Searing summer temperatures have driven us into a temporary state of hibernation, blissfully enjoying super-chilled air and searching for something to watch on the tube other than cartoons or convention highlights.
Before you end up with a roaring case of cabin fever, check out the area's upcoming events.
The Firemen's Carnival, sponsored by the Riviera Beach Volunteer Fire Company, will be open from 7 p.m. to midnight tonight and tomorrow.
The carnival features midway games, rides, food and bingo.
Don't miss the Firemen's Parade at 6 p.m. tomorrow. The parade will include lots of shiny red trucks. Bands and marching groups will strut their stuff, too.
The Pasadena Girl Scout Cluster will sponsor a potpourri of shopping delights at its upcoming flea market, crafts and bake fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Pasadena United Methodist Church, 61 Ritchie Highway.
Spaces are available for $10 each. No tables will be provided, but plenty of youngsters will help sellers set up their wares.
"Our cluster will have a table at the event and we are looking for donations from the community to help us," said troop leader Jacki Carter.
Donations can be made from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Aug. 21, at the church. Please, no large furniture or appliances.
Proceeds will benefit an upcoming camping trip to West River Camp.
For space reservations or more details, call Leah Hillock, 544-1021, or Jacki Carter, 437-9403.
Certification clinics for the newly expanded Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Food Program are being offered from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Magothy Health Clinic, 2501 Mountain Road.
Sponsored by the county Department of Health, WIC provides free supplemental food and nutritional education to infants, pregnant and nursing women and children under 5. To be eligible for benefits, an applicant must be a county resident, have a special health need and meet minimum income requirements.
For an appointment or more details, call Ellen Hisamoto, 222-7272.
Women for Sobriety, an alternative program for substance abusers, is forming a new unit in the Pasadena area.
The group meets every Wednesday evening at a member's home. Women interested in finding out more about the group are invited to attend.
For directions or more information, call Joan at 437-8798.
Children, ages 5 to 12, will relive two days in the life and times of Jesus. They'll do it at "Marketplace 29 A.D.," a unique Bible school program scheduled for July 30-31 at Magothy United Methodist Church, 3703 Mountain Road.
"Marketplace 29 A.D. is based on the premise that children learn best when they are actively involved in the learning process," said church spokeswoman Felicia Granofsky.
Children will see scenes from the life of Christ, taste food of the era, smell bread baking in a rock oven, hear Biblical tales and touch farm animals.
They will also make crafts, play games, sing songs and learn traditional Hebrew dances.
"The environment of the marketplace will encourage children to help one another so that relationships develop naturally," Granofsky added.
The program's cost is $3 per child, with family discounts available. Nonparishioners also are welcome.
To register or for more details, call Granofsky at 437-0162 or the church office at 255-2420.
Chesapeake High School's Class of 1982 will hold its 10-year reunion from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sept. 26 at the Top of the Tower at Empire Towers in Glen Burnie.
Tickets are $30 per person and will include a full buffet and open bar. A DJ will provide music.
Class members interested in attending should call Karen Mortimer White at 437-5941.
Deadline for ordering is Sept. 15.
The Pasadena Chargers will sponsor a baseball card show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company fire hall on Ritchie Highway.
Oriole center fielder Mike Devereaux will sign autographs for a fee.
Dealer tables are available for $40 each or two for $70.
For rental information, call Bill Rothenbecker at 544-2077.
Traditional Bluegrass will be featured at 6 p.m. Sunday when Hickory Grove performs at the Bayside Amphitheater at Downs Park.
If you enjoy Appalachian music, you're in for a great time, says Ranger Dennis Cloutier. The concert is free.
Youngsters and teens, ages 6 to 17, can become Junior Park Rangers by enrolling in the upcoming Junior Park Ranger program that begins Aug. 1.
The four-week, self-paced course will introduce students to the full range of responsibilities of a park ranger, including performing first aid, giving guided park tours and identifying plants and animals.
Upon completion, successful candidates will receive a Junior Park Ranger badge, certificate and identification card.
For more details, call the park at 222-6230.