THE POSTAL SERVICE has nothing on my mother.
In the midst of Hurricane Floyd Thursday, she braved torrential rains and gusty winds to keep her weekly hair appointment. My mother is not a risk-taker normally, but maintaining her hair brings out the Himalayan adventurer in her.
A couple of years ago, when my father was admitted to the hospital on a Tuesday, he quipped, "It's a good thing it's not Thursday; I'd have to call a cab."
When I related to a friend the story of my mother's recent fight against the elements, she wondered: "Didn't her hair get messed up when she stepped outside?"
No. NASA hasn't developed a space helmet as protective as the one my mother wears. Her plastic rain bonnet works like a stealth shield against horizontal rain and hurricane-force winds.
My mother, though, was not the only lady in Glen Burnie who had a good hair day through the hurricane. When she arrived at her beauty shop in the midst of Floyd's wrath, she had to search for a parking space. The place was packed.
Crop Walk Oct. 3
Here's hoping for sunny weather for the fourth annual Crop Walk Oct. 3.
World Church Service sponsors the event to raise funds to feed the hungry locally and throughout the world.
This year, walkers will meet at 1 p.m. at Glen Burnie United Methodist Church on Crain Highway. Crossing guards and water stations will be available along the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail. Participants don't have to walk the entire route. Individuals, families and groups can participate by registering and securing sponsors to pledge funds for the walk.
Last year, 204 people representing 17 churches took part in Crop Walk. They raised more than $14,000, and $3,500 went to the North County Emergency Outreach Network.
To register for the walk, call Paul Shaffer at 410-987-8015.
Support for caregivers
For grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, the job is not always easier the second time around. The YWCA is offering Kinship Care, a support group for grandparents or other relatives raising children not their own.
The group meets from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays at Freetown Multipurpose Center, 7820 Darrell Henry Court. It is sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club of Freetown Village and the Housing Commission of Anne Arundel County.
Information: Claudio Dock, 410-551-2411.
Shopping trip by bus
Shop till you drop on the Vanity Fair outlet bus trip to Reading, Pa., Oct. 9. Tickets are $25 and include a lunch voucher, discount coupon book and shopping bag.
The bus leaves the Glen Burnie Mall parking lot at 7: 30 a.m.
The trip is sponsored by Alpha Kappa sorority. Proceeds will benefit the sorority's community outreach efforts, such as the St. Jude's Research Hospital. Information: Louise McAdams at 410-768-2949.
Congratulations are in order for the Anne Arundel County 4-H Horticultural Team. The intermediate, junior and senior groups all garnered first-place wins at the State Fair.
Glen Burnie residents Timothy and Carol Overstreet are the coaches. "The competition is basically an identification contest," she said. Participants compete individually, identifying 100 to 200 types of plants, fruits, nuts and more. During the quality-judging segment of the contest, 4-H members must identify the healthiest specimen, picking, for example, the best of apples.
The top three individual scores are added for a team score. Two senior group members will advance to the national competition. Lacy Engblom of Severna Park and Jackie Wheeler of Pasadena will travel to Tampa, Fla., in November.
The 4-H Horticultural Team meets in Glen Burnie twice a month. For details, call the Overstreets at 410-787-8213.
Plan meetings early
Civic groups, homeowners associations and support groups should mark their calendars for Oct. 1. That's the first day the Anne Arundel County Library branches will take reservations for meeting room use next year.
With hundreds of groups using the library meeting rooms, dates are certain to fill up quickly.
Branch hours on Oct. 1 are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 410-222-7371 for details.