There never seems to be enough hours in the day.
We rush the children off to school, hurry through work and then zip off to the improvement association meeting, the Cub Scout Blue and Gold Banquet, or head over to the mall to explain to errant shoppers that white shoes should be worn only after Memorial Day.
OK, so maybe some of us have more free time than others.
But thanks to leap year we get not just a few extra minutes or an hour, but an entire day! And on a weekend!
So what do we do this Saturday with this precious gift from the Hallmark calendar people? May I offer a suggestion or two?
* Perhaps a brisk walk by the waterfront. Iknow of a lovely piece of property just past the Price Club on Ordnance Road. Enjoy it now, because by the next leap year you'll have to pass through a metal detector to enjoy the view.
* Looking for a thrill? Just sit at the bus stop by MVA and wait for the No. 14 bus. Last week, I had the opportunity to travel with one particularly maniacal bus driver. Ritchie Highway is never more exciting then when you are careening southbound at 50 mph enclosed in a metal tube with total strangers who don't seem to be the least bit concerned about your safety.
* Stop by Leedmark and offer a seminar to people from out of town that will explain the "shopping-cart-for-a-quarter" rental idea. It is our duty as residents of Glen Burnie, and I can't do it alone.
Enjoy your leap year, Glen Burnie.
The calendar tells us that spring is still 23 days away, but . . there is lawn furniture on display at the Price Club, baseball registration forms in your child's backpack and the crocuses in Lisa Case's yard are ready to bloom. At the very least it is almost spring.
And to prepare for the season ahead, Case is working to get the parents, students and neighbors of Richard Henry Lee Elementary School involved with the school's new garden club.
Initially the club's focus will be the planters surrounding the school.
"We want to assign one planter to each grade, and let them take care of it," explained Case. "If they work on them, they may think about it before they toss some trash down. We're hoping that they're really going to watch out for the planters."
To help start the garden club, Case is looking for volunteers who are willing to work with the children during their recess time.
"I don'thave a green thumb, so we're looking for people who know a little about gardening," said Case.
In addition to volunteers, Case is alsosoliciting donations of plants, seeds or garden supplies from the community. She is willing to help dig up and transfer any plants.
Citing the enthusiasm of the students and their teachers, Case is anxious to get started on the project. Working with Brenda Kelly and Sue Cranblitt, she has scheduled a meeting of the garden club for 9 a.m., March 5.
For information on the club or how to make a donation, call Case at 761-3852.
By the end of the day Saturday, approximately 80 gallons of soup and about 800 corn muffins will enrich the food pantries of Sarah's House, Harundale Presbyterian Church and the North County Emergency Outreach Network, courtesy of the junior high ministry of Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
"People Needing People" is the theme of this year's outreach day, coordinated by Mary Jane Thomas, Pat Stanley and Joy Wilburt of the religious education department of Holy Trinity.
Together with Kathy Campbell and the junior high religion teachers -- Peter Akerboom, Jim Bradley, Jacques Bradley,Sharon Morgan, Kathy Schaech, Debbie Silcox, Lisa Smalley and Rick Wilburt -- they will work with the seventh- and eighth-graders preparing soups and muffins for those less fortunate.
This year's ministry is a scaled-down version of the Shelter-A-Thons held in previous years. The emphasis has shifted to assisting those within the local community.
"Harundale Presbyterian Church alone feeds over 70 people every Thursday," said Pat Stanley.
Donations can be dropped off atthe Parish Center between 9 a.m and 4 p.m. until Friday. For a list of needed ingredients, call 768-3890.
Black History Month is being recognized at the Freetown Recreation Center with a seminar on the celebration of life from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Coordinated by the county Department of Health and Department of Recreation and Parks, the seminar is directed at youth ages 10 and up and their parents.
According to Joyce Gough, assistant director at Freetown, the seminar's purpose is to help young people discover the importance of their total well-being.
"There's one session entitled 'The BodyBeautiful,' where we explore the importance of a healthy body. 'Making Choices' is directed at letting children know that they're in charge of choosing in their life; deciding to be the best that they can be," explained Gough.
Choices will be explored in three other workshops that will focus on substance abuse, nutrition and sexual attitudes.
A guest speaker who has been infected with the AIDS virus willaddress the group and discuss developing healthy sexual attitudes.
A nutritional lunch will be served for a fee, and reservations mustbe made no later than today. There is no preregistration necessary for the seminar.
For additional information or to register for the luncheon, call 222-6243.
For those of you who feel that cooking is just one more unnecessary reason to wash dishes, stop by the Point Pleasant Elementary School pizza supper on Friday and let someoneelse do the work.
Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the primary building's cafeteria, 1035 Dumbarton Road.
Carry-out pizzas also are available. However, contrary to rumors, PTA President Keith Johnson will not be delivering hot pizzas to your door within 30 minutes.
The 12-inch cheese pizzas will be sold for $4.50, and for$5 you can get pepperoni and cheese. Pizzas are available cooked or uncooked and can be eaten at the school or taken home.
So many options. . . . If planned correctly, you may not have to cook all weekend. But your children may start referring to you as Chef Boy-Ar-Dee.
For those of you who have the entire Karate Kid Trilogy on tape and can lip sync the dialogue, the county Department of Recreation and Parks is offering an adult karate class at Marley Elementary School for ages 15 and older.
Classes are from 7 to 9 p.m., every Wednesday beginning March 4 and continuing for 10 weeks.
Ed Curry, a black-belt Winged Dragon, will be the instructor.
There is a $50 fee for the class.
To register, call Bob Brandenburg at Rec and Parks, 222-3538.
Bobby & The Believers will be the featured attraction at the sixth annual dance to benefit the Anne Arundel County Chapter of the American Diabetes Association, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturdayat the Glen Burnie Elks Hall, Stevensonville Road.
Tickets are $15 each and include snacks, beer, setups, door prizes and dancing to Motown tunes by the band.
For ticket information, call 859-3390 or 987-6086.
Celebrate the Leap Year at the Glen Burnie Jaycees first Leap Year Dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at Michael's Eighth Avenue.
Tickets are $12.50 and include munchies, wine, beer, soda and live music by Axis. Call Deb Stevens 647-4426 or Mark Potter,553-0660.
On a final note, congratulations to the Glen Burnie Health Center Association on the success of its art auction last weekend. More than $8,800 was raised to benefit the capital improvements project for the center.
The success was due in large part to theefforts of the auction committee, chaired by Kathy DeGrange and Ray Streib, and association president Barbara Turner.
All in all, it was a fun evening for everyone, whether they were bidding on a lithograph by Wyeth, visiting the dessert table for the third time or waiting for Ray to announce the winners of the door prizes -- none of whichwere me.
Nice job, guys.