Colorful paper reading chains will decorate the Linthicum branch of the county library as part of "Link Up For Library Week."
Each time a child reads a book between now and April 11, the child should write his or her name and phone number, the title and author on a strip of paper. Children can color strips with a scene or character from the book. Strips are available at all library branches, or they can be made at home.
Children should bring finished strips to the library before April11 and drop them in the Library Week Box. During National Library Week, April 5-11, the strips will be turned into chains, signifying theimportant link between children and books.
Participants can win free pizza at Pizza Hut, free bowling at Fair Lanes, a pass to the Arundel Olympic Swim Center in Annapolis or a round of miniature golf atthe Severna Park Golf Center.
At the end of National Library Week, the chains will be measured, the links counted and the results of children's reading efforts displayed through May 11. Last year, the county's young readers read more than 6,000 books in the monthlong event, contributing enough strips to make a chain 1,417 feet long.
TheLinthicum Library is at 400 Shipley Road. For more information, call222-7371.
On Feb. 29, two junior members of the Linthicum 4-H Hi-Riders participated in the Anne Arundel County 4-H DemonstrationDay at Annapolis Senior High.
Rachel Hopkins, a third-grader at Overlook Elementary School, explained the different parts of the violin, using homemade posters as visual aids. She also played "Mary Had aLittle Lamb" for the judges. Rachel received an "excellent" ribbon for her demonstration.
Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School fifth-grader Melanie Trimper explained the different parts of the clarinet and their functions. After playing the song, "Krazy Klocks," for the judges, she took apart her clarinet and demonstrated the proper way to clean and store it. Melanie received a "reserve champion" ribbon.
At the end of their demonstrations, Rachel and Melanie answered questions from the judges and audience about their instruments and 4-H activities.
The Linthicum 4-H Hi-Riders is a Horse and Pony Club, but members can demonstrate other areas of knowledge or activities when they compete in 4-H demonstrations. The Hi-Riders meet at 7:15 p.m.the first and third Wednesdays of the month at St. John's Lutheran Church in Linthicum. Anyone interested in learning more about 4-H is welcome.
The Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights will conduct its 15th annual prayer breakfast at 9:30 a.m. today at the Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, 200 School Lane.
Guest speaker Jeannie Blocher, founder and director of Body and Soul Ministries, an international, non-profit Christian fitness program, will tell how to "Run the Race with Endurance."
Blocher has a bachelor's degree in education and extensive training in dance routines. She is a frequent speaker for Christian women's groups and at international fitness conventions.
Cindy Miller will be soloist for the morning program. Miller teaches music in Annapolis and sings with a contemporary Christian band. She has traveled Europe with a Christian music ensemble, and has sung at churches along the East Coast.
The Ferndale United Methodist Women will sponsor a flea market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the church hall, 117 Ferndale Road at Hollins Ferry Road.
Inside tables rent for $10. If weather permits, outside spaces will be available for $8.
To reserve a table or space, call766-9220 or 859-3461.
The Anne Arundel County Historical Society Inc. is celebrating 30 years of service with an anniversary dinner Friday, March 27.
Dinner at the Rose Restaurant, 6912 Baltimoreand Annapolis Blvd. in Linthicum, will begin with a social hour at 6p.m. The guest speaker for the event is Dr. Al Luckenbach, chief archaeologist for the county Office of Planning and Zoning. The topic ofthe talk will be "Unearthing Anne Arundel's Past."
The cost of the dinner is $24 per person. For reservations, call the Benson-HammondHouse at 768-9518 or 859-0298 by Monday.
Two free courses are being offered for parents of children with disabilities and educators of students with disabilities in secondary schools or programs.
The first course, "Understand Special Education," will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, March 11, 18, 25. This is an introductory course to learn to organize information about childrens' strengths and needs.
The second course, "Next Steps, Planning Beyond School," meets 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. The course identifies actions parents can take to plan educational programs to prepare students with disabilities to enter the work force.
Both courses take place at Severna Park High School. For more information or to register, call Susan Eisele at 721-5556.