This is it, folks: The mother of all springs.
The beauty of Severna Park in April and this year's temperate weather have combined to turn our landscape into a Monet watercolor of soft green, pale pink and bright yellow.
Although the star of this early show has been the lacy, white Bradford pear tree, it is when the dogwoods bloom that we understand whyour founders named this community Severna Park.
Last week, we mentioned the concert series being presented at Severna Park UnitedMethodist Church to introduce its newly improved pipe organ.
The Arundel Vocal Arts Society concert at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, April 20, will be conducted by its director, Ava Shields. Marjorie Ingalls, the church's organist and director of music, will be among the guest artists.
The concert will include "The Seven Last Words of Christ" by Dubois, Cesar Franck's "Panis Angelicus from the Mass in A, Opus 12" and Gabriel Faure's "Tantum Ergo."
A reception will follow the show.
Tickets are $8 and are available at the door or by calling 647-7079.
Has a winter of coach potatoing left your figure a little too relaxed around the edges?
Not to worry. The Severna Park YMCA will have you in shape before you can say, "I need a what size bathing suit?"
The next session of fitness classes begins the week of April 22. Now is the time to register, although you may join at anytime during the eight-week session.
Exercise classes are conducted Monday through Saturday from early morning until evening, both in and out of the water. Child care is available.
Classes include: floor work, pre- and postnatal, swimnastics, aerobics and body sculpturewith weights.
Registration forms are available at the Y and the library.
For details, call 647-3800.
Not everyone participating in YMCA classes is a jock or jockette. When we try something physical, quite a few of us end up in pain. Back pain.
The Severna Park branch begins its next Healthy Back session at 10:15 a.m. Monday, April 29, and 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 30.
This nationally acclaimed,doctor-approved program of simple exercises has worked for hundreds of back-pain sufferers. The exercises focus on the key muscle groups,working to relax and strengthen muscles and increase flexibility.
For more information, call the YMCA at 647-3800.
In search of a little musical afternoon delight?
Look no further than the Humanities lecture hall at Anne Arundel Community College. At 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, there will be a concert of the Annapolis Brass Quintet.
This free performance will highlight "Morning Music," a 1986 composition by New York composer David Sampson. All the music to be discussed and played has
been written in the past 40 years.
The players in this internationally traveled ensemble are: David Cran,trumpet; Robert Suggs, trumpet; Sharon Tiebert-Porter, horn; Wayne Wells, trombone; and Robert Posten, bass trombone and tuba.
For information, call Ellen Bungay at 541-2280.
On Sunday, April 28,at 7:30 p.m. there will be more music in the air when the Anne Arundel Community College Concert Band and Choir, along with Bay Winds, present a spring concert in the Pascal Center for Performing Arts.
The pieces selected by college band Director Anthony Settineri range from Wagner's "Trauersinfonie" to Richard Rogers' "Sound of Music."
Celebrating its 10th season, Bay Winds, under the baton of Rinaldo Massimino, is a community concert band composed of music lovers of allages, from high school to retirement, and from all parts of Anne Arundel County and as far away as the Eastern Shore.
For informationon the concert, call 541-2341.
This one's for the kids and dad (or maybe granddad or uncle).
If yours is a nature-loving family, join the other men and their children, ages 5 to 8 and 9 to 12, atJug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20, for a nature scavenger hunt.
Teams will find a nest, measure a tree and discover a salamander among the clues.
Registration is necessary, and fees are as follows: $2.50 for adults, $2 seniors and $1.50 for children.
For more information and to register, call 741-9330.
And you can receive an entire listing of county park activities by calling 222-3600.
Chapter R of the P.E.O. sisterhood recently installed its new officers: president, Dawn Gates; vice president, Maribelle Carter; recording secretary, Valerie Miller; corresponding secretary, Pat Moffitt; treasurer, Sylvia Ingwald; chaplain, Dottie Fields; and guard, Laura Grace.
P.E.O. is an international philanthropic and educational organization whose goal is to promote opportunities for higher education among women.
With nearly 30 chaptersin Maryland alone, the sisterhood sponsors loans and grants for bothU.S. and foreign-born women to pursue college educations.
In 1927, a two-year college was bequeathed to the sisterhood. Today, that school, Cottey College of Nevada, Mo., still under the ownership of P.E.O., is a fully accredited, four-year liberal arts institution.
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