Winged Dragon Karate Club students will converge on Riviera Beach Elementary School from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. tomorrow to promote their sport. The club, sponsored by the county Recreation and Parks Department, boasts more than 200 students.
Supervisor Bob Brandenburger explained that the karate club operates countywide and attracts youths and adults from ages 8 to 40-something.
"People enroll for different reasons," he explained. "Some want to learn self-defense; others use karate for physical fitness. Many students like the competitiveness of karate and progress up through thedifferent levels."
At tomorrow's event, Rob Sellers Jr. will be the sole recipient of a black belt.
Rob, a Northeast High School senior and honor roll student, got involved in karate at the tender ageof 8.
"When he was younger, Rob always felt picked on, so we enrolled him in karate to help him," said Penny Sellers, Rob's mother. "It has helped give him self-confidence, control and a way to channel anger," she added.
But karate is just a part of this busy young guy's life.
Combining school, work-study duties at John Stone Supply in Annapolis and teaching youngsters karate at Glendale Elementary leaves him with little time.
But somehow, Rob has found time to pursue another of his "passions." He's a heavy-metal guitarist with a local band called "Leviticus," which will soon appear on the music scene.
Maybe one day he'll add a gold record to his accomplishments.
Congratulations, Rob, and break a brick for me.
For more details about the Winged Dragon Club, call Brandenburger at 222-3538.
Insecticide-spraying helicopters may again loom over the early morning horizon in many Pasadena neighborhoods this May. The U.S. Forest Service, Maryland Department of Agriculture and the county government will again conduct a cooperative Gypsy Moth Suppression Program in selected areas.
The MDA will present an informational public meetingon the planned spraying from 7:30 to 9 p.m. March 24 at Pasadena Elementary School, 105 Spruce Ave.
MDA program staff will be available at the meeting to answer questions and give more details about the program in our area.
Landowners in or near a proposed spray area were notified last month by the MDA. Information about selected insecticides to be used and a map listing spray boundaries were included. Gypsy moth spraying should begin after May 1.
For more information,call the toll-free line at 1-800-492-2106. A recording will furnish callers with program updates.
The United Methodist Men of Magothy United Methodist Church will be serving a pancake breakfast from7 to 11 a.m. tomorrow in the fellowship hall, 3703 Mountain Road.
Admission is $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for children under 12.
Alongwith a stack of flapjacks, the guys will be serving sausage, hominy and beverages.
A potpourri of antiques, furniture, collectibles and miscellaneous treasures will be featured at St. Andre's Episcopal Church's annual auction at 6 p.m. tomorrow. The church is located on Tick Neck Road.
An eclectic mix of items for sale features something for everyone. A partial list includes furniture for your home; silver, pewter and glassware for entertaining; a very collectible signed first edition of Robert Frost's "Northof Boston;" art items that can add a little pizazz to your home decor; a 10-speed bike and water skis for your favorite jock; kitchen items; and a weekend getaway to the Brookshire.
Shoppers can preview auction items starting at 3 p.m.
Food and beverages will be sold by the Women of St. Andre's.
Proceeds will benefit the church.
The Northeast High School PTSA will sponsor an assembly on Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Adolescence at 8:15 a.m. this morning.
Presenting the program will be Shellie Leveton, a recovered substance abuser who currently represents Oakview TreatmentCenter in Ellicott City.
The PTSA has asked Leveton to return to Northeast at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, to present the program to adults, parents and students at its PTSA meeting.
Information: CarleneHeliman at 437-6400.
If you've never visited Downs Park before, mark March 28 on your calendar. From 7 a.m. to dusk, the Recreation and Parks Department will open the gates to one and all during an open house.
Regular parking fees will be waived for park visitors that day.
Several miles of paved trails, waterfront views and picnic and playground areas will help chase away the winter blues. That'sif Mother Nature will start cooperating.
Annual parking permits will be on sale. Two programs, a Hawk Gawk at 12:30 p.m. and a Basketball Shooter Contest at 2 p.m., will provide diversions for those overdosed on the outdoor experience.
By the way, Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis will also participate in the open house event. Spa Road will be jammed.
During the month of April, Downs Park will sponsor a Smokey Bear Essay Contest.
County school students can participate in one of three age groups: 6 to 9, 10 to 13 and 14 to 17.
Winnerswill receive a handsome citation from Smokey, a collection of SmokeyBear posters and a free '92 parking permit, honored at both county parks.
Official rules and entry forms may be picked up at the park's information center or at the gatehouse.
For more details on parkprograms, call 222-6230.