The Piney Orchard Ice Arena is a very cool place to be on these hot,hot days. Susan Flamino, special events public relations coordinator, has a lot of exciting ideas for the rink.
Along with open skate sessions, the rink is available for birthday parties and special skating events as a back-to-school skate, a Halloween skate and a Christmas skate.
Some clubs practice and hold games at the rink. The Chesapeake Chiefs, a youth hockey club for children ages 4 to 17, practices at therink and plays in the Capital Beltway Hockey League. Hockey North America is a co-ed organization that teaches you the game of hockey, gives you the appropriate equipment and places you on a team. A precision skating club called the Starbrites also practices at the arena, and the University of Maryland hockey team will practice and play some of their games here.
Children are taught the fundamentals of skating and hockey at the Capital Kids Hockey Camp, where the instructor is our own state delegate, Marsha Perry.
"Marsha is a wonderful instructor with a Class A lesson program," Flamino said.
The Washington Capitals and Baltimore Skipjacks will be holding practices at the rink. The Capitals practice will be open to the public during September. After that it will be open at the discretion of the Capitals.
Until Sept. 1, open skate hours are 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays, 8 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sundays, with a special familyskate 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturdays, where parents pay full price and children skate for half-price. Prices are $4 to skate and $1.50 skate rental.
Flamino just moved to the area and is very enthusiastic. "It's exciting being around all the kids and all the people working withthem are great," she said.
The rink is at 8781 Piney Orchard Parkway in Odenton.
For more information, call 672-7013.
*John Lewis Concert Ministries Inc. will present a concert by the group Joy andDevotion at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Faith Community Church.
Sunday is the church's 13th anniversary.
Joy and Devotion is a 12-year-old ministry whose mission is to present the gospel of Jesus Christ through music and testimonies. The group of 16 has worked with such recording artists as Dave Boyer, the Cathedrals and Glad.
Directed by John Lewis, Joy and Devotion has recorded several albums, including one for well-known Christian arranger David T. Clydesdale that was nominated for a Dove Award.
The Faith Community Church is at WaughChapel Road and Route 3, beside the fire station.
For more information, call Pastor Ed Regensburg at 672-3698.
Registration isnow under way for the 1992 school year for the county Recreation andParks Department's Before- and After-School Child Care for children ages 5 through grade six.
Child-care centers are located in 12 county elementary schools. These state-licensed child-care programs provide a variety of activities on weekdays when school is in session.
Certified staff oversee daily activity programs that include indoor and outdoor games, arts and crafts, special events, study time, individual or group activities and large and small motor skills activities.
Local schools with openings are Severn Elementary, FourSeasons Elementary and Crofton Meadows Elementary.
Two sessions operate at each school 7 a.m. until the beginning of school and from closing until 6 p.m.
The monthly fee is $50 for the before-school session, plus $30 for each additional child from the same family; the after-school session costs $120 per child, plus $100 for each additional child.This fee includes all games, craft materials, crayons and a nutritious snack.
To register, call 222-3600.
The O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Road, will be offering consumer advice from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning Aug. 30 and continuing the last Friday of every month.
Mary Ann Love, consumer advocate for the county communityservices division, will be available to give information and assistance to the citizens of West County.
Appointments are required. Forinformation, call the center at 222-6227 or 621-9515.