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New Year's resolutions take time to become part of our lives


A NEW YEAR will soon be upon us and, plump with good cheer and too much food, we promise to amend our unfortunate ways and improve.

The trouble is we get discouraged so fast by a setback. Even if a slip into vice hasn't really discouraged us, sometimes we forget to get up and try again.

Well, here's good news: It takes 21 days to establish a new habit. On average, 14 attempts are needed to reach a new goal.

So if you find yourself blowing off your New Year's resolutions, take heart. You've still got 13 attempts to go, before you hit the average.

If your resolution includes fitness, the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks offers an astonishing number of aerobics classes throughout the county.

Evening classes are held at Laurel Woods Elementary at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

It's a lively way to get rid of those holiday pounds -- and good for your heart besides.

Check with the Department of Recreation and Parks for details. Call 313-7275.

Montpelier classes

Montpelier Cultural Arts Center is home to terrific concerts, constantly changing exhibits, lectures and art classes.

Explore your more creative side in these small classes.

Adult classes include cartooning, calligraphy, ceramics for all levels of expertise, sculpture, drawing, watercolors, enameling, stained glass, fused-glass bead-making, rug hooking and weaving.

Classes are taught by resident artists or instructors from area colleges.

It's a terrific way to explore your creativity in a supportive atmosphere. It's also a good way to meet new and interesting people.

Registration continues through Jan. 10, with most classes beginning Jan. 20.

For details and directions, call (301) 953-1993.

Montpelier Cultural Arts Center is at the Route 197 exit from Route 295, near Laurel.

Discovering dinosaurs

Did you know that dinosaurs once roamed Maryland?

Parents and small fry are invited to attend a one-day program, "Discover Dinosaurs," at 10 a.m. Jan. 16 at Savage Park.

Preschoolers and parents will touch a dinosaur replica, sing songs, make a fossil impression and generally have a good prehistoric time.

Driving sanely

We've all noticed the bad drivers we share the roads with.

It is particularly bad with snow, sleet and the fogs we get in March making even a trip to the supermarket an adventure.

Why not pick up some pointers on how to be a better driver at Driving Drives Me Crazy, a new offering by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks.

It's a three-hour course taught by Miriam Schottland at 6: 30 p.m. Jan. 28 at Hammond High.

The $25 fee buys a driver a little more confidence on the road.

Pub Date: 12/27/96

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