Martin Luther King Jr. chess tourney set for high school students



County high school students are invited to participate in the seventh annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Chess Tournament Saturday.

The competition begins at 9 a.m. at Brooklyn Park Library, 1 E. 11th Ave.

The entry fee is $9 per person. All rules used in statewide competition will be followed. Individual trophies will be awarded to the top four individuals. Trophies also will be awarded to the leading player in each class.

For more information, call Frank Utley at 222-6970.


The Belle Grove Improvement Association will install new officers at its meeting Wednesday.

State Sen. Philip C. Jimeno will conduct the ceremony. Taking office are: Delores Impallaria, president; Kathy Towles, vice president; Janet Burry, secretary; Cathy Calabrese, treasurer; and Bill Brown, sergeant-at-arms.

The ceremony is open to the public.

The meeting, at Belle Grove Elementary School, 4502 Belle Grove Road, will begin at 6 p.m.


The county Department of Recreation and Parks is offering an eight-week fitness course at Belle Grove Elementary School.

Step Training is designed for individuals who want to shape up in a nondance format. Classes will take place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 24.

The cost is $45.50, and steps are provided. Enrollment is limited, so call 222-3552 now.


Donate your excess weight to a good cause!

Brooklyn United Methodist Church is organizing a weight-loss group that will meet every week for the first six months of the year.

Group members will offer each other support, exercise regularly and establish more healthy eating habits. Weekly weigh-ins will help members monitor their progress.

After the six-month goals are reached, the congregation will be asked to pledge an amount for each pound lost by the group. If a group member gains weight during any given week, they will be asked to make a contribution to the church.

If you are interested in participating in the group or making a pledge, call 355-8740.


A 10-week program to combat substance abuse will begin Monday at the Lloyd Keaser Center, 5757 Belle Grove Road.

The program will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays.

For more information, call 636-2607.


Harbor Hospital Center news: Walk off a few of those added holiday pounds as a member of the Harbor Hikers, a free indoor walking program offered at the Glen Burnie Mall 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. weekdays.

A registered nurse and cardiac rehabilitation specialist are available at the mall Wednesdays to register new walkers and conduct blood pressure screenings. All participants get a free T-shirt, coffee mug and membership card, which entitles them to merchants discounts.

For more information, call 354-9660.

* The hospital offers free blood-pressure screenings at the hospital from noon to 4 p.m. every third Monday. For more information, call 347-2563.


Brooklyn Park Elementary School fifth-graders will have their graduation ceremony for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Officer Jim Call of the county police has been visiting the students every Wednesday for the past 12 weeks. Students are taught how to deal with peer pressure and avoid drug use.

Students will present skits and read speeches they wrote about what the D.A.R.E. program has taught them. All students will receive a certificate and T-shirt from D.A.R.E.


Brooklyn Park/Lindale Middle Junior High School students are selling Joe Corbi Pizza Kits in time for Super Bowl Sunday.

Cheese, pepperoni and sausage pizza is being offered. All orders and money must be turned in Wednesday. Contact a student if you are interested in making a purchase.


Brooklyn Heights United Methodist Church is having a spaghetti dinner from noon until 6 p.m. (or until sold out) Jan. 22.

Dinner includes spaghetti with meat sauce or meatballs, salad bar, bread and beverage. Dessert may be purchased separately.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $2.50 for children between the ages of 6 and 12 and free for children 5 and under. Call the church office at 789-3688.

The church is at 110 Townsend Ave.

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