This is it: The last weekend of summer for county students before those school bells chime on Monday morning.
Emotions vary from children's disbelief to parents' relief that summer is over; gone, kaput, at least until the middle of June 1993.
We've spent the past few days shopping, wandering from mall to mall, picking up items here and there, getting ready for the big day.
From past experience, next week's schedule is bound to be hectic. The adrenalin rush should get us through the week, just in time for Labor Day and another break in the schedule.
So relax and enjoy this weekend. I have a feeling it's going to be a long two weeks.
* Get out of the kitchen tomorrow morning and enjoy and old-fashioned breakfast cooked to perfection at Magothy-Chelsea Community Lutheran Church, Third and Beach streets in Chelsea Beach.
Breakfast will be served from 7 to 11 a.m. The cost is $4 for adults, $2 for children, and kids under 5 are free. Proceeds will benefit church projects.
* An evening of Broadway's best is on tap at the dinner theater benefit for the church.
The event will take place Sept. 12 at Venice on the Bay Community Hall, on Arundel Road and Fourth Street, just off Fort Smallwood Road.
Dinner, cooked by the Ladies Guild, will be served from 6 to 7:30 p.m. At 8 p.m. a musical revue, "We're Broadway Bound," will be performed by the Miles River Musicales.
Under the direction of Lynn Knight, the cast has been entertaining diners on the Patriot, which sailed on the Chesapeake Bay this summer. The cast includes a local connection, alto Debbie Tyree Smith, who graduated in 1969 from Northeast High School.
Tickets are $14 per person and limited seating is available. The deadline for ordering is Sept. 8.
Call 647-6210 or 255-3819 for more details.
* Mount Carmel United Methodist Church will sponsor a welcome class for new members from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. on three consecutive Thursdays, beginning Sept. 24.
The class is open to adults who have joined the church or who have transferred from another denomination or from another United Methodist church.
Youths in grades six and up will be invited to join the congregation after attending confirmation classes scheduled in early 1993.
Class goals will include getting acquainted with new members, examining the dimensions of living faith within the church community and learning more about Mount Carmel's congregation.
L For more details, call the Rev. Carole Silbaugh at 255-8887.
* The Chesapeake Christian Center Church of God will celebrate Pastor Appreciation Sunday at the 10:45 a.m. service Sunday.
The congregation will honor the Rev. Glen Morris, pastor of the Tick Neck Road church, for his community service since arriving in Pasadena in 1987.
The service will feature messages from several congregation members and expressions of appreciation for his dedicated service. Friends of the pastor and the community are invited to attend.
4 For more information, call 255-3168 or 255-8404.
The community is invited to attend a performance of "Joy & Devotion," a vocal group conducted by John Leon Lewis, at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Pasadena Assembly of God, 206 Pleasantview Ave.
Admission is free.
For more details, call the church office at 647-2025.
* Chesapeake High School has announced the return of Media Center Evening Study Nights, which will begin on Sept. 9. The program will be coordinated by school counselors Edie Picken and Shirley Stine.
"The program is designed to allow Chesapeake students access to the media center, two nights per week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6 to 9 p.m.," Picken said.
Students can study independently, in a group, or meet friends to work on reports and projects.
"Additionally, Chesapeake High School National Honor Society students will be available for tutoring should a student need help," Picken added.
Tutors will be available to help younger students, too. "We are expanding our tutoring services and will offer help to students in our feeder system schools: Chesapeake Bay Middle, Bodkin, Lake Shore, Pasadena, Fort Smallwood and Jacobsville elementaries," she explained.
Younger students who need tutoring help should contact Picken or Stine at 255-9600.
The center will be closed when the school is closed.
* St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church has released the schedule for religious education classes that begin in October.
Parents should register children in advance and attend an orientation session the first week in October, said Religious Education Director Shirley Thomas.
Classes for kindergarten children and first-graders will meet from 9:20 to 10:40 a.m. Sundays. Pre-school for 3- and 4-year-olds and classes for second-graders will meet from 10:50 a.m to 12:10 p.m. Sundays.
Middle school students in grades 6, 7 and 8 will meet from 6:45 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays. Classes for grades 3, 4 and 5 will meet from 6:45 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays.
Dates and hours for the high school program will be announced soon.
A catechumenate program for unbaptized children, ages 8 through 15, also will be offered.
A special program, "Rainbows for All God's Children," will be offered at the Pasadena parish.
"Rainbows is an inter-denominational program for children experiencing death or divorce in the family," Thomas explained. "It is not a counseling service, but a peer support group with adult facilitators to help children. . . ."
The program is underwritten by donations from Lauer's Super Thrift, Lucky's, McCully Funeral Home, Gonce Funeral Home, Pasadena Furniture and the Sodality at St. Jane.
For more details or to register for programming, call Thomas at 437-4727.