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Rain can't dampen bands' performances at parade


The bands that performed in the Armed Forces Day Parade Saturday didn't let a few drops of rain hurt their performances. This was a first-time event, but let's hope it won't be the last.


The Crofton Association of Retired Persons will have its annual picnic tomorrow at Downs Park, a week before the association's usual meeting date. Buses for the picnic will leave the Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church parking lot at 10 a.m.

Third-graders through high school seniors may attend the Anne Arundel County Dance Camp, a weeklong camp featuring ballet, modern, jazz and tap dancing classes. The camp will run 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, July 27-31, at Odenton Elementary School and Arundel High School. Students will perform at 7 p.m. July 31 at Arundel High.

The cost is $125 per camper, which covers all classes, lectures, performances and a camp T-shirt. Limited space is available.

Applications are available by calling Richard Wiles, 224-5462, or Judi Keck, 956-5600, Ext. 224.


The Crofton Kiwanis Club will feature two more speakers at its May meetings, which begin at 8 p.m. in the Crofton Country Club's Kiwanis Activity Room. Former University of Maryland basketball player Greg Manning, director of the university's M Club, will discuss the balance between athletics and scholarships at tomorrow's meeting. On May 27, Hendrix Niemann, president of the county's Habitat for Humanity, will discuss his organization's work.


You have until Monday to cast your vote for the prettiest baby in Crofton contest, sponsored by the Crofton Jaycees and the Crofton K mart. Proceeds benefit the Jaycees' community projects. To vote, stop by the display in the front of K mart and drop a penny in the slot under your candidate's photo. The Jaycees will award prizes.


The American Cancer Society Discovery Shop at Bowie Plaza Shopping Center is celebrating its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting party 7:30 to 9 p.m. tomorrow. The grand opening is planned for 10 a.m. May 26. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday though Saturday.

& Information: 261-6000.


The creative minds of the Crofton Meadows Elementary School first-graders have been working overtime lately. The students have been busy writing and illustrating their own books. Carol Fox is in charge of the project. She also has a slew of volunteers typing and sewing the covers together. The young writers will get a chance to show off their books at an Authors' Tea, today and Thursday.


The Crofton Athletic Council will have its walk-in fall sports registration 12 to 3 p.m. May 30 and June 6 at Crofton Elementary School, off Duke of Kent Drive. The council is offering a soccer clinic, intramural soccer, boys and girls county soccer and county football. Registration fees are $30 for soccer programs, $45 for football. These prices will be $40 and $55 for any registration received after July 22. Parents also may mail their registrations to the CAC, P.O. Box 3402, Crofton 21114.

In the past, the CAC has had problems with sports commissioners and coaches taking registrations and failing to properly register the kids. So only the registrar can properly register kids.

Registration forms for the Mark Mettrick-Tim Whitman Soccer Camp will be available at the walk-in registration. Mettrick will be at the registration to sign autographs and show off some of his soccer skills.

For information, call Sue Haller at 261-0196. For soccer camp information, call Dave Haller at 261-0196 or 721-4734.

I hope everyone makes the most of the upcoming long weekend. Whatever you do -- whether sunning yourself at the beach, barbecuing some burgers in your back yard or just hanging around -- make it fun and safe.

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