It's beginning to sound like a broken record: closed, canceled, postponed, rescheduled.
Except for a few days here and there, this winter has been (to put it mildly) the pits so far.
Icy conditions have driven even the die-hard winter fanatics indoors. But the relative safety of spending day after day in hibernation gets old quickly. We did the "family bonding" bit less than two weeks ago. I was thankful it ended before tempers flared too high.
Just as we were starting to resume a normal schedule the flu bug hit, sending us, one by one, to our beds.
Now this. There's just one question I'd like to ask. Where's global warming when we need it?
Knights of Columbus Msgr. Raymond P. Kelly Council 10966 and Council 10881 will have their second annual basketball free-throw contest from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow at Lake Shore Elementary School, 4531 Mountain Road.
This event was scheduled for last month but was postponed after an ice storm struck. With the current weather forecast, I'd check before venturing out.
The event is open to boys and girls, ages 10 to 14. Contestants will be grouped by gender and age.
Plaques and trophies will be awarded.
Winners at the local contest will advance to the district competition.
Registration forms will be available at the door. Proof of age and parental consent is required.
The contest is free.
Information: Larry South, 437-4755.
Anglers can bring their sweeties to this month's meeting of the Pasadena Sportfishing Group at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Orchard Beach Volunteer Fire Company hall on Solley Road.
Bill Burton, longtime Pasadena resident and former Evening Sun outdoor columnist, will be the guest speaker.
"We're extremely fortunate to have Bill at this meeting," said George Bentz, group spokesman. "He will be talking about the old fashioned vs. the new way of fishing."
Reasonably priced food and refreshments will be sold.
The group has another event planned this month to fight cabin fever.
A gigantic fishing and boating flea market is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 19 at Orchard Beach fire hall.
Admission is $1. Vendors will be selling new and used tackle and boats.
Seminars about fishing on the Chesapeake Bay will be presented by captains Sonney Forrest, Mike Murphy and Bob Spore.
Information: George Bentz, 255-3678.
Sunset Elementary School PTA is sponsoring a family fun fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 14 at the school. Proceeds will be used to purchase additional playground equipment. Volunteers are needed.
Call Robin Woodward at 222-6478 to sign up.
St. Jane Frances Parish in Riviera Beach has announced that Michael Downes has been hired as full-time youth minister.
Mike has spent the past 2 1/2 years working with the youth ministry at St. Mary's in Annapolis. He holds a certificate in youth ministry from the Archdiocese of Baltimore and will be receiving his advanced certificate this spring.
His ministry is geared to junior high and high school aged youth. It will offer youngsters the opportunity to participate in spiritual, service and social activities.
Joining Mike as his first adult volunteer will be his new bride, Stephanie. She has worked with Mike for the past year and a half at St. Mary's and was active in the Catholic Campus Ministry at the University of Maryland.
Good luck, Mike and Stephanie.
Congratulations to Elise Jordan on being selected as this year's Valentine Queen of the Xi Alpha Zeta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.
She'll be crowned at the chapter's Valentine's Dance to be held tomorrow evening at the Fort Meade Officer's Club.
The local chapter is a member of the international service sorority and has been involved in helping local charities since 1930. Members of the local chapter are from the Anne Arundel, Howard and Prince Georges counties.