Education center gives youngsters great experience NORTH COUNTY -- Linthicum * Ferndale * Brooklyn Park * Pumphrey



Have you ever visited Arlington Echo Education Center on a class trip with your children? If not, you and your children are missing a wonderful opportunity. We just returned from an overnight stay at Arlington Echo with 55 third-graders, 16 parent volunteers and three teachers.

Eight volunteers served as chaperones, taking the children from one activity to another, and another eight taught the activities. The weather was beautiful; both days were sunny with the temperature in the 70s.

Where else could students learn about so many interesting subjects in such beautiful surroundings? Students who have difficulty concentrating in the classroom were excelling at the outdoor hands-on learning experiences. While some students were studying about the workings of a beehive, others were digging for dinosaur bones or learning how to navigate through the woods with a compass. Parents were caught talking about "things they never knew," proving that you're never too old to learn.

The parents were impressed by the continuous activities for the children, the great food and the clean bunkhouses. Everyone is ready to go back again.


Harbor Hospital Center news: If you're looking for the perfect Mother's Day present, why not give your mom a priceless gift: a mammogram at Harbor Hospital Center?

The breast screening includes a complete breast examination using top-rated equipment and education about breast self-examinations. The American Cancer Society recommends regular mammograms for all women 40 years and older, especially if they have a family history of breast disease. The mammogram costs $45. For more information, call 347-3383.

Free copies of the "Breast Self-Examination Guide" are available at the center. The educational brochure includes step-by-step instructions on how to perform a breast self-exam in the shower, before a mirror and while lying down. The brochure also offers a breast examination checklist and seven ways to reduce the risk of developing cancer. To receive the brochure, call the LifeCourse Line at 347-2563.


Brooklyn Park Elementary School news: Third- through sixth-graders will participate in the spring part of the SuperFit testing, which will include a one-mile walk/run, chin-ups and sit-ups.

* Kindergarten registration continues for the 1993-'94 school year.


Park Elementary School news: Sixth grade students will visit the University of Maryland on Friday. Students will get a "taste" of college life by touring the classrooms and eating lunch in the student union.


North County High School: The PTA needs officers for the 1993-'94 school year. If you are interested, call the school at 859-5400.


The Brooklyn Park Health Center, 300 Hammonds Lane, has scheduled extended hours for immunizations on Thursday from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. No fee is charged for immunizations, but a $5 donation is accepted.

Parents should bring their children's immunization records with them. Children entering kindergarten and grades 1, 6 and 7 in the fall must have proof of two measles shots and one mumps vaccine. For more information, call 222-6620.


The Brooklyn Park Youth Athletic Association will meet at 8:30 tonight at the Northern District Police Station on Hammonds Lane. Anyone interested in volunteering for T-ball, softball or baseball should attend.

* The association will sponsor a spring dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at the Roland Terrace Democratic Club, 619 Matthews Ave. Live music will be presented by Mainline. Advance tickets are $12 per person or $20 per couple and include beer, set-ups and door prizes. Any tickets not sold in advance will be available at the door for $15 per person. For tickets or more information, call 636-5190 or 636-2330.

* Photo day for the Brooklyn Park Youth Athletic teams is planned for Saturday at the 10th Avenue fields. Teams will be notified of photo times.

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