Ancient history is just, well, "old news" to young middle school students. But George Fox Middle School teachers, staff, parents and older students are making history come alive (at least for a day) for sixth-graders studying ancient Greece.
On Thursday, 350 toga-clad sixth grade students will begin their journey back in time to take part in the Greek Olympiad program. After being divided into 10 groups, representing Greek city-states, students will become ancient Greek citizens. During the morning, they'll learn about Greek customs, language, culture, drama, mathematical discoveries, science, dance, art, food and leisure activities.
In the afternoon, the city-state groups will participate in an Olympic sports competition. An awards ceremony and a performance by the GFMS orchestra and Grecian Dancers will end the day.
The rain date for the event is Friday, May 21.
For more information, call the school, 437-5514.
Lake Shore Elementary will celebrate its 40th anniversary and the retirement of school secretary Dorothy Meeks after 30 years of service -- with a family picnic from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 6 on the school's front lawn.
An open invitation has been extended to the community to come celebrate, planning coordinator Verna Srock said.
"It's difficult to count the numbers of students and families that have passed through our school over the past 40 years," she said, "but they're all invited back to reminisce about their school days and say goodbye to Mrs. Meeks."
A time capsule will be buried on the grounds to commemorate the celebration. Local churches, community groups, civic and service clubs, scout troops, businesses and others have been invited to set historical displays inside for viewing during the event.
"We have had some success in locating interesting facts and old photos of the area to display, but we're still looking for additional items," she added.
Individuals and groups interested in sharing historical documents, old photographs or setting up a display can call Srock at 255-1362 or the school office at 222-6465.
Stop by Magothy United Methodist Church, 3703 Mountain Road, between 7 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. tomorrow for breakfast being served by the United Methodist Men.
The menu features all-you-can-eat hot cakes, sausage and drinks.
Admission is $3 for adults and $1.50 for children.
Proceeds will benefit UMM community outreach programs and the church's maintenance fund.
Flea market hounds take note. You have three exceptional opportunities for bargain hunting in the Pasadena area tomorrow.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church on Tick Neck Road will host its 22nd annual flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Along with lots of bargains for the entire family, there will be baked goods, crafts, refreshments and a car wash.
Youngsters can tie-dye a T-shirt or have their faces painted while you browse.
More bargain shopping at the annual market sponsored by the United Methodist Women of Mount Carmel United Methodist Church, 4760 Mountain Road.
Market hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bargain finds, baked goods other foods and plants will be sold.
The Blossom Hills Community Association is sponsoring a neighborhood yard sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the end of Arundel Court, off Dupont Circle.
Second-hand treasures, crafts, food, cakes and refreshments will be on sale.
The Drama Club at Chesapeake Bay Middle School will present its spring production of the play, "The Merry Murders of Mont Marie," at 7:30 p.m. May 20-22 in the school student center.
The mystery-comedy involves a group of students at an exclusive girls boarding school in Switzerland. Their plight? Problem parents, of course. The solution? Well, that's where the fun begins, teacher/director Bruce Weammert explained.
Admission is $2 at the door.
For more details, call the school, 437-2400.
Our Lady of the Chesapeake, 8325 Ventnor Road, will sponsor a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 22.
Donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds. The process takes less than an hour.
Appointments can be made in advance, but walk-ins will be accepted, OLC spokeswoman Jeannie Williams said.
To make an appointment, call 255-0603.
Gibson Island Country School will offer two sessions of its popular summer camp program, "Great Play! Plus the Bay," this summer at its picturesque, waterfront campus at the end of Mountain Road.
Open to children ages 4-12, the camps will be open from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, July 5-16.
Whether's it's playing sports, discovering marine life, exploring the arts, or learning about computers in the new GICS Apple Computer Lab, campers will enjoy them all every day. The camper to instructor ratio is 6:1.
Tuition is $75 for one week, $145 for two. A nonrefundable deposit must be included with registration forms. A $10 late fee will be added to registrations received after June 1.
L To obtain a form or for more details, call GICS at 255-5370.
Music lovers: enjoy the musical talents of a few good men (and women) in uniform on Thursday as the U.S. Naval Academy Brass Quintet performs at 7 p.m. at the Riviera Beach Library.
The concert is free and open to the public.