The beautiful weather really has me longing for spring. It seems that everywhere I look, I see neighbors enjoying the sunshine and mild temperatures.
Over the weekend, several of my neighbors dragged out hoses and buckets to give their cars an early spring cleaning. Children once more raced through the neighborhood on bikes and in-line skates. Shouts from a nearby soccer game told me that the kids were enjoying the fresh air and sunshine.
Although winter isn't officially over, it's time to make spring and summer plans.
Now is the time to think about taking part in Piney Run's 19th annual Nature Camp. The camp is a nonprofit day camp dedicated to promoting appreciation of nature through fun, educational programs and activities.
The camp, at Piney Run Park, offers children in kindergarten through sixth grade a chance to explore woodlands, fields, streams and lake-shore habitats in a supervised environment.
The camp will be for one- and two-week sessions between July 10 and Aug. 4.
One-week camps for children completing kindergarten through third grade will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. the weeks of July 10-14, July 17-21, July 24-28 and July 31-Aug. 4.
The children, grouped according to their ages, will study such topics as the diversity of animals, the Earth, the world of plants and the forest habitat.
Through environmental games and activities, children will gain a better understanding of ecological concepts. Nature crafts, stories, songs and camp journals will be part of the camp.
Two-week camps for children completing fourth through sixth grades will be July 10-21 and July 24-Aug. 4, Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Campers in these grades will focus on the park's freshwater habitats, ecology and conservation. An overnight camp-out, with a campfire, songs and stories, will be a highlight.
Membership in Piney Run's Nature Center is not required for the camps, but members are given priority registration in a drawing March 28. To be eligible, members must complete a camp registration form for each child who wants to attend and mail the form to Piney Run Nature Center. The forms must be postmarked by March 21.
Nonmembers may register beginning April 4 by calling the Nature Center at 795-6043. All registrants will be notified of their status by April 11. Although the camp will try to accommodate everyone, some age groups may fill up quickly.
For more information, call 795-6043.
Sykesville-Freedom District Volunteer Fire Department is celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a dance Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight. Country music will be provided by The Stinger, a disc jockey.
Tickets are $8 per person, which includes beer, soda, chips and pretzels.
Advance tickets may be purchased at country dance lessons Wednesday evening at the fire hall or by calling 795-7122.
Youngsters in fourth through seventh grades can dance the rTC evening away when Girl Scout Troop 658 sponsors a Sock Hop Friday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Community. Tickets are $3 at the door. Information: 795-1421.