Before cleaning, take a personal inventory GLEN BURNIE


April 28, 1993|By BONITA FORMWALT

She approached me, a solemn expression on her face, a hint of fear in her eyes.

Gently she pryed the bottle of Windex from my hand. She sat me down on the sofa with little regard to the fact I had just plumped the cushions.

Placing her hands on my shoulder she looked deep into my eyes and screamed . . .

"What have you done with Bonnie!"

How could I explain. New furniture. Matching Tupperware. My first spring in a nearly new house. I simply had to surrender to this uncontrollable seasonal need to clean. It was bigger than the both of us.

She was prepared. Removing the color-coordinated dust cover from my VCR, she popped in a cassette. For hours we watched Oprah, Sally Jessy and Montel as they explored compulsive cleaning and its effect on the American family.

Sitting in silence, waiting for the tape to rewind, I realized that I had gone over the edge. I had become my mother.

As a recovering cleaner I offer the top five warning signs that you are a little too compulsive with your spring cleaning.

1. You're so busy getting your laundry to smell "April Fresh" you forget to go outside and sniff the real thing.

2. This "Stepford Wife" thing looks sort of interesting.

3. No one can cook because most of the removable parts of your stove are soaking to make them sparkle.

4. Your child sets a place at the dinner table for your upright vacuum cleaner.

5. When people ask what scent you're wearing you're proud to admit it's Lemon Fresh Joy.

Dust on, Glen Burnie.

How many pounds of pasta does it take to get to Denver?

The youth group at the Church of the Crucifixion hopes to have the answer to that question after the all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday in the church hall, 100 Scott Ave.

Admission is $4.50 for adults and $2 for children ages 2 to 10. Children under 2 are admitted free. A supervised children's section will allow parents the opportunity to enjoy their meal undisturbed.

The dinner is just one of several fund-raisers that director Mary Jordan and her youth group have scheduled as they work toward their goal of attending World Youth Day the week of Aug. 11 to 15.

"It's actually a weeklong event. They're expecting, by conservative estimates, about 200,000 to 300,000 people from around the world," explained Jordan. "It's a convergence of people -- Catholic young people. The purpose is a celebration of Catholicism."

Jordan says the highlight of the event is a walk to a mountain summit, where Pope John Paul II will celebrate Mass.

In addition to Saturday's dinner, the group is planning a '50s dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., May 21 in the church hall. Tickets are $5 per person. Beer and soft drinks will be sold at '50s prices.

For additional information, call 768-2115.

This weekend, dozens of candles in plastic jugs will transfor the exterior of Arthur Slade Regional

Catholic School into Glen Burnie's version of "The Great White Way."

This weekend is Slade's 10th annual "Manhattan After Dark." From 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., it's entertainment, Big Apple style.

Admission is $9 per person on Friday and $10 on Saturday.

Careful scheduling allows maximum use of the school's facilities.

Half of the cafeteria becomes an off-Broadway cafe overlooking the dance floor where the Big Band sounds of Wolfe Trap will be played.

That's not the multipurpose room, it's the hop with music of the '50s and '60s provided by Murph the Music Man.

Country music fans looking for Maria Rose and the Blue Horizon will find the band surrounded by hay and wagon wheels in the back of the auditorium. Turn around and the front of the room is "Arthur's," with the Top 40 sounds of Night Watch.

If you're in the mood to try your luck, several classrooms in the junior high wing will become a casino. Move down the hall and the teachers lounge is now the Cafe Viennese offering coffee and desserts.

Check the schedule of performances when you enter and you can hear, see and enjoy every show.

For ticket information, call the school office, 766-8614.

Building on the strong success of its preschool program, FaitBaptist Church is starting a kindergarten for the 1993-'94 school year.

Offering a Christian learning environment with a strong academic emphasis, the program will limit class sizes to 15 students. Both morning and afternoon classes will be offered.

Tuition is $160 per month for 10 months, which includes all books. A $50 registration fee is also required.

Classes are also available on a staggered schedule for 2- , 3- and 4-year-olds.

Faith Baptist is at 7378 Furnace Branch Road.

For registration information, call 761-5346.

Parents and educators of secondary school students witdisabilities are invited to attend a workshop offered by the Parent Involvement Center at Oakwood, 330 Oak Manor Drive. Five sessions have been scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Thursdays starting May 6 and continuing through June 3.

"Next Step, Planning Beyond School" outlines educational programs that will prepare students to enter the work force.

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