Linthicum kids parade for the needy


Children sometimes are bored during the last few weeks of summer vacation, but not the kids on Kingwood Road in Linthicum. They stayed busy preparing a circus. They assigned roles, put together costumes, decorated bikes, selected music, planned food and distributed posters.

Their hard work paid off. The kids -- 20 of them, ranging in age from 3 to 14 -- raised $226 at their circus and parade on Kingwood Road last Saturday. But the money won't go into their pockets. The North County Emergency Outreach Network (NEON) will get the proceeds.

The afternoon event began with a sidewalk parade of children on their colorfully decorated bikes. They were joined by the clowns: Heather Stitz, Jason West, Missy Legg, Stephanie Comegys, Elizabeth Redington and James, Jenna and Jacob Trevillian. Brooks Wedeking was the master of ceremonies. Laura Colvin, Ashley Stitz, Mary Redington and Sara Ramsey were dressed as circus animals and were kept in line by animal trainer Whitney Muccino. The strong man was played by John Graff. There was even an adult fortuneteller.

Two back yards became the circus grounds. Music was provided by Stephanie Comegys, who entertained everyone on the keyboard. Chad Brown helped with the games and gave prizes to the winners. The children who planned the event also donated the toy prizes. Parents contributed hot dogs, popcorn and baked goods.

Laura Colvin and her mom, Kathy, came up with the fund-raiser event. They thought it would be a great idea to get the kids on their street to work together to help people in need. Laura and her neighbor, Sarah Ramsey, decided to plan a circus and enthusiastically went to work organizing everything. According to one parent, all of the neighborhood children helped with the event. The proceeds are to be turned over to NEON, a coalition of churches, service groups, private individuals, businesses and the county Department of Social Services. The organization helps North and West County residents with medical, financial, housing or family problems.

The North County High School guidance staff will present an orientation program for new students and their parents at 7 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria.

Students will meet the guidance and administrative staff; learn about NCHS guidance services, including the successful Peer Helpers Program; receive information about opening day plans; receive homeroom assignments; and tour the school.

After the tour, the guidance staff will meet with students and parents. The school store also will be open for those parents who want to get a jump on buying physical education uniforms and back-to-school items. The store will be stocking some new items and promoting a back-to-school sale.

The first day of school is Aug. 31. For questions, call 224-5309. For information on the evening orientation program, call 859-5400.

The Second Annual Art Show and Sale sponsored by the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Benson-Hammond House on Aviation Boulevard at Andover Road.

If you would like to exhibit your art, call Grace Jeffery at 766-1750.

House tours will be available. The gift shop also will be open.

For information, call 768-9518.

The Patapsco Valley American Association of Retired Persons 3850 will conduct its monthly meeting tomorrow at St. Christopher's Church Hall, 116 Marydell Road.

Refreshments will be served at noon, followed by a lecture at 12:45 p.m. Guest speaker will be Paul Coakley, vice president of St. Agnes Hospital. The business meeting will follow at 1:30 p.m.

For information, call Vivian Zold at 859-1724.

Here is a reminder that the last Noontime Entertainment concert for the summer will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at Airport Square Park, off of Elkridge Landing Road.

Listen to the Spanish guitars and flamenco music of Duende while you enjoy a picnic lunch.

For information, call 850-6900.

The YMCA of Anne Arundel County has scheduled fitness classes at two schools. The eight-week programs run from Monday through Oct. 25.

Classes at Linthicum Elementary School, 101 School Lane, include the following: Aerobics in Motion from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; 30-minute workout classes from 6 to 6:30 p.m., 6:30 to 7 p.m. and 8 to 8:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays; Shape-Up/Tone Aerobics/Floorwork from 6 to 7 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays; Tone-all Floorwork from 8 to 8:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays.

Classes at Overlook Elementary School, 401 Hampton Road, include the following: 30-minute workouts from 6:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 7 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays; Shape-up/Tone Aerobics/Floorwork from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays.

A fee is required for each class. To register or for information, call 761-1241 or 761-1487.

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