Everybody has a dream.
If your idea of a dream come true is to behanded a musical instrument and told you could play to your heart's content, wake up and grab your saxophone.
Bay Winds, a non-profit symphonic band based in Annapolis, is composed of 50 volunteer musicians, most of them residents of Anne Arundel County. And new musicians are welcome.
Bay Winds conductor is Rinaldo Massimino of Arnold, who retired in 1985 after nearly 30 yearsas a music teacher in the county school system, but found the lure of music too strong to deny.
Although the musicians are all volunteers, the band can be said to be an equal-opportunity employer. Members' ages extend from high school and college students to those who could be their grandparents.
A concert band differs from a concert orchestra, says Richard C. Greulich, public relations coordinator, in that it has no string section. Otherwise, its musical repertoire is similar to that of a "pops" orchestra.
Bay Winds specializes in presenting an array of classical and popular music. Marches and medleys of show tunes are interspersed with works by Handel, Bach, Tchaikovskyand other classical masters.
The 11-year-old organization derivesits support from donations. It presents performances, usually without charge, throughout the county, and its calendar is full year-round.
The next performance is at 7:30 p.m. tonight, with the school
band at Annapolis High School. A concert is planned at Allen Pond in Bowie at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Another concert will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 23, at Downs Park.
Bay Winds is also a regular participant in the annual Maryland Community Band Day celebration, this year to be held on Sunday, July 14, at Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
For more information, contact Greulich at 987-5488.
A concert of gospel music will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at the Severna Park United Methodist Church.
The musical evening, featuring Otis and Karen Stroup and a cast of dozens, will benefit the Appalachian Service Project, an annual summer outreach ministry.
Each year, volunteers from SPUMC pack up their hammers and nails, saws and spackle, and travel to areas of the country in need of financial help and humansupport. While there, the visiting adults and young people rebuild homes and buildings -- and spirits -- in need of repair.
The other day as I was driving through my neighborhood, I saw a group of kids on their bikes coming toward me from the opposite direction.
As we passed, some of the riders veered off to the left, some to the right, laughing and clowning for each other's benefit, with no regard for the 2-ton threat of my vehicle.
Statistics from the Bicycle Safety Board prove such disregard is a mistake.
This is another example of times not being like the good old days when your parents felt you were pretty safe out on the streets riding your bike. Today, 1,200 bicyclists are fatally injured annually, and more than 500,000 bicycle-related injuries are treated in hospital emergency rooms.
To help accident-proof your child, begin by buying your child an approvedbike helmet, one with a sticker from the Snell Memorial Foundation and/or the American National Standards Institute. Let your child select the helmet since it does no good if it is not worn.
Be sure thatyour child's bike is the right size and has reflectors.
Children under the age of 9 should not ride their bikes in the street.
Teach your child to look to the left and right before entering a street, ride single file and signal intentions.
Never allow your child to ride at night or with headphones.
If a bike is on the road, the rider must obey traffic rules. Enroll your child in a bike safety program if one is available.
A safe place to ride is the B & A Hike andBike Trail Park. It's also a great place to walk.
North Arundel Hospital, Anne Arundel County Parks and Recreation and the Severna Park YMCA are co-sponsoring an outdoor walking program.
Steppingoff from the YMCA on the corner of Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard andCypress Creek Road, the "B & A Trail Strollers and Social Club" is open to the public on weekdays from 8 to 9 a.m. for seniors and 9 to 10 a.m. for moms with strollers.
Free parking is offered at both the Y and at Woods Memorial Church, and the Y allows walkers to use itsbathrooms. You can't beat that for consideration.
The program is scheduled to run until late November and will include a monthly lecture provided by North Arundel Hospital.
For more information, contact the hospital's public relations department at 787-4367.
Asmy good friend says, "Times are hardly tolerable." To help us make it through the intolerable moments, there is Arundel Pastoral Counseling Service.
With centers in Annapolis and Brooklyn Park, the main office is located in the Severna Park United Methodist Church on Benfield Road.
Regional Director the Rev. Girard F. Long and Center Director Linda W. Coolbaugh, head a staff of nine other professionals.
The centers provide various