KINDERGARTEN IS a big step in a child's life, and many parents have questions about what to expect during that first year of formal education.
To help answer questions, the St. James Episcopal Church and Nursery School invites parents of preschoolers to attend a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday on "Kindergarten: What Lies Ahead?"
The meeting will provide an opportunity for parents to talk to kindergarten teachers from Carroll and Frederick County public schools and local private schools. Parents may ask questions after an informal presentation by the teachers.
The annual event is open to all local residents.
St. James Episcopal Church and Nursery School is at 202 N. Main St., Mount Airy. The meeting is free, and registration is not required.
Information: Ellen Bonde, director, St. James Nursery, 301-829-0014.
Audubon bird seed
For those who ordered bird seed from the Audubon Society of Central Maryland's bird seed sale, you can pick up your order from 9: 30 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Prospect Woodville Hall of Prospect United Methodist Church, Woodville and Old Annapolis roads in Mount Airy.
Profits from the bird seed sale will support the Audubon Adventures program, which provides environmental education materials to more than 100 classrooms in the area.
Funds are also used for sanctuary maintenance and habitat restoration at the club's Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary in Frederick County.
The Audubon Society of Central Maryland sponsors free programs from September through May on the third Wednesday of each month.
Volunteers are needed to help unpack and distribute the orders tomorrow. If you would like to volunteer or if you need more information about the Audubon Society, call 410-465-3840.
Grown-ups and kids are invited to the featured story, "Abracadabra!" at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the Mount Airy public library.
This program is for children ages 2 and 3 accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.
For children ages 4 to 6, the library staff will offer the "Abracadabra!" story for the "Drop-in Read with Me" program at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1: 30 p.m. Wednesday and at 1: 30 p.m. Feb. 26. No registration is required.
The library also will hold its "Snuggle Bugs" story program at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Feb. 26. Children up to age 2 are invited with a caregiver. Registration is recommended.
Information: 410-795-1010 or 301-829-5290.
A canine eye, heart and tattoo clinic will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at Belquest Kennels and Cattery, 18745 Penn Shop Road, Mount Airy.
Dr. Nancy M. Bromberg and Dr. Eugene E. Musselman will check pets for potential eye and heart problems.
Early diagnosis of heart problems is an important step in ensuring a long and healthy life for dogs. Large breeds are especially prone to heart disease.
A portion of the proceeds from the clinic will benefit the Golden Retriever Rescue, the Labrador Retriever Rescue and other organizations. Reservations are required.
Information: 301-831-7507 or 410-795-8395.
A Ten Commandments luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Simpson United Methodist Church to celebrate Black History Month.
The Rev. Charles Smith will be on hand for Trustee Day at 3: 30 p.m. Sunday. The church is at 16901 Hardy Road in Mount Airy.
Pub Date: 2/19/99