You and I are the victims of a cruel hoax.
You may think you're standing there in your kitchen, preoccupied with memories of Tuesday's pyrotechnic display, thinking of ways to get someone to pack away the picnic paraphernalia. But, ladies and gentlemen, what we're really doing is crossing an invisible time line.
Though the first tomatoes have yet to be harvested from summer gardens, someone out there wants us to believe it's time to start thinking about winter.
It's your friendly clothing retailer. Already the bathing suits have been moved to the back to make room for piles of long-sleeved shirts and corduroy pants.
Hold everything! I haven't been to the beach, yet.
Don't be fooled. There's plenty of summer left.
Before your trip to the beach, hear Michelle Eckert of Mary Kay Cosmetics discuss skin cancer awareness and prevention. She'll be at the Discovery Shop all day Saturday. The shop's hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Mandy the Clown presents her magic for preschoolers to children in third grade this month as part of the county branch library summer reading program.
She will perform at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Broadneck branch and at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. July 25 at the Severna Park branch.
Mandy, also known as Amanda Fernandez, has appeared at the French Embassy, the Moscow Theatre and President Clinton's inaugural celebration.
The free summer program, which includes reading activities, prize drawings and other events continues through Aug. 4. Activities are planned for children entering kindergarten through grade six.
With the movie "Apollo 13" refocusing our attention on space exploration, the county Department of Recreation and Parks has come up with a timely activity: a model rocket launch at 9 a.m. July 15 at Kinder Park.
Dennis Christopher, aerospace education specialist from the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, will talk about how to build, launch and track model rockets.
Advance registration is required. Call Rangers David DeVault or Bob Hicks at 222-6244.
* Monday is the deadline for entering photos of the historical, recreational and environmental areas administered by the county. To receive a list of the rules for the photography contest, call Ranger David DeVault.
Merely Players Inc. (as in "We are all merely players") presents its annual summer drama camp for aspiring actors, ages 7 to 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 31 to Aug. 4 at Baldwin Hall in Millersville.
The camp is directed by Charlotte Baron, Doug Kotula and Kathy Nolet. It will include classes in solo and group voice, dance and movement for stage productions, auditioning skills and learning short scenes from a variety of musicals and plays.
Information: Pat Saiia, 987-4698.
July is the last month for the Cancer Resource and Support Center 1995 membership campaign.
CaRES provides cancer patients, their families and friends with a community center where they can attend support programs and receive services free of charge.
CaRES is not affiliated with any other organization and is supported exclusively by donations. All the money it receives stays right here in Anne Arundel County.
Among its regular programs, CaRES offers support groups for every form of cancer, brown bag lunch rap sessions, seated massage and stress management.
Attention employers and managers. Anne Arundel Community College will bring its admissions office to your place of business. On-site registration is available during your company's lunch hour or all day.