A good friend called recently, anxious to share a bit of information.
"The Glen Burnie Post Office will be open until 10:30 p.m. on April 15," she announced. "Isn't that great! You won't have to drive all the way into Baltimore to mail your tax return."
As one of those people who wait until the last possible minute to complete my 1040, I offer a few excuses to explain your tardiness.
* You inadvertently used the IRS-supplied mailing label on the envelope for your cable TV bill -- and they won't give it back.
* Your W-2 form is still damp from the tears you shed when you realized this is your actual total gross income.
* You're waiting for four consecutive days of sunlight to charge your solar-powered calculator.
* You bought a computer program to help fill out the return only to discover it's not as easy as your Wheel of Fortune game -- and you can't use the joystick.
* You're still looking for a county with only a 10 percent piggyback tax.
* You're pretty sure you gave these guys money last year.
Here's to living life on the edge, Glen Burnie.
For those of you whose tax refund will be applied directly to a college tuition fund, a college information night is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria of Glen Burnie High School, 7550 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd.
Counselor Raymond Johnston is targeting the session toward the parents of college-bound juniors, although anyone is welcome to attend.
Johnston plans to discuss the entire college process.
"Investigating classes, visiting colleges, selecting a college, applying to a college -- and certainly -- paying for college," explained Johnston.
For information on the program, call the school office, 761-8950.
May I take a message? Can I help you? It's filed under "G" not "J." Yes ma'am, that work was processed yesterday. No sir, I haven't noticed a fax for you.
It's the pink collar world of the secretary.
Now employers have an opportunity to show their appreciation for the work their support staff performs from 9 to 5.
The Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce and the YMCA of Anne Arundel County are planning the eighth annual Secretary's Day Luncheon and Fashion Show next Wednesday at Michael's Eighth Avenue.
Tickets are $20 per person, with the profits benefiting the YMCA and NAACCC.
Reservations are requested by today.
A cash bar and luncheon are planned from 11:30 a.m. through 1 p.m. with the fashion show starting at 12:45 p.m.
Greg King of Samuel Meisel & Co. will once again serve as the show's master of ceremonies.
Randy (Bam-Bam) Ward, a dancer with Gentlemen's Touch from Jewel of the Nile, will provide entertainment.
Del. Joan Cadden, a District 31 Democrat, will participate as a model.
Joining Cadden are several members of the NAACCC and the YMCA, including Beth Leitch and Terri Oswald, aerobics instructors with the Glen Burnie YMCA; Carol Wagner, owner of Forever Yours Preserved Bridal Bouquet; Virginia Jones of Desktop Computer Consulting Co.; Alexis Lahdelma of Jeffrey's Salon; Cecilia Ostrowski of the Bank of Baltimore; Shirley Murphy of Allstate Alarms; Hilda Hambruch of Wyman Park Federal Savings; Pam Kaiser, executive director of the NAACCC; and Sharon Ash of Glen Burnie YMCA.
Fashions are courtesy of Casual Corner, Cameo and Robinson's. Accessories and jewelry are provided by Karla Jordan International.
Jeffrey Lahdelma of Jeffrey's Salon and his associates will do the models' makeup, hair and nails.
For ticket information, call the chamber office 766-8282.
Marley Middle School students are invited to a dance from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow in the school's gym.
The $3 admission will benefit the school's dance club.
Dance contests and drawings for several door prizes are all part of the afternoon's fun.
5l Tickets must be purchased at lunch today or tomorrow.
No tickets will be sold at the door.
Adult chaperons are welcome as guests of the dance club.
To volunteer, call the school office, 761-0934.
A king snake, black rat snake, coin snake and an albino gopher snake will visit the North County library at 7 p.m. Monday.
Fortunately, they're not visiting on their own.
Lloyd Tydings from the Nature Company in Annapolis is bringing his animal friends when he discusses snakes, their habits and how they affect the environment.
The hourlong program is free and open to children of all ages.
For information, call 222-6270.
May 1 is the deadline for nominations for the Richard H. Carter Memorial Award. Nominees should be individuals who have consistently gone beyond the call of duty to serve the Glen Burnie community.
This annual award is given through a joint effort by the Glen Burnie Improvement Association and Glen Burnie Volunteer Fire Company.
Nominees must meet the following criteria:
* Live in the 21060 or 21061 ZIP code.
* Demonstrate going beyond the call of duty, exemplifying unselfish, dedicated and compassionate virtues.
* Have served the community as a volunteer.
Incomplete or anonymous nominations will not be considered.
The winner will be honored at the Glen Burnie Memorial Day Parade.
For additional information, call the GBIA at 766-6760.
Volunteers are needed to help at Marley Elementary School's annual Spring Fair, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 15.
Help is needed with a variety of activities, including games, children's events, food service and the bake table.
To volunteer for an hour or an afternoon, call Marketta Beckman, 360-2469.