If you love a good-looking lawn, you hate weeds. But there is something much worse: mushrooms.
My yard looks like an uprising of the plant underworld. Please pass the fungicide.
If you're an amateur shutterbug who appreciates our county's natural wonders more than I do at this moment, as well as its people and scenery, you'll want to enter the Department of Recreation and Parks 1995 Photography Contest.
Photos must be taken at any of 10 county facilities, from Andover Equestrian Center to Eisenhower Golf Course. The list includes the B & A Trail Park and all other county parks.
Photos must be submitted by July 10. Entry forms, which are required, are available at the B & A Trail Park or at contest sponsors, the Wild Bird Center in Severna Park and Annapolis and Severna Park Photo.
Entries can be black and white or color, and must be at least 8 by 10 inches. Photos may be submitted at the B & A Trail Park office on Earleigh Heights Road.
For details, call Ranger David DeVault at 222-6244.
The county's free library summer reading program for children from preschool through sixth grade begins Monday and continues through Aug. 4.
The first of many guest appearances at the Severna Park branch library is Tuesday, when professional magician Michael Chamberlin appears (or should we say disappears). Shows are at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
He will also dip into his new bag of tricks at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., Wednesday at the Broadneck branch and 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., July 6 at the Provinces branch.
Registration is not required.
Martin Kramer, a professor at Tel Aviv University since 1982, will speak at the 8:30 p.m. Shabbat evening service tomorrow at Temple Beth Shalom in Arnold.
This year, Dr. Kramer, an associate director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, has been a visiting professor of government at Georgetown University. He has lectured in Australia, South America, Europe and the United States.
He has written books and articles on Arab history and Islamic politics.
* Arts and crafts, dramatics, music, trips, water play, sports, dancing and nature in a Jewish environment are all part of Camp Beth Shalom: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through June 30 and July 10 through July 21.
For information on both events, call 974-0900.
Severna Park is an "I love it here kind of place." Folks are not likely to leave if they can help it.
Witness Boy Scout Troop 351, chartered by Severna Park Presbyterian Church -- now Woods Memorial -- and under the leadership of Henry Kaufman Jr. from 1930 to 1944.
Among the 20 members of this early troop are some very familiar names: Hammond "Skip" Carr and his brother, Bill Carr, John and Bob Giddings, Lynn Sipe (who spent most of his adult life here as a scoutmaster), Harry Millhausen and Giles Freeman (whom we'll forgive for retiring to Florida).
The troop often traveled to Baltimore to compete with other troops in swim meets. When the church changed its name around 1945, the troop did too, taking the number 339, and it has been going strong ever since. There are 27 Scouts in the troop now under the leadership of Charles Edmondson.
Looking for a worthwhile outlet for your volunteer efforts? The American Cancer Society's Discovery Shop could use your help three to six hours a week, especially on Saturday and weekday afternoons.
Proceeds from this boutique of gently used clothing help fund cancer research, patient services and public education. Call 544-0568.
* You can stop smoking. Fresh Start classes begin Tuesday at the Gambrills office of the American Cancer Society.
To register, call (410) 721-4304.