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Parade opens Olympics at convalescent center


Crofton Convalescent Center staff and residents are hoisting the U.S., German and Italian flags this week to celebrate the opening of their Olympics.

The flags represent the three teams that will compete in a series of events, including an egg toss, trivia contest, scavenger hunt, bowling and wheelchair races.

A parade yesterday kicked off the activities. The athletes marched behind their respective flags, and a torchbearer carried the eternal flame. Medals will be awarded to winners during Friday's closing ceremonies.

Six out-of-state high school marching bands will parade along Crofton Parkway Saturday as part of Crofton's Armed Forces Day Parade. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. in front of Crofton Woods Elementary School on Urby Drive. The parade route will wind along Crofton Parkway and end at Crofton Elementary on Duke of Kent Street.

The six bands are here to compete in the Annapolis Music Festival. Twenty-six high school bands from across the country will perform at the three-weekend festival opening Friday. A panel of musical experts will evaluate each band's performance. Workshops also will be conducted.

Music festival judges will evaluate the six bands marching in the Crofton parade. The parade also will feature several local participants, including the Crofton Kiwanis Club; the newly formed Greater Crofton Jaycees; Del. Marsha Perry, D-Crofton; Lisa Lawson, Miss Maryland 1991; Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) instructors and Crofton officials. Crofton parade organizer Sue Bents still needs volunteers.

Information: 721-2301.

Baltimore Blast player Mark Mettrick paid a surprise visit last Tuesday to fourth- and fifth-graders at Crofton Meadows Elementary School. Mettrick demonstrated his soccer skills and discussed the importance of staying in school and avoiding drugs.

The soccer star got a surprise when he asked fifth-grader Shannon Webber to juggle the ball with his feet. Mettrick bet the kids 50 push-ups that Shannon couldn't juggle the ball more than 11 times. He obviously picked the wrong kid for that skill. Shannon kicked the ball in the air 12 times, and 12 times it landed on his foot.

Intrax is still looking for host families to provide temporary homes French high school students who will visit Crofton from July 6 through Aug. 2. About 13 families are still needed. The students originally were coming in August, but their plans have changed.

The students already have a daily itinerary, so host families won't have to provide entertainment. Host families should have an extra bed, and they must provide most meals and some transportation. Retired couples and couples with small children are encouraged to volunteer.

For information, call Valerie Humen at 721-6648.

The new American Cancer Society Discovery Shop at the Bowie Plaza Shopping Center will conduct a ribbon-cutting party from 7:30 to 9 p.m. May 20. The grand opening is planned for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 26. The store will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

For more information, call 261-6000.

The Crofton Runners Club held its latest run Saturday. Races are held every first Saturday. All runners are welcome. Bowie residents Bill Egan and Gerry Steward won the 5-mile races in April; John Libby of Crofton and Mary Sisulak of Crownsville were 2-mile winners.

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