Support group starting for children whose parents are divorcing WEST COUNTY -- Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills

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August 31, 1993|By SUE HALLER

We have less than 24 hours until school opens.

I know that may sound like music to your ears, but just think: it also means making sure lunches are ready and homework is done and in the backpack for the next day.

And if that's not enough, there are reams of forms to fill out and mad --es to the Kmart to get those last-minute, gotta-have school supplies.

Makes you wish for an extra month of summer vacation, doesn't it? Maybe not.

* Us Kids is a support group for children ages 6-15 in families that have experienced separation, divorce or remarriage.

The group meets Monday evenings at All Saints Lutheran Church in Bowie. Parental participation is required. Register now. Fall groups are forming.

For more information, call Janis Thompson, director, at 464-8385.

* The Crofton Chamber of Commerce will have its fourth annual golf tournament Sept. 27 at the Crofton County Club.

The entry fee of $80 per golfer includes a buffet lunch, greens fees, golf cart, goodie bag, open bar, awards ceremony after play and prizes for longest drives, closest pin, and more.

Fields will be limited to the first 144 individuals or 36 teams to sign up with paid entries. Discounts are available for sponsors who also enter foursomes as well as foursomes who return paid entries by Sept. 15.

You won't have to worry about missing an important phone call while on the course because Cellular One of Crofton will offer free cellular phone service to all tournament players all day.

* Nearly 9,500 county children -- 973 in Crofton -- enjoyed a summer filled with books and events by participating in the Anne Arundel County Public Library Summer Reading Program.

The annual program ran from June 14 through July 23 at the 14 local library branches. Several prizes were offered as reading incentives.

Candyce Offer, 10, of Rose Haven won the grand prize of tickets to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va., by participating in the program at the South County branch library in Deale.

The library estimates participants read at least 100,000 books during the six-week program, which helps students maintain their reading skills over the summer break.

The Edgewater branch had the highest number of summer readers, with 1,385. Crofton's total was good for fifth place.

* Last night was the first meeting of the reorganized Crofton Jaycees.

The group is looking for adults between the ages of 21 and 39 who would like to become involved in the community, meet people their own age and receive leadership experience.

The state Jaycees resurrected the Crofton chapter last year, but several of the founding members either turned 40 or dropped out.

This latest revamping will be done with the help of the Severna Park and Annapolis chapters, both of which are dedicating a year or two of mentorship to the Crofton chapter.

If you would like to get involved, call Dana Tropp at (410) 923-1313.

* The Anne Arundel chapter of Children with Attention Deficit Disorder will meet at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Crofton Elementary School on Duke of Kent Drive.

CHADD is a support group for parents of children with ADD. Time is given at each meeting for guest speakers and small-group discussions. The group encourages parents, care givers and concerned relatives to attend.

For more information, call 721-2468 or 721-5376.

* The Bowie-Crofton Multiple Sclerosis support group will meet at p.m. Thursday at Church of the Redeemer, 7300 Race Track Road, Bowie. Dr. Michael Kahn, a psychologist, will be the guest speaker.

4 For more information, call 721-1537 or 793-3896.

* The Bowie-Crofton Garden Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. today at Bowie City Hall.

A plant pathologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture will discuss "Macro-fungi of Suburbia," or "Mushrooms by the Yard."

For more information, contact John McKenna at 464-2611.

* The Chesapeake Treasures, a chapter of the Smocking Arts Guild of America, meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Crofton Middle School.

The next meeting is set for Sept. 9. Visitors and newcomers are always welcome.

For information, call Barbara at 261-0636, or Martha at 261-6985.

* The American Cancer Society's "Look Good . . . Feel Better" program helps woman who are undergoing cancer treatment deal with the physical changes that may occur as a result of chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Cosmetologists and hair professionals teach makeup techniques and encourage participants to experiment with wig styles. The next program is set for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the society's offices in Crofton on Route 3. To register, call 721-4304 or 261-6000.

* The Arundel Fall Craft Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 9 at Arundel High School. Spaces are available for makers of handcrafted items.

Reservations may be made by calling 923-6677.

The event is sponsored by the Key Club, the Forensic Club and the Arundel High School Band.

* Elections for the Crofton Athletic Council board of directors will held at the general membership meeting at 8 p.m. Sept. 8 at Crofton Town Hall.

Three board vacancies and the position of secretary need to be filled. The council's bylaws restrict voting eligibility to dues-paying members who live within Crofton Middle School boundaries. Voters will also decide on bylaw revisions.

* The telephone number has changed for Healing Journey, a support group for men and women whose spouse has died. The new number is (410) 987-8900.

Healing Journey, an ecumenical weekly support group, meets at 6:45 p.m. each Wednesday in the Fellowship Hall of Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church on Crofton Parkway.

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