Next week we tip our hats to Mother. Not the daring woman who saw us through diaper rashes, cuts and bruises and the teen years, but Mother Earth.
Officially, Earth Day is celebrated Thursday, but since our environmental and ecological awareness has increased in the last few years, Earth Day has become Earth Week.
Some people donate cash to eco-groups; others plant a tree or shrub to attract birds in their own backyards. Many want more involvement and are attracted to cleanup activities. Two cleanups scheduled in Pasadena could use your help.
* Tomorrow, the Tri-Creek Committee has scheduled a cleanup of a Stoney Creek tributary, at the end of Sangria Court (off Solley Road).
All ages are welcome to help with the cleanup, committee spokesman Randy Jones said.
The event will begin at 9 a.m., rain or shine. Volunteers should dress in old clothes and be prepared to get dirty and wet. Bring gloves and a lunch. Drinks will be provided.
It's not too late to register. Give Maryland Save Our Streams a call at 969-0084.
* And Downs Park is looking for volunteers to help clean up the Bayside Beach area April 25 from noon to 3 p.m.
Want details? Call 222-6240.
* Party tomorrow from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at a spring dance sponsored by the Rockwood Beach Improvement Association, at American Legion Post 277 on Carbide Road.
Tickets, available at the door, are $10 and include music by a disc jockey, beer, sodas and snacks.
Proceeds will be used for community improvements. Call Janet Staude at 255-5069 for more details.
Treat the family to breakfast out tomorrow between 7 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at the Rotary Club of Lake Shore's annual Hot Cakes and Sausage Breakfast at Mount Carmel United Methodist Church, 4760 Mountain Road.
Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for children. Proceeds will benefit Rotarian and Interact Club community service projects.
Congratulations to 13 eighth-graders at Saint Jane Frances School who garnered awards in the South Central Regional Odyssey of the Mind Tournament at Northern Middle School in Calvert County. Twenty-one schools from Anne Arundel, Calvert and St. Mary's counties participated.
The program is an interactive, creative problem-solving competition for students. The purpose is to foster the development of creative thinking and creative problem-solving skills in young people.
"Through the OM program, students learn to work with others as a team, developing self-confidence by creating solutions, evaluating their ideas and making final decisions," school spokeswoman Rene Hammond said.
The first team, called "Which End Is Up?" entered a division that required building and designing a specific-sized structure. Even though the building collapsed, the team captured the Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award for exceptional creativity.
Members of this team are Jeff Freeman, Gregory Goins, Brian Gossman, Douglas Harkins, Nicole Parisi and Jason Young.
The second team participated in the Folk Tales division. Their creation, "The Legend of Babe Rockruth and Eskimo Fred," won two first-place awards for long-term and spontaneous problem-solving.
This qualified the team to advance to the state finals planned for April 24 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Creative members of this team are Brianne Alvis, Nicole Buckey, Kathy Hilker, Courtney Morgan, Stephanie Neutze, Timmy Rogalski and Eric Senkewic.
Both teams were coached by Donna Neutze.