If you feel that your brain is slowly freezing, turning into mush or hibernating, come to the lively discussion series at the Savage Library this winter.
Every Tuesday night from Feb. 15 through April 26, the library will be the site of a reading and discussion series entitled, "Reinventing American Poetry: Three Modern Voices."
These aren't the convoluted verses of your junior high literature courses. These poets know how to pack a punch into simple language (nary an "o'er" among them).
Come read and discuss the works of Emily Dickinson, whose poems have been edited yet again, Robert Frost and Elizabeth Bishop.
Registration opens Monday, Jan. 24 for this 7 p.m. series. Call the library at (410) 880-5980 for more details.
I find myself in the unenviable position of going back to second-grade, fifth-grade and freshman year in college this term -- otherwise known as helping family members get through those courses.
It is impossible to remember exactly how hard learning to read, memorizing multiplication tables and writing bibliographies really are. After all, once you've learned the skill, it is literally second nature. Like riding a bicycle, you never forget.
I am getting a certain reputation for knowing everything among the homework crowd.
And I must also admit that on some nights, I am not up to the fight about when to do the homework. I know that I resented having to do homework when I was a kid.
However, homework is a fact of life -- and one that so concerns parents that it made the top spot on the Bollman Bridge's Parent Teacher Association parent survey. So, this month's PTA meeting will focus on "How To Help Your Child With Homework."
The general Bollman Bridge PTA meeting will be held Monday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. in the school's cafetorium. After a presentation by staff members on tips and strategies to help children with their homework, participants will form smaller discussion groups exchange ideas and concerns about homework.
For more information, call Susan Poole at (301) 953-3723.
The Savage Community Association is looking for a few good volunteers. The organization's purpose is two-fold: to play an active role in county zoning and budget decisions that affect us, and to sponsor community events.
The SCA has been very involved in the plans for the old Raceway, ensuring that nothing actively offensive to the area is built there.
It also was involved in making sure that the Gorman Road truck rest area at I-95 did not become a much larger and less-desirable rest stop.
The group keeps an eye on further developments in our area, and briefs the County Council about resident's opinions on such matters as the new traffic light at Routes 32 and 1, the proposed inn at Savage Mill, and on countywide redistricting.
The SCA sponsors several community-wide activities, the most spectacular of which is the annual Savage Fest. This two-day family-style party features rides, games affordable for the allowance set, a full roster of professional and amateur entertainment, lots of food, crafts and prizes. It's a major undertaking by some very caring volunteers.
And that's the purpose of this item in the column, a call for more volunteers and participation in this organization.
For one thing, the SCA needs coordinators for the various aspects of running Savage Fest. Corinne Arnold, the incredibly capable woman who has run it for the last three years, must limit her participation in the 1994 festival for health reasons. But she will be available to help the new coordinator.
dTC The SCA also needs people to plan other community-wide activities, such as the Easter Egg Hunt, the Halloween party or any other activity that sounds like it would be fun.
If you already participate in a local group, how about piggybacking your activities? If you belong to a Civil War re-enactment group, a string quartet, or an Elvis impersonator group, maybe your group can hold an open event here.
If you belong to the Sierra Club or other environmental group, perhaps a speaker could be available to address the community on the Little Patuxent river, the park and its future.
And if you are a budding author, maybe you like to contribute to the SCA community newsletter. Mary Stoner is the editor, Sharon Spicher and SCA president Bill Waff are two of the writers. But more input is needed.
We live in such a charming community that we ought not neglect it. If you've ever wanted to make a visible difference in your community, this is your chance.
Call Bill Waff at (301) 725-1089 or write to the Savage Community Association, Box 222, Savage, Md. 20763. Show us what you can do.
Ruth Pickrel's Math class at Laurel Woods Elementary has figured that the students there must read 14,018 books by June in order to entirely circle the school with loops of a paper chain in the "Read Around the School" program.
The program requires students to read books. For each book read, PTA members make a paper chain loop containing the name of the book.
The goal is to create a chain long enough to entirely circle the school by the end of the year. For those of us who cannot estimate without a calculator, that works out to about 20 books per student at the 700-plus pupil school.
It's an ambitious project. Good luck to the voracious bookworms.