SO IT'S VACATION -- and all the little ones are out enjoying a sneak preview of what summer will be like.
It will be vastly more pleasant now that Savage Park is being renovated.
Recently, the tennis courts were resurfaced. Instead of a peeling deck that looked like a sci-fi landscape, the new courts look terrific -- if a bit underused.
However, this problem will soon disappear. The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is holding tennis classes this month at the park.
Six-week sessions for middle schoolers, at 10 a.m. Saturdays, begin April 19. Classes for parents are at 11 a.m.
For information about the tennis lessons, call 410-313-7275.
The old jungle gym is being removed. The new green steel structure features four yellow slides, including two shaped like a corkscrew, and enough handholds and twisted bars to entice the most athletic 10-year-old.
It's not quite ready for use -- a retaining wall around the unit is still under construction. But it should be available soon.
A friend among the stars
There's an old custom among lovers who are far from each other: At the same time every night, the two go out and look at the moon, knowing that the one they love is looking at the same celestial light.
It's a way to feel connected.
Forest Ridge staff and students won't have to look as far as the moon next week to feel connected to an old friend, only as far as the space shuttle.
It seems that last spring, astronaut Roger Crouch visited the school, and has kept his new friends up to date about the progress of his mission.
Weather permitting, he will be on the space shuttle Columbia that is to be launched today. It is to stay aloft 16 days.
Crouch will attempt to answer students' questions from space, relaying the information during the mission via a contact person on the ground.
Bollman Bridge exhibit
In news from Bollman Bridge Elementary, 10 exemplary science fair projects will be on display at the media center (the school library for the older among us.)
Congratulations to Stephanie Clemens, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Shannon Nabors, Colin Weber, Allison Barlow, Max Robinson, Liz Butterfield, David Rogawski, Nicole van Berkum, Joey van Burkum, and to Megan, Jennifer and Brian Lancaster.
Celebrating the Americas
Registration opens Monday for "Fiesta Pan-America" -- a library program featuring songs, crafts, puppetry and stories from all over the Americas.
Unlike most of the children's programs at the Savage branch, the April 16 event requires registration.
The program begins at 2 p.m.
Lunches with laughter, music
Savage Senior Center, next to the library, is offering several events this month.
Humorist Ed Laneheart is the featured performer at a program titled "Music and Humor," from 10: 30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 17.
Registration is required. Information: 410-880-5915.
Register to sample some of the lunches available at the center.
There's a modest charge for juniors and a donation requested from seniors.
It's a pleasant way to meet new people and enjoy lunch.
A good way to spend a pleasant afternoon is to take some time at the Montpelier Cultural Arts Center spring recital series.
The next concert, at 3 p.m. April 13, features the classical work of Kathleen Trahan and Beverly Rajnes on flute, and Maribeth Gowen on piano.
Reservations are necessary. Information: 301-953-1993.
Welcome, new neighbors
Laurel Woods Elementary sends word that the school family has increased by 13 members.
In another few weeks, no one will know that Katherine Hess, Casey King, Jovon LeBlanc, Mandi Martinez, Nia Barnett-Muhammad, Brandon Martinez, David Land, Ameera Lloyd-Muhammad, Melissa Jenkins, Anthony Harris, Kassie King, Danielle Maddox and James Smith were newcomers.
Welcome to school.
Pub Date: 4/04/97