I received a letter from the Department of Recreation and Parks the other day with a list of suggestions to ensure the safety of walkers,joggers and bicyclists who use the 13-mile Baltimore & Annapolis Trail. The department's reminders include obeying the posted speed limits, allowing pedestrians the right of way and encouraging visitors to travel on the right side of the trail.
I would like to add a few ideas of my own:
* Anyone wearing Spandex biker shorts should be restricted to visiting the park only on specific days so the rest of us don't have to be constantly reminded of what is possible if we "Just Do It."
* Mothers who serve picnic lunches of apple juice, carrot sticks and all-natural peanut butter on whole-wheat bread should not sit next to the mothers who are serving Happy Meals. Smugness is so unbecoming.
* People riding new mountain bikes (watch out for that Pasadena Mountain Range) and wearing color-coordinated bike helmets should be kind to those of us riding bikes with banana seats and wearing modified football headgear.
If representatives from Rec and Parks would like any more help, please feel free to call. Happy trails, Glen Burnie.
Perhaps this isn't quilt weather, but if you start now you mayhave one finished in time for thefirst frost next fall. Artists fromEternal Quilters and Friendship Quilters will offer a display of their work and demonstrate the centuries-old craft at a show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Glen Burnie Senior High, 7550 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.
Highlights will include a display and a fashion show of quilted clothing from the Hoffman Clothing Challenge at 1 p.m. Sunday. Hoffman fabrics are considered by many to be the hallmark of a quality quilt.
Guest quilter, Ethel Lehman of Hagerstown,will offer tips and ideas throughout Saturday. Her quilts will be available for sale.
Two quilts will be raffled off as a fund-raiser for the groups sponsoring the show. Eternal Quilters, a Glen Burnie-based group, has assembled and quilted a Tulip Applique design. Friendship Quilters of Linthicum will offer a Log Cabin design. The two drawings for the quilts will be at 4:45 p.m. Sunday.
Admission to theshow is $2. For more information, call Nancy Ogletree at 760-4618 orMarge Hirshauer at 437-1203.
Cinemax is re-running the movie, "Working Girl," this month, and you can usually catch "9 to 5" on alate show somewhere. Bosses everywhere should make an effort to watch both movies; Secretary's Day is April 24, and this is an excellent time to show your appreciation of their work.
The Glen Burnie YMCAandthe Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring the sixth annual Secretary's Day Luncheon at noon April 24, at theRose Restaurant in Linthicum.
The $20 ticket includes flowers, lunch and a fashion show featuring designs from Gantos, Casual Corner and Carla Jordan's Kollection. Door prizes will be awarded and small gifts will be given to the secretaries.
For reservations, call theYMCA at 761-1251.
Parents at Holy Trinity are working on thetheory that the earlier you learn to manage money, the more you'll eventually have to manage.
The Family Fellowship group has scheduled a viewing of the video, "Common Cents: Training Your Child to Manage Money," at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Parish Center, 7436 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. A discussion will follow toexamine the suggestions offered.
The community is welcome to attend and everyone is encouraged to bring a snack or soft drink to share. Baby-sitting will be provided in the Youth Center.
For more information, call 766-5170 or 787-0622.
Glen Burnie Fire Station 33 has a new ambulance in service for the community. The unit and its equipment was inspected bythe Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services Systems recently and awarded the Seal of Excellence.
Gayle and Wayne Bender were two of the volunteers on hand for the final inspection Monday.
"The ambulance was paid for by the community through donations. The unititself cost about $74,000, and another $20,000 was needed for equipment," Gayle Bender explained. "For example, the Glen Burnie Moose Lodge gave us $500 to purchase a child safety seat specifically for ambulances."
The ambulance will be operated by two of the 35 volunteeremergency medical technicians stationed at Company 33. A second ambulance staffed by professional EMTs already operates out of the station. That ambulance also was inspected and awarded a Seal of Excellence.
Singer and songwriter Babbie Masson will perform at a 6:30 p.m. concert Sunday in the sanc
tuary of the Glen Burnie Assembly of God, 7305 E. Furnace Branch Road. Masson also will perform as a guest soloist at the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday in the auditorium of Glen Burnie Senior High.
Masson will perform several of her mostpopular songs, including "All Rise," "All in Favor," "Each One, Reach One" and "Right Now Is the Right Time." She has been featured in the Billy Graham crusades, Robert Schuller's "Hour of Power" and Charles Stanley's "In Touch."
Admission is free.
Southgate Elementary School will be well represented in the Maryland Film Festival next month when five students enter their work. Each of the students won first place in the county festival.
Jennifer Watts will have three photographs in the competition: monochrome landscape, monochrome life studies and monochrome still life.
A color life study and a color landscape photograph won Kristine Sims two chances to be in the contest.
Erin Holzman's video, "Barbie," will be entered in the slide tape competition. Akiel Baptiste will offer the color still life,"Man's Survival," as an entry.
Margaret Akerboom, Jessica Weisnerand Amy Ledford won second-place awards at the county level.