With summer just around the corner, now is the time to make plans to keep your children busy during their vacation. The county Department of Recreation and Parks has many summer programs for preschoolers, school-age children, teens and children with special needs.
Programs include day camp at Downs Park, Quiet Waters Park and Mayo Beach Park; summer playgrounds at Brooklyn Park Elementary School and the Lloyd Keaser Center in Pumphrey; theme camps, including science and history; adventure (wilderness) camp for teens and pre-teens; plus a variety of special activities, including tennis lessons, swimming lessons and a Junior Park Ranger Program for children of all ages. Costs for programs vary.
For more information or to register your child, call 222-3600.
Belle Grove Elementary School news: The new PTA executive board officers will be installed at 6 tonight in the media center.
MSPP testing will be given to fifth-grade students throughout the week.
Brooklyn Park Elementary School news: Second-grade students will venture to the Carroll County Farm Museum on Thursday, in conjunction with their study of pioneers.
Fifth-grade students will take their MSPP tests all week.
Park Elementary School news: Congratulations to all students! The school achieved its perfect attendance goal on May 8. In return, Principal Diane Lenzi gave the students a treat by dressing as a clown during lunch. We heard it was a wonderful day for everyone!
Fifth-grade students will be given MSPP tests all week.
Any student who is interested in auditioning for the talent show is invited to try out from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the school. The talent show will take place in June.
The Just Say No Club will meet on Thursday.
North County High School news: Tickets will go on sale today for the Senior Prom. The cost is $40 per couple. Students cannot buy prom tickets if they haven't paid their class dues.
The Band Parents will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the band room.
Baltimore Clean Up Day is scheduled for Saturday. Belle Grove Improvement Association members are asked to come out and help clean up Old Riverside Road, leading to Talbott Street. Everyone's help would be greatly appreciated.
The Olde Brooklyn Park Improvement Association will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Brooklyn Park Elementary School, 200 14th Ave. There are many new things happening in the Greater Brooklyn Park area that you may be interested in. Plan to attend.
If you are interested in attending College Days, sponsored by the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service, pre-registration is required by Wednesday. The event is planned for the Sandy Cove Conference Center and will feature discussions on the environment, nutrition, people power and kaleidoscopes. For more information or to register, call 222-6758.
Arundel Improvement Association news: The next regularly scheduled meeting will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday. The agenda includes a discussion of the final plans for the carnival. The association is seeking volunteers and asking for donations of canned goods. If anyone in the community can volunteer a couple of hours to build stands and erect the canopy, please call Frances Jones at 789-2192.
A Dumpster, for garden debris only, will be placed on the association building's parking lot. The cleanup campaign will run from Friday, May 22 through Sunday. No bulk debris will be accepted.
The AIA Seniors' Anniversary luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow. Members may bring one guest or an eligible new member. Any county resident 60 years or older may join the club. Seniors also are asked to bring a dessert.
Just a note: The Ballman Avenue appeal hearing was held recently and again rejected.
Harbor Hospital Center news: Free blood-pressure screenings are scheduled from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today in the hospital's outpatient waiting area. Another free blood-pressure screening is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Leedmark in Glen Burnie.
Macy's at Marley Station and local non-profit groups, including the center, will sponsor a "Magic of Giving Benefit Shopping Day" on June 2. The day will include celebrity appearances, fashion shows, special sales and other entertainment.
Proceeds from the center's ticket sales will benefit the Labor and Delivery Department. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased by calling the hospital's Community Relations Department at 347-3472. For each ticket redeemed on the day of the event, the hospital will receive $8. The groups selling the greatest number of tickets will also be awarded up to $5,000. Shoppers will be eligible for discounts and prizes, including a trip to Barbados and a $2,500 shopping spree.
Brooklyn United Methodist Church, 4th and Pontiac streets, will sponsor a Special Gospel Concert on Sunday. Singer Joan Miller will perform at the 11 a.m. worship service. Following the service, there will be a covered dish luncheon. At 2 p.m., Miller will present her gospel concert in the sanctuary. Everyone is invited to attend these special events.