Baseball, softball and tee-ball fans get ready! Opening Day has arrived in Brooklyn Park!
The Brooklyn Park Youth Athletic Associationwill sponsor its first Opening Day Parade on Saturday.
The parade will begin at 8:30 a.m. from the parking lot behind Ritchie Shopping Center, proceed down Morgan Road to 10th Avenue, and continue to the Brooklyn Park Fields.
The parade will include about700 baseball, softball and tee-ball players between the ages of 5 and 16, the fire department, McGruff the Crime Dog, the DARE Bear, clowns sponsored by the Children's Cancer Society, a color guard presented by the VFW and Junior Girl Scouts from Troop 738, the Bronco Cheerleaders, and a majorette group from Brooklyn.
Opening Day ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. at the park, with guest speakers state Sen. Phil Jimeno, Del. Charles "Stokes" Kolodziejski and Del. Joan Cadden, all Democrats from District 31.
The teams will start playing immediately after the ceremonies. The Oriole Bird will be making an appearance from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m at the ball field. Mickey Mouse and the San Diego Chicken will also be on hand to greet the children.
Have you ever wondered how fast your fastball really is? Have your throw clocked by radar and find out. A baked-goods table, face-painting, balloons and special raffles will be among the day's special events.
Come early and stay late to enjoy all the festivities and games!
A "Sing For Camp Harmison" choir-fest, sponsored by the Baltimore South West District of the United Methodist Church, will be at 3 p.m.on Sunday at Brooklyn Heights United Methodist Church, 110 Townsend Ave.
Choral groups and instrumentalists from eight United Methodist churches in North County and South Baltimore will present a 90-minute concert. Selections will be offered by adult and children's choirs, soloists, a bell choir and a deaf choir.
A social fellowship with refreshments will follow the program.
The event is a fund-raiserfor the new Harmison Retreat House at Camp Harmison, near Berkeley Springs, W.Va. The center is a self-contained facility for small-groupretreats and is primarily designed for youth groups.
The cost of construction is to be paid with contributions, so that costs for the user groups can be kept low to allow groups from the poorest areas toexperience the great outdoors.
Sunday's concert is free, but a free-will offering will be taken during the program. Everyone is invited to enjoy this diversity of musical presentations. For more information, call 789-3688.
Parent/teacher conferences will be held this week and early next week for kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students. Students in those grades will not have classes on those days.
Park Elementary: pre-kindergarten conferences are Thursday and Friday. Kindergarten conferences are on Thursday, Friday and Monday.
Belle Grove Elementary: conferences are Thursday and Friday
Brooklyn Park Elementary: kindergarten conferences are on Thursday, Fridayand Monday.
Belle Grove Elementary School news: The winners of the "Highest Flying Kite" at Kite Day are Francis Shipley, morningkindergarten; Chris Arcoraci, afternoon kindergarten; Amanda Turek, first grade; Jessica Guzik, half split; Rebecca Bledsoe, second grade; Keith Moore, third grade; Freddie Lloyd, fourth grade; Tim Briemann, fifth grade; and Jason Gavigan, sixth grade.
Congratulations to all the winners.
* The PTA will sponsor a "Fun and Games and PizzaNight" from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 1. Volunteers are needed to help make this a successful event. If you can volunteer your time, call Sandy Gallagher at 789-8621.
* Congratulations to Kevin Ebersolefor making the principal's honor roll. Kevin will be treated to lunch at a restaurant with the principal, Gloria Reid.
Brooklyn Park Elementary School news: Congratulations to all the students who participated in the in-house "Battle of the Books." The winners are:
* Morning kindergarten won over afternoon kindergarten, with StevenFrench, Michelle Laque, Michael Sanford and Gregory Tyzack on the winning team.
* The first-grade team of Jodi Baldwin, Chris Church, Joshua Dunkerly and Monica Jimeno beat the second-grade team.
* The fourth-grade team of Pamela Kirby, Kristina Lloyd, Christina Moore and Brandi Schickton beat the third-graders.
* Fifth-graders Amy Balonis, Ebony Flowers, Charles Gaither and Stephanie See edged out the sixth-grade team.
The winners will compete at the area competition at Hilltop Elementary School on April 28.
Park Elementary School news: NSA mathematicians will be showing fifth-graders how to use logical thinking to solve the mystery "The Eleventh Hour" on April 27, 28 and 29.
This program is designed to show students the importance of mathematics and that math can be interesting and fun.
The Brooklyn United Methodist Church is sponsoring a chicken barbecue dinner at the church from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday.
The menu includes half of a barbecue chicken with a choice of two salads,roll and a drink. Carryout is available.