The tension in the room is palpable. Hands move furiously over smallpieces of cardboard, depositing colored bits of plastic on strategicnumbers. Ears listen in rapt attention for the next bit of information. Could this be it? Could this mean BIG MONEY? Did he say B-34?
Bingo! Welcome to Glen Burnie.
Glen Burnie is to bingo what Dallas is to smooth talkers, Washington is to joggers and New York is to rude people.
On any given night in this community, you probably can find an active bingo game. Churches, civic organizations, parish schools; all find bingo an easy way to raise money while developing a sense of fellowship.
Some of the more popular games in the area include:
* Wednesday night gamesat the Church of the Crucifixion, 100 Scott Ave. in Marley. Prizes total $1,200, plus two additional jackpots of $1,000 and $500. Games start at 7 p.m. For information, call 768-4880 or 760-5553.
* The Holy Trinity Council of the Knights of Columbus sponsors bingo every Tuesday at the Columbian Center Hall, 335 N. Ritchie Highway. Early-bird games begin at 7:30, regular games at 8 p.m. Highlights are two $1,000 jackpots and a winner-take-all last game.
Call 647-3413 or 255-8570 for information.
* Veterans of Foreign War Post 160 invitesthe public to their post home, 2597 Dorsey Road, for an evening of chance every Thursday. Games begin at 8 p.m.
* The Glen Burnie Improvement Association Hall, 19 Crain Highway, is where Glen Burnie FireCo. No. 33 hosts its games every Thursday evening. Early-bird games start at 7:30, regular games at 8 p.m. Jackpots are $500 and around $1,200.
In the true spirit of the fire department, no smoking is allowed at the Company 33 games.
All the games are open to the public.
Jim Collver, music minister at the Glen Burnie Assembly ofGod, and his theatrical troupe are once again proving that worship doesn't need to be conventional. This weekend, along with several members of Purest Praise Productions, he is producing "Thy Kingdom Come,"a modern ballet celebrating the coming of the kingdom of God.
Thecurtain will rise at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on this ballet, choreographed by Collver.
"We are committed to seeing the arts broughtback into the church, where they originated. This includes dance," he explained. "This is another avenue of expressing our faith."
Setto the music of Stephen Fry, the show incorporates ballet, modern dance, jazz and mime dance techniques. All the costumes have been designed by Collver and made by members of the congregation.
Members ofthe dance company include Dianne Backes, Marti Hix, Sharon Macaluso,Genny Galley, Liz Wagner and Suzanne Henning. Collver also has a role in the production. William Henning Jr. will narrate.
The ballet is free, but tickets must be reserved by calling 761-9075. The program is recommended for children ages 6 and older.
Glen Burnie Assembly of God is located at 7305 E. Furnace Branch Road.
The concert by the U.S. Army Field Band scheduled for Feb. 3 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church has been canceled due to the war in the gulf.
All programs by the armed forces bands have been postponed until the conflict in Iraq is over.
Remaining drug-free was the message to students at Richard Henry Lee Elementary School when they were visited last Thursday by members of the Kiwanas Club of Glen Burnie. The Kiwanas presented "Operation Know to Say No" to students in kindergarten through fourth grade.
Kiwanis President Charles Ayres Jr. and VicePresident Jack Demyan helped coordinate the program for the children.
"We invited an aircraft pilot from the Navy to come and speak tothe students. Also, Stringbean the Rapping Clown," Demyan said. "We wanted to make this enjoyable."
The students participated in a game show where the questions and answers were all drug-related.
Eachstudent also received a kit that included stickers, a headband, coloring sheets and handbook for their parents to use to help continue enforcing the message that drugs are the wrong answer.
The students signed and mailed a postcard to President George Bush and Mrs. Bush with their pledge to remain drug-free. A similar card was sent to Gov.William Donald Schaefer.
The message continued yesterday when thefifth grade at Richard Henry Lee graduated from the county-sponsoredD.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program. The graduation ceremonies were the culmination of a 15-week program taught by county police officer Robert Moore.
The program was designed to educate students about the dangers of drug abuse. Studies have shown that fifth-graders are most susceptible to the positive message of the information.
Several students wrote essays on the impact of the class, including LaShell Queen, Laura Moody, Hudson Mayberry, Melvin Foster, Guy Bruins, Ruth Williams, Missy Jordon, Kristen Berry, Jenny Price, Judi Umberger, Staci McGonigal, Julie Birchfield, Jonathon Shifflett, Bradford Morris, Christopher Schaefer and Stacy Mangum.
Members of the congregation of St. Alban's parish visited with residents of the North Arundel Convalescent Home Sunday. The visitors brought the residents personal-care gifts purchased with money raised by selling candy.
"The residents get so much attention around the holidays," explained parishioner Gail Parren. "January comes, and it all crashes! This way it extends the season of giving during a month when things are less active."
Jr. Jack's, a teen nightclub in Marley, is making a serious comeback among the 15- to 19-year-old crowd. The club has expanded its hours to include Friday nights from 7 to 10 p.m.
Located at 400 Summitt Ave., the club is a musical haven for area youth. Music, contests and games are only part of the entertainment.
Admission is $3 per person. Refreshments are sold throughout theevening.
For more information, call 766-6646.