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Liberal arts program for children is a much-needed opportunity


FOR THE nearly 21 years I have lived in this area, I have always been disappointed with the lack of programs for children. If your child was not interested in sports, there was virtually nothing else available.

So I was excited to see Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks using the old Brooklyn Park High School on Hammonds Lane this year for a liberal arts program for children. This is a great opportunity for our children and a plus for parents: We don't have to drive to south county for recreational activities.

The program includes kinderdance for youngsters ages 4 and 5; beginning through advanced classes in jazz, ballet and tap for ages 6 though 17; creative writing, musical theater and drama classes for teens; and puppet making and juggling classes.

Most classes begin the week of Sept. 22 and continue for eight to 12 weeks. If you missed dance classes as a child, don't despair -- the program also offers beginner's jazz and ballet classes for adults.

Recreation and Parks is also offering fitness classes at the old school.

Fat burner aerobics (low impact) will take place from 6: 30 p.m. to 7: 45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Sept. 16, followed by bio-aerobics (tone and firm) from 7: 45 to 8: 45 p.m. on the same nights.

Step aerobics will be offered from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays this month at Belle Grove Elementary School, 4502 Belle Grove Road, Classes will run for eight weeks.

Information: 410-956-1084

Area school news

Brooklyn Park Elementary's PTA Executive Board members for the 1997-1998 school year are Ty Isaac, president; Janet Sanford, vice president; Carroll Dixon, treasurer; and John Murawski, secretary.

Parents are invited to attend Back-to-School Night at 7 o'clock Tuesday in the cafeteria. Parents will be able to meet with their children's teachers and hear about the curriculum for the year.

For those who would like to be a volunteer at the school, an orientation session will be held at 8: 45 a.m. Friday in the teachers' lounge. New and experienced volunteers are invited to attend. Information: 410-222-6590.

At Park Elementary, the annual PTA Back-to-School Night is scheduled at 7 p.m. Tuesday. It will include a sign-up for volunteers.

Lindale/Brooklyn Park Middle School has openings for substitute teachers. If you have at least 60 semester hours of college credit and would like to be on the substitute list, call the school at 410-691-4344 for an application.

Harbor Hospital Center

Continuing its tradition of community outreach, HHC will sponsor a community fair in conjunction with local neighborhoods and Baltimore's Southern District police station from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Events at the hospital's LifeCourse Center and the neighboring police station will include health screenings; appearances by clowns and McGruff, the crime-fighting dog; a white elephant sale; and craft tables run by community groups.

The hospital also is offering a class in cardiopulmonary resuscitation from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 18 in Room 502 of the Gruehn Building.

Information or to register for CPR training: 410-347-2563.

Storyfest schedule

Children ages 2 to 6 are invited to attend Autumn Storyfest at the Brooklyn Park Library, 1 E. 11th Ave. Story hour will start at 10 a.m. Wednesday mornings and at 7 p.m. Thursdays, beginning this week and continuing through Oct. 30. Children will participate in stories, songs and crafts about the autumn season. Information: 410-222-6260.

Pub Date: 9/07/97

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