Yet another highlight on Glen Burnie's social calendar is just around the corner. The 1992 Big Glen Burnie Carnival is scheduled to open 7 p.m., Friday, and for the thousands of visitors expected to attend, it is just the beginning of more than a week of major fun.
For our family the adventure begins as we maneuver our way up and down Crain Highway, in search of the perfect parking space. Forget the acres of parking available behind the Arundel Center North. Parking garage? Not for us. We can get closer. I truly believe that my husband's ultimate goal in life is to park next to the Whack-A-Mole and just enjoy the carnival from the back of his truck.
Carnival time means seeing friends you haven't seen in years. Occasionally that means I find myself chatting with some vaguely familiar woman for 20 minutes or so and then, I remember that she was the cow who called animal control about my dog.
Parents will remember the butterflies in their stomachs the first year their children informed them they were too old for the "baby rides" and announced they were headed for the Super-Colossal-Inverted-Killer-Tornado- Monster-Thrasher (and by the way, can we have 10 more dollars.)
And it wouldn't be carnival time without testing your luck, whether it's for the new Oldsmobile or the life-size Disco Snoopy doll.
(As a point of information, last year I didn't win the car the Glen Burnie Improvement Association raffled off. I didn't win the boat, complete with trailer and motor, that the Glen Burnie Volunteer Fire guys raffled off. And North Arundel Hospital's $1,000 prize went into someone else's pocket. Feel free to rectify this situation this year).
My son did win a gold fish which, upon being placed in our aquarium, promptly ate $57 worth of tropical fish. It is still alive and is about the size of a Volvo.
So set your VCR to record the Olympics and wander on over to the carnival grounds.
It's carnival time Glen Burnie.
* Have you ever wanted to sleep in a round room? If so, the Holy Trinity Senior Citizens Club would like you to join them on a trip to Akron, Ohio, to stay at the Quaker Square Hilton, a luxury hotel and shopping complex developed from the original Quaker Oats silos.
The three-day trip also includes a visit to Sea World, a tour of the city, including a visit to a 65-room colonial home, and a breakfast cruise. Accommodations, meals, admissions and transportation are included in the $225 cost per person.
"The trip is not restricted to members of Holy Trinity and not restricted to seniors," said trip coordinator Theresa Griisser. "We have a few openings left, but if they want to go, they must call me by the first of August."
For information, call Griisser, 766-1256.
* "Team Up With Jesus" is the sports-oriented theme for this year's Vacation Bible School classes at Glen Lutheran Church, 106 Carroll Road. Classes are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon, Aug. 10 to 14.
Bible school superintendent Mary Ward has announced a variety of activities, including Bible lessons, crafts, music and supervised free play.
Nancy Bryant and Laverne Howard will coordinate the music program for the children, while Wendy Crowe will be in charge of the craft department.
Registration is being accepted for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. There is a $3 fee per child, with a special rate of $6 per family. Registration is requested by Saturday.
For additional information, call the church office, 766-6534, or Mary Ward, 360-1607.
* It promises to be a "doggonest" time tomorrow when children's author Richard Stack and his canine companion, Josh the Wonder Dog, visit the Pascal Senior Center at 12:30 p.m. to talk with seniors and their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Children must be 3 years old and accompanied by a responsible senior.
Stack is the author of a number of children's books about the adventures of Josh, including "The Doggonest Puppy Love," "The Dog gonest Christmas" and "The Doggonest Vacation."
The Pascal Senior Center is at 125 Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie. Anyone 55 or older is welcome to become a member. There is no fee to join.
For information on Richard Stack's visit or about any of the upcoming events at the Pascal Center, call 222-6680.
* The Glen Burnie Chapter of Parents Without Partners has announced its August agenda. The organization is for single parents and offers programs discussions, professional speakers, study groups, publications and social activities for families and adults to help reshape their lives.
Three orientations have been scheduled for the month:
* 3 p.m., Sunday in the county police meeting room, 939 Hammonds Lane.
* 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Orchard Beach Volunteer Fire Hall on Solley Road.
* 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 17, at the North County Library on Eastway in Glen Burnie.
Other activities include a dance, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Orchard Beach Fire Hall. Live music will be provided by the Capitol Cities Sound.
Tickets are $12 for nonmembers and $10 for members.
Dr. Phillip Robinson will address the chapter on "How To Be A Partner Before You Find A Partner" at a meeting, 7:30 p.m., Aug. 22, at the Orchard Beach Volunteer Fire Hall.
Call 761-5945 or 437-4636.