MANY NEIGHBORS have fled the area for a final long weekend of summer pleasures. Others, like us, are hanging out at home making plans for an active fall.
Hot off the presses, and chock-full of new things to learn and do, is the fall quarterly program guide from the county Recreation and Parks Department. From after-school programs for the kids to adult exercise or sports, there's something for every age.
Have a tumbling future Olympian on your hands? Check out the gymnastics classes offered for kids from age 3 through eighth grade, scheduled at Bodkin and Riviera Beach elementary schools.
Help that budding Picasso learn more at a child artist class scheduled Tuesdays from 3: 35 p.m. to 5: 05 p.m. at Pasadena Elementary School, 105 Spruce Ave.
High Point Elementary, 924 Duvall Highway, will be the site for a free eight-week active games program.
Line dancing classes are scheduled for those 14 and older on Thursday evenings at George Fox Middle School, 7922 Outing Ave.
Swing dance classes are scheduled on Friday evenings at Jacobsville Elementary, 3801 Mountain Road.
Need to get into shape? Check out the bio-aerobics classes planned at Northeast High School, 1121 Duvall Highway, and Lake Shore Elementary School, 4531 Mountain Road, on Monday and Wednesday evenings.
Other classes and activities are being held throughout the county. The Recreation and Parks guide gives detailed course information, prices and locations and includes registration forms. It is available at county libraries, parks, county offices, grocery stores and retail outlets. For dates of activities and information: 410-222-7313 or at http: //web.aacpl.lib.md.us/rp on the Web.
Exercise by dancing
Have fun and get into shape dancing the twist, cha-cha, swing and other favorites with the Sweat Pants and Dance crew from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Jacobsville Elementary School, 3801 Mountain Road, starting Sept. 13.
The exercise program, in its third year, features dance steps and music familiar to just about anyone.
The cost is $15 per eight-week session.
Information: George Kelch, 410-437-8889.
DARE to be educated
Don't forget about the free DARE parent education program being conducted by the county Police Department at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 7859 Tick Neck Road, starting Tuesday at 7 p.m.
The program consists of six two-hour sessions, designed to teach adults how to help keep kids away from drugs. No child care services will be provided.
Door prizes will be awarded at each session. There will be a grand prize drawing to be given away at the final session, Oct. 12.
Refreshments will be provided.
Information: Officer Jan Cox, 410-222-3425.