Going back to school can be as exciting as Christmas



Hurrah! Schools are opening once again. However, who is really doing the celebrating?

You might think parents, but most parents you chat with are glad they had time off from school projects, homework, practices, etc. Still, trying to entertain not one, but possibly two or more kids during a summer school break can make the school routine look easy.

Teachers were glad for the time off to venture down new avenues, go on wild and exciting vacations, seek out new careers. But most say they love their jobs and are ready to go back.

Children, however, can't believe it's time to go back. You've seen them running through the malls, looking for new book bags, lunch boxes and clothes in preparation for the first day of school, the most exciting day in the year equal only to Christmas.


There has been talk of year-round school, and now there is year-round girls' softball. Being parents of girls that play softball, we've both had a solid season of competition. Falling short of reaching the nationals, our girls saw a level of play new and challenging to their young eyes. In all the games they won or lost, it was "pitching" that pulled the winning team through.

After watching a 14-and-under team from California play and win, and realizing the name of the game is "year-round," we started looking for year-round pitching clinics. We found one in our own back yard.

The Anne Arundel County Softball Clinicians will hold their outdoor fast-pitch softball pitching clinics from noon until 2 p.m., beginning Sept. 10 behind Brooklyn Park/Lindale Middle School on Hammonds Lane.

The first week will be a refresher course for beginners only. Starting Sept. 17, the clinic will be open to everyone. The clinics are scheduled for every Saturday until the end of November. No registration is necessary. As in the past, donations will be accepted and used for future clinics. Participants should bring a ball, glove and someone to play catcher.

For more information, call 789-5744, 255-5744 or 969-5628.


Have you ever made a wish and it came true? The Meridian Nursing Center, 613 Hammonds Lane in Brooklyn Park, will give you a chance to make a wish for a good cause.

A wishing well has been placed in its front lobby for those wanting to donate change or checks to the Alzheimer's Association. There will be a walk- and wheel-a-thon at 10 a.m. Sept. 27 to benefit the association. Sponsor sheets are available. Check points and a finish line will highlight the race, and refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 636-3400.


The next infant and Child CPR & Safety course at Harbor `D Hospital Center is set to run from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sept. 11.

Instructors certified by the American Heart Association will teach parents the basics of resuscitating infants and children who have gone into cardiac or respiratory arrest. Practice and demonstration on mannequins is part of the program. Parents also learn how to remove objects from the windpipe of a child in event of choking.

Home safety and poison control guidelines and other material will be provided.

Space is limited, and registration is required.

The $15 per-person fee covers demonstration and education materials.

For more information, call 347-2563.


Brooklyn United Methodist Church members had such a successful 125th anniversary celebration last year, they are incorporating "Homecoming Sunday" into their yearly schedule and will hold it on or near the anniversary date.

This year's celebration will be held during Homecoming Sunday, Oct. 9.

Members are asked to invite neighbors, friends and former members to the service.

The church is at 401 Pontiac Ave. For more information, call 355-8740.


The Arundel Improvement Association will present a Meet The Candidates Forum at the monthly meeting at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the association hall, 705 Cross St.

Members are asked to bring friends and neighbors to meet the candidates.

Candidates for state Senate and House of Delegates will introduce themselves at 8 p.m. Candidates for sheriff, County Council, judge of Orphans Court, registrar of wills, clerk of Circuit Court and state's attorney will begin introductions at 8:30 p.m. County Executive candidates will start at 9 p.m.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 789-2192.

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