Mother Nature again taunts us with her jokes

NEIGHBORS

October 13, 1994|By JONI GUHNE

Mother Nature is such an entertainer.

In July, she brought us daily onslaughts of thunder, lightning and torrential rain. In August, mushroom colonies sprang from the dampness, marched across our lawns, multiplied beneath the shade trees.

Her latest practical joke is crickets. They hide under anything we are likely to move, spring belligerently in our direction, and sing their insect song just out of range of our swinging fly swatters.

Not to worry. Mother Nature, with her warped sense of humor, will soon move on to her next trick: frost.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. One in nine American women will develop this disease. Early detection provides the best hope for recovery.

The American Cancer Society recommends monthly examinations, regular doctor visits and regular mammograms. Information: (410) 721-4304.

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Severna Park Newcomers Club would like you to discover a roomful of bargain fashions, gifts and accessories at its Fall Fashion Show and Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday at Chartwell Country Club. The merchandise is provided by shops in the Chesapeake Village Outlet Center.

Tickets are $12. Nonmembers are welcome. Deadline for reservations is tomorrow. Call (410) 315-9817.

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On Oct. 20, the Severn Town Club presents its 17th annual Fall Fashion Show at the Bay Ridge Inn in Annapolis. The event begins with a cash bar from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by lunch.

Woodies will provide the fashions, the club will provide the models.

Proceeds will be used for the club's community projects. Tickets are $20 and may be ordered by calling 647-4909.

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"The Brady Bunch," one of TV's prime camp comedies, will be spoofed by one of its own at Anne Arundel Community College.

Barry Williams, who was Greg on the show, brings his multimedia comic lecture/performance to the Pascal Center for Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 20.

Admission if free. For more information, call 541-2218.

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Hospice of the Chesapeake offers a retreat for children ages 6 to 18 who have a family member or friend with a life-threatening illness.

The retreat, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 29, will be held at the Annapolis Swim Center on Riva Road. Lunch will be provided.

Reservations are needed, so call Betty Asplund at 987-2129.

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Hospice of the Chesapeake also offers two Primary Care Giver Support Groups for anyone caring for a sick or terminally ill loved one. The groups meet from 11 a.m. to noon on the first and third Fridays of the month at the Millersville office. For more information, call 987-2129.

Hospice of the Chesapeake thanks the Chartwell Country Club for its $8,250 donation. The money was raised at the club's annual charity golf tournament.

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