I knew it had to happen sooner or later. The summer hibernation season has returned.
Preparation is the only way to survive heat-induced family togetherness in our household.
For weeks now I've been secretly accumulating favorite snack foods. Lap robes are within an arm's reach for those times when Dad decides to reduce the indoor temperature to the "meat locker" range. Board games have been checked for missing pieces. An unopened deck of cards waits to be pressed into service. The television remote has fresh batteries, and the channel guide rests in a place of honor.
Thorough planning should get us through this time -- as long as the Doritos and chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream holds out.
Chill out, Pasadena.
Anglers are invited to attend the next meeting of the Pasadena Sportfishing Group at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Orchard Beach Volunteer Fire Company's air-conditioned hall at 7549 Solley Road.
The agenda for Monday's meeting will be varied, said PSG spokesman George Bentz. Membership is free and open to all fishermen. No dues are charged.
"We will be discussing two upcoming fishing contests and have a special guest speaker," Bentz said. "We'll continue to accept registration for our first annual white perch rodeo that will be held July 17 at Sandy Point State Park."
The contest is limited to 30 boats (three anglers to a boat) and costs $21 per boat to register. Four cash prizes will be awarded.
The second event, a white perch contest and party on Aug. 14 at the Pasadena Boatel, also will be discussed. The cost for August's contest is $10 per person and includes entry fees and admission to the post-contest party featuring hot dogs, corn on the cob, beer and sodas.
The guest speaker for the meeting will be Joseph Bruce from Fisherman's Edge, who will present a slide show on saltwater fly-fishing.
Food and refreshments, sold by the Orchard Beach Volunteer Fire Company, will be on sale before and during the meeting.
Raffle tickets for door prizes and a 50/50 also will be available.
For more details, call George Bentz, 255-3678.
The Chesapeake Christian Center, 7975 Tick Neck Road, has several events on its July calendar of interest to the community.
Tomorrow, the church will sponsor a men's breakfast starting at 8 a.m.
Besides food, there will be fellowship.
On Sunday at 6:30 p.m., families are invited to experience the youth ministry of Friday Night Impact of Winchester, Va. Their presentation of "Is Anyone Out There?" features singing, drama, videotaped entertainment and a visit from Cleo the Clown, church spokeswoman Amber Shepard explained.
All ages are welcome. Child care for infants through age 2 will be provided.
Women in the Pasadena area are invited to join a Bible study group
sponsored by the church. The next meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Lead by Portia Morris, the group will look at women in the Bible. This month's topic will focus on Tamar and Rahab.
For more details on programs offered at the center, call the church, 255-3168.
Pasadena United Methodist Church, 61 Ritchie Highway, will conduct vacation Bible school from 9 a.m. to noon, Aug. 2-6.
Classes will be offered for children age 3 through fifth-graders.
The theme for this year's program will be "Peter Rock."
Registrations will be accepted in advance or at the door. A small fee to cover materials will be charged.
For more details, call 647-3090.
Mount Carmel United Methodist Church, 4760 Mountain Road, is sponsoring vacation Bible school from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 19 and 20.
The theme for this year's program will be "Marketplace 29 A.D.," a popular living history program.
For more information, call 255-8887.
Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 8615 Fort Smallwood Road, will offer vacation Bible school to youngsters age 4 through sixth-graders from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 9-13.
The registration fee is $3 for the first child, $2 for each additional child.
Sign-up forms are available at the church.
Volunteers and a long list of scrap craft items also are needed.
To volunteer or for more details, call 255-4141.
Eight students at Fort Smallwood Elementary School have been chosen by their fourth-grade teachers, Jere Abernathy and Caroly Boryk, to begin fifth-grade leadership training sessions with school counselor Carolyn Keenen this summer.
Those selected are Katrina Buckley, Rachel Lightfoot, Jimmy Clemons, Craig Drenning, Stephanie Herzberger, Ben Copley, Clifford Cieslak and Erin Ruskey.
The children will serve as role models, act as goodwill ambassadors to new students, help with morning announcements, work as peer tutors, take care of raising and lowering the flag, help with bulletin boards and make posters, Keenen said.