The rites of spring are upon us. Winter's hibernation has been replaced by Opening Day mania, the Easter Bunny and the horrendous thoughtof donning warm-weather gear again.
The comforting shapelessness of sweats will soon be replaced by lighter, more revealing clothing. Lighter is all right, but it's the more revealing part that frightensme. Some of these dimpled, drooping body parts haven't seen the light of day since September.
The Maryland Automotive Modelers Association invites you to its annual Model Car Show and Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Orchard Beach Volunteer Fire Department hall on Solley Road. Admission is $2.
This year's show will spotlight trucks, from "countryCadillac" pick-ups through the big rigs, all presented in 1/25th scale.
Local MAMA member Tim Powers said creating and building modelsis a hobby shared and enjoyed by young and old.
Along with trucks, models of all types of cars will be on display. Specialized dealerswill offer materials for both the serious and novice model builder.
"You'll be able to buy new kits, rare and old kits, recent and vintage car magazines, books, pictures and hard-to-find detailing materials, just about everything you'd need," Powers added.
MAMA also invites local hobbyists to display their "pride and joy" in Saturday's show. Adults can display their collections for $3, youngsters (up to age 18) for free.
Food and refreshments, provided by the Ladies Auxiliary of Orchard Beach VFC, will be on sale.
For more details onthe show or MAMA, contact Powers at 255-3976.
Communities inthe Mountain Road area can add three upcoming school events to next week's list of things to do.
Parents of students in the ChesapeakeHigh School feeder system are invited to attend a meeting focusing on the Maryland School Performance Program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdayin the Chesapeake High School auditorium.
Thomas Rhodes, directorof management information services for the county Board of Education, will present an overview of the program and how it affects schools,particularly those in the Chesapeake feeder system.
Several principals will answer questions and provide information, including Harry Calender, Chesapeake High; Rocco Ferretti, Pasadena Elementary; Thomas Johnson, Lake Shore Elementary; Charity McClellan, Chesapeake Bay Middle School; Wayne Miller, Jacobsville Elementary; Gladiola Savage, Fort Smallwood Elementary, and Rosemarie Thompson, Bodkin Elementary.
Chesapeake Bay Middle School will open from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday for its first Showcase Night and Pizza Dinner.
The PTSO is sponsoring the pizza part of the evening, with whole cheese or pepperoni pizzas, sodas, desserts and baked goods available. Those who order in advance will receive a 50-cent discount.
Once you've finished dining, the faculty, staff and students invite you to learn about student activities and listen to the CBMS orchestra and eighth-grade chorus.
For information, call the school at 437-2400.
All roads will lead to Chesapeake High School April 10. The Cougar guys and girls will be playing lacrosse against South River at home to a sell-out crowd (they hope), but a little something extra will take place at 7 p.m. in the stadium.
The stadium remained nameless until a few months ago, when students and staff pushed for it to be named in honor of Cecil Rhodes. Rhodes was a much-loved and respected CHS employee, and the school wanted to honor his years of dedication.
Friday evening's ceremony will make it official. A new sign for the CecilR. Rhodes Stadium will be unveiled, and a mammoth opening celebration will follow. Rhodes, who retired in January, will be there.
The third-grade team at Sunset Elementary School will sponsor a one-hour workshop on the upcoming MSPAP testing at 7 p.m. Thursday for interested parents.
The workshop will be conducted by team counselorJan Miller and reading resource teacher Judy McCorkill.
They willdescribe the skills students need for the test and suggest ways to help students prepare for it. Testing is scheduled for May 11-15.
Call the school at 437-1313.
The Pasadena Assembly of God on Pleasantview Avenue will present "Heaven's Gate, Hell's Flame" at 6:30p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.
"This is a dramatized,real-life presentation you'll never forget," Pastor Philip Foster said.
Care will be provided for children nursery school-age through 7 years old.
Free tickets are available at the door or at the Gospel Book Store in Glen Burnie.
Call the church at 647-2025.
The Chesapeake Women's Club invites women interested in improving the community to attend a special informational meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Eastern District Police Station on Mountain Road.
The CWC sponsors art contests, awards scholarships to Northeast and Chesapeake High school students and supports several local projects to improve Pasadena communities.
St. Jane Frances School will celebrate National Library Week, April 5 to 11, with special events.