In an effort to combat the increasing numbers of children infected with HIV, the Carroll Fitness Center in Finksburg will be sponsoring an aerobics marathon from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the club on Dede Road.
All pledges and donations will go to help with the medical expenses of Carroll County's pediatric patients with acquired immune deficiency syndrome, which is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus.
Pam Wagner, a program coordinator at Carroll Fitness Center, initiated the marathon to heighten awareness regarding this disease and its prevalence in Carroll County.
"This is the first time we have ever had anything like this in Carroll County," Ms. Wagner said. "I don't think people realize that there are children and families right here in this county who are dealing with this disease.
"We are hoping to raise $10,000 for these children and also help to increase sensitivity and provide more education to the public about AIDS."
There are three known pediatric AIDS cases in Carroll County.
Carroll Fitness Center general manager Deborah Speed said the club, which has sponsored previous benefits for other causes, chose to support pediatric AIDS because of the need.
"We wanted to do something specific for Carroll County, since it seems that this county is always the last to receive funds," Ms. Speed said. "All the money from this marathon will go for children who are suffering from AIDS in Carroll County."
Ms. Speed noted that Carroll Fitness Center is hoping other clubs in the area will send their members to the marathon to help in the fund-raising effort.
"So far, we have really been doing well. I think we are on our way to the $10,000," Ms. Speed said. "People are very willing to give something for children."
The marathon will challenge participants to join in and work out for two hours with guest aerobic instructors.
In addition to the aerobics, Body Boutique of Timonium will be on hand to fashion the latest in workout wear.
AIDS educational information will be available.
Prizes will be awarded to the top pledges, and refreshments will be served.
A $5 entrance fee is required to participate.
All donations should be made to Human Services Programs Inc. of Carroll County, P.O. Box 489, Westminster, Md. 21158. Please refer all donations with "Rainbow of Hope."
To obtain a pledge sheet, or for more information: call 833-5288.
If your elementary-age school child has a flair for the dramatic, then maybe he or she would enjoy fine-tuning those artistic skills with Theatre On The Hill this summer at Western Maryland College. During the month of July, two sessions of children's theater classes will be conducted in Alumni Hall on the college's Westminster campus.
For a fee of $40 per child, kindergartners through fifth-graders will attend eight sessions of fun-filled theatrical training geared toward the child's age and interest.
Children's Theatre classes use a variety of exercises and theater games to help develop basic skills such as pantomime, characterization, story enactment, spontaneous dialogue and movement.
Children will also develop basic group skills, stretch creativity and imagination and improve communication skills.
During the final class session, students will participate in a Share
Day, where family and friends will be invited to attend and witness a demonstration of the work that took place throughout the course.
Classes will be scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday mornings beginning July 6 and continuing through July 29.
Kindergarten through second grade will attend from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and grades three to five will attend from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Class size is limited, so if interested, don't wait!
For more information or to register, call Jean Burgess at 857-2861 after 4 p.m.