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"When the days dwindle down to a precious few" . . . into the home stretch of summer.

My niece and nephew are gone for the summer and I miss them terribly. But before I get to see them again, there are the dog days of August to get through. Fortunately for us all there's lots going on around to keep us occupied and cool.


Did you buy a ticket to the multistate serious bucks lottery last month? I did. I bought several dollars' worth of tickets for an event I hadn't a snow cone's chance in August of winning. The odds against me were something Carl Sagan couldn't calculate.

No doubt sudden undeserved wealth far beyond the ken of mortal men would have undermined my character. But I would have loved the opportunity to struggle against this fate. Alas, no such luck.

But, I have a better deal coming up. The Savage Community Association is raffling off two tickets to the Washington Redskins-Phoenix Cardinals game. It seems that there weren't many football fans at the June Savage Fest when the tickets were first offered up to raffle.

I think that in June with the summer ahead, it's just too hard to think of fall and football. But now that we're on the down side of summer (it's 90 outside, but there are quilts in the stores), it's time to think of fallish things.

The tickets will be raffled Aug. 15. That gives you two weeks to buy your chances. Off hand, your chances of winning are terrific, since not that many tickets have been sold. Think of it. You can be the envy of your friends, patch up a friendship, give a belated Father's Day gift or make points with the boss. And this, all this, for the fabulous low price of $3 per chance. That's for two, count 'em two, tickets to the Redskins' Sept. 12 game.

Call Sharon Spicher at 490-5251 or Bill Waff at 725-1089 to buy your chance. The drawing benefits the Carroll Baldwin Hall restoration effort. The local community has to come up with $3,000 to get a state and county grant to fix the hall's roof. It's a fantastic slate roof, but fixing it requires special equipment and expertise.


The Savage branch of the Howard County Library announces yet another children's program. Actually, it's a parental sanity program that gives harried parents a half-hour of tranquil browsing in the library while the preschoolers are otherwise engaged.

The four-week series for 3- to 5-year-olds ends Aug. 18. The two available sessions are Tuesdays 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. There's no registration required, just drop in.

The Tuesday and Wednesday programs are identical, so please don't come to both. It rattles the librarians to see the same child twice in one week; they get confused over which day it is, and mess up their schedules. Just kidding, of course. The librarians want to ensure that there's enough seating for all the children.

Call Laura Capano for more details at (410) 880-5978. Or call her just to say you like the programs offered.


The Freestate Happy Wanderers, a Laurel-based volks port club, celebrates its 10th anniversary this August.

Volks ports clubs are dedicated to encouraging people of every age and athletic ability to exercise in a noncompetitive manner. The Happy Wanderers are a volks march club, which means the club directs and organizes walks and hikes. Other volks sport clubs focus on the other activities such as cross-country skiing, cycling and swimming.

The Happy Wanderers sell patches of completed walks to participants who register for international volks marching credit. However, anyone can participate for free.

For their 10th anniversary, the Happy Wanderers are sponsoring an 11-kilometer walk, or a 6.8-mile walk for those of us of the nonmetric persuasion, beginning and ending Aug. 29 at Montpelier Mansion in Laurel.

Meet the volks marchers at the carriage house to get a map and directions any time from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. All walks must end by 5 p.m. While there, stop in at the mansion for a guided tour of the historic property. Tours are scheduled at 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. Tour prices range from 50 cents to $1.50.

Of course, the gift shop and the art gallery will both be open during the day. Make a day of it in one of the most beautiful settings in our area.

For more information about volks marching or this event, call Sandy Adams at (410) 766-2551 or Bill Brabant at (301) 490-7338.

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