Dinosaur Club keeps kids in touch with the beasts
Got a dinosaur fan in your house? Well, now there's a club for youngsters who are enamored of those extinct beasts and want to keep up on the latest Dino news. The Dinosaur Club, sponsored by the non-profit Dinosaur Society, publishes the Dino Times monthly for children ages 5 to 12 and keeps them current on all dinosaur discoveries. The society says new dinosaur remains are discovered every seven weeks. Club membership includes a subscription to the Dino Times, a dinosaur poster and sticker. A portion of the membership fee -- $19.95 a year -- goes to the society for research and educational programs. For more information, contact The Dinosaur Club, 338 Elm St., South Dartmouth, Mass. 02748.
Planting trees for life
Here's a gift idea for you environmentally minded grandparents: Give Maryland a seedling in honor of your grandchildren, and as they grow, so will it. The new Tree-Mendous Maryland project "Trees for A Lifetime" invites all senior citizens to participate in 20 restoration projects throughout the state. For a $1 donation, the state will plant five seedlings in honor of a loved one; for $10, it will plant 50 seedlings in a specific county or community. For more information, contact the Governor's Chesapeake Bay Communications Office at (410) 974-5300 or Tree-Mendous Maryland at (410) 974-3776.
Child care workshop
Child care professionals can have some fun and learn a few tricks of their trade during an all-day workshop at Anne Arundel Community College April 4. On the agenda are courses such as Bubbleology -- science for young children -- Recycling and Newspaper Fun with Garfield. The program runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the college's Careers Center. The fee is $30. Register by Friday by calling the college at (410) 261-2842, Ext. 325.
Keeping families together
Get a look at a new approach to helping seriously troubled families on PBS tomorrow night during a 90-minute special, "Families First with Bill Moyers." The approach, called "Family Preservation," aims to keep families together through intensive short-term services geared to the needs of individual families. A social worker involved in family preservation is usually responsible for only a few families but is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Moyers special looks at the theory of family preservation and the practice, through families in several states. It will be shown locally at 9 p.m. on Maryland Public Television (channels 22 and 67, and 26 in Washington).
Videos at the Cloisters
The Cloisters Children's Museum begins a series of videos for the parents of young children this week. Beginning Thursday and continuing weekly through April 30, segments of "First Steps," a video series produced by Towson State University professor Frances Bond, will be shown at 2 p.m. The first presentation focuses on nurturing creativity; subsequent films address the value of play and developing self-esteem. The films are free with museum admission. The museum is located at 10440 Falls Road in Brooklandville. For more information, call the museum at 823-2551.