I HAVEN'T TAKEN down the Christmas decorations, and already my annual greetings from the tax man have arrived. The folks at Publishers Clearing House have swamped my mailbox with potential winning numbers that could launch me into a lifestyle of the rich and famous.
Combine that with the arctic temperatures of the past two weeks, and I want to curl up in a warm place and hide until after April 15.
If you're feeling the same way and want to fight the lethargy, you could try whipping yourself into shape with some of the exercise programs offered in the county Recreation and Parks Department's winter guide.
Adults can sign up for evening fat-burner aerobics classes at Northeast High School and Lake Shore Elementary School, join a co-ed, recreational volleyball program at George Fox Middle School, learn new country line-dancing steps, also at George Fox Middle School, or maybe fulfill a childhood fantasy by learning ballet or jazz dancing at Chesapeake High School or join a swing dance class at Jacobsville Elementary.
Children ages 2 to 4 can learn creative movement at Chesapeake High School, or join the Tumble Tots gymnastic programs, open to children ages 3 to 5, at Bodkin and Riviera Beach Elementary schools.
Children ages 6 through 13 can join beginner through advanced gymnastics classes, also held at Bodkin and Riviera Beach elementaries.
The program booklet is available at county libraries and parks and retail outlets.
Riviera Beach officers
The Riviera Beach Community Improvement Association (RCIA) will install officers for the new year at 7: 30 p.m. Jan. 18 in the multipurpose room at Riviera Beach Elementary School.
Lee Archibald will serve as president, with Fred Willig as vice president, Cass Gorski as recording/corresponding secretary and Lee Espergren as treasurer.
Board members to be installed are Karin Buddock, who will be in charge of membership; Bob Atkinson, zoning chairman; Ruth Ann Thuman, special events chairwoman; Charlie Madden, head of security and the newsletter; Frank Fogle, boat ramp chairman; Karin Federline, who will oversee the erosion control budget; Betty Martell, hospitality chairwoman; and George Frederick, Ed Buttner and Stephanie Clifford, general board members.
Sportfishing group to meet
The Pasadena Sportfishing Group will meet at 7: 30 p.m. Monday at the Orchard Beach fire hall on Solley Road.
The speaker will be Keith Walters, author of four fishing books and a contributor to popular fishing magazines.
Members also will finalize plans for the group's annual fishing and boating flea market, scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 20 and 21 at the Orchard Beach Fire Hall.
Information: 410-HEYFISH (439-3474).
Pasadena United Methodist Church, 61 Ritchie Highway, will have a Red Cross blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 17 at the church. Walk-ins are welcome, but it is better to make an appointment.
Information: 410-647-3090 or 410-766-0637.
Here's some belated holiday news from the Caring & Sharing program sponsored by the Maryland's Tomorrow pupils at Northeast High School.
At least 30 children provided a single mother of two with food, clothing, toys and a party with Santa Claus for Christmas.
"These kids went all out to share the blessings of the holiday with that family," said Carlene Heilman, a Maryland's Tomorrow aide at the school.
Twenty pupils "adopted" two residents of the Mariner Convalescent Center, near North Arundel Hospital in Glen Burnie, visiting over Christmas with gifts and cookies.
More than 100 Northeast children are involved in Maryland's Tomorrow, a program for at-risk youth under the direction of teacher Sue Smith.
Downs Park permits
The start of a new year means that frequent visitors to Downs Park at the end of Mountain Road will need new vehicle entry permits.
The county Recreation and Parks Department sells the permits for $20. The regular fee is $4 per car. Senior citizens can get lifetime passes for $30. Stickers are valid at Downs Park and Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis. Information: 410-222-6230.
Pub Date: 1/08/99