This week is time to strengthen family

NEIGHBORS

May 02, 1994|By CINDY PARR

As we welcome the first week of May, we should take time to recognize a unit that serves as the backbone of our society, community and home -- the family. This week, we celebrate National Family Week.

What is more deserving of our attention?

There are times when we get caught up in our daily routines, which include not only caring for our family but juggling relationships, jobs and extracurricular activities.

Many parents and children will say there is so little time to do so much. Family time is usually the first thing to go when something gets booted from the schedule.

Sandy Rappeport, district director for Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland in Carroll County, says, "Our families are something that we probably take for granted as we get swept up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It's important that we do things together as a family."

Ms. Rappeport said our foundation is our families and where we begin to learn the fundamentals of living responsibly.

"Our families are the basic socialization unit for our entire society," Ms. Rappeport said. "This is where we teach children how to function productively, and our family is where we go to feel safe and connected."

It can be a difficult task taking time to be together, especially in families in which children are in middle school or high school. At this age, parents must schedule family time around their children's school and social activities, which focus on interaction with friends their age.

It's even more difficult in families that have grown children out on their own.

It's important for families to make the effort and plan time together.

Ms. Rappeport makes several suggestions for family time during warm weather.

"With the nice weather, families can plan to go on a picnic together with just the immediate members," Ms. Rappeport said.

"You can pick a project like planting a garden or bathing a pet. Bike riding together or going to a sporting event are also good ideas."

She stressed the importance of keeping family relationships honest and focusing on positive aspects of the family unit: "Focus on what is working in the family, rather than what is not working. Do not focus on the problems."

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At 7:30 p.m. Friday, the Carroll County Arts Council will present its annual Young Musicians Concert at the Church of the Ascension in Westminster.

Nearly 20 local musicians will participate in the concert.

Admission is free. Information: 848-7272.

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The fourth annual Handbell Conference will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday at West Middle School in Westminster.

Handbell choirs from Carroll, Frederick, Howard and Baltimore counties will present an evening of musical magic for the public.

There is no charge for the concert, but donations will be accepted at the door.

Information: 848-2473.

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A public auction will take place at the Carroll County Ag Center in Westminster Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

Numerous items will be auctioned during the day. All proceeds will benefit the Church of the Brethren Disaster Response Fund.

Handmade quilts, comforters, afghans, quilted wall hangings, quilted pillow shams, crafts, baked goods, folk art, antiques, tools and other items will highlight the event.

The general items auction will be at 9:30 a.m. The quilt auction will begin at 12:15 p.m.

For early risers, breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. Homemade pies, doughnuts, soups, funnel cakes and pork barbecue will be available for lunch and during the auction.

Child care will be provided during the auction.

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The Farm Museum will open Saturday for weekend visitors to tour the grounds and see the exhibits at the Carroll County attraction.

Saturday and Sunday museum hours are noon to 5 p.m. The weekend hours at the Farm Museum will remain in effect through Oct. 30.

Information: 876-2667 or 848-7775.

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Sandymount Elementary School will hold its annual Super Saturday celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The school is on Old Westminster Pike in Finksburg.

Food, prizes and games will be available. Other highlights will include a bake table, a raffle for Baltimore Orioles tickets and a cake auction.

Super Saturday is a fund-raiser sponsored by the school's PTA.

Information: 848-6585.

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