Shoppers, start your engines.
From the 10 a.m. starting gun Tuesday to the final flag at 10 p.m., record-shattering bargains and entertainment will be featured at Macy's "Benefit Shopping Day." Non-profit civic groups, many of which are in Severna Park, will earn as much as $8 for each person attending the Marley Station mall event.
Cancer Resource & Support Center Inc., Chrysalis House, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, Hospice of the Chesapeake Auxiliary, Kiwanis Club and the YWCA will receive $5 for each ticket they sell. Macy's will donate another $3 to the groups for each ticket turned in on the benefit day.
Only ticket-holders will be admitted to partake of the contests, discount coupons and visiting celebrities. Tickets must be purchased before Saturday.
Gordon from Sesame Street (11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.), the Washington Redskins' Ernest Byner and Eric Williams (7 p.m.) and the Oriole Bird (11 a.m. and 3 p.m.) will make appearances. The Piano Man, Dick Gessner, will perform from 4 to 6 p.m. A jazz festival from 7 to 9 p.m. will feature guitar great Charlie Byrd, Ethel Ennis, Sue Matthews and Deanna Bogart.
You'll also be able to see Baltimore and Annapolis chefs prepare some of their specialties.
Your ticket enters you in drawings for more than 50 prizes, including a five-day vacation for two to St. Martin, a $2,500 Macy's shopping spree, an Aiwa compact stereo system, a $500 men's sportswear wardrobe, diamond earrings, a Waterford crystal clock and a Movado museum watch.
For more information, call 760-2100.
At 7:30 p.m. tonight, the public is invited to the Chesapeake Academy chorus and string students' "Music in May" concert.
Music from "Beauty and the Beast" as well as selections by Mozart and Beethoven will be performed at the school.
Third-, fourth- and fifth-grade chorus students will be accompanied at the piano by Emily Higgs, Ronnie Giddings and Matthew Kim; and by Megan Veltman, Suzie Schmidt and Joseph Wassif on the bells.
Call 647-9612 to reserve a place.
Severn School's Alumni Association invites all graduates and their families to a day of activities beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 6.
The highlight of the day will be the annual alumni lacrosse contests, this year improved with the addition of women's lacrosse.
A picnic and crab feast begins at 1 p.m.
Tickets are $15 and reservations are requested. Call 544-9452.
Although an after-school program may be offered, no driver's education classes will be offered during the day in county high schools come September.
But students 15 to 17 years old can enroll in a summer program at Severna Park High School that will include everything offered during the school year but the credit.
Two courses will be offered: session I, from June 22 through July 10, and session II, from July 13 through July 31. Both run from 8 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. and include 30 hours of classroom instruction, 12 hours of driving simulation and three hours behind the wheel.
The cost is $150, and applications are available in the guidance or driver's education departments. Classes are limited, and the registration deadline is Friday, June 5.
For further information, call 544-0900.
* Driver's education classes also are planned at Severn School.
Students must be 16 years old by Oct. 15 to enroll in the two-week course, which will run from 9 a.m. to noon June 17 through June 30.
For more information, call 647-7700 or 544-9443.
Severn also offers summer day camp, summer school and sport camps for soccer, lacrosse and field hockey.
Grab the kids and the neighbors. The circus is coming to the Severna Park High School gym at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 11.
Well, not exactly the circus. Circus Kingdom is more like a combination of "Up with People" and "Godspell" directed by Ringling Bros.
Sponsored by Arundel Habitat for Humanity, the two-hour show features acrobats, clowns, aerialists, jugglers, wire-walkers, unicyclists, trampoliners, balancers and a big brass band.
Organized in 1973 by the Rev. David Harris of Pittsburgh and his wife, Trudy, the group of young performers will stop here during its annual summer tour of the United States.
Tickets may be purchased from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Benfield Road Safeway. Advance tickets are $5 for adults and $2.50 for children under 12. Tickets at the door are $6 and $3.
Arundel Habitat for Humanity, based in Annapolis, builds homes for people living in substandard housing. The next project is planned for Severna Park.
For more information, call 647-0242 or 267-8430.
The county Recreation and Parks Department will run its annual Tennis Clinic from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at Severna Park High School.
FKids from 12 to 16 and adults from 16 up, of all skill levels, will be taught under the direction of Keith Murphy, who has more than 10 years experience teaching tennis.
For those who can't make the Saturday clinic, an evening clinic is planned at Lake Waterford.
For details, call Ron Max at 222-3600.
On Saturday, June 20, plan to eat out.