Annual turtle derby will give children reason to cheer

NEIGHBORS

August 05, 1994|By PEG ADAMARCZYK

On your mark, get set . . . go slow.

Amphibian racing at its finest will return to the parking lot at Riviera Beach Library on Saturday at the annual turtle derby.

The race, which begins at 10 a.m., is open to children of all ages and turtles of all kinds. Owner/trainers can call the branch or stop in to register any time before post time. The competition will include 10 heats and a championship race.

Last year, 90 lean green racing machines competed in what has become a tradition for local kids over the past 15 years.

"We stress that this is a fun event, more than a competitive event," said Peter England, library associate and race organizer. "Everyone gets a ribbon."

The race is part of the county public library's Summer Reading Program that ends on Aug. 20. Library officials estimate that approximately 10,000 county children have participated in the program this summer.

Information: Riviera Beach Library, 222-6285.

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The Chesterfield Homeowners Association is gearing up for its annual community picnic at the Crystal Palace pool and common area.

The event will be from noon to 8 p.m. on Aug. 13. Tickets are $5 for adults with reduced prices for kids 3 to 16 years old. Youngsters 2 and under are free. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Contests, prizes, games for the kids, horseshoe pitching, volleyball, hamburgers, hot dogs, beer and sodas will be featured. A disk jockey from WANN in Annapolis will provide the tunes.

For tickets, call 437-9635, or 437-1218.

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The Pasadena Sportfishing Group will have its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Orchard Beach fire hall, 7549 Solley Road.

Bob Spore and Charles Reichert, local charter boat captains, will discuss fishing techniques and offer tips to anglers.

Anglers can register at the meeting for the white perch fishing contest and party scheduled on Aug. 20 at the Pasadena Boatel. The event will feature cash prizes for the five longest white perch landed, a $50 prize for the largest catfish, and $50 (plus a manicure) for the largest toad fish entered by a female. The $10 entry fee includes the contest and party.

The post-contest party starts at 12:30 p.m. and will feature hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, beer and sodas. Nonfishing family members may attend the party for $5 each. Children 10 and under can attend for free.

Membership in the PSA is free and open to the public. No dues are charged.

Tickets for door prizes and a 50/50 raffle will be sold. Food and refreshments, sold by Orchard Beach Volunteer Fire Company, will be available.

Information: George Bentz, 255-3678.

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The Lake Shore Democratic Club will have parties from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and Aug. 21 at the clubhouse, 236 Maryland Ave.

Admission is $8 per person and includes a hot platter, beer, soda, chips, pretzels and coffee. This Sunday, music will be provided by the Coachmen.

The club will have its summer fund-raiser from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Aug. 28. Tickets are $10 and include a shrimp platter, snacks and refreshments.

Reservations: Bud Sturm, 789-4830.

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The final Kids Fishing Contest at Downs Park is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on Aug. 13.

Sponsored by the Pasadena Sportfishing Group, the contest will feature a variety of prizes.

Children must bring their own fishing equipment and must bring along a parent or guardian. Registration may be made in person or by phone. There is no fee to enter, but the usual $4 gate fee will apply.

& To register: 222-6230.

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