The sadness surrounding Labor Day is heartbreaking for those who observe it each year. Age does not matter when it comes to being a pool kid — whether 2- or 82-years-old, the reaction and summer calendar are the same.
One last week and weekend mark the West Arundel Swim Club pool calendar, which culminates with the ever-popular Chili Cook-Off on Sunday, Sept. 2, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Each family brings a chili for judging, or a main dish and a side or dessert. Enjoy the final weekend at the pool with your summer friends.
West Arundel Swim Club also thanks the many lifeguards, staff members and volunteers who make the pool such a wonderful summer retreat. Thank you to the swim club board: John Venit, Tina Newman, Flo Venit, Bill Sturgis, Bill McMahon, Marlene Netherton and Duncan Kerr for keeping the pool running smoothly. Thank you to the lifeguard staff: managers Suzanne Sturgis and Jule Venit; and guards Sarah McCray, Bobby Maher, Billy Rodgers, John Sturgis, Ben Grantham, Erik Cintron, Nekia Alston, Danielle Villeneuve, Andria Moyer, Alli McMahon and Kelli Venit for keeping our families safe and spending the extra time with our children. Finally, thank you to the gate attendants Flo Venit, Tina Newman, Paula Rodgers, Andrea Newman Robertson and Jean McMahon; snack bar staff Bill Sturgis, David Rissling-Venit, Kim Newman, Chris Nagle and Phil Lavin; and the swim lesson and water aerobics instructors, a group which included me along with John Venit, Suzanne Sturgis and Dianne Venit.
As everyone diligently searches for new activities, here are some local programs and events to consider.
The Maryland City Recreation Council youth sports' programs begin games for tackle football on Sat., Sept. 1. The Varsity U team (middle school students) plays in the Greater Metropolitan Youth Football League this year, an exciting new adventure. Home games will be announced.
The flag program (ages 4-10) also begins practice this week and games — bolstered by the cheerleaders who have worked hard the past few weeks — begin Sept. 8 under the lights at Maryland City Park.
The travel Mustang Soccer program (ages 8 and over) begins games Sept. 7 and 8 throughout the county.
Mini-Kicks soccer program (ages 3-7) will hold a Meet-the-Coaches' Night (for all players registered by Sept. 1) on Wed., Sept. 5, at the equipment shed on the Brock Bridge Elementary School fields. Players age 7 will meet at 6 p.m.; players ages 5-6 at 6:30 p.m.; and players ages 3-4 at 7 p.m.
For registration information about any sport, email my household, email@example.com, or call 301-725-7711.
Seniors also have many choices for upcoming activities at three senior activity centers.
The closest Anne Arundel senior center is located in Odenton.
Closer to home is the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, at 7120 Contee Road; and the North Laurel Community Center, at 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road.
The Laurel-Beltsville center also houses the Laurel Senior Friendship Club, which meets monthly and offers a variety of activities.
The club will hold a craft show Oct. 13, and is looking for craftors and vendors to support the show. Tables are $20. For more information, call Betty Mannas at 301-953-2503.
The North Laurel Community Center offers many activities for the whole family, including our seniors. Maryland City's talented dance teacher, Ronnie Mack, teaches tapercize there. The center also offers an adult day care program for families looking for these services.
For more information on activities at the North Laurel Community Center, call 410-313-0390.
Finally, don't forget the Maryland City Volunteer Fire Department's monthly basket bingo on Sept. 8. Doors open at 5 p.m., with a dinner menu of shrimp and chicken baskets, hot dogs, nachos and more for sale.
Games start at 7 p.m. Admission, between $18 and $21, includes 20 regular games and two fill-the-card jackpots. Chances in two raffles, cash 50/50, two King Tutt pull tabs, $300 Mighty Balls pull tab and $100 cash pull tab are offered for an additional cost.
Make reservations at firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-483-4985 or on the MCVFD Facebook page. Come out to support our local department and have some fun with friends.
As summer winds down, enjoy the last few warm days and the cooler evenings to come. We look forward to seeing everyone on the fields, in the schools and around town keeping active.