We Baby Boomers are facing tough times, maybe one of the most difficult we have ever been through. For most of us, times have been good. We glided through the '50s, rebelled in the '60s, settled down in the'70s, got fat in the '80s and began the last decade of this century with a war and an escalating recession.
Change always brings a certain degree of stress along with it. Career change, retirement, "empty-nest syndrome" or a layoff can be hectic in good economic times. Add the current downturn, and the prospect of change can be frighteningwithout some direction.
As a service to the community, the guidance department at Northeast High School is offering a program designed to help parents with career planning. A four-part program called "You are what you were, who will you become?" will offer career planning for adults.
Thefirst session, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, will deal with handling the stress of changing careers.
Speakers for the evening will be Doreen Rath, Northeast psychologist; Richard Whiteside, L.C.S.W., from the Center for Practical Therapy; and Lawrence Iacarino from LaVigna & Iacarino Psychological Services.
"We became aware of the numbers of parents out of work in the community and the stress that it places on families -- but what could we do to help?" said Dee Hill, school counselor.
"Looking at the resources we have at school to help students with career decisions, we automatically thought of extending that help to the community."
In addition to the panel discussion, those attending can complete a career interest inventory, get advice or assistance in preparing a resume or use the VISIONS computer program aboutcareer information.
Subsequent programs will focus on job-search techniques with a career counselor and a career school fair.
For more details about programs or to schedule an appointment to use the VISIONS program, call Hill at 437-6400 during school hours.
Parents can learn more about dealing with their young children at an upcoming parenting minisession that will take place Jan. 22 at Fort Smallwood and Jacobsville elementary schools.
Presented by counselor Carolyn Keenen, the one-hour programs are scheduled at 9:30 a.m. at Fort Smallwood Elementary and 2 p.m. at Jacobsville Elementary.
Theminisession, "Another Look at Effective Discipline" is based on the STEP program, including the latest edition, "Parenting Young Children".
The programs are open to all parents in the Pasadena area, but advanced registration is required.
Call Keenen at 437-5100 or 255-1394.
Stoney Creek Democratic Club on Fort Smallwood Road hasscheduled two events to help beat the winter blues.
The club willsponsor its second Sunday party from 2 to 6 p.m. this Sunday.
With admission just $6 for an afternoon of good food, music by the ever popular Al Baitch and a brew or two, it's an entertainment bargain.
After a holiday break, the indoor flea market will return to the club, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 25.
Tables can be rented for $9 each for all of you early bird spring cleaners.
To reserve your tables, just call 437-9388.
There's more to fiber optics than meets the eye, as students at St. Jane Frances School will soon learn.
Next Wednesday, fiber optics consultant Donald Miller will demonstrate light energy to grades 4 through 8.
Miller, a retired Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. transmission engineer, serves as a field lecturer for the Maryland Science Center's Gifted and Talented StudentsProgram, in addition to his consultant work.
He will discuss the use of lasers in medicine and defensive weaponry and show a short film about their use in eye surgery.
Parents are invited to attend atthe following times: 9 a.m. -- fourth and fifth grades; 10 a.m. -- sixth, seventh and eighth grades.
They're back! Bringing an afternoon of delightful family entertainment and fun to the Pasadena area, those creative actors from O.C.'s own Park Playhouse will performat 2 p.m. Feb. 15 at Chesapeake High School's auditorium.
The performance is free, but everyone attending must have a ticket.
This year's musical production is Jack and the Beanstalk. Written by the husband-and-wife team of Bill and Sue Wills, this version of the classic includes all of the familiar elements plus a little twist.
The giant loves to sing his "Fe, fi, fo, fum" to a rock-and-roll beat. You can guess at the fun the creative Wills team has in store.
The group's performance is sponsored by the Ocean City Department of Tourism as a way of saying thanks to families who have made "goin' downey ocean" a vacation tradition.
Our local Rec & Parks department has joined in the project and will distribute tickets for the event.
For ticket details, call supervisor Bob Brandenburger at 222-3600.
Parents of pupils at Riviera Beach Elementary School are invitedto attend an informative evening program on math skills at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the media center.
Co-sponsored by the school's CAC and PTA, the program on "Painless Math Practice" will be presented by SueHamel, Area Two math resource teacher.