Random kindness really does happen

NEIGHBORS

August 01, 1994|By LYN BACKE

As one who chooses not to sport bumper stickers, I still read them, and my favorite these days is the wonderful challenge to "Practice random acts of kindness."

In a period when the news is too often inconceivably bad, I'm happy to give a few kudos for random acts of kindness to me and mine -- all anonymous -- each very special.

My first thank you is to the Homewood area policeman, whose name I neglected to get, who at 10:30 one recent Friday night noticed an open door on our van parked in the driveway; I'd guess he'd seen it in several passes by. He came to the door to see that we were all right, and offered to close it. (We were fine, and glad to be notified of our oversight.) It was a gesture that made us feel good about living where we do.

And blessings to the man who had just parked on King George Street last Wednesday, and was not in too much of a hurry to notice that I was despairing of even trying to get the hips of my car into the space that was left. He came back, unlocked his car, and moved it back a foot or so . . . plenty for me to get out of the way of the many cars backed up behind me.

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If you've ever made a sand castle, or giggled over the sensuous frivolity of finger-painting, or roughed out your garden and seen it bloom, you know the wonderful feeling of creativity: "This is me, this is what I did."

In many ways, the act of creating a painting or a collage opens new worlds of discovery. The Providence Art Institute encourages this learning for people with developmental disabilities, and we can all help them do it.

The institute needs paint brushes; oil, acrylic, and water paints; papers, pencils, canvases and easels, and many other arts and craft supplies. They also need volunteers to teach art classes at various times Tuesday through Friday, and to lead dance and drama classes.

To share the "stuff" of your own enjoyment of creativity, or to volunteer your time, call Mike Patton at 224-5662.

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Speaking of arts and crafts, Eastport Methodist Church will hold its annual peach festival and arts and crafts show Saturday.

The show is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the peach festival dinner is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Children will enjoy pony rides and a visit from a purple dinosaur. . . . I wonder which one?

The church is at 926 Bay Ridge Ave.

For more information about participating as a craftsperson, call 643-4250.

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After a peachy afternoon in Eastport, go for a nautical afternoon on Sunday, watching the sixth annual Chesapeake 20 Regatta at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum in Shady Side.

The approximately two-hour race will begin at 1 p.m. Racers will come ashore at the museum dock at the conclusion.

The one-design Chesapeake 20 was designed by Capt. Dick Hartge in the 1930s, specifically for the waters of the West River. Not many of the wooden boats remain. Randy Watson and his Starlight were the winners last year.

There is no admission to watch the race.

Take your lawn chair and make yourself comfortable. There is a charge for the following dinner, where trophies will be awarded.

The dinner is the bargain of the summer: $5 for sloppy joes, salad, watermelon, drinks, and fine camaraderie. For more detail, call Mavis Daley at (301) 261-5234.

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Also in South County: this weekend is the inaugural production of the South County Community Theatre, which treads the boards with "Oliver," Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 o'clock.

Call Southern High School for ticket information: 301-261-5524.

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Women from 21 to 45 years of age are invited to the Junior League of Annapolis Information Open House from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday.

The Junior League is committed to promoting voluntarism and to improving the community through the leadership of trained volunteers. A fair commitment of time is involved in membership, but the rewards reach far beyond the immediate community projects each new-member class participates in.

The open house is at Loew's Annapolis Hotel on Thursday. For more information, call Barbara Interlandi at 544-6199, or Marian Kaufman at 626-8791.

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How is your group going to take advantage of these last two months of summer (parents get an extra month when the kids are back in school)?

Give me a call at 626-0273 and let me help you share the information.

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