Smart money eschews El Gordo and Keno, bets on Ed McMahon PASADENA


The Christmas decorations are down . . . well, almost. And greetings have arrived from the tax man.

Meanwhile, I'm deep in thought, dreaming of how life will change after Ed McMahon picks my entry over those of billions of other hopefuls in a few short weeks. Well you have to a dream, right?

El Gordo was a bust and Keno seems to move too fast for me. a lot safer with good old Ed. At least if I don't win, I'll have a magazine to curl up and dream with.


Experience an evening of poignant drama balanced with comedy when Chesapeake High School Drama Club presents its winter production, "An Evening of One-Act Plays," in the school auditorium tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m. .

Four presentations, under the direction of Kathy McBee, will share the bill.

Student actors Joe Crespo, Stephanie McBee, David Whewell, Anthony Santoni, Andy Grieb, and Heather Capps will appear in William Saroyan's "Hello Out There," a drama about a young man unjustly accused of rape.

"A Nice Day in the Park," an encounter among five young women and a convicted killer, will feature Nikki Bush, Ginni Parish and Kristen Sheffield, and Capps, McBee and Santoni.

Audiences also will be entertained by two comedies: "If Men Played Cards as Women Do," featuring the entire male cast; and "Never Trust A Man," with Laura O'Jeda, a Mexican exchange student, and a female cast.

Working behind the scenes are Jim Grabowski, Karen Cavey and Angie Tores.

Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for students.

Information: 255-9600.


Stressing the importance of post-high school training and education, the Northeast School Cluster, in conjunction with the county Office of Guidance and Counseling, and the Anne Arundel County Council of PTA's, is sponsoring a program presented by Richard Edgar, from St. Mary's College of Maryland, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at George Fox Middle School student center, 7922 Outing Ave.

The program will give parents and students information on goal setting, strategies to help achieve goals, and financial aid.

The evening is open to parents of students of all ages.

"Although those years seem so very far away for those of us in elementary school, it is now that we really should begin helping our children to prepare for their future," said Robert Kanach, principal of High Point Elementary.

Information: 437-5514.


The Stoney Creek Democratic Club, 8123 Fort Smallwood Road, is sponsoring an indoor flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 16 at the clubhouse.

Tables are available for $9 and can be reserved by calling Rich Ames at 437-9388.


Local Optimists will be joining fellow clubs from all over the state Saturday evening at the annual Optimist Youth Appreciation Award Nights, an event that honors the contributions of young people to their communities

Six young adults from Pasadena have been selected this year to represent the Mountain Road and Fort Smallwood Optimist clubs.

The Mountain Road group has selected Jennifer Schmitt, Jason McClain and John and Kate Stup to receive the honors.

The Fort Smallwood group has selected Christal Hayden and James Billing.

* Jennifer Schmitt, a junior at Chesapeake High, is involved in the school's Interact Club, helps with class activities and has organized student visits to nursing homes. She used her organizational talents to get classmates involved in adopting South Dade Senior High in Florida, sending money and school supplies to aid the recovery after Hurricane Andrew.

* Jason McClain, 17, a senior at Chesapeake High, was chosen for his service to his community. Jason is treasurer of the student government association and is involved in the SGA executive committee. He is a member of St. Jane Frances parish, where he is an usher and a member of the youth committee.

* The brother and sister team of John and Kate Stup, both students at George Fox Middle, was chosen for their volunteer efforts with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Meridan Nursing Center and the Optimist holiday food drive.

* Christal Hayden, a sixth-grader at Chesapeake Bay Middle, is involved with student government and literacy corps activities at school, plays the violin and is a member of the newly formed Pasadena Junior Optimist Club. She is the group's secretary.

* James Billing, a Chesapeake High sophomore, tutors young students in his Bahama Beach neighborhood, raises money for United Cerebral Palsy and Alzheimer's Fund, and volunteers at events sponsored by VFW Post 2432 and its Ladies Auxiliary. "Any time you call James, he will be there ready to help where ever he can," said Peggy Hayden, of the Fort Smallwood group. James is active is soccer, football and baseball, too.

"These youth appreciation awards offer our organization an opportunity to publicly recognize the accomplishments of young people in the community, at home, in school and at church," said Frank Mathias, of the Mountain Road club. "We share a common goal with these young people, helping our community, and we're pleased to honor their efforts."

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