THE CHESAPEAKE WOMEN'S Club begins its new year this month, resuming second-Wednesday meetings at the Mountain Road Library at Long Point.
The new officers are: Irene Callbeck, president; Beverly Death, vice president; Nellie Trigger, recording secretary; Barbara Kobett, corresponding secretary; and Joan Valenti, treasurer.
Group spokesman Evelyn Pizza describes the local club as a community service organization focusing on the arts, environmental conservation, education, home life, international concerns and local public affairs.
The next meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 13.
Prospective members are welcome to attend.
Children ages 2 to 6 and their parents are invited to join in fall storytime programs at two local public library branches beginning next week.
The Mountain Road branch has scheduled Pumpkin Patch Storytime at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 18.
Songs and age-appropriate crafts also are scheduled.
At the Riviera Beach Library, 1130 Duvall Highway, storytime will focus on tales of daring adventure from the jungle to one's back yard.
Storytime is at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 25.
Sessions last about 30 minutes. A parent or caregiver must accompany children ages 2 and 3.
Registration is not required for the program.
Information: Mountain Road, 410-222-6699; Riviera Beach, 410-222-6285.
Learn about paleontology
Young fossil hunters can learn about preserving old bones at a junior paleontologist workshop from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 9 and 16 at Downs Park.
Ranger Dave Belford will lead the two-part workshop, demonstrating the proper techniques to unearth finds and properly preserve them.
The program is free, but advance registration is required.
The Women of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church are selling tickets for a chicken and crab cake dinner to be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 24 at the church, 7859 Tick Neck Road.
Tickets purchased before Sept. 17 are $10 for adults and teens and $5 for children ages 6 to 12.
Prices at the door will be slightly higher.
Children younger than 6 can eat free of charge.
Cooperative food program
Emmanuel Lutheran Church, local host site for the SHARE (Self Help and Resource Exchange) program, is accepting orders for this month's food package through Sept. 10.
The package includes Colorado beef sirloin tips, ground turkey, a frozen casserole, imitation crab meat, egg noodles, fresh fruit and vegetables.
Participants pay $15 and perform two hours of community service to receive a regular monthly food package.
They also have the option of purchasing a special "chicken galore" package.
The food packages are to be picked up at the church from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Sept. 23.
Dance classes resume
The "Sweatpants and Dance" organization has announced the resumption of its instruction program, meeting from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays - beginning Wednesday of next week.
Classes are held in the George Fox Middle School cafeteria, and feature the likes of the twist, cha cha, locomotion, swing, ethnic dances and many party favorites.
This is a great alternative to low-impact aerobics. The session extends through October, and the cost is $15.
"Sweatpants and Dance," the brainchild of George Kelch, is in its fourth year and has many satisfied alumni. The group is led by Pat Shandrowsky.
Information: Kelch at 410-437-8889.