A RAY OF HOPE IS glimmering behind the clouds that unleashed icy rain on our neighborhood yesterday. Spring and summer sports sign-ups begin next weekend in Pasadena. Can sunshine and warm days be far behind?
Organizations in the Greater Riviera Recreation Council are again providing one-stop registration sessions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 23 and 30 and Feb. 6 and 13 at Sunset Elementary School, 8572 Fort Smallwood Road. The council also offers evening sessions at the school from 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Jan. 27 and Feb. 3.
Organizations participating in the registration sign-up include:
The Riviera Little League, open to boys 8 to 18. Information: Larry Johnson, 410-437-1249 or Rory Fracasse, 410-437-1482.
The Riviera Girls Softball League, open to girls 7-14. Information: Brent Lounge, 410-360-0536 or Ken Kisiner, 410-437-7445.
Pasadena Clinic Baseball League, open to boys and girls 4 to 8 for coach-pitch and T-ball play. Information: Clinic hot line, 410-729-5368.
Havenwood Little League and Girls Softball, open to children ages 5 through 18. Information for Little League: 410-255-7229, 410-437-8954; Girls Softball: 410-437-9318.
St. Jane's Soccer, open to boys and girls age 5 and older with teams to play in clinic, intramural, county or select soccer leagues. Information: Soccer hot line, 410-360-8765 Box #1.
Buccaneers Lacrosse, open to boys 7-15 and girls 8-15. Information: hot line, 410-255-6990, Box #1.
Parents should bring copies of their children's birth certificates for registration. Participation costs vary, with some groups offering family discounts. Late registrations may be subject to penalties.
If schools are closed because of bad weather on a scheduled sign-up date, the event will be postponed and rescheduled.
Dancing yourself healthy
Here's an alternative to the usual programs geared for the I-hate-to-exercise crowd. It's called Sweatpants and Dance.
Sessions are scheduled from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at George Fox Middle School, 7922 Outing Ave. A 10-week program begins Wednesday.
Coordinator George Kelch, a senior athlete, created the program about three years ago with exercise and health professionals after a miserable experience in a regular aerobics class.
"I couldn't keep up," he said. "It wasn't because I wasn't in shape; I just couldn't master the complicated routines, and I knew that there must be other people just like me out there."
His class begins with stretching, then moves on to various dances -- the electric slide, cha-cha, polka, the Macarena and so forth -- to help keep participants moving.
At $15, it's a bargain.
People can register in advance or drop by next Wednesday's first class.
Who knows? Maybe dancing fever will hit.
Pub Date: 1/15/99