The final countdown to fall: school opens Monday. And there is wailing and gnashing of teeth. There also is the sigh of relief from parents. The 10 weeks of unstructured time fade away, all summer's ease soon to go. Well, maybe summer's ease for some of us. For others, it's been a nonstop frantic race.
It seems I've spent my summer ferrying family to airports. There are six of us, ages 2 to 39. That's a broad age and interest range. Our extended families live 200, 600 and 3,000 miles away, no two in the same direction. Summer is the only time we get to see everyone. And we do go see everyone.
By September, I'm wishing I'd been an orphan, a trucker or a paratrooper: I'd either have no family, love long-distance driving or could bypass airports by floating down upon my relatives from the sky.
So I greet September with glee: no more long-distance driving, no airport shuttles, no harried packing. With a little luck, I won't miss my family for months.
Until Christmas break, of course, when we do this again.
Monday is the last day to enter the registration lottery for the Savage Branch Library's "Time for Us" program for 2-year-olds and parent. Obviously it's a very popular program. The five-week activity and story sessions begin Sept. 12 and run through Oct. 17.
There are two offerings of the programs, on Mondays or Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Pick up the lottery form at the Savage branch, or call Laura Lunking, children's librarian, at 880-5978 for more details.
Sharon Lane Marshall left the corporate world of Systems Analysis last year to pursue the American Dream: she's now her own boss. She provides small businesses with such services as bookkeeping, marketing, designs and more. And she is now forming Sisters Doing For Ourselves, an organization for women who are forming or have their own businesses.
The group's purpose is to provide support, share resource information, develop networking opportunities to women striking out on their own. SDIFO is still in the charter phase and actively seeking new members.
Call her at (301) 317-9651 for details about the organization and the meeting place.
The Ladies' Auxiliary of the Savage Volunteer Fire Company sponsors a Grandparents' breakfast Sunday, Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the fire company's Social Hall, 8925 Lincoln St., Savage. There'll be mountains of bacon, oodles of eggs, acres of pancakes and fields of spiced apples, all circled by rivers of orange juice and coffee. It's a culinary landscape to linger in long.
As always, the proceeds benefit the firefighting unit. So, pack up Grandma and Grandpa for a real country breakfast they don't have to cook. Breakfast is $5 for adults, $2.50 for 6- to 12-year-olds, and free for preschoolers.
The Drama Learning Center in Jessup begins classes in elementary drama production Sept. 17 for second- through fifth-graders. After the 10-week course, the students will perform in "The Sound of Music." For more information about this class, call the Department of Parks and Recreation at 313-2762.
The Patuxent Valley Middle School PTA Executive Board for the 1994-95 year includes Claire Hafets as president, Sue Schaffer and Annie Foster as vice president, Bob Burnett as treasurer, Gail Schruefer and Trona Vollmerhausen as secretaries and Linda Alexander and Jackie Lashinsky as PTA Council delegates. Libby Killo is in charge of the newsletter. Sue Tyng is in charge of hospitality. Keith Scarborough is responsible for cultural arts; Amanda Lingon, ways and means; Francine Hunt, parent volunteer; Tina Wiles, programs; Amy Goodman, citizen's advisory; and Jackie Middleton, Black Student Achievement Program.
Patuxent Valley Middle School is both lucky and honored to have so many dedicated parents volunteer their time for the school and the students. Thank you already for your efforts and involvement.
It's the pajama game! The Savage Branch Library holds "Drop-In Story Time" for preschoolers from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6. Due to the slightly late hour, the children are permitted to come in their p.j.'s to the sessions, making putting the little darlings to bed easier that night.
There's no registration required, just show up and look for other children in nightgowns and sleepers. Call the Savage branch at 880-7859 for details and directions.
Hidden Stables Equine Rescue Facility is looking for an animal lover with persistence. They need a volunteers to write grant proposals. The job requires some experience, as writing for grants is an arcane field. If you've done this before and love horses, call the facility at (301) 490-3558 and talk to either Dwight Jones or Jackie Hill.