Spring signals the homestretch for high school seniors, with thoughts of graduation, summer jobs and college coming into focus.
But perhaps the most important thought on a senior's mind is the prom.
If you are the parent of a senior, what comes to mind at prom time is money.
The Crofton Civic Association and Mary's Consignment Shop haved teamed up to help parents and seniors alike with a Teen Fashion Show at Crofton Woods Elementary School at 7:30 p.m. on March 22.
Teens representing Arundel, Old Mill, St. Mary's and Spalding high schools will model a variety of formal wear from Mary's.
The consignment shop will offer a 25 percent discount on gown purchases.
Crofton Florist will show and suggest prom flower specials and to offer a discount to prom teens. A corsage and boutonniere will be raffled off; tickets are 25 cents.
A tuxedo rental service and limo services will be available. Miracles hair salon will be on hand to offerhair and cosmetic advice as well as offering a discount for prom-related services.
Admission to the fashion show is $2. Proceeds from the event will be donated to SAVE (Students Against Vandalism Everywhere). Cookies and punch will be available.
For more information, call Sue Bents at 721-2301, or 261-6021.
The Greater Crofton Council will meet today at 7 p.m. at the Crofton Library.
Neil J. Pedersen, director of the state Department of Transportation's office of planning and engineering, will be the guest speaker.
Council membership dues are payable now, so please make sure your membership iscurrent.
The Crofton Library will be decorating its walls with colorful paper chains as part of the "Link Up for Library Week." The library is asking each child to fill out a colorful strip of paperwith their name and phone number, along with the title and author ofa book they have read. The strips may be made at home or picked up at the library.
Children should bring their finished strips into the library before April 11. The strips will be turned into a colorful reading chain to signify the important link between children and books.
Participants have a chance to win free pizza from Pizza Hut, free bowling at Fair Lanes, a pass to the Arundel Swim Center in Annapolis, or a round of miniature golf at the Severna Park Golf Center.
As National Library Week comes to a close, the links will be countedand the chains measured. The program's results will be displayed in branches through May 11.
Last year, more than 6,000 books were read during the monthlong event, creating a chain 1,417 feet long.
Parents and Children Together (PACT) will hold a weekly support and discussion group for new and expectant parents. Sessions running from 9:30 to 11 a.m., begin April 3 at Anne Arundel Health Education Center in Annapolis. Sessions from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. begin April 6 in the Crofton center at 1657 Crofton Parkway.
Parents will discuss the emotional and practical aspects of raising an infant from birththough 8 months.
Topics include birth, adjustments for new parents, sleeping and feeding, expectations and baby care.
Infants are welcome. To register or for more information, call 721-7719.
Registration forms are available at local libraries, or call 721-7719 to have the form mailed to you.
PACT is beginning six-week program for parents and children 2 years and older beginning April 6 (9:30 to 11 a.m) in Annapolis, and Wednesday, April 8 (9:30 to 11 a.m.) in Crofton.
An early childhood educator will lead the group in activities such as cooking, crafts, music, exercise and possible field trips.
For more information, call PACT at 721-7719.
You still have afew days to place orders for fresh daffodils through the mid-Anne Arundel County unit of the American Cancer Society. The deadline is Friday, and volunteers will deliver flowers on March 19.
Daffodils are 50 for $22.50; 100 for $42; 200 for $80; 400 for $155; 500 for $190; and 1,000 for $325.
For more information or to place an order, call 721-7584.
Healing Journey is a weekly support group for those whose spouse has died and meets each Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. at the Prince of Peace Church Fellowship Hall, 1657 Crofton Parkway, Crofton.
For information, call 721-2313.
Coach Bernie Walters and his state-champion Arundel High School Wildcats baseball team will sponsor a one-day baseball camp for the Crofton Athletic Council at10 a.m. on Saturday, April 11.
The camp will be held at Arundel High School, and the cost is $10.
For more information, call Ernie Sylvester at 261-3449.
The Crofton Athletic Council's baseball program will have tryouts for its county teams on Saturday at Crofton Park, Route 424.
The tryouts are for players who want to play in a more competitive county league. Players who do not try out will automatically be placed on an intramural team.
Participating players must be registered with the CAC to try out. You can register by calling 261-0196.
For baseball information, call Mike Reinecke, 261-6819. For softball information, call Steve Beegel, 721-0627.
The tryout schedule is as follows:
* Boys 10-and-under, 10 a.m., Field 4;
* Boys 12-and-under, 11:30 a.m., Field 4;
* Boys 14-and-under, 1 p.m., Field 4;
* Girls 10-and-under, 9:30 a.m., Field 1;
* Girls 12-and-under, 10:30 a.m., Field 1;
* Girls 14-and-under, 11:30 a.m., Field 1.
There's still time to register for baseball. Thecost is $30, which is the annual family membership, plus $35 for baseball or T-ball. If you have not played a sport for Crofton before, the cost of baseball or T-ball is $25.
Registration for both boys and girls lacrosse is closed. Registration is still being taken for fall cheerleading.
You may pick up a copy of the CAC newsletter and registration forms at the Crofton Library.