Northeast parents to learn about Safe Homes anti-alcohol project PASADENA

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February 12, 1993|By PEG ADAMARCZYK

The parents of high school and middle school students in the Northeast High School attendance area are invited to attend a meeting on the new Safe Homes project, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, && in the George Fox Middle School cafeteria.

"Safe Homes involves parents in the community making a commitment to help curb the use of alcohol or drugs by teen-agers in their homes," said Carolyn Roeding, president of the County Council of PTAs and George Fox PTSA.

Sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Council of PTAs and endorsed by County Executive Robert R. Neall, the project was created in response to parent concerns about the growth of underage drinking at parties. The program is available in three other county feeder systems: Meade, Annapolis and Glen Burnie.

"When questioned, some parents are not aware that their teen has planned a party, not to mention drinking. Other parents give their 'OK' to drinking in their homes," Ms. Roeding explained. "Our goal is to set up a network of concerned parents who have made a written promise not to serve alcohol to teens. So far it's off to a slow start since many parents are not aware of the program, but we have commitments from over 30 Northeast families."

While the meeting is geared to Northeast feeder system parents, others interested in finding out more about Safe Homes are invited to attend.

Information: 437-4695.

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St. Jane Frances School will celebrate Black History Month today with two presentations of "Sons and Tales of African-American Folklore and Other Tales," by storyteller Alice McGill.

Kindergartners through third-graders will attend at 9 a.m., fourth- through eighth-graders at 10 a.m.

"Ms. McGill will introduce many traditional songs, stories and chants that are deeply rooted in the history of black Americans, both before and after the Civil War," said Rene Hammond, cultural arts coordinator.

Ms. McGill, a native of Scotland Neck, N.C., resides in Columbia. A former teacher, she has toured throughout the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean, honing her gift for storytelling and performing dramatic recreations of the life and struggles of Sojourner Truth.

The program is sponsored by the SJF Home School Association with a grant from the Anne Arundel County Commission on Culture and the Arts.

SJF parents are welcome to attend.

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The Buccaneers Athletic Club is sponsoring two fund-raising events this month.

Youngsters ages 8 to 13 are invited to a Valentine's Day Dance from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow, at Sunset Elementary School.

Tickets are $2 a person. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

Parents also are invited to accompany their children, free of charge.

Food and refreshments will be sold.

For dance information, call Terry Dolch, 255-0814, or Theresa Snyder, 255-4864.

The BAC will have a Bull and Oyster Roast from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 28, at the Stoney Creek Democratic Club on Fort Smallwood Road.

Tickets are $22 a person. Music will be provided by Pizazz.

For tickets, call Jeanne Pazderka, 360-7811, or Bummy Potter, 255-9702.

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Jacobsville Elementary School's fifth-grade leadership group will coordinate a food drive Wednesday through Feb. 28 at the school.

The fifth-grade class was selected in response to a request from the Board of Education's office of staff relations, Principal Wayne Miller and counselor Carolyn Keenen.

Student leaders will read announcements at opening exercises, place posters in all homerooms and organize the food drive, Keenen said.

Canned or boxed food can be sent to school with students or dropped off during school hours.

Information: 222-6460.

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Gospel singer Bill Itzel will present a concert at 10:45 a.m. Sunday at the Chesapeake Christian Center, 7975 Tick Neck Road.

Itzel, a gifted and dedicated singer of all styles of gospel music, presents a total music ministry with speaking kept to a minimum.

"Every song is selected to communicate Bible truth and gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ," said Pastor Glen Morris.

A nursery for infants and graded classes for children will be provided during the concert.

Information: 255-3168 or 255-8403.

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The Downs Park staff honored the dedicated efforts of its volunteers at the 10th annual Volunteer Banquet Saturday at Mount Carmel United Methodist Church.

"We are very fortunate to have a dedicated group of people," said park Superintendent Rick Holt. "Our park volunteers donated 3,028 hours, the highest number of hours at any county park facility. Translated into a dollar amount, volunteers provided $30,000 worth of service to county citizens."

"This year we awarded over 200 certificates to volunteers of all ages, from youngsters to seniors," Ranger Nob Hicks said.

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