Ignore that shadow, Mr. Groundhog, we've had enough of winter

NEIGHBORS

February 02, 1994|By BONITA FORMWALT

He found me just before dawn, staring out the window.

"Not again this year. It doesn't matter. Shadow, no shadow. It's an American myth. A mediocre Bill Murray movie. Folklore."

The sun began to creep over the horizon, illuminating the room. Now it was his turn to stare.

"You're wearing a tank top over your flannel nightgown, pink plastic jelly sandals over thermal socks and," he sniffed the air, "the smell of Coppertone Sunscreen is clashing with your Nivea skin cream."

He didn't understand. It was Groundhog Day. The day when I find out how long my winter nightmare will continue. Will it be six more weeks of . . .

* Being so bored that I actually care what's happening on "Sisters."

* Driving with all my passengers holding their breath so the windows won't fog up since my husband repaired the defroster and it now defrosts only the radio.

* Twenty-four hours of the Weather Channel.

* Heavy laundry baskets overflowing with corduroy, denim, flannel and chamois. I weep for seersucker.

* Trying to understand how a family of four can own an assortment of 11 coats and jackets yet not have a single coat hanger in the hall closet.

Here comes the sun, Glen Burnie.

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Beginner ballet to bench step aerobics, country line dancing to jump rope skipping, the Glen Burnie YMCA will showcase a variety of activities at the "Y-A-Thon," 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

This fitness event offers prospective members the opportunity to try different classes while current members participate in a fund-raising pledge drive.

"Our members will collect pledges from sponsors for every 15 minutes they participate in Y activities," said branch director Teri Oswald.

Activities begin at 9:30 a.m., with a one-hour bench stepping class. A karate class is also scheduled from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Although these are both regularly scheduled classes, visitors are welcome.

At 11 a.m., children from pre-school to 12th grade are invited to join Ms. Oswald and hop, skip or Hula Hoop their way to collecting pledges and having fun.

At noon, Annette Levesque will lead a ballet class. This is a new class for the Glen Burnie Y, offering easy-to-follow beginning ballet instruction.

Beth Leitch will instruct a dance aerobics class from noon to 1 p.m., followed by a bench step aerobics class from 1 to 2 p.m.

A toning class with instructor Jo Ann Gearhart is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.. This class involves easy to follow floor exercises. After the toning, Ms. Gearhart two-steps her way through a country line dancing class from 3 to 4 p.m.

Since Ms. Oswald's appointment as director last fall, the Glen Burnie Y has had some changes. New programs have been added while less popular programs are being adjusted.

In addition, the fee schedule has changed to a two-tier system of members and non-members. The former system didn't adequately promote full membership.

When I first came here we had two full members," said Ms. Oswald with a laugh. "Now we have 200."

Membership fees are $95 for adults and $173 for families, with a one-time $25 fee to join. Membership fees for youth ages 3 to 18 is a flat $42.

Adults members enjoy four eight-week fitness sessions for free, with reduced costs for additional classes. Youth receive two free eight week sessions.

Information on class schedules and fees will be available Saturday or by calling 761-1251.

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Today is the deadline for reserving tickets to the Holy Trinit Catholic Church bull and oyster roast from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday in the church hall.

This annual event is a fund raiser for the North County Emergency Outreach Network, which provides food and assistance to area residents in need. Nonperishable foods will be collected at the door to help replenish the NCEON pantry.

A donation of $20 per person includes a menu of grilled beef and ham; raw, steamed and fried oysters; oyster stew sausage with peppers and onion; Italian meatballs; fried chicken; vegetables; salads; fresh fruit; assorted cheese and crackers; desserts; chips and pretzels; beer and set-ups.

Entertainment will be provided by the Luney Tunes.

The church is at 7436 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

0 Tickets can be reserved by calling 761-0427.

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Local artisans are invited to participate in a Spring Craft Fair o March 20 at Corkran Middle School.

Spaces with tables are available for $25, and without tables for $20.

Proceeds will benefit the school's enrichment program.

A5 To reserve a space, call Loreen Toller, 760-6384.

Unpredictable weather has postponed two events.

* The Annual Mentorship Dinner at Marley Middle School, originally scheduled for tonight, has been changed to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in the school cafeteria.

For information, call the school office, 761-0934.

* The members of the Community Advocates for Senior Opportunities aren't taking any chances on the weather this month -- they've rescheduled their gala bull roast for 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., March 26.

Tickets are still available for $18 in advance, or $20 at the door. For information, call the CASOS center, 761-1769.

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