Program offers teen-age girls tips on dating

NEIGHBORS

February 02, 1994|By LARRY STURGILL

As our children grow into their teens, dating is obviously one of the experiences they'll encounter. It is an exciting time in their lives as they experience all kinds of new feelings and experiment with the boundaries of new-found freedoms. And the decisions they face are sometimes overwhelming.

It is an especially challenging time for girls, who, though more world-wise than their counterparts of generations past, are still vulnerable to the same problems and face the same choices that have forever challenged young women.

Howard County General Hospital and Fighting Chance, a women's self-defense group, will co-sponsor a helpful program entitled "Ready . . . Set . . . Date" at the hospital's Health Education Center from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 12.

The course is taught by Debbie Ross and is designed for girls 13 to 15 who are looking to make conscious choices about dating. The program will present concepts of self-image and self-respect, communication and assertive behavior, and the use of self-defense techniques.

For parents, understanding the dating problems of their daughters is the hard part. One thing the program is designed to do is to encourage discussions about dating and attempt to bridge the gaps of understanding.

To help initiate this dialogue, parents will receive a course outline before the program.

The course fee is $30, and pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, call 740-7600.

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Can you believe this weather? Every form of precipitation nature can serve up has fallen from the skies in the past two weeks. Most roads and every parking lot and sidewalk in Columbia turned into deceptively treacherous skating rinks.

People were desperate for anything that would offer even a tiny bit of traction. After the bags of salt and sand disappeared from the shelves of area stores, there was a serious run on cat box litter and anything else that could help stop the slipping and sliding of feet and tires.

5) Is everyone ready for springtime yet?

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The Village of River Hill recently held a contest to design a logo for Columbia's newest community. It was open to the children in River Hill, and many of them responded with excellent ideas.

The entries were so good, in fact, that the judges had a very difficult time selecting a winner.

As a result, the logo contest ended in a first-place tie between the entries of David Battaglia and Christopher Martin.

David's logo depicted a river winding through hills toward a setting sun.

Christopher's logo design was a circle with four quadrants, each with a scene depicting the topography and wildlife in the River Hill area.

Runners-up in the contest were Sally Enloe, Stephen Maloy, Jackie Thomas, Lilli Schestag and Ellie Vekert.

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Just a reminder about Campo Expo '94 to be held at Kahler Hall from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The event is free, and if a summer camp for the kids is part of your family's plan this summer, the Expo is a must for parents and children.

More than 50 local and regional camps will be present for this annual event, now in its 10th year at Kahler Hall.

:. For additional information, call 730-0770.

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St. John Baptist Church will observe Black History Month with a free presentation of "Scenes and Themes from African-American Drama" at 6 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center.

The production uses excerpts from plays written by and about blacks. Included are scenes from Lorraine Hansberry's award-winning "Raisin in the Sun," Lonnie Elder's life in Harlem sojourn, "Ceremonies In Dark Old Men," and August Wilson's poignant play "Fences."

Featured actors in the production include George Edward, Ethel Hill, Earl Johnson, Martin Johnson, Barbara Miller, Loretta Teal and John West.

For additional information, call Leroy Giles at 788-3044 or St. John Baptist Church at 730-7920.

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More bingo!

For those who love the game and can't get enough of the fast-paced action offered by the most popular participation game in America, the Columbia Knights of Columbus are holding another charity bingo event this Saturday night at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center.

The action starts at 7:30 p.m. with four early bird games, followed by the frenzied madness of the main event beginning at 8 p.m.

Bring the whole family and have some fun. There'll be prizes galore and more.

Transportation is available for senior citizens who want to come and join the fun.

For more information, call 730-3438.

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