Chapped lips, thermal underwear, frozen fingers reminded me this week that we are still in the grip of winter. But there is hope. Baseball registrations have begun.
Can spring be far behind?
Aspiring Cal Ripkins, ages 5 to 14, can sign up with the Lake Shore Youth Athletic Association for spring baseball. Registration will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, and Feb. 2 and 9. at LakeShore Elementary.
Registration fee is $30 for one child, $45 for two and $55 for three. Proof of age is required at time of registration.
The LSYAA also needs qualified adults to be coaches and team managers.
Call Cindy Klug at 437-3506 for more details.
While I'm in the sports mode, there's a new soccer team being formed by the Pasadena Soccer Club for girls 14 and under.
The team will be participating in the Baltimore Beltway Spring soccer league and competing against teams from Baltimore city and county, Anne Arundel, Harford and Carroll counties.
"We are looking for girls born in 1977, '78 or '79 who would like to play," said coach Jim Clark.
The clubis affiliated with the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association and is looking for team sponsorship from local businesses.
For more information on the team, call Clark at 255-5404.
St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church and School will kick off its celebration of National Catholic Schools Week Sunday morning during Mass.
Selected eighth-grade students will speak to parishioners at all masses on their feelings about the school.
The 11 a.m. Mass will be celebrated by Msg. Charles Muth.
On Monday, teachers will be treated to flowers and a special luncheon for Teacher Appreciation Day.
"We would like to invite the entire community to visit our school on Tuesday," said principal Sister Mary Monaghan. "We offer a solid curriculum to over 400 children that incorporates thinking skills and creative, critical skills."
The school will be open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The school will celebrate National Appreciation for Catholic Schools Day on Wednesday.
For students, Thursday is the bigday. No uniforms will be worn and no homework will be the rule of the day.
Following an 8:30 a.m. closing Mass on Friday morning, the support staff, pastor and principal will be honored with their own special day.
For additional information, call the school at 255-4750.
Taking your children to the movies can be an expensive outing these days, but not if you attend "Movie Time" at Riviera Beach Elementary School this evening.
The Greater Riviera Recreation Council and the county Department of Recreation and Parks are sponsoring monthly movies at the school, 8515 Jenkins Road.
Tonight's feature is the animated Walt Disney classic, "Peter Pan."
The movie schedule will include "Flight of the Navigator" on Feb. 22 and "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" on March 22.
The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the movies start at 7 p.m.
Admission is $1 for children 3 and older. Children under 3 get in free. Those under 7 years old mustbe accompanied by an adult.
Refreshments will be sold.
If bad weather closes county schools, movie night will be canceled.
For more details, call Bob Brandenburger at 222-3538 or Elmer Hohman at 255- 0766.
Chicken St. Andrews will be the featured item at theFeb. 9 dinner sponsored by the Women of St. Andrews Episcopal Church.
The dinner will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church, 7859 Tick Neck Road.
In addition to chicken, diners will get stuffing, baked potato, salad, vegetables, roll and beverage. Carryouts will beavailable.
Tickets for the dinner are $6.50 for adults and $3.50 for children.
Contact Jayne Hohman at 255-0766, or Kathe Kane at 766-5776 for ticket information.
Proceeds will be used to help defray the costs of Sunday school building.
It's not too late to get your figure in shape at fitness classes sponsored by the YMCA in the Pasadena area.
Classes at Fort Smallwood Elementary take placeon Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30.
Classes at Lake Shore Elementary are Monday and Thursday evenings from 8 to 9.
Drop-ins are always welcomed to try before they buy for a $3.50-per-class fee.
For more information on YMCA exercise programs, contact Sheila Light at 647-3800.
Las Vegas, the gambling capital of the West, will move East next Friday from 8 p.m. to midnight, when American Legion Post 277 sponsors Las Vegas Night at Stoney Creek Democratic Club.
Cmdr. Tom Teets will be your host for the evening.
Admission is $5, which includes pit beef sandwiches, hot dogs and anopen bar.
Tickets are available by calling Ron Humphrey at 437-3554, Fred Miller at 766-8916 or the Legion post at 360-0880.
Enjoy an evening out with your sweetie and help children fight cancerat the Feb. 9 Sweetheart Dance at VFW Post No. 2462, located on Bayside Beach Road.
The dance is sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary andwill take place from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Tickets are $10 and include a platter, snacks, beer, setups and live music for dancing.
All proceeds will benefit the Children's Cancer Foundation.