Yes, another year has passed. Yes, those are income tax forms in the mail. Yes, there is an active conspiracy by the network sports announcers to keep football "bowl" games on television from Dec. 1 through July 18. Yes, there was yet another "Eight is Enough" reunion show broadcast on New Year's Eve.
Is it me, or is New Year's just not as much fun anymore?
Eight days after Christmas and the children are complaining there's nothing to do?
Have you accidentally vacuumed up most of the pieces to their Operation game?
Are you considering sending away for brochures to a few military boarding schools?
Stop! The YMCA is cheaper. The Y's winter programs begin Jan. 7, and they include something for everyone (even parents).
* A basic gymnastic program for children ages 6 and up will be offered at Glen Burnie Senior High, 7550 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., on Saturday mornings.
The classes will concentrate on floor exercises, the uneven bars and the balance beam. A beginners class will meet from 9 to 10 a.m. and an intermediate class from 10 to 11.
* Three after-school programs will be offered at area elementary schools beginning next week. Children must be 6 years old to participate.
Quarterfield Elementary, 7967 Quarterfield Road, will conduct a gymnastics program for students. The classes will meet from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. Fridays for seven weeks starting Jan. 11. There is a $27 fee for the classes. Advance registration is required.
Gymnastics and soccer skills will be developed during the after-school program at Marley Elementary, 201 Marley Station Road, every Monday starting Jan. 7. Classes meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The fee for the five-week program is $14.
Aerobics Fun will be available for the students at Richard Henry Lee Elementary, 400 A St. S.W., starting Jan. 10.
For seven weeks, kids can bounce, jump and dance their way to better fitness.
Classes meet from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. every Thursday. Registration fee is $14.
* The Sugarplum Fairy has to start somewhere. Perhaps it will be at the Y's ballet classes, which will meet every Saturday for seven weeks at the Y headquarters, 8 Central Ave. Classes for children age 3 will meet from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Four-year-olds will meet from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Children 5 and older will meet from 11 a.m. to noon.
* Jazz lessons for children ages 6 to 8 will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Central Avenue building. Children ages 8 to 10 will meet from 1 to 2 p.m.
The fitness programs for adults also will get off to a start next week.
*Aerobics in Motion is a choreographed dance fitness program designed to promote improved cardiovascular conditioning while toning muscles and improving coordination, flexibility and endurance.
Two sets of classes will meet at Richard Henry Lee Elementary from 6:30 to 7:30p.m., one on Mondays and Wednesdays, the other on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
An hourlong morning class starts off at 9 Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Glen Burnie center.
* Floor exercise classes, with an emphasis on toning the abdomen, hips, thighs and gluteals, will meet at Richard Henry Lee from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. A morning class will meet from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Glen Burnie Y.
A shape-up and tone class will meet from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Richard Henry Lee and from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. at the Glen Burnie Y.
The classes include a half-hour of aerobics and half-hour of floor work.
* Pete Kokkinos will teach karate to children and adults at the Glen Burnie Y on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Children 5 to 12 will meet from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Adults and youth over age 13 will meet from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.
Kokkinos will teach the Korean style of the martial arts to beginners and advanced students.
For information on fees, call the center at 761-1251 or 761-1487.
Members pay a reduced cost; memberships are available for as little as $25.
Yards of satin, taffeta and silk will swish down the runway at a bridal fashion show Jan. 14 at Michael's 8th Avenue, sponsored by the Christian Women's Club No. 1 of Glen Burnie.
The day's activities begin at 11:45 a.m. with a luncheon, followed by the fashion show. Bridal fashions will be provided by Shrum's Bridal Shop.
Following the show, Nancy Moore will address the group, discussing her work with Christian missions programs.
Tickets are $9 per person and include a buffet luncheon.
The bridal show is open to the community, as are all the meetings of the group, executive committee member Neva Carden explained.
"To call us a club can be misleading," she said. "Our meetings are open to all Christian women. We meet once a month. Starting with the fashion show, we will be meeting at Michael's from now on."
Tickets for the bridal show must be ordered by Jan. 8.
Call 766-3288, 766-3250 or 760-9125 for reservations.