Valentine's Day seems to be the perfect holiday NORTH LAUREL/SAVAGE

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February 12, 1993|By LOURDES SULLIVAN

Oh boy, oh boy, Valentine's Day will soon be here!

I think I like this holiday more than Christmas. Maybe it's the adult's Christmas. Actually it's more like Thanksgiving Day designed for women: We don't have to cook; there are enough traditions for consistency; it involves good food; and it hasn't been over-commercialized.

OK, maybe the floral, restaurant and chocolate industries are pushing us to buy. Mind you, I'm not looking to do too much that day, and, as keeper of the checkbook, I'll cringe if I see an entry for roses this week ($70 for a dozen). But, nevertheless, I'm looking toward that day with some of the anticipation I'd felt for Santa.

According to the greeting card industry, most Valentines cards are bought by women to give to family and friends, not to lovers. Why else are there so many "To Sister" cards? This reminds me of kissing your brother.

Anyway, I'll probably give my sweetheart a bamboo grove. Yes, I know, bamboo has all the romantic connotations of new socks for a Christmas present, but that's what he's wanted in the back yard for a while. I hope this isn't some "Field of Dreams" fantasy of the "if you grow bamboo, the pandas will come" ilk. I'm not ready for any more pets.

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The Howard County chapter of the National Organization for Women usually holds two events per month. This month the offerings are a potluck dinner for those interested in devoting time to specific agendas, such as income equity, battered women and the status of women in the world.

This meeting to set agendas and assign task forces will be held Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Green's Leasing Center. All interested people are invited. Bring suggestions. Call (410) 997-7531 for directions.

The other monthly meeting is a purely social event called Feminist Friday. "This is an opportunity to know women in a supportive, nonworking environment," said Lynn Porges, the secretary of the local chapter.

Feminist Friday is always held on the fourth Friday of the month, but the location changes. This month's Feb. 26 meeting will be held at J.K.'s Pub. Call (410) 997-7531 for directions.

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The 14 troops of the Girl Scout cluster based at Guilford Elementary School will hold their annual Thinking Day next Friday at Mount Zion Methodist Church in Clarksville.

On Thinking Day, Girl Scouts honor the ideals of founder Juliet Lowe with activities that reflect those ideals. This year the theme of the Guilford cluster is "Just like you and me," a handicap awareness program.

Senior Troop Leader Francine Hunt, assisted by Nelly Hill of Troop 703 and Judy Rauth of Troop 591, have planned an evening and morning of activities for the 130 Girl Scouts of all levels and an expected 30 to 40 parents.

The troops will see displays about common disabilities that they or their family members are likely to face. There will be displays by pharmaceutical companies, the United Way and some educational games.

Of course, with that many Scouts there will also be plenty of fun, especially as the events last from Friday night through Saturday morning. That's right, the Scouts are spending the night at the church.

Traditionally, Thinking Day involves thinking about Scouts in other areas. The Guilford cluster has not ignored this aspect. All 14 troops have made up kits containing everything necessary to earn Girl Scout badges and try kits for 25 girls.

These kits, which have everything necessary in them, including glue or other general supplies, are going to go to the Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida, for the troops devastated by the hurricane last summer.

According to Diana Grey, co-coordinator for the cluster, the Scouts decided to send the kits rather than money, because in many areas of Florida it is still difficult to buy supplies.

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Yesterday was the 146th birthday of Thomas Alva Edison.

I wouldn't have known this if it were not for the good offices of Marlene Iris, the resource teacher for the Gifted and Talented program at Bollman Bridge Elementary. For the last few weeks, she and the third-grade class have been studying and analyzing creative producers.

The class had already studied other inventors and their products when Ms. Iris realized that Edison's birthday would fall during the study unit.

So Ms. Iris' class will have a birthday party in Edison's honor. Each child will bring in an item or a picture of something Edison invented. As he registered more than 1,000 patents in his lifetime, this shouldn't be too hard.

Mr. Edison is a good example of the difference one individual can make. While he is most famous for is invention of the electric light bulb, his more significant contributions were the generators and transmission towers that he invented to supply electricity to power the lights. He created the electric age.

Ms. Iris' third-grade students will finish the unit on creative producers by emulating Edison. The students will identify a need, and invent a solution to satisfy that need. If anyone is shy of an idea, I need an automatic vacuum cleaner.

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