Yes, Glen Burnie, it is once again time for my annual "Guide To WhatBuy (or Not Buy) Your Sweetheart For Valentine's Day."
This is a public service offered to the gentlemen within our community, which Imight add includes my spouse.
* Avoid giving a six-pack of beer encased in a balloon. Perhaps this is a cute idea among the guys, but this will appeal to only a select audience of women.
* Don't buy perfumes or jewelry that is labeled "so close to the real thing she'll never know the difference." Trust me, she'll know, and before the day is over her girlfriends willknow, your mother will know, your ex-wife will know . . .
* Most women are not impressed with Day-Glo-colored auto accessories, e.g. hot pink windshield wipers, license-plate holders and hubcaps.
* Anything with a plug is not romantic.
* Remember, although flowers are still the quintessential Valentine gift, receiving flowers in front of a large group of people is always better.
Happy Valentine's Day, hon.
Couples who are looking for an evening of socializing have several Valentine dances to choose from this weekend.
* In honor of Cupid, dancers who wear red and white Friday to the Rebels' Teen Center Dance at Corkran Middle School will be admitted at half the regular admission price.
Youths, ages 6 to 12, are welcome to attend the dance from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Regular admission is $1.
Olderyouth, ages 12 to 17, are invited to attend the later dance from 8 to 10 p.m. Regular admission is $2.
* It's hearts and flowers over at the community hall of the Country Club Estates Recreation Association. The Swim Team Boosters are sponsoring a Valentine's Dance from 9p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday in the hall on Paul Marr Drive.
The $10 ticket price includes beer, wine, setups, snacks and hors d'oeuvres. Music will be provided by disc jockey Bob Arthur.
For ticket information, call 761-0243 or 761-0317.
* Ashtin Golt Showtime, a popular eight-member band, will be performing at a dance sponsored by the Arthur Slade Regional School Band Boosters from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday in the school auditorium, 120 Dorsey Road.
A cold buffet, beer, chips and setups are included in the $18 ticket price.
Tickets can be purchased through the school by calling 766-7130.
* A Valentine Dance to benefit the North County Emergency Outreach Network has been planned by the Holy Trinity Catholic Church Youth Group from 7 to 11 p.m. Sunday.
Dawn Haas and Shawna O'Connell are chairing the dance committee.
The price of admission is $2, or two canned goods, with all proceeds benefiting NCEON.
For additional information, call the church office, 766-5070.
Last week, members of the Rotary Club of Glen Burnie gathered to celebrate their "Community Recognition Night."
The highlight of the evening was chapter presidentRay Streib's presentation of several thousand dollars to three charitable organizations working in the Glen Burnie community: Healthy Generations, the Salvation Army and the Harundale Youth and Family Services Center.
A check for $1,000 was given to Mary Kirkpatrick and Karen O'Malley, representing Healthy Generations, a program that assists young women during their pregnancy with medical and emotional support.
Glen Burnie has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the state. By working with mothers during and after their pregnancies, Healthy Generations hopes to change that statistic.
One obstacleto providing prenatal care is the difficulty many young women face trying to get to doctors' appointments. The donation will be used to establish a fund with an area cab company to provide transportation for the mothers.
Peggy Vick of the Salvation Army received two separate donations of $1,000 each. One will be used to supplement the freelunch program on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
The second donation will go toward the Salvation Army's new "Super Pantry" program.
The program runs six weeks and covers everything from budget planning to meal preparation.
"This is a program of empowerment, to teach people how to take control and be self-reliant. (We are) trying to teach them to be a good head of the household," explained Vick.
A donation of $2,000 was accepted by Adel O'Rourke, director of the Harundale Youth and Family Service Center.
The center, which provides counseling to distressed families, has been struggling with increasing debt coupled with decreased funding from the government.
Although the donation will be used to help offset a portion of that debt, there is still a considerable need for additional funds.
To assist the HYFSC, the Rotary Club of Glen Burnie is planning an indoor-putting golf tournament for March 14 at the Comfort Inn in Linthicum.
Golfers will be able to enjoy an evening of putting through the lobby, the offices and an assortment of hotel rooms.
Individual golfers can register for $45 each or foursomes can register for $180. Sponsorships are available for $25 or $100.
The registration fee includes dinner, an open bar, door prizes and trophies.
For information call James Kirk, 766-4338.
Parents of students entering Old Mill Senior High School are invited to attend an orientation at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the school, 600 Patriot Lane.
Principal Mary Gable and Assistant Principal Paul Bandeberg will be joined by guidance counselor Mary Lappe to answer questions concerning transition to the upper school.
For additional information, call the school office, 969-9010.