Holiday shopping may be out of the way, but there's still plenty to do

NEIGHBORS

January 17, 1994|By LYN BACKE

There seems to be a sneaky move afoot on the part of direct mail marketers and purveyors of things by catalog.

It is no longer enough to tease us with nearly irresistible temptation for months before Christmas; now they've put it all on sale and are running it up the flagpole again -- and like Pavlov's dog, we salute, or at least start to.

A quick scan of the turned down pages in the 13 catalogs that have come since Jan. 1 reveals $989.95 in things that caught my eye, either for myself, my home, or for presents -- and that doesn't count instances where there were six or seven things on a page (Metropolitan Museum), or the $3,650 Professional Grill with Cart, Infrared Burner, and Rotisserie (all stainless, as shown in Frontgate), or the "She Who Must Be Obeyed" sweat shirt (Signals).

I do recognize a direct link between orders I've placed in the past and the current proliferation, but I wish they'd give us a little break between buying binges!

Actually, if one has some extra cash, it's a great time to get started on next December's shopping. The only discipline one needs is the patience not to give all the presents away for birthdays or "just because!"

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Another use for some cash left over after Christmas is to take care of the stress left over, with Anne Arundel Medical Center's "Stress Relief" class. Offered on Thursdays Jan. 20 through March 10, "Stress Relief" discusses the stressors of everyday life, and helps participants recognize and develop the coping skills to make life easier and more enjoyable.

The class is $60 and is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Anne Arundel Medical Center's Health Education Center at Jennifer Road and Medical Parkway in Annapolis.

Another potential life saver is the hospital's "Low Fat Cooking" class on Feb. 2 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Participants will learn creative ways to prepare heart-healthy food with less fat and fewer calories.

It's a great way to discover why God created herbs and spices. The fee for "Low Fat Cooking" is $10. For information or to register for either class, call the Health Education Center at 224-5777.

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The Annapolis Youth Lacrosse Association (AYLA) will hold open registration for the spring season at Annapolis Middle School on Forest Drive this Saturday and Jan. 29. Boys ages 6-15 and girls ages 8-15 are eligible. Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon.

Practice will begin around March at Annapolis Middle School. Norman Idelson, administrative vice president of AYLA, can provide information at 267-6155.

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If your idea of harp music is vaguely associated with death and/or brunch in a ferny atrium (where it really is quite delightful, in my experience), you owe it to yourself to get tickets to the Deborah Henson-Conant concert at Maryland Hall on Saturday.

Playing jazz, blues, and about anything else that takes her fancy with a straight-out style that can also be sweetly intimate, Henson-Conant keeps "finding myself doing things I was told were impossible."

With Henson-Conant on Saturday will be guitarist Grant Geissman, a jazz musician and television music composer with a four-year stint with Chuck Mangione to his credit, as well as appearances and recordings with David Benoit, Dan Siegel, Carl Anderson and Air Supply.

Tickets for the Maryland Hall concert are $24 for reserved seating. Call 263-5019 for information or to charge tickets.

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