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Just say 'cheese': taking the dreaded license renewal photo


"You have to come out sometime," they called through the locked bathroom door. "We're talking about the law."

"Go away," I warned. Wasn't it enough I had to deal with a 38th birthday that put me into my late 30s, way ahead of schedule? Did I also have to suffer the indignity of driver's license renewal, subject myself to five years of twin hologram images that give new meaning to the phrase "double chin"?

"It won't be that bad," my sister lied. I reminded her of her own license. Told by the photographer to look up, she was captured on film in a surreal, gargling stance. Refusing to use it as identification, she has not written a check since April.

"I find my photo flattering," piped in Sharon, declining to mention she had stopped off at "Glamour R You" en route to MVA. (Her license is the only one in Maryland with the driver sporting a tiara.)

"Look, I even put together a kicky new outfit for you to wear," added Kathy. Recalling her fashion judgment, I shuddered. When she was photographed wearing a maternity top, for five years her license touted, "I'm not fat, I'm pregnant."

In the end, I know I shall rise to the challenge. My new laminated image, hidden deep within my billfold, will serve as a constant reminder to always pay cash and drive safely. Until July 20, 1999.

Say "cheese," Glen Burnie.


Paul George is one of those people who just likes to bring a little sunshine into the lives of others.

Working with the nonprofit Sunshine Foundation, the 26-year-old Suburbia resident is planning a fund-raiser to help a terminally ill child fulfill a dream.

The fund-raiser, scheduled for 4 p.m. July 31, at the Country Club Estates Recreation Association on Paul Marr Drive, will include volleyball, fishing, crabbing and horseshoes on the waterfront grounds.

From 8 p.m. to midnight, disc jockeys Brian Leach and Mike Milton will provide the music as the event moves to the CCERA pool complex for swimming and dancing. Lifeguards will be on duty.

The $15 admission covers all food, beer, soft drinks, door prizes and activities.

Friends, family and generous contributions from area businesses have helped Mr. George keep his overhead costs down.

Among the contributing businesses are Domino's Pizza, Boston Chicken, 177 Liquors, Subway, The Lucky's, Circuit City, JP Food Service, Club Rumblefish and Beef-A-Lo Bob's.

Mr. George became involved with the foundation while playing in charity softball games with his brother's police softball team.

"The Sunshine Foundation is about everyday people raising money to send sick children on dream vacations, like Disney World," said Mr. George. "It's feeling good about doing something for someone you don't know."

Tickets can be purchased by calling Mr. George at 760-4123. Donations to the Sunshine Foundation can be sent to: Sunshine Foundation, P.O. Box 1573, Glen Burnie 21060.


Parents seeking a Christian learning environment for their 3- and year-olds may want to check out the preschool program at Harundale Presbyterian Church, 1020 Eastway.

The program introduces children to colors, shapes, numbers and letters.

Classes for 3-year-olds meet Tuesdays and Thursdays; classes for 4-year-olds meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

D8 For information, call the church office at 766-4338.

Tickets are still available for the third annual Crab Feast to benefit the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society. The feast is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Kurtz Beach in Pasadena.

The cost is $23 in advance, $25 at the door. Admission includes all-you-can-eat steamed crabs, crab soup, beef barbecue, hot dogs, vegetables, watermelon, desserts, soft drinks and beer.

Proceeds will be used for several of the society's special projects, including the Kuethe Library Research Center in Glen Burnie.

For advance tickets, call 437-3693 or 768-9518.


Fifty years of spiritual dedication are being celebrated with a concert of Christian music by Sharon and Robin, 6 p.m. Sunday at the Marley Park Church of the Nazarene, 7741 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

Pastor Paul Merki and his congregation encourage current, new and returning members to visit the church during this golden anniversary year for the many special concerts, speakers or revivals.

For information, call the church office at 768-1852.


Sen. "American" Joe Miedusiewski will be the guest speaker at the District 32 Democratic Club meeting at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Ferndale Volunteer Fire Department. The senator is a candidate for governor in the coming primary election.

Before the meeting, at 7 p.m., members can enjoy cold cuts and summer salads for $4 per person.

For information, call 969-9325 or 850-0470.

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