There's not a definitive moment when a girl becomes a young woman, but eight young women from the Freetown and Meade Villages came a little closer when they were "presented" Sunday at the second annual Debutante Ball.
Sponsored by the "Take Back Our Streets" project in conjunction with the county Housing Authority, the ball is the culmination of months of preparation by the young girls.
A full evening of activities began when the girls -- dressed in their regular clothes -- arrived at Michael's Eighth Avenue. Greeted by members of the Police And Community Together (PACT) team and representatives of the Housing Authority, the girls spent an hour socializing with friends, family and community leaders.
After a performance of "Heal the World," the girls excused themselves.
"When they returned, the ladies came down a spiral staircase in their gowns. We were waiting at the bottom in our fancy dress uniforms to escort them," said Cpl. Augie Hein, one of the police escorts.
The officers led the young ladies in a waltz around the dance floor.
Each deb read a brief essay she had written on a topic such as teen pregnancy, youth activities and family support.
The highlight of the evening came when Renata Davis was selected Miss Debutante. Angela Craig was first runner-up and She'kia Holland was selected Miss Congeniality by her peers. The judging was based on poise, grace and the essay.
Other debutantes presented that evening were Kelly Grant, Sheri Hall, Nicole McVea, Dutchess Neal and Yita Siscoe.
Glen Burnie's favorite sports commentator, Charlie Eckman, will be the guest of honor at a banquet 7 p.m. March 28 at Michael's Eighth Avenue.
The Baltimore Spirit Professional Indoor Soccer Team Fan Club is playing host for the tribute to one of indoor soccer's favorite fans.
Inducted into the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame in October, Eckman is a legend in the local sports community -- from professionals to Little Leaguers.
His long career includes stints as a radio broadcaster, professional basketball coach for the Fort Wayne Pistons in the 1950s and a National Basketball Association referee.
It is Eckman's colorful commentary and unabashed enthusiasm for indoor soccer that earns him accolades from Spirit fans.
"Charlie has supported indoor soccer since it came to Baltimore," said Delores Schott, president of the Spirit Fan Club. This banquet is a way to thank him."
The entire Spirit team and coaching staff will be on hand. Awards will be presented for outstanding individual performances by the athletes.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 6 to 12. Admission includes an open bar from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and dinner with a cash bar.
Reservations must be made by Monday with payment available in advance or at the door.
For reservations call Schott, 276-4664.
With duck decoys, doll house miniatures, walking canes, minerals and fossils -- Sunday's craft show at Corkran Middle School promises a variety of handcrafted and specialty items. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Corkran's cafeteria and surrounding hallways will be filled with dozens of local artisans displaying household, personal and gift items for sale.
Children are invited to have their faces painted and enjoy a chat with the Eater Bunny.
Refreshments will be sold by the Student Government Association and the Corkran Band Parent's Association.
Corkran Middle School is at 7600 Quarterfield Road.
Professional image consultant Patricia Slayton will conduct a beauty workshop from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday and again April 23 at the Glen Burnie YMCA, 8 Central Ave.
Geared to helping cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy, "Well Beauty . . . A New Beginning" helps patients look and feel better about themselves.
Topics include choosing colors to project a healthy look, caring for changing skin conditions, and wig and wrap techniques.
"Even though someone is feeling bad, using brighter colors will help them look healthier," said Ms. Slayton. "It's all about feeling good about yourself -- an affirmation of life, to know that they're not alone."
The seminar is free to YMCA members and $10 for nonmembers.
Danielle Berry was selected Supreme Queen of the Southern Charm pageant earlier this month. A sixth-grader at Corkran Middle School, Danielle also won first runner-up in the talent presentation for a dramatic monologue.
In her free time, Danielle studys drama, music and dance at the Glen Burnie Academy of Fine Arts. She also spends time reading and talking with residents at the Maryland Manor Nursing Home.
Danielle will represent Glen Burnie at the state contest in May.
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at a dance this weekend.
* Youth ages 6 to 14 are invited to a dance from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Country Club Estates Recreation Association hall on Paul Marr Drive.
Music will be provided by local disk jockeys Tim Konig and Joe Connell. Admission is $2.50. Refreshments will be sold throughout the evening.
For information, call 761-0317.
* Dinner and dancing with an Irish theme are planned for the St. Paddy's dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 1451 Furnace Ave.
The $10 ticket includes a ham and cabbage platter, beer and setups. For ticket information, call 766-0330 or 766-1102.