Fair to give parents tips on child rearing WEST COUNTY -- Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills

NEIGHBORS

September 21, 1993|By VICKI WELLFORD

A joint effort by a local elementary school and one of the county's leading social service organizations is being launched to help parents through the trials and tribulations of raising youngsters.

The first School Readiness Fair will be held at Odenton Elementary School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 16. The school is located at 1290 Odenton Road.

The fair, which is free, will showcase various community services, organizations and opportunities available to families as they prepare for school and beyond.

Professionals from the health, educational, safety, family support and business communities will lead parents and children through a day of activities, workshops and demonstrations.

Visiting the children throughout the day will be a purple dinosaur, McGruff the Crime Prevention Dog, Sparky the Fire Prevention Dog and storytellers.

Entertainment will be provided by local performers of all ages, including our own Arundel High School Jazz Band.

The fair was made possible by the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County and Odenton Elementary School as a way to introduce the new Odenton Family Development Community (FDC) program.

The program's goal is to help ensure that each child has a healthy birth followed by the opportunities and resources to grow in a healthy family environment.

The Odenton FDC was established through a Ford Foundation grant to the Governor's Office of Children, Youth and Families.

To help identify needs and develop program goals, the Odenton FDC wants to hear from expecting parents and those with children up to age 5.

For more information on the fair or the program, call YWCA/FDC community worker Jacquie Cowan at 551-5208.

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Cub Scout Pack 663, sponsored by the Howard L. Turner American Legion Post 276, invites all boys in grades one through five to register for its scouting program.

The pack will be holding school night at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Quarterfield Elementary School cafeteria so that prospective members can meet den leaders, experience pack parties, projects and activities.

The pack will be accepting contributions for Midwest flood victims. Any household items such as mops, buckets and blankets would be appreciated.

For more information, call cub master Linda Fonteneau at 315-8113.

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The Waugh Chapel Elementary School P.T.A. is sponsoring a yard sale and craft fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 16 at the school.

Indoor and outdoor tables may be rented. The fees for inside space are: 4-foot tables, $8; 5-foot tables, $10; and 6-foot tables, $12. Outdoor space costs $12 for a 10-foot area.

Call 987-0410 for further information.

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September means back to school and Storytime at the county branch libraries. Children ages 2 to 6 are welcome to attend these fun-filled sessions. Parents and sitters are required to accompany their 2- and 3-year-olds. Parents of older children are welcome to join in as well. No registration is needed.

* The Odenton branch Storytime starts at 7 p.m. tonight and lasts until Oct. 27. A Storytime group also will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesdays for stories, flannel boards, finger plays, games, music and crafts.

* The Provinces branch offers Storytime at 10 a.m. beginning tomorrow and at 7 p.m. Thursday.

For more information, call the Odenton Library at 222-6277, or the Provinces Library at 222-6280.

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The O'Malley Senior Center will sponsor a mat cutting workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 30 at the center.

Art instructor Kathy Kniess will teach how to mat pictures with professional results at a fraction of the cost. Class size is limited, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is required.

For more information or to register, call 222-6227 or 621-9515.

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