Before next week's column rolls around, it will be spring, and not a moment too soon. My house couldn't have survived another week without an official reason to be cleaned.
If your home is ready for some new art work, attend the Shipley's Choice Elementary School benefit art show and auction this Saturday at the Chartwell Country Club.
Featuring original oils, watercolors, sculptures, enamels and other graphics from the Heisman Fine Arts Gallery, the preview begins at 6:30 p.m., the auction at 8 p.m.
The $15 admission price includes hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Information: 987-5958.
Help the American Cancer Society by supporting its 17th annual volleyball marathon tomorrow from 6 p.m. to midnight, and Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. at Anne Arundel Community College.
There are two ways to help: organize a team or pledge support for players.
For information, contact Brian Brooks at 437-8563.
Spring can be the season for intellectual renewal. Registration for the third term at Anne Arundel Community College continues until April 2, with late registration extending through April 6.
The college will be closed for spring break next week.
The third term begins April 4 and includes 43 accelerated credit courses, telecourses and five weekend courses of varying lengths.
* Real estate professionals, who have until the end of April to earn credits for license renewal, can sign up for the community college's marathon week -- Monday through March 25 -- for 3- , 6- and 12-hour courses at Arundel Center North in Glen Burnie.
The Old Mill High School Band Boosters will conduct a spring craft show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 27.
More than 114 artisans will participate. Food will be for sale, too.
Proceeds will benefit the band and orchestra's spring competition in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Information: 760-5067.
Robins may just be arriving, but the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce is already planning its annual Fourth of July Parade.
The 1994 theme is "Twenty Years of Grand Tradition," in recognition of the two decades of community parades.
For applications and more information, contact Pat Troy or Diana Patterson at 647-8402 or Linda Zahn at 987-6625.
* The chamber has welcomed these new members: Homestead Mortgage, Chesapeake Hearing Centers, 2nd Thoughts, F. Scott Jay & Co., Ceal Rath Photography, International House of Pancakes, Liberty Mutual Insurance and the Equitable Life Assurance Society.
Archbishop Spalding High School's spring musical, "The Sound of Music," is set for 7:30 p.m. March 25 and 26 and 2 p.m. March 27.
Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for students, now and at the door. Call 969-9105.
* Each year, Spalding presents full scholarships to two freshmen. Anna Swartwood, daughter of Dan and Linda Swartwood, and Stacey Conrad, daughter of Bill and Sandy Conrad, are the 1994 winners.
Four students were awarded half-tuition scholarships: Jason King, son of John and Jamie King; Maria Piazzola, daughter of Nicholas and Deirdre Piazzola; David Sayre, son of Bruce and Valerie Sayre; and Beth Pryor, daughter of Dan and Tish Pryor.
Nicole Costa, daughter of Nicholas and Sandy Costa, won the school's annual music scholarship.