The Northeast High School guidance department will offer an orientation for incoming ninth-graders and their parents at 7 p.m. Wednesday, at the school on Duvall Highway.
Northeast is small -- only 1,000 students -- compared to other county high schools, but it still offers many educational options for students, explained school counselor Anne Klyman.
"We offer a wide variety of core course selections, fine arts, practical arts and technology education courses here," Ms. Klyman said.
"There are new graduation requirements for incoming freshman, so both parents and students need to be aware of course options that are available," she said.
Practical arts classes offer child care, food, home economics/management, and a parenting course, focusing on responsible parenting.
Technology education courses offer power, energy and transportation technology, manufacturing technology and woodworking.
"Several instructors will be on hand that evening to answer questions about courses. We will have on-going student demonstrations and samples of completed projects," Ms. Klyman said.
"With so many certificate programs, completer programs and new graduation requirements, current eighth-graders and their parents should plan on attending."
Refreshments will be provided by the Northeast PTSA.
The Friends of Downs Park Inc., is sponsoring its first annual juried Spring Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 24, at the park.
Applications from local crafters and artisans are being accepted. Forms are available at the park information center or by mail. Send application requests to the Friends of Downs Park, 8311 John Downs Loop, Pasadena 21122, attention: Spring Craft Show. A self-addressed,stamped envelope must be included.
Completed applications must be received by March 1.
The Chesapeake Women's Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, at the Eastern District Police Station on Mountain Road.
Jan Clark, from the YWCA's Battered Spouse Shelter, will be the guest speaker.
Visitors are welcome to attend.
Information: Sue Fortner, 544-4792.
Families of Lake Shore Elementary students are encouraged to participate in the Families Reading Together program, starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, in the multi-purpose room.
"After a brief silent reading time with their families, students can listen to stories read to them by our special guest readers," school media specialist Jean Smith said. "We are pleased that Joe Durham from the Baltimore Orioles coaching staff and Eric Dade from the Baltimore Spirit soccer team have accepted our invitation and will be reading at the program."
The Pasadena Early Learning Center and the United Methodist Men of Pasadena United Methodist Church are co-sponsoring a dinner to benefit the center, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, at the church, 61 Ritchie Highway.
The menu features your choice of a ham or turkey dinner with all of the fixings, including a salad bar. Desserts will be served a la carte.
Tickets are $7.50 for adults and $2.50 for children ages 3-11. Youngsters under 3 can eat free.
To order tickets, call 647-3090.
Stop by Magothy Coffeehouse, located at Magothy United Methodist Church, 3707 Mountain Road, tonight from 7 to 9:30, for an evening of family musical entertainment.
Tonight's local performers include Brian Pallet, Pat Bell, a group from the Olde Mill South Patriot Singers, Al Granofsky, Stacey Buck and a folk group from Peace Lutheran Church.
Admission to the coffeehouse is free. Snacks, soda, coffee and hot chocolate will be available at a nominal cost.
A games area for youngsters also will be available.
Northeast High School PTSA is seeking a group of parents and students to show school support at the county Board of Education meeting, at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at Northeast.
Those attending are not required to speak.
Pasadena Elementary students are selling those Cal Ripken candy bars through Feb. 19.
So, buy them from students or stop by the school, 105 Spruce Ave., from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 8-19.
Joe Corbi pizza kits also are on sale through Feb. 19.
L To place a candy or pizza order, call Wendy Ebert, 647-3048.
Archbishop William Borders will present a six-session workshop on "Living Our Faith in Our Daily Life," from Feb. 10 to March 17 at Our Lady of the Chesapeake, 8325 Ventnor Road.
Sessions are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. The archbishop will explain the nature of faith and how it relates to daily living, Our Lady of the Chesapeake spokeswoman Jeanne Williams said.
For more information, call the church office, 255-3677, on weekdays.
The Riviera Beach library will offer Storytime sessions for children ages 2-6, at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays and 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Feb. 10 through March 18.
No registration is needed. Parents or care givers must accompany 2- and 3-year-olds.
For your convenience, income tax forms and a photocopy machine are available at the library, too.
Tomorrow, seven students from Chesapeake High School will represent their school in the first county championship swim meet, starting at 12:30 p.m. at the Severna Park YMCA pool.
More than 100 county public high school swimmers are expected to compete.
Events will include the backstroke, butterfly, breast stroke, freestyle, individual medley and relays.
The Chesapeake swimmers are Shannon Mosca, Jason Johnson, Mark Wieland, Jonathon Tse, Kendra Scheminant, Katie Agro and Elizabeth Keenen.
The public is welcome.
The meet is sponsored by Parents for Swimming in Anne Arundel County, a nonprofit volunteer group.