Reading to your children at home sets in motion a lifetime love affair with books that can be strengthened by bringing the little ones tothe Severna Park Library for Storytime.
Through April 9, 2-year-olds are invited to hear stories at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesday, 3- to 6-year-olds will meet, and everyone from 2 to 6 may attend Storytime at 7 p.m. on Thursdays.
Parents are welcome.
For more information, call 222-6290.
Sharing music with your kids is another source of enjoyment for families.
The rollicking Rock 'n' Roll Revival, at 8 p.m. this Friday and Saturday and next at Severna Park High School, promises to be a treat for you and your youngsters.
The show, with a 125-member cast, is directed by drama teacher Thomas McKown. All music is live --no lip-synching here.
This third-annual senior class fund-raiser is expected to be a hit, and the $6 tickets should sell quickly.
For more information, call 544-0900.
Also this weekend tryoutsare scheduled for the May dinner-theater production of "Androcles and the Lion," at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, at St. Martin In The Field Episcopal Church, 375 Benfield Road.
Director Barry Christy has parts for two women and four men, and four non-speaking parts for actors age10 through 16.
For more information, call 544-8620.
The 22nd annual Area II Elementary String Festival is scheduled at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday at Severna Park Middle School on Jumpers Hole Road.
You and your children will hear the music of county public school students under the direction of guest conductor Sandra Balderson, orchestra director at Windsor Farm Elementary School.
Approximately 100 students -- playing on violin, viola, cello and string bass -- fromBenfield, Folger McKinsey, Oak Hill, Pasadena, Severna Park and Shipley's Choice will perform at this free concert.
Instrumental strings teachers at the participating schools are Regina Morin and Linda Probeck.
For more information, call Oak Hill at 647-2409.
Wait, there's more.
Parents of elementary instrumentalists are encouraged to attend the annual Festival Concert at 7:30 p.m. on March 24at Severna Park High School.
The combined music departments of Severna Park High School and Middle School will perform, giving parentsa good idea of how the bands and orchestra programs progress from one level to the next.
For more information, call the high school at544-0900.
The middle school choruses will present "Little Shop ofHorrors" on April 2 and 3.
Admission is $2. For details, call 647-7900.
That's not all that's in store for you music lovers.
The 60-member Arundel Vocal Arts Society will present its spring program at 8:15 p.m., March 21 at Severna Park United Methodist Church.Admission is $8.
Also at SPUMC, the Shippensburg (Pa.) State College Chorus will present a free concert at 5 p.m., March 28.
For more information, call 987-4700.
Archbishop Spalding High School recently was one of 83 Maryland schools taking part in a test with far-reaching consequences that will affect teens in this country for years to come.
Last month, 150 Spalding juniors and seniors were selected to participate in College Board field trials, designed for use in the revision of the SAT test.
In an ongoing effort to guarantee usefulness and fairness by the board in the college admissions process, the sample tests will be used to establish final content, timing and statistical specifications, and to develop appropriate score scales and interpretation.
I first met folklorist Mary Carter Smith years ago when my children were in elementary school.
Appearing in African costume, the performing storyteller spins tales and recites poems designed to enchant and inform.
Smith was a recent guest at Chesapeake Academy, where she told children folk stories of African-American life.
As a professional folklorist, she has traveled throughout Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and America entertaining both children and adults.
To help finance its participation in concerts and competitions, and to pay for repair instruments and uniforms, the Severna Park High School Band and its boosters prepare and sell subs and pizzas monthly during the school year.
March is pizzamonth. Orders for the fresh pizzas, ready to cook or freeze, should be placed by March 22 for delivery to your door on March 28.
Each pizza is $5 and may be ordered by calling 544-0493 or 647-8077.
Students at Archbishop Spalding are helping the Easter Bunny againthis year by supplying solid milk-chocolate bunnies, Easter almonds and mint Melt-a-Ways.
Orders must be placed by March 24.
The items sell for $3 each and can be ordered by calling the school at 969-9105 or by contacting a student.
It looks as if one of the highlights of the social season will occur on Saturday, April 11, at Anne Arundel Community College.
Hotel-restaurant management majors have teamed with visiting students from Northbrook College in West Sussex, England, to prepare a buffet from 6 to 8 p.m. in the college cafeteria.
Cuisine fit for a king includes seven specialties and six buffet tables.
Dinner will be followed by eight elegant desserts, with wine, champagne, flavored coffees and teas.
Following the meal, the Moonlight Troupers will stage a special performance of "Inherit the Wind" at 8 p.m. upstairs in the Pascal Center for the Performing Arts.
A silent auction during dinner offers your choice of a trip to Jamaica, a dinner prepared in your home and weekend get-away packages.
Tickets for this fabulous evening are $35, but are limited.Paid reservations are due by March 30.
Take heed. The college will be closed for spring break all next week, reopening March 23.
It's best to reserve your spot today.
For reservations, call 541-2515 or 541-2546.