Crofton, I hope your week was better than mine.
I spent most of it running errands or taking care of my husband, Dave, who had a root canal on Friday -- the same day he and Valerie Human had arranged to have a soccer game for French students spending the summer here.
Despite the surgery, Dave and Valerie managed to pull the game off.
Teams were composed evenly of American and French students. Language proved to be one of the few problems they encountered. In the heat of competition, the French players would get so excited that they would shout in French to pass the ball or to kick it their way.
When someone shouted in French to my son, Kevin, he came to a dead stop on the field. Then, he asked me (and I might add my French is a little rusty, so I just guessed) if they wanted him to pass the ball to the open man.
Even with this little problem, the kids had a ball.
Halftime was spent eating pizza donated by Little Caesar's in Crofton and making arrangements to play a softball game in the next few weeks.
A teen night at Jasper's is set for 7 to 11 p.m. Sunday.
The event, for those aged 15 to 18, is sponsored by the City of Bowie and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, in cooperation with the restaurant.
The cost is $10 per person and will include unlimited soda and slush drinks, hors d'oeuvres, snacks and music.
Proper dress includes shorts and shirts with collars; no tank tops, team hats or flip flops. Proof of age is required, and no smoking will be permitted.
Jasper's is at the intersection of routes 3 and 450. For more information, call 262-7510.
Nick Shearin of Crofton will discuss and demonstrate his bird carving skills in "Whittling Away the Hours (And Winning Awards While Doing It)," at the Crofton Kiwanis Club meeting tomorrow.
The meeting will begin at 8 p.m. in the Crofton Country Club's Kiwanis Activity Room. In his first competition, Shearin, who is retired from the National Security Agency, placed third in the novice level upland bird division at the Ward World Carving Competition last month in Ocean City.
Don't forget to show up Saturday at Crofton Woods Elementary School on Urby Drive for the county Police Department and Department of Recreation and Parks' bicycle rodeo at 10 a.m.
Boys and girls between the ages of 5-12 are eligible. Each child should bring his or her bicycle; a few will be available for those without one. Children ages 5 and 6 can use Big Wheels or tricycles if unable to ride a two-wheeler.
For more information, call 222-6894.
Do you need help in making a commitment to stop smoking? If so, come to the American Cancer Society's Fresh Start Classes, designed to help smokers kick the habit.
The free classes will be held at the American Cancer Society's Crofton office starting at 6 p.m. July 27.
To register, call the society's office at 721-4304 or 261-600. Class size is limited.
If you have an athlete at Arundel High School, mark Thursday, Aug. 13 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on your calendar. That's the day when athletes can get free physicals at the office of the Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center in Annapolis.
The free physicals, scheduled from 6 to 9:30 p.m., are good for the entire sports year, so even if your child plays a spring sport, now is when they need that physical. The doctors are donating this service.
For more information, call 674-6500.
The Crofton Athletic Council will sponsor a soccer team for boys and girls born in 1978, if enough participants and coaches sign up. To volunteer as a coach or to sign up as a player, call Dave Haller at 261-0196.
The council is looking for volunteers to serve on its board of directors. Five vacancies on the CAC board need to be filled this September. Adults are needed to fill three three-year terms and one one-year position, as well as the position of secretary. The board is looking for people who care about the sports programs and are willing to give their time.
To volunteer, contact Rick Silverman at 858-1583.