This will definitely be an exciting 4th of July. Patriotism is flying high and flags will be, too.
On this side of the county, many residents will be having backyard cookouts and spending the evening at the fireworks display at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore.
In all your celebrations, remember that fireworks are explosives and can be very dangerous if used improperly. Leave the work to the trained professionals who put on the beautiful displays around the county. From Annapolis to Fort Meade to Glen Burnie, the skies will light up in celebration.
The July meeting of the Northern District Police Community Relations Council will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the police station on Hammond Lane.
The guest speaker will be county police Sgt. Carl Cummings from the Crimes Against Property Division.
The council will meet Aug. 7. Plan to attend and bring a friend.
The next event to be offered at the Brooklyn Park Library, 1E. 11th Ave., as part of the library's Summer Reading Program is "Puppets and Poems: Colorful Characters Come Alive."
Professional puppeteer Shirley Johannesen Levine will use mime, music, make-believe and all sorts and sizes of puppets to stretch the imaginations of the children.
This event is free and open to all ages. Though registration is not required for the 60-minute show, seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, call 222-7371.
The Summer Reading Program, which continues through July 27, is free and includes reading games, special events and prizes. School-age children can still register for the six-weekprogram. There are also activities available for preschoolers.
Call the library at 222-7371.
Brooklyn Park High's Class of 1986 is looking for classmates to attend a five-year reunion.
This event will take place 8 p.m. until midnight Aug. 17 at La Fontaine Bleuon Ritchie Highway.
An open bar and a hot buffet will be available. Music will be provided by a disc jockey. A photographer will take a class picture.
Tickets are $30 per person and must be purchased in advance. For more information or tickets, call Toula Vavaroutsos at 354-0641.
The Arundel Improvement Association will not meetin July.
Tickets for the association's annual crab feast will go on sale the first week of July.
The event will be held from 1 to 6p.m. Aug. 25 at the Improvement Hall, 705 Cross St.
The price is $18 per person and includes steamed crabs, crab soup, corn on the cob, hot dogs, baked beans, salads, and beer and soda. Music will be provided by the M & M's Diversified. Indoor seating is limited, but outdoor canopy seating will be available.
For tickets, call Frances Jones, 789-2192.
The planning committee of the third annual Pumphrey Day Aug. 10 is preparing for the big event.
Many volunteers are needed to make the event a success. If you would like to help, contact Deborah Mabrey at 789-8117.
Brooklyn Park Youth Athletic Association will continue soccer registration from 6 to 8 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays at the Sugar Shack, 10thAvenue.
Boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 15 are invited to join. Registration is $20 for one child and $35 for two or more children in the same family. For more information, contact Dennis Barnes, evenings, at 636-2575.
After spending so much time on the ball field this spring with your children, it's time to do something for yourself.
The association will sponsor a summer fun dance 9 p.m. to midnight July 27 at the Roland Terrace Democratic Club on Matthew Avenue.
A disc jockey will be spinning the tunes for dancing. Ticketsare $10 per person and the price includes beer and setups.
Tickets may be purchased at the Sugar Shack, or by calling Pat Renee at 636-5190. All proceeds will benefit the association.
Neighbors near the ball fields on 10th Avenue are being asked to keep a look outfor the vandals who are breaking park equipment and spray painting the buildings.
People are urged to call the police if they hear or suspect that something out of the ordinary is happening.
Let's help to keep our park a nice place to play ball, jog, ride bikes or walkthe new path.