For failed resolutions of '93, there's always New Year's clean slate

NEIGHBORS

December 30, 1993|By PEG ADAMARCZYK

It's New Year's resolution time again. Where would we be without this time-honored attempt to compile a list of improvements and lifestyle changes we all plan on making?

Go on a diet. Start exercising. Spend less. Save more. Have more patience with bad drivers, slow clerks, and waiting on line. The lists are as varied as the individuals who participate in the ritual.

Over the years, my personal list has included all of the above, plus quite a few more. I've even included no making a list on my list.

My success rate at keeping these well-intentioned promises hovers, maybe if I'm lucky, around 10 percent. But that failing hasn't stopped me from making the attempt again this year. Who knows, maybe this time I'll make it? Stranger things have happened.

Have a safe and happy 1994, Pasadena. That's one resolution I'd like to see on everyone's list.

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Looking for a nonalcoholic, family-style New Year's Eve celebration close to home?

Then check out the second annual Square Dance and Family Fun Night at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church on Tick Neck Road tomorrow night.

The evening will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with a potluck supper, then it's do-si-do from 8 p.m. until midnight.

A service to welcome in the new year is planned at midnight. The evening will conclude with a breakfast served at 12:30 a.m.

Information: 255-1070.

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Students at Chesapeake High School who took the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test in October are invited along with their parents to attend a meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the school auditorium.

Student PSAT scores will be distributed, and a discussion of the scores will follow.

Information: 255-9600.

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Starting next month, the Parent Involvement Satellite at High Point Elementary School will begin offering courses to local parents.

Initially, programs at High Point will be offered only on Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

January's programming includes:

* How to talk so kids will listen and listen so kids will talk, presented by Pat Barton, guidance counselor at Oakwood;

* Operation Organization -- getting your child organized for the new year, presented by Jan Miller, Sunset Elementary counselor;

* Conflict resolution for parents, presented by Connie Poussard, Marly Elementary counselor.

* Fat City -- understanding disabilities, offered by Carolyn Keenen, counselor at Lake Shore and Fort Smallwood schools.

Advance registration is required. Programs are free.

Check with your local school office for sign-up forms.

Information: 222-6429.

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The holiday vacation will be over all too soon for students at local schools.

For older students, the opening weeks of January will bring the rigors of the Maryland Functional Writing test, the Citizenship test and studying for exams.

The five-hour writing test, to be given at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 11 and 12 and is designed to assess student competency in writing and communicating personal information and ideas. It will be given to all ninth-graders and older students who have not previously passed the test.

School will open at 10 a.m. for all other high school students.

The citizenship test, to be given on Jan. 19 at 7:30 a.m., assesses student's knowledge of principles learned in ninth-grade American government courses taken during the fall. It will be given to ninth-graders and other students who have not yet passed the test. All other students should report to school at 10 a.m. Jan. 19.

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Drag out your long underwear, woolen hats, boot and mittens, and join Ranger Bob Hicks in kicking off the 1994 trekking season at 10 a.m. Saturday in Downs Park.

This first hike of the new year will include a stroll around the park's perimeter trail and a few stops to watch wintertime nature sights.

Dress warmly, even though those freezing Arctic blasts are predicted to have warmed up to a blazing 40 degrees on Saturday.

Hikers are promised a chilly, but memorable outing.

Information: 222-6230.

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