SCHOOL HAS reopened for another year and that means the Mountain Road traffic jams have returned.
After living off Mountain Road for 20 years, I have learned to check the calendar and the clock before leaving.
My theories are basic. Fewer traffic jams occur between mid-June, when schools close for summer, and late August, when classes start again. That's barring any bad accidents or outdoor community events, of course.
Then I consult my watch. Northbound traffic is heavy between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., no matter what the season. And southbound traffic is bad from 6: 50 a.m. to 7: 10 a.m. because of kids driving to Chesapeake High. Homebound commuter traffic begins to pick up about 3: 30 p.m. By 5 p.m., you can only inch your way home.
These personal rules of the road help to keep my stress level low and reduce near-death experiences while the experts search for solutions.
Happy motoring, Pasadena. Enjoy Labor Day weekend.
Church offers free concert
Sons of the Severn will perform at 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday in the Magothy United Methodist Church's fellowship hall, 3703 Mountain Road.
Guests at the free concert will be invited to join in some of the harmony, and a videotape of the International Quartet and Chorus contest will be shown.
The local chapter offers men an opportunity to improve their singing ability and participate in singing competitions and concerts.
Christianity course offered
St. Andrew's Episcopal and Emmanuel Lutheran churches are sponsoring a 12-session course in Christianity called "Alpha" at 7 p.m. Thursdays starting next week.
The first meeting will be a dinner at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 8615 Fort Smallwood Road, and an introduction to the course.
Tom Etherington, chairman of the program, said Alpha is nondenominational and open to those without church connections, new Christians, those who need to brush up on the basics and those who feel they never quite understood the faith.
An all-day Alpha retreat is planned for Oct. 11. Child care will be available during the Thursday sessions but not for the retreat.
Registration or information: Emmanuel Lutheran, 410-255-4141; or St. Andrew's, 410-255-1070.
Fort Smallwood Elementary School has scheduled its back-to-school night for 7 p.m. Thursday.
Parents can meet teachers, join the PTA, purchase a school calendar and sample the fall fund-raiser product, Morley Candy.
Line dancing resumes
Stoney Creek Democratic Club on Fort Smallwood Road will resume Friday line dancing next week.
Ron and Michael Marchand offer dance instruction starting at 7 p.m. Dancing continues until midnight.
L The cost is $10 per person. Buffet and beverage is included.
The club also has dinner-bingo scheduled for Sept. 21. Doors will open at noon for early bird games.
Tickets are $20. Information: Evelyn Sommers, 410-255-4611.
Pub Date: 8/29/97