Shake those blahs with a January class

NEIGHBORS

January 06, 1995|By PEG ADAMARCZYK

Post-holiday blues got you down? Need to lose some extra pounds acquired celebrating the season? Or maybe this year's resolutions include tearing your family away from the tube before they succumb to the confusion caused by the great switcheroo of '95?

Why not peruse the winter-spring program guide from the county Department of Recreation and Parks that hit area households this week. Many popular classes have returned, and a few new offerings have been added.

The guide lists all county programs, including aquatics programming at the Arundel Swim Center, and class registration forms. Additional copies are available at county libraries or from the Recreations and Parks office. For more details, call 222-7313.

Adults can sign up for fat-burning aerobics classes at Northeast High School, join a co-ed, recreational volleyball program at Riviera Beach Elementary or learn the Watermelon Crawl, the Sweetheart Schottische, and the Tush Push solo or with a partner at Beginner Country Line Dance classes at Pasadena Elementary and Bodkin Elementary.

New this year in the dance department is the County Line Dance II class, featuring some of the most requested line dances, such as Kickin' the Blues, Dance Ranch Romp, Double Time Chesterfield.

Younger members of your clan can become a gymnastic "Munchin-In-Motion" at classes at Riviera Beach Elementary or maybe enroll in beginning gymnastics classes at Bodkin and Riviera Beach elementaries. Budding adolescent models can learn the basics at a beginner modeling class at Chesapeake Bay Middle School.

Free after-school activities -- a big hit with kids and parents -- are set to begin in the next few weeks at High Point, Lake Shore and Bodkin elementaries.

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Another popular freebie for families is the annual return of the Parker Playhouse performers to the stage at Chesapeake High School on Feb. 11. Performances are at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Tickets are free, but reservations must be made in advance.

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Lake Shore Girls Softball will conduct registration for this season from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday in January at Lake Shore Elementary, 4531 Mountain Road.

The program is open to girls ages 5 through 18.

Registration fee is $40 per child, with family discounts available.

Group spokesman Steve Morgan has issued a call for volunteer intramural coaches.

"We are really in need of coaches for younger-aged teams," he explained.

"We offer help to new coaches and the chance to attend a coaches' clinic at Catonsville Community College to help them," he added.

If you can help Steve, give him a call at 360-9710.

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The Pasadena Sportfishing Group will have its first meeting of the new year at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Orchard Beach fire hall on Solley Road.

This month's speakers are Dr. Alan Sokoloff and Dr. Larry Plotkin from the Yalich Clinic, who will present a program on avoiding back and neck injuries anglers suffer as they lift equipment, launch the boat or land "the big one."

An auction of fishing and boating items will follow the presentation. Tickets for door prizes and 50/50 raffle tickets will be on sale.

Membership in the PSG is free and open to all fishermen.

Members and friends can swap fishing magazines, and Loran readings will be logged in the Locator Book each month.

Dinner platters and other refreshments will be available starting at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Orchard Beach Volunteer Fire Company.

For more details, call George Bentz, 255-3678.

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The Chesapeake Christian Center, 7975 Tick Neck Road, has announced its schedule of January activities.

Beginning this Sunday, the church will offer Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. for all ages. Adults can participate in two separate classes: "Mosaic Law and New Testament Counterpart," taught by David Bjornstad, and "An Inside Look at the Life of Christ," taught by Sherlie Hale.

A family training hour is held on Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. An adult Bible study series, "Spirit Wars," will be led by the Rev. Glen Morris, starting Jan. 11.

* A blessing room, featuring free clothing for men, women and children, is open from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday. Donations of used clothing is also accepted.

For more information, call the church office, 255-3168.

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Catholics estranged from the church because of divorce, conflict or uncertainties about church teachings are invited to join "Welcome Home 1995" at St. Jane Frances Parish rectory, 8499 Virginia Ave.

The program will be from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on four consecutive Tuesdays, starting Jan. 17.

For more details, call 255-4646.

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Add a little Florida sunshine to your dining table by placing an order with the East Anne Arundel Lions Club.

The group is taking orders for Honey-Bell oranges, tangerines and pink grapefruits to help raise money for community projects.

Orders must be placed by Jan. 14. Pickup is scheduled for Jan. 21 at Community United Methodist Church, 8680 Fort Smallwood Road.

To place an order, call 255-7202, 255-0076, or 255-1783.

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