YMCA of Annapolis-Arundel to open new facility this weekend

NEIGHBORS

April 21, 1994|By JONI GUHNE

The YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County will celebrate the grand opening of its new facility next to the Arnold Post Office on Ritchie Highway from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The highlight of the two-day celebration is a book and author fair with 30 local literary notables signing autographs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. There will be authors of books for adults and children. The fair is co-sponsored by Barnes and Noble and Anne Arundel Community College (10 percent of each book sale will be donated to the YWCA).

The YWCA has planned dozens of activities, including a tennis clinic with former U.S. Naval Academy champion and U.S. pro Craig Dawson from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and from and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, and hands-on activities from Chesapeake Children's Museum, including Scales and Tales, Touch Tank and Science Wizards Inc.

Making guest appearances will be Barney and Baby Bop, author Norman Bridwell's Clifford the Big Red Dog, and the DNR's Panda. Child care will be available.

The handsome brick facility, completed this winter, was designed with the present and future in mind. Currently, it is headquarters for the Y's administrative offices and the Parenting Center, once located in Severna Park at the Northeast Area Y.

The familiar YWCA Corner Gift Shop, a landmark for years on State Circle in Annapolis, has been relocated in Arnold. The Women's Center, formerly on Duke of Gloucester Street, also has moved to Arnold, but has retained an office in Annapolis.

Regular hours for the Arnold offices and gift shop are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call (410) 626-7800.

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Renee Peneski, director of the Northeast Area YWCA (which often is referred to as the Severna Park Y), wants us to know that the Y on Cypress Creek Road is alive and well and functioning as always. Contact her at 647-1500.

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Jodie Unger is completing her first year at Towson State University on the dean's list. Her 4.0 grade point average is the same as the one she maintained for two years at Anne Arundel Community College.

But her straight A's are being earned the hard way. The wife of Clayton Unger and mother of 2 boys, Mason, 11 and Wyatt, 8, this full-time student travels every day from her home in Crownsville to the Towson campus where she studies to earn a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy, a program that accepts only 32 students annually and often is compared in its difficulty to pre-med.

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We're not getting older, we're just getting lucky. Every Monday, a 20 percent discount is offered to folks over 55 on all purchases at the Discovery Shop in DiDonato Plaza. This Saturday, Deborah Topp, a BeautiControl Image consultant, will be at the shop to give free skin condition analyses by appointment.

The shop is sponsored by the American Cancer Society, and all proceeds support cancer research, patient care and public education. Call 544-0568.

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Hospice of the Chesapeake knows how difficult it can be for a teen-ager to have a friend or family member suffering from a life-threatening illness.

To escape these worries and share concerns with peers, a free Kids and Teens Retreat is planned from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 21 at the Annapolis Swim Center on Riva Road.

Children will be placed in appropriate age groups. Lunch is provided. Reservations should be made by Monday, May 16.

Hospice of the Chesapeake has also planned a support group for grieving teens. For 15- to 18-year-olds, the Wednesday group will meet from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. beginning May 11 and concluding June 22.

For information on either group, contact Betty Asplund at 987-2129.

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