All on board for summer fun on the water. With clear skies and calm seas, what could possibly go wrong? Plenty, if you're not prepared.
"Know before you go" is the message from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 1-2 as National Safe Boating Week comes to a close.
To assist boat owners, Flotilla 1-2 is offering a free 13-week course on safe boating at the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay from June 25 to Aug. 27.
Registration will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. June 25, the night of the first class.
Participants will be taught boathandling, aids to navigation, navigational rules, marlin spike (a knot to us landlubbers), weather and radio and telephone communication skills.
A nominal fee will be charged for the USCG Auxiliary test book and class handouts.
For more information on the course, contact Chuck Lewis at 859-1218 or Ruby Perkins at 255-5900.
Four days left and students are counting. Freedom arrives with
the ringing of the last bell Thursday afternoon.
The leisurely pace of summer will take a few days to get used to, but it won't be long until the young ones will be looking for something else to do.
Children entering grades 1 to 6 are invited to join a free program being offered at the Riviera Beach branch library this summer. Youngsters can become a STAR, otherwise known as a Super Terrific Amazing Reader.
The program couldn't be more simple. Just stop by the library any time between June 17 and July 27 to register and pick up your starter kit.
The challenge is to read at least two books each week and keep a log of books read. To keep the momentum going, the library will offerseveral special activities and stickers during the six-week program.
Michael the Magician will appear at 2 and 3 p.m. June 27.
Michael's act is filled with comedy and magic tricks that include audience participation.
For preschoolers, a special story time will take place at the same times.
While the STAR program is primarily geared to elementary-age pupils, preschoolers are not excluded. Parents can register younger children and keep track of books read to them.
All registered readers can enter a grand prize drawing to win free passes to the Maryland Science Center.
An entry form is included in the starter kit.
Winners will be notified at the end of the program.
Want more details?
Call the Riviera Beach branch at 222-6285.
Over at Chesapeake Bay Middle School, pupils have been invited to join the fourth annual Summer Reading Program sponsored by theStudent Literacy Corps. Registration is open to sixth- and seventh-graders as well as incoming fifth-graders.
This year's theme, "PlayCLUE," dares students to be Cool, Literate, Unique and Exciting.
Participants must read at least three hours each week for eight weeksto be eligible to attend a big mystery event planned for the fall.
Students who read 120 hoursor more will have their names entered ina drawing to be principal for a day.
Signed forms must be returned by Thursday.
Travel around the world with Jacobsville Elementary School pupils today as they celebrate International Day starting at 1 p.m.
The children will be entertaining their peers with dances from countries from throughout the world.
After school, the international flavor will continue as the PTA offers food, fun and games on the school grounds from 3 to 6 p.m.
In addition to the festivities, a Baltimore Blast player and McGruff the Crime Dog will be on hand.
Also planned are a K-9 team demonstrations and softball speed testing with radar guns.
The community is invited to attend.
Chesapeake High School will sponsor a summer basketball clinic from 9 a.m. to noon June 18 to 28.
The camp is open to boys and girls ages 10 to 16. It will include
personal evaluations, comprehensive agility and conditioning, special skills competitions, guest speakers and daily workshops to improve fundamentals.
The fee is $45 per person and includes a camp shirt.
Registration forms are available at the school.
For more details, call the school at 255-9600.
Teens over age 13 can drop in for a free six-week sports program at Northeast High School starting June 17.
Pickup basketball and volleyball games will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.
The lighted courts at Lake Waterford Park will be the site of tennis clinics from 7 to 9:30 p.m. June 25 and 27.
The clinic, sponsored by the county Department of Recreation and Parks, is directed by Keith Murphy. It is open to all players, from beginners to advanced.
"Our clinics will have emphasis on stroke production and build onindividual talents," Murphy said. "Everyone should be prepared to hit hundreds of balls."
The fee is $25 for players ages 12 to15 and $30 for ages 16 and over.
For more details, call Ron Mox at 222-3600 or 621-9552.
The guidance counselors at Chesapeakeand Northeast high schools remind parents that they will be available during the summer months from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.