Outdoor events, urge to clean mark start of spring

NEIGHBORS

April 04, 1994|By LYN BACKE

For the first time in years, I greet the primordial urge to "spring clean" without a shudder. It has to do with not having been in our house long enough for it to get really scuzzy and with having had "help" come in every two weeks for a few months.

It also has a lot to do with the painter who said "I can start tomorrow" to finish the woodwork painting we didn't get done before we moved in. I didn't have time to check all the baseboards and window sills, so I'm assuming: a) he dusted them or b) textured baseboards are "in."

A word of advice for those whose painter says "I can start tomorrow": make sure the painter says it early in a week when your spouse is away on business and has the 85-pound dog with him/her. Living with all the furniture in the middle of every room for three days is much easier when you're alone!

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The Radiological Sciences Department of Anne Arundel Medical Center joined select facilities nationwide when it received a full three-year accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR).

The accreditation includes the Medical Center radiology department, the Anne Arundel Diagnostics offices in Annapolis, Arnold and Crofton, and the Anne Arundel Magnetic Resonance Imaging facility in Annapolis.

Fewer than 10 percent of the radiology facilities in the United States have ACR accreditation. The mammography program at Anne Arundel Medical Center has been accredited since 1988. The Radiation Oncology portion of the Radiological Sciences department has held ACR accreditation since 1991.

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It's not just sap rising in trees these days or spring cleaning urges; everyone feels a need to get out and to enjoy the sun.

There are a couple of worthwhile ways to focus that spring energy: the MS Walk and Cycle Across Maryland's fifth annual CAM Bike Rally.

* The MS Walk in Annapolis on Sunday is a major fund-raiser for the area chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Up to 700 people are expected for the 15K ramble through Annapolis, which begins and ends at the Louis L. Goldstein Treasury Building on Calvert Street. Registration begins at 8 a.m., rain or shine. There will be rest stops along the way, snacks and lunch at the finish.

Participants are expected to garner pledges of support for the ground they cover; T-shirts will be awarded to those bringing in pledges of $75, with other prizes available for higher pledges.

There should be little disruption of traffic in town, since walkers are asked to stay on the sidewalks and comply with ordinary traffic and safety regulations. Calvert Street, however, will be closed to vehicular traffic from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. For additional information on the MS Walk, call 987-3902.

* Cycle Across Maryland (CAM) is a nonprofit organization that promotes cycling safety and cycling as recreation. The 5th annual CAM Bike Rally will be based at Southern Middle School in Harwood April 16. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

Featured this year are workshops on how to pack for overnight cycle trips, how to train, an endurance training workshop for athletes with disabilities, and practical workshops on "The 10-Minute Bike Mechanic" and "Fix a Flat Fast."

Rides of 15, 25, and 45 miles will be led by experienced riders throughout the day, enabling participants to attend the workshops of their choice and ride as well.

For further information, call 653-8288.

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Years ago I lived in a house on a hill, one side of which had been planted two generations before in daffodils. It set a standard for spring beauty that I have rarely seen surpassed.

I expect it, though, to be surpassed this weekend, with the 14th Annual Daffodil Show at London Town Publik House and Gardens. More than 300 varieties of daffodils will be displayed in single stem vases and floral arrangements.

Hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free for London Town Foundation members, $6 for other adults, and $4 for Senior Citizens and children 6-18.

For more information, call 222-1919.

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Congratulations to the Junior League of Annapolis, which raised over $33,000 with its 14th Annual Carousel sale of used household goods, toys and clothing.

The well-established tradition attracts bargain hunters from as far away as Pennsylvania and Delaware, and early birds who are in line by 6 a.m. for a 9 a.m. opening.

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