AACC'S CHILD CENTER TO OFFER KINDERGARTEN

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Kindergarten is now mandatory in the county, and for the first time,the Child Development and Resource Assistance Center of Anne ArundelCommunity College will offer kindergarten classes.

The center, which provides full- and part-time child care for students, faculty andstaff, will offer a morning kindergarten this fall and may offer an afternoon program if there is a demand.

The program is open to all county residents.

Children must turn 5 years old by Dec. 31. For details on fees and registration, call 541-2450.

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The Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce has planned a Business Mixer from 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 30 at Price & Associates, 838 Ritchie Highway.

The cost is $4. Make reservations by calling Jim Price at 544-8331 or Linda Zahn at 987-6625.

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Pity the poor generation too young to remember spring at the drive-in movie.

To alleviate that omission, Anne Arundel Community College presents "The Great College Drive-in Movie" at 8 p.m. tomorrow under the stars in parking lot D. Two movies will be shown: John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in "Grease"; Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves in "Point Break." Moviegoers can bring blankets and chairs. Soda and popcornwill be on sale.

Admission is $5 for the general public; $4 for AACC students; $3 for children under 12; and $15 per car for up to seven occupants.

For more information, call 541-2218.

* The AACC dance company will present its spring production, "A Contradiction in Turns," at 2:30 and 8:30 p.m. May 2 in the Pascal Center for the Performing Arts.

The company will perform three works by director Lynda Fitzgerald, another by guest choreographer Marcy Plavin of Bates College in Maine, and six student pieces. Music runs the gamut from Benny Goodman to Flatt and Scruggs. Tickets are $4 for the public, $2 for AACC students, faculty and staff. For more information, call 541-2218.

* The following Saturday, May 9, the college orchestra and chorus will present a benefit performance of "A Night On the Town," featuring soprano Laura Mann and baritone Jason Stearns. Sponsored by theCultural Events Committee and the Student Association, the performance will benefit scholarships and equipment for the college music department.

Mann, an instructor of voice at AACC since 1989, has performed 40 operatic roles and 30 oratorio parts and has an extensive recital repertoire. Stearns was principal singer in more than 2,500 performances of the "Lido de Paris" at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas.

The orchestra, under the direction of Janice Macaulay, and the chorus, directed by Carolene Winter, will present arias and choruses from"Carmen," "Aida," "Brigadoon" and "My Fair Lady."

Admission is $10; tickets for students, employees and senior citizens are $5. Tickets are available in advance at the Student Services Center front desk,by mail, by phone or at the door.

For further information, call 541-2218.

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Eagerly anticipated is the Severna Park United Methodist Church's bi-annual Garage Sale, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 2.

This is the one they're waiting in line for when the doors open. Forinformation, call 987-4700.

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Chesapeake Academy's annual Spring French Carnival is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 2.

The fun-filled day will feature French skits, a moon bounce, games and prizes, children's crafts, a silent auction, a white elephant sale, a flower sale and wonderful food.

For more information, call 647-9612.

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Registration for an intensive, two-day Boating Skills and Seamanship Course is set from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 2.

Classes, sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Magothy River Flotilla 18, will be conducted on June 6 and 7 at the Providence Center, on Shore Acres Road near College Parkway.

There is a nominal fee for supplies. For further information, call 647-5906.

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When spring arrives, it's time to sign up your kids for summer playground. I can't smell wet straw (basket weaving) or hear the tap of a pingpong ball without my mind drifting back to my elementary school summer playground days.

County playgrounds for ages 5 1/2 to 12 are scheduled at several Severna Park elementary schools: Arnold, Belvedere, Benfield, Folger McKinsey and Oak Hill. Pre-school programs for 3- to 5-year-olds are planned at Jones.

There are also day camps at Quiet Waters and Downs parks; Science Camp at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary (741-9330); Living History Camp at London Town Publik House (222-1919); WildernessChallenge Camp, for ages 8 to 16; and a special needs camp. Also available are tennis and swimming lessons and Junior Park Ranger (222-6230) and Junior Naturalist programs.

Unless another number is listed beside the programs, parents may call 222-3600 for more information. Registration begins May 20.

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The Severna Park Assistance Network (SPAN) has elected new officers. Barbie Willis has been elected president; Judy Mayer and Linda Santoro, vice presidents; Fran Smith,corresponding secretary; Judy Harris, recording secretary; and Claudia Wicks, treasurer. Barbara Birkenheuer remains the director.

When SPAN opened its doors two years ago, it was sponsored by six churches. Today, that roster has grown to nine: Asbury Town Neck United Methodist, Asbury United Methodist, Bay Area Community, Our Lady In The Field Catholic, Our Shepherd Lutheran, St. John the Evangelist Catholic, St. Martin's In the Field Episcopal, Severna Park United Methodist and Woods Memorial Presbyterian.

Hours of operation have increased from 12 hours per week to more than 21. Over 50 people serve as volunteers. During its first month, April 1990, SPAN helped 53 families. During January 1992, the group helped 142 families.

SPAN is funded by member churches and by gifts of food and money from individualsand organizations. The group will celebrate its second anniversary with a rededication service from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at St. John the Evangelist.

For further information, call 647-0889.

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One the most traumatic events in one's life is the loss of a parent, and the celebration of Mother's and Father's days just compounds the hurt.

The sympathetic counselors at Hospice of the Chesapeake (formerly Arundel Hospice) will make getting through this time a little easier with a special seminar from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 2 at the Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church.

Reservations are needed before April 29. Call 987-2129.

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