We have pretty much settled into the new year. Now, if only we couldremember to put "1991" on all the checks we are writing to pay holiday bills.
Although the holidays are behind us, Sunnyfield Estates has just announced the winners of its Christmas decorating contest: best overall, 777 Sunnyfield Lane; best lights, 803 Sunnyfield Lane; best door, 760 Sunnyfield Lane.
All winners received a bottle of wine and a gift certificate. Sunnyfield Estates thanks the members of the Olde Brooklyn Park Improvement Association for volunteering to judge the contest.
Belle Grove Elementary news: The first PTA meeting of the new year had to be postponed because of bad weather. It has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 29.
Dr. Larry L. Lorton, superintendent of county public schools, and Carolyn Roeding, president of the county PTA, will be guest speakers.
The school is still collecting pink register receipts from Giant Food. The total value gathered to date is $50,000. As the March 23 deadline approaches, please remember that the pupils redeem thereceipts for computer hardware and software that is used at the school. The school's goal is $120,000.
The Dance Fitness Class for adults scheduled to begin Jan. 23 at the school will meet an hour earlier than previously announced because overtime money for custodians is not available. The new time is 6 to 7 p.m.
For more information, call 741-1957 or 222-3600.
Brooklyn Park Elementary news: On Wednesday, fifth-graders will have their graduation ceremony from the county's Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.
The students will present skits, read essays and receive certificates, and county policeOfficer Jim Call will give the students "D.A.R.E." T-shirts.
The ceremony will start at 2 p.m. All parents are invited to attend. The PTA will provide light refreshments.
To help defray the cost of their trip to Williamsburg in February, the fifth-graders are selling Reese's peanut butter cups for $1 a pack. Pupils will pick up their candy Wednesday.
Tom Neuenschwander, music teacher, will be escorting members of the fourth, fifth and sixth grades to hear the BaltimoreSymphony Orchestra on Jan. 17.
Carole Frank, community outreach coordinator from Mercy Center for Eating Disorders, was a guest speaker for sixth-graders who are studying diet disorders as part of their science program.
She showed slides to demonstrate that not all models are as thin as the photographers would like the viewer to think. Optical illusions are used to achieve these proportions. Girls try toemulate these models, and serious eating disorders can result. The children were told of the importance of being themselves and not trying to look like someone else.
Park Elementary news: The Office ofComputer Education is sponsoring a summer residential camp for pupils entering the fifth and sixth grades this fall. Two full and four partial scholarships are available. Please contact your child's teacheror the principal for more information.
Every Monday morning at 9,pupils will participate in the Sustained Silent Reading program. Everyone in the school is encouraged to read from a book, magazine or newspaper. Parents are invited to bring their favorite reading materialand take part in the program.
Second-graders are planning their second annual stone soup supper at 6 p.m. Friday. They will be preparing the soup, putting on a play, "Stone Soup," and entertaining their families with songs about the community.
The second-graders also will be taking a class trip to Washington on Jan. 31 to visit the Museum of Natural History.
Mac Bogert put on an anti-drug puppet show,"Just Say No," for the third-grade classes. Each child was given a booklet, a litter bag, a "Say No" pin and a pencil.
Roland Terrace Democratic Club: The parents club of the North County Knights will sponsor a dance for adults at the club on Matthews Avenue from 9 p.m.to 1 a.m. Jan. 26. Tickets are $10 per person, and the price includes beer, soda, pretzels and chips. Music will be provided by a disc jockey.
All proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund.
For more information, contact Cindy Barton at 761-1884
Brooklyn Park Library news: The county Department of Aging and the Senior Adult Programof Anne Arundel Community College will sponsor a painting class at the library for anyone 60 years or older. The free class meets from 1 to 3 p.m. each Thursday for 10
weeks. Beginners through advanced students are welcome.
For more information, call Kathy White at 227-6707.
Whom do you call when it's late at night, you have a question and the library is closed? Call the Night Owl at (800) 325-NITE.
Hours are 9 to 11:45 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 5 to 11:45 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
The county Department of Recreation and Parks is sponsoring a free Arts and Crafts Drop-In at Brooklyn Park Elementary. The 10-week program will run from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m.