Spring officially arrived last week. Did I blink and miss it, or what?
After an especially gloomy and depressing winter, we need a dose of spring badly. No more teasers, Mother Nature!
Spend tonight relaxing to the sounds of some local bands andsolo performers at a coffeehouse, starting at 7 p.m. at Magothy United Methodist Church, 3703 Mountain Road.
Featured bands include Grace, playing contemporary Christian music; Prelude, an acoustic-folk group; Between Two Thieves, a Christian rock band; and the J-Boys, a quartet of young rappers.
Solo artists include pianists Scot Sharpand Bill Van Dyke, and guitarist-singers Pat Bell, Jim Drenning, Al Granofsky, Katie Neidert, Brian Pallett and the Rev. David Wentz.
"This (coffeehouse) is kind of an experiment, with a lot of differentperformers getting a chance to play a little bit," said Wentz, Magothy's pastor. "What we're hoping to do is to provide a place for people to go where they can relax, talk, maybe snack on some munchies and listen to live music, in an atmosphere that's good for the whole family.
"If there's a good response, it may become a regular thing."
To help make it easier for parents with young children to enjoy theevening, baby-sitting will be provided in the church nursery. Admission is free. Snacks, soft drinks and, of course, coffee will be sold.For information, call 255-2420 or 255-0984.
The parish of Our Lady of the Chesapeake invites you to its third annual Spring Fair,from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at the church, on Ventnor Road.
Once again, the country craft room will be loaded with Easter and Mother's Day gifts, spring wreaths, stenciled rugs, hand-painted wood items, stuffed bunnies, decorated baskets and lots more. All are handmadeby parishioners.
Bargain hunters can visit the treasure room for great deals on gently used items.
While mom and dad shop, youngsters can visit the children's game room and test their skills, make a craft or just have fun.
Open-pit beef sandwiches, hot dogs, chili dogs, sodas, and nachos will be sold.
Feeling lucky? Take a chance on a beautiful handmade afghan or a season pass to Downs Park. A baketable and plant sale will round out the event.
Parents of students in the Northeast feeder system are invited to attend the second annual Parents for Education program Thursday.
The event is sponsored by Northeast Cluster Schools, and will take place at George FoxMiddle School, Outing Avenue.
Registration will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the program following promptly at 7 p.m.
The theme of thisyear's presentation is "Preparing the Present for the Future."
Joseph Procaccini, a professor at Loyola College and author of the book"Parent Burnout," will discuss early planning and goal-setting for life after high school.
Vickie Rasnic and Lisa Thompson, of Villa Julie College, will speak to parents about early financial planning. Child care, homework assistance and entertainment will be provided.
Fliers were distributed to students at Northeast High, George Fox Middle and High Point, Solley, Sunset and Riviera Beach elementary schools.
Parents should complete and return the bottom portion of the flier, indicating the number and ages of children who will accompany them.
If you have a teen-ager who is experiencing problems coping with growing up, attend the next session of the Parent-Student Evening Speaker Series at Chesapeake High School from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Robbie Allen, a therapist with Harbor Mental Health, will present tips and techniques for identifying when your teen needs guidance.
Allen, a mother of five, specializes in the problems of adolescent girls, families with drug and alcohol problems, displaced homemakers and coping techniques for stress and depression.
The community is invited. For details, contact Shirley Stine, 255-9600.
Jacobsville Elementary School PTA will sponsor a Spring Craft and Flower Show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 2 at the school, 3801 Mountain Road. Tables for crafts are available for $20 each. For rental information, call Jane Riedy at 437-6108.
Stoney Creek Democratic Clubon Fort Smallwood Road invites you to its party from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy a delicious platter and dancing to the music of the Sugar Beats, all for $8. Information: 437-9821.
The county Department of Recreation and Parks has several programs for children and adults beginning in the Pasadena area in the next few weeks.
* "Heartlight" aerobics for children in grades two through five, will begin at3:15 p.m. Thursdays at Fort Smallwood Elementary School, starting April 9.
This exercise program is based on adult aerobic exercises, but caters to youngsters' smaller muscles and uses basic dance routines. Young participants build confidence, learn listening skills and increase physical fitness, flexibility and coordination during the eight-week course.
* A co-ed karate class for boys and girls age 8 to14 will begin next week at Riviera Beach Elementary School.
The 10-week course will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays starting this Tuesday.