and 3-year-olds.


The Crofton Kiwanis will meet at 8 p.m. tomorrow in the Kiwanis Activities room at the Country Club. The club will be observing National Heart Month with "Matters of the Heart."

Sharon Hall, a registered nurse, and Carol Frazer, who are specialists in cardiac rehabilitation with Anne Arundel Medical Center, will be featured. They will discuss riskfactors and prevention of heart disease.

The club will also sponsor a charity basketball shootout beginning at 9 a.m., April 25, in the Crofton Middle School gym. This shootout will be organized similarly to that of the Maryland State Olympics. The foul shooting will havea maximum of 15 points; each participant will take seven field shotsfrom designated locations, for a maximum point value of 20. The shooter with the most points wins.

Competition will be divided among men and women according to the following age categories: 14 and under,15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60-95. An entry form is necessary because it includes an injury waiver. Participants must give their name, address, phone number, birth date and age on April 25.

Thecost is $5 per person foradvance registration, $7 at the door. Checks should be made payable to Crofton Kiwanis Foundation and sent to P.O. Box 3101, Crofton, 21114. Proceeds will go for Kiwanis programs.


Don't forget that the Maryland Jaycees are still looking for people to re-establish the Crofton chapter. The drive will target Crofton members in other chapters and their friends. They will also ask local businesses to sponsor an employee in the chapter.

Jaycees membership is open to men and woman ages 21 through 39. The group focuses on community development, individual development and management development. For more information, call Russell Lasner at 627-8913.


The Crofton Athletic Council will hold its final walk-in registration for spring sports from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Crofton Elementary School, on Duke of Kent Drive. Spring sports include T-ball, baseball, softball, boys and girls lacrosse and cheerleading.

Registration is $25 for T-ball, baseball and softball; $30 for girls lacrosse and cheerleading; $40 for boys lacrosse. The $30 family membership is also due with this registration.

After this registration, a $10 increase in fees will go into effect. All participants must be registered before they may try out or practice for county select teams.This registration will ensure that your child will be placed on a team. After March 1, there will be no guarantees.

For more information, call Sue Haller at 721-4734 or 261-0196.

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