Parents without partners. Partners who aren't parents. Individuals who don't wish to commit to anyone else right now but still want to enjoy a good time. What are you all doing New Year's Eve?
The Glen Burnie chapter of Parents Without Partners is sponsoring a New Year's Eve party from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Orchard Beach Fire Hall.
Dine on roast beef, dance to the music of the Music Man, Larry Waldron, and bring in 1991 with a champagne toast while wearing a funny hat. A continental breakfast is included in the cost of the ticket.
Tickets are $18 for PWP members and $20 for non-members. Call 923-2845 or 760-6461 for information.
The Roman Catholic church celebrates the feast of the Holy Family on the Sunday after Christmas. The parish family of the Church of the Crucifixion will honor the day by offering a dessert to people who seldom enjoy such special treats.
Parishioners are requested to prepare a cake or pie, a dozen cookies or some candy. During the Offertory, they will be asked to place them in front of the altar to honor the Holy Family.
The gifts will be distributed to members of the parish and the community.
Holiday cleaning tip no. 2: Can't find the living room furniture for all the wrapping paper that remains? Is your carpet littered with the little orange price tags from "Toys R Us" that you scraped off the boxes in an attempt to convince the kiddies it all came from the North Pole?
Is that your mother-in-law walking up the driveway?
If you keep your vacuum cleaner next to the front door, you can always explain to unexpected guests that they caught you in the middle of cleaning. This will give you a reprieve until Jan. 2, when all holiday cleaning tips are void and you have to actually plug in the vacuum.
Ninth-grade students at Glen Burnie Senior should enjoy their winter vacation as much as possible, because when they return in January . . .
"We're working very hard with the students to prepare them for the Maryland Writing Test on Jan. 8 and 9," said Annelle Tumminello, English Department chairwoman. "We're not interested in just passing the test -- we're interested in aceing the test!"
All students in Maryland must pass the test before graduation. Students who fail must take the test again the following year.
"It is very important that the students attend classes on the 8th and 9th. If they miss even one day, they will put off the test until next year," Tumminello said.
New Year's resolutions often include exercise. For anyone who plans to follow through on that resolution, Lynn Cegelski of Holy Trinity parish is starting an eight-week exercise class Jan. 7.
Classes will meet from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. twice a week in the church hall, 7436 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. Registration will start at 7 p.m. Jan.
"The $35 registration fee for the 16 classes covers the rental of the church hall," Cegelski said, adding she has yet to decide which days the group will meet.
For more information, call 760-5776.
The YMCA's winter programs will begin the week of Jan. 7 at various locations in the Glen Burnie area. All programs are open to the community, but YMCA members receive substantial discounts on registration fees.
The Y offers several programs for pre-school-age children and their parents.
One program, "Mommy and Me/Daddy and Me," is designed for children 18 months to 3 years, and encourages interaction with parents in a group setting. The program covers locomotive skills -- such as exercises and obstacle courses -- to help the child's muscular development.
Other activities include group songs and storytelling.
The group will meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday from Jan. 8 to 31 at the Glen Burnie branch, 8 Central Ave. A second session will meet for six classes at the same time from Feb. 5 to 21.
A basic tumbling program for pre-schoolers will meet at Glen Burnie Senior High, 7550 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., every Saturday from 11 to 11:45 a.m. A second group will meet from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Basic stretching, songs, dances and simple tumbling movements enhance children's awareness of balance and coordination while refining major motor skills.
A follow-up program for children who have completed Super Tumbling Tots will meet at the high school every Saturday from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.
The class refines the basic skills taught in the beginners' class. The little gymnasts will perfect forward-backward rolls and begin basic balance beam techniques.
"Anybody Can Play" is a national program offered by the Y to teach pre-school children to play the piano. Lesson books and cassette tapes are included in the $25 monthly fee. The program is geared toward children ages 2 to 5 years old and meets at the Glen Burnie branch, 8 Central Ave.
The gym at Glen Burnie Park Elementary will resound with the squeak of rubber-soled shoes and the thud-thud of a basketball when the Y's basketball program starts Jan. 5. The school is located at 500 Marlboro Road. This is a nation-wide program for youth ages 6 to 13. Everyone plays.
Practices are Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Games will be played on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
Call the branch office, 761-1251, for early registration.
The Y also will offer its first season of basketball for disabled youths ages 7 to 13. The program runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. every Saturday from Jan. 5 to March 16 at Glen Burnie Park Elementary.
This program offers the opportunity to learn cooperative ball-handling skills and shooting techniques. Each participant will work with a "buddy."
For the individual cost of the various programs or for information on Y membership, call the Glen Burnie office at 761-1251.
Enjoy 1991, Glen Burnie.