Open those school doors, teachers, the little darlings are on the way

NEIGHBORS

January 26, 1994|By BONITA FORMWALT

Opening the door, I found my friend slumped on the steps, the school newsletter crumpled in her hand.

"Did you know about this? Schools are closed again this Thursday and Friday! Has the school board competely forgotten last week's surprise midwinter vacation?"

She began to twitch.

It's an in-service day for the teachers, I explained, gently guiding her to the sofa.

It's been on the school schedule since September. We just have to accept it.

She stared. "Accept it? Last week I accepted five days of confinement with three kids, a dog and a Nintendo with only one working control paddle.

"I accepted my husband's judgment when, upon finally making it out of the driveway and to a store, he spent $43 yet the only actual food he purchased was a box of Ritz crackers.

"And what about the rolling blackouts? Five digital clocks in the house blinking 12:00, 12:00, 12:00 . . ."

Suddenly she sat up.

"I've got it! We'll just send the children to school anyway."

In-service day for the teachers, no classes, I reminded her.

"That's the beauty of my plan-- the teachers are already there. If the students show up they have to let them in. I'm pretty sure it's in their contract."

She left, a happy woman, pledging to advance her plan via talk radio.

You're on the air, Glen Burnie.

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Black history will come to life when master storyteller Len Cabral visits the North County Library 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Cabral shares with his audience the folklore of America, Africa and the West Indies through song, poetry, music and mime.

When not on tour, Cabral is an artist-in-resident at the Rhode Island State Arts Council. He is also the co-founder of Sidewalk Storytellers, a children's theater company.

The program is free and open to ages 6 and up. Registration is not required but seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The North County Library is at 1010 Eastway. For information, call 222-6270.

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Fifty members of the congregation of the Abundant Life Church are working with the production staff of Reality Outreach Ministries to perform the drama "Heaven's Gates & Hell's Flames." The curtain goes up at 7 p.m., Sunday, Monday and Tuesday in the church sanctuary, 7305 E. Furnace Branch Road.

Told through a series of vignettes, the drama addresses the choices made during a lifetime -- right and wrong -- and their effect on the afterlife.

Admission is free, but ticket reservations are suggested. A nursery will be provided for younger children.

For ticket information, call the church office, 761-9075.

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Spend an evening dining and dancing with friends at the Church of the Good Shepherd annual Winter Dance, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday.

Included in the $10 admission is a dinner platter, beer and set-ups.

Music will be provided by the Esquires. The band specializes in "country and western and old-fashioned rock 'n' roll."

The church hall is at 1451 Furnace Ave.

ZTC Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased in advance by calling Mike Houck, 766-0330.

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The Parent Involvement Center at Oakwood has announced the schedule of classes and seminars for February. The center offers information and counseling to parents of students in the county school system. All classes begin at 7 p.m.

* Feb. 2: Megaskills for Parents, Fifth in the Series;

* Feb. 2, 9 and 16: How To Talk So Kids Will Listen;

* Feb. 3: Third Party Billing: Accessing Resources.

* Feb. 8: Adolescence: Practical Parenting Video Series;

* Feb. 10: Family Meetings;

* Feb. 15: Blended Families: Yours, Mine, Ours;

* Feb. 17: P.A.C.T.: Parents and Children Talking About Sexuality;

* Feb. 22: Helping Your Child Master Math Facts;

* Feb. 23: Computer Learning for Parents and Children in Elementary School;

* Feb. 24: Adolescent Substance Abuse: What Can parents Do?

Short-term counseling (one to three visits) is also available for parents seeking guidance with problem solving by appointment only on Thursday evenings.

The Parent Involvement Center is in Oakwood Elementary School, 330 Oak Manor Drive.

For additional information, call 222-6429.

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Inclement weather forced the jewelry show and luncheon sponsored by the Ladies Guild of the Father McGivney Council of the Knights of Columbus to be rescheduled to 12:30 p.m. this Saturday at the council home, 7025 McGivney Way.

Tickets are available for a $5 donation.

For information, call 761-1423.

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