Lethargy finds its own level after brush with a whirlwind

NEIGHBORS

January 12, 1994|By BONITA FORMWALT

The curtains were closed, the dog's barking muffled with a pillow. Yet the knocking continued.

"Let me in," she hollered. "I know you're in there. I can hear Regis and Kathie Lee." I silently cursed the syndication that was my downfall.

Entering the living room, she skirted the vacuum cleaner, a mismatched trio of snow boots and 11 boxes of holiday ornaments waiting to be moved to the attic.

"Your life has 'rut' written all over it. I'm here to fix that," she announced, thrusting bundles of class schedules in my face. "We're going to improve ourselves -- together."

I mumbled something about some free-lance spy work I was doing for National Security Agency, but she was on a roll.

"How about a step aerobics class?"

I reminded her that if I enjoyed climbing steps I would probably have danced the boxes of decorations one floor up by now.

She persevered.

"Computer programming?" Since I could already program my VCR to record at a later date, I questioned the need to know more.

"Ceramics?" Just something to dust.

"Karate?" I might lose control and accidentally use it on the washing machine repairman when he tells me he has to order another part.

She began to pout. Walking her to the door, I promised to read over the schedules and call her -- honest.

As I closed the door, I caught sight of my reflection: hair pointing north, mascara applied to only one eye, Dukakis sweat shirt.

That afternoon I tap danced the boxes upstairs.

Step lively, Glen Burnie.

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It will be abracadabra and hocus-pocus when amateur magician Alex de Wit performs a little sleight of hand at 10 a.m. Saturday at the North County Library, 1010 Eastway.

A 1992 graduate of Old Mill High School, de Wit studies math and computers at Anne Arundel Community College when he's not performing prestidigitation.

Saturday will be de Wit's premier performance for the library although he has been performing in public since he was a child.

"The first show was in my back yard when I was 8 years old. I went out on my bike and sold tickets in the neighborhood," said de Wit, who performs under the stage name "Mr. Mysterious."

A magic show de Wit saw when he was 6 sparked his initial interest.

"At first I thought it was real," he admitted. "Then I wanted to find out how it was done."

His mother bought him books to study and magic kits to practice with.

Since that first backyard show 11 years ago, Mr. Mysterious has improved to where he makes appearances at parties and special events several times a year.

Although an amatuer, de Wit adheres to the professional magician's code of silence concerning how the tricks are performed.

"I'll answer questions," he said slyly. "But I'm not giving away any secrets."

Children ages 6 to 12 are welcome to attend his free program at the library.

* "What Can I Read Next" is the question answered by Michael Gannon and Paula McCandless of the North County Library staff. The two will share a cartful of fiction with interested adult readers, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the library.

"They will talk about various genres of books that will appeal to everyone. It's real fast -- one book talk, one idea after another," said Jean Levy of the library's information staff.

For additional information on either event, call the library's information desk, 222-6270.

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An auction to benefit the band program at Glen Burnie High School has been scheduled for 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday in the school's cafeteria, 7550 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

Last year's auction raised almost $3,000 for the band's competition expenses.

Admission is $2 and includes complimentary refreshments.

Dozens of items and services will be auctioned, including handmade blankets and dolls, baseball cards, museum admission passes, lamps, auto services, tuxedo rentals and pizzas.

The Band Parents Association is sponsoring the evening, which will feature three types of bidding opportunities: silent, coupon and live auction.

A silent auction allows the bidder to put a bid in a sealed envelope. Once the bidding is cut off, the envelopes are opened and the highest bid wins.

With the coupon auction, tickets are sold for 25 cents each. Bidders place one or more tickets in boxes in front of the desired item. A ticket is then drawn and the bidder with the corresponding ticket stub takes home the prize.

Jeff Kollar, a teacher at Corkran Middle School, will once again serve as auctioneer for the live auction.

Cash, checks, Mastercard and Visa can be used for purchases.

Proceeds from the auction will be used to offset travel expenses for a competition in Atlanta, April 27 through May 2.

Approximately 100 members of the school's marching band, concert band, jazz ensemble, pompon and flag squads are expected to compete.

For additional information, call the school office, 761-8950.

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The Ladies Guild of the Father McGivney Council of the Knights of Columbus is planning a jewelry show and luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the council home.

A $5 donation includes a menu of soup, chicken salad, desserts and beverages.

After the luncheon, there is to be a jewelry show featuring Contempo Jewelry. The jewelry line offers bracelets, earrings, necklaces and broaches. A demonstration of scarf arrangements is also planned.

The council home is at 7025 McGivney Way, next to Jordan Lumber.

For ticket information, call Rachel Gavin, 761-1423.

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A step back in time to the Colonial era is part of the celebration of the "Presidential Evening and Changing of the Guard" for the Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at Michael's Eighth Avenue.

The evening will honor incoming president Dan Boyd and immediate past president Griff Hall.

In keeping with the Colonial theme, the "Groaning Board," a traditional menu will be served.

Entertainment will showcase a fife and drum corps, dancers, singers and balladeers.

Colonial attire or business dress is requested.

Tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased through the NAACCC office, 766-8282.

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