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March 09, 1994|By BONITA FORMWALT

They never believe you, no matter how often you demur. They drag you out on the dance floor, your feeble protests drowned out by the sound of a trombola wheel in full spin.

(As a child in the 1960s, I was too busy feeling the music to actually learn how to dance.)

Still they continue. Pushing you around the dance floor in some weird version of the polka.

(I spent the early 1970s unsuccessfully trying to dance to "American Pie.")

Suddenly the rhythm takes over and your arms begin to flail. You catch sight of yourself in a mirror. It's early Jerry Lewis all over again.

(Disco arrived. Never able to conquer the terrible static cling of my Qiana skirt, I was forced to sit out the entire era.)

Stumbling into a table, I attempt to regain my balance, accidentally immersing my hand in a bowl of potato salad.

(Parenting responsibilities obscured large parts of the 1980s. I was grateful to miss the entire break dancing phenomenon.)

Returning to my seat, I discover the scent of mayonnaise overpowers my perfume, discouraging future dance partners.

See you on the dance floor, Glen Burnie.

Country line dancing has moved from the dance halls of Dallas to the VFW halls of Glen Burnie.

You can learn the Texas two-step, the Achy Breaky and more at a new class offered by the Glen Burnie Family YMCA, 8 Central Ave. The first class is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. A second session will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 8.

Classes are free for YMCA members, $5 for nonmembers.

For information, call 761-1251.

The Lions Club of Glen Burnie is selling personalized books so children can become part of stories that capture their imaginations.

The child's name, age, address and the names of three friends are included in the story, making the child a star character in each story.

"We have more than 20 titles to choose from -- Walt Disney, Barbie, African-American heroes, and religious stories," said Lion Keith Scott.

The books range in costs from $9.95 to $10.95. Once the order is received, customers can expect a turnaround time of one week.

For a limited time, the club will include a free, personalized letter from the Easter bunny with every purchase. Books must be ordered before March 25.

Proceeds from this fund-raiser will benefit the many community projects sponsored by the Lions.

For information, call Keith Scott, 766-8764, or Steve Fowler, 255-5660.

Nomination of PTA officers for the 1994-'95 school year tops the agenda of the Marley Middle School PTA meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the school cafeteria.

Following the nominations, science teacher Outten Dutton will address any questions concerning the sixth-grade science course on human sexuality.

The meeting is open to parents of Marley Middle students and parents of fifth-graders who will be attending the school in the fall.

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

The proposed Glen Burnie detention center will be discussed at meeting of the Point Pleasant/Shoreland Improvement Association at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 1451 Furnace Ave.

The association is encouraging members to voice their concerns over the potential Glen Burnie jail location at a hearing at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Glen Burnie High School. The association organized a bus trip to Annapolis last month to present a united stand against the location at a similar hearing.

Practical advice on developing a lasting ministry for inactivchurch members is the topic of a workshop, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 308 Oak Manor Drive.

R. Scott Perry will offer suggestions on how churches can publicize, recruit, train and support a ministry team targeting inactive members.

The workshop is open to representative from churches of all denominations.

For information, call 766-2283.

Tickets are still available for a bull and oyster roast from 8 p.m. to a.m. March 18 at Michael's Eighth Avenue. Sponsored by the Greater Glen Burnie Junior Sports League, the proceeds will be used for youth sports programs.

The $20 admission charge includes pit beef, oysters, clams, salads, cold cuts, desserts, beverages and beer.

To reserve tickets, call 768-2937 or 987-4961.

The swim team booster club of the Country Club Estates Recreation Association is planning a flea market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 26 at the recreation hall on Paul Marr Drive.

Tables can be rented for $10 each, payable in advance.

For information, call Sue Martin, 761-0317.

The Friends of James "Ed" DeGrange will host a dance in his honor from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday at Michael's Eighth Avenue.

Mr. DeGrange, a local business and civic leader, is running for the County Council from the 2nd District.

Tickets for the dance are $15 and include beer, setups and snacks.

For ticket information, call Gary Calvert, 760-6719.

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