We've been fortunate to have been spared from those hazy, hot and humid summer days so far this season. School has been out for only a little over a week. Not long enough for the brood to become bored. All too soon they will be retreating behind closed doors in air-conditioned hibernation, vegging out in front of the television and singing the "I'm bored blues."
Savvy parents already have a game plan, but there's always room for a little help along the way.
Beginning Monday, the public library will kick off its free, seven-week summer reading program for area youngsters from preschool through sixth grade. This year's theme is "Solve Mysteries -- Read." It features prizes, activities and special events throughout the summer.
Every child who registers will receive a free pass to the Baltimore Zoo, while supplies last. Children who read five, 10 or 20 books can earn coupons for Wendy's, Friendly's, McDonald's and Slurpees at 7-Eleven. Youngsters also can win free passes to the Anne Arundel County or state fairs, Adventure World, Apex Cinemas, Arundel Swim Center, the Renaissance Festival and the Babe Ruth Museum.
Pasadena families can register at the Riviera Beach branch on Duvall Highway or the Mountain Road branch at Long Point Mall.
Kickoff activities are planned at the Mountain Road branch at 2 p.m. Wednesday and at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday at the Riviera Beach branch, where Michael the Magician and Kindermusik will be featured.
For more details, call the Mountain Road branch at 222-6699 or the Riviera Beach branch at 222-6285.
The Christian Chimers, the adult handbell choir at Pasadena United Methodist Church, will have a bake sale and free carwash from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. tomorrow at the church, 61 Ritchie Highway.
Donations will be accepted for the car wash. Proceeds will help buy choir robes.
For more details, call the church at 647-3090.
Summer guidance programs are being offered for area youngsters at Lake Shore, Fort Smallwood and Sunset elementaries again this year.
Jan Miller, counselor at Sunset Elementary, will offer five programs for students this summer.
"Children Are People Too" is for children entering grades two through six. It will focus on developing coping skills, increasing self-esteem and preventing drug abuse. The sessions will be held from 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 17, July 18 and July 19.
Friendship Camp I will help youngsters entering grades two through five learn about feeling good, making friends and cooperating with each other. Sessions are planned from 12:15 p.m. to 2 p.m. July 17, July 18 and July 19.
Teambuilding Camp will give children fun and creative chances to learn responsible team behavior. Session are scheduled from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. July 26, July 27 and July 28.
Friendship Camp II for students who have attended Camp I will meet from 12:15 p.m. to 2 p.m. July 26, July 27 and July 28.
"Get Ready, Get Set, Go," a study skills session for students to get prepared for school will meet in August.
For more details, call Ms. Miller at 222-6478.