I was amazed at the proliferation of yard sale signs last weekend. One could -- and many undoubtedly do -- keep busy full-time looking for bargains amid neighborhood discards.
With all my interstate moves, I've only had one yard sale, and I spent the entire day worried that I had included something that would be seen by whoever gave it to me, and I'd lose a friend along with the rummage. Easier, I finally decided, to tote it all to a nonprofit thrift shop, and spend my allotted yard sale time on someone else's lawn.
As sociologists examine how we live, and how our culture changes over the years, one thing that has become clear is a widening gap between the young and the old. Single family homes are just that: each generation, at adulthood, moves into its own space, and the link between children and grandparents becomes at best tenuous, if it is not lost altogether.
Saint Mary's Elementary School addresses this predicament with its buddy program, through which each class at the school forms bonds with one or more older residents of the Carey House. The five-year-old program connects the children and their "buddies" through cards, letters and little gifts throughout the year. The 27 classes at the school are sponsoring 36 buddies.
On Wednesday, Carey House residents will visit the school and meet with the class that is their buddy. The students are preparing a picnic lunch to share with their friends.
The Community Action Agency and the county Health Department sponsor free mammogram screenings, coordinated by volunteer Cancer Outreach workers.
In general, a woman qualifies for the free screenings if she is over 50, has no health insurance, or has health insurance that doesn't cover screening procedures. Medicare patients who are covered for biennial screenings also are eligible.
For more information about eligibility and scheduling, call 626-1921. It's a call that could literally save your life.
The Baltimore Klezmer Orchestra will present a concert of Jewish music from around the world on Sunday, June 13, in Annapolis. The concert, called "A Festival of Jewish Music," is jointly sponsored by Baltimore Hebrew University and St. John's College. It will be held at 2 p.m. in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium at St. John's.
The orchestra consists of 20 musicians and vocalists who perform in the traditional style of Eastern European traveling musicians. Their repertoire also includes Jewish music from other lands and traditions, such as Sephardic melodies from Greece and Turkey, Yiddish theater numbers, and modern Israeli tunes. It is up-beat, folk-dancing music that has delighted crowds.
Tickets for the Baltimore Klezmer Orchestra performance are $7, and are on sale in Annapolis at Knesseth Israel Synagogue. Call 263-3924. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.
I know at least 20 people who think that "Cats" is the best musical ever produced. They see it every chance they get, and wax poetic about its wit and costuming and energy and music. I can't say whether I agree, because my history has been to miss the show in at least five cities across the country.
I hope to fix that when "Cats" comes to the Morris Mechanic theater for a week in June. Making it even easier, the YWCA is sponsoring a bus to the show on Wednesday, June 16. Tickets are $45 for YWCA members, $50 for nonmembers. The bus will leave Annapolis at 11 a.m. and return at 5:15 p.m. Stops in Severna Park are at 11:20 a.m. and 5 p.m. For reservations or more information, call the "Y" at 647-1500. Space is limited.
If you can't take your family to Europe for a vacation, how about bringing a bit of Europe to your family? Several organizations are looking for hosts to provide a family environment for foreign students. The programs range from three weeks to three months to a full year.
The American Field Service needs families for Aug. 8 to 20 this year. Call the AFS Eastern Regional Office in Annapolis at 280-3000, or 800-876-2377.
International Student Exchange places students between the ages of 15 and 18 for stays ranging from three months to a year. Call 800-233-4678.
French high school students, under the aegis of World Exchange, will be here for four weeks in August. You can sign up to include one in your family by calling Dotti Huss at 451-0137.
Finally, Youth for Understanding operates on a school-year basis. To offer your home to an exchange student, call 643-7518.