Rec programs can stir up those post-holiday couch potatoes

NEIGHBORS

January 07, 1994|By PEG ADAMARCZYK

Dried pine needles, a few red candle stubs and tinsel-tangled dust bunnies are all that is left to remind me of Christmas.

Gone are all of those wonderful excuses to postpone nasty routine chores. The holidays are over, and it's back to business.

This week's blast of snow, ice and frigid air only reinforces that old winter hibernation habit that seems to creep in this time of year. All too quickly, drab winter skies give way to the winter blahs and the inevitable couch-potato syndrome.

But this year, I'm going to whip my sprouting spuds into shape before they root in front of the tube. This week, the winter-spring program guide from the county Department of Recreation and Parks hit area households. While the listings are not as extensive as in the past, there's still a wide variety of courses to keep everyone busy until warmer temperatures arrive.

Adults can sign up for fitness courses at Northeast High School, join a co-ed, recreational volleyball program at Riviera Beach Elementary; learn karate at Bodkin Elementary, or grab a pick-up game of hoops at Riviera Beach Elementary.

Younger members of the clan can become a Munchkin-In-Motion at Riviera Beach Elementary or maybe enroll in beginning gymnastics offered at Bodkin or Riviera Beach elementaries.

Free after-school fun-and-games activities -- a hit with kids and .. parents -- are set to begin within the next few weeks at High Point, Bodkin, Riviera Beach and Lake Shore elementaries.

The guide lists all county programs and includes registration forms. Additional copies are available at county libraries or from the Recreation and Parks Department.

Information: 222-3600.

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Students at Chesapeake Bay Middle and Chesapeake Senior High schools will be traveling to Ski Liberty in Fairfield, Pa., this winter for two ski trips.

The trips, sponsored by the county Department of Recreation and Parks, are scheduled for Jan. 21 and Feb. 18. Buses will depart at 2:45 p.m. from the middle school and return at 11 p.m.

Parents, teachers and county employees will serve as chaperones.

Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Confirmation and bus assignments will be mailed upon receipt of registration.

The cost varies from $19 to $40, plus a $15 bus fee. Food and refreshments are not included in the cost.

Registration forms are available at both schools.

Information: Bob Brandenburger, 222-3538.

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The Pasadena Sportfishing Group will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday Orchard Beach Volunteer Fire Co. hall on Solley Road.

Capt. Jim Hahn will discuss techniques for tuna fishing and offer tips on lures and rigging.

The meeting is open to the public. Food and refreshments prepared by volunteer firefighters will be on sale.

A magazine exchange, 50/50 raffle and door-prize raffle will be held.

Information: George Bentz, 255-3678.

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The Chesapeake Womans Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 12 at the Eastern District Police Station, 3700 Mountain Road.

A discussion of the club's 1994 budget will be on the agenda.

Information: Sue Fortner, 544-4792.

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Add a little Florida sunshine to your dining table by placing an order with the East Anne Arundel Lions Club.

The group is having a citrus sale of oranges and grapefruit to help raise money for community projects.

Orders must be placed by Sunday. Delivery is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 15 at Community United Methodist Church, 8680 Fort Smallwood Road.

To order, call 255-0076, 255-7202, 255-7963 or 255-1763.

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The Stoney Creek Democratic Club will have its first Sunday party of 1994 this weekend at its Fort Smallwood Road clubhouse.

The party is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $7 a person and includes a platter, beer, setups and munchies. Music will be by Al Baitch.

The club's first flea market of the year is planned for Jan. 22-23 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tables can be rented for $9 per day.

Information: Rich Ames, 437-9388.

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