Just about everyone you talk to these days has had a bout with the flu and can't seem to completely shake it.
Working parents are hit especially hard when their children get sick, but they usually get by with the creative sharing of nursing responsibilities. You know the routine: "You take the a.m., I'll take the p.m."
But what happens when both of you have to be at work?
Harbor Hospital Center's child day-care service has made dropping off a sick child more convenient by moving to the hospital's first floor. This service, which started seven years ago, is available weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The program accepts children of all ages. Staff members tailor activities to a child's age and sickness, and isolation rooms are available for children with chicken pox or other communicable diseases.
A registered nurse is there to administer prescription drugs provided by parents. Parents are asked to notify the day-care service
one hour in advance before bringing their child in.
The cost is $4 per hour. Snacks and beverages are free, and meals are provided to each child for an additional fee.
For more information, call 347-3243.
The Andover Apaches Girls Lacrosse Program is looking for players between the ages of 8 and 15.
Registration is $30 per girl and will take place at the Linthicum Library, 200 Shipley Road. Program veterans can sign up from 9:30 a.m. until noon Saturday, and 9:30 a.m. until noon Feb. 4 has been set aside for newcomers.
Practice will take place on the Andover Road fields beginning in March. Games will be played during April and May.
Information: George Sauble at 859-1632.
The Belle Grove Elementary School PTA is taking orders for school T-shirts, sweat shirts, sweat pants and hats.
All prepaid orders must be returned to school by Feb. 1. Checks should be made out to Belle Grove Elementary School PTA.
First-semester examinations for North County High School students are scheduled for tomorrow through Thursday.
Students will be dismissed at 11:55 a.m. on each of these days. There will be no lunch period, but students will be allowed to bring a snack to their second scheduled exam each day. Attendance at school is essential during exam days.
* The PTSA Executive Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow in the conference room.
A reminder: All county public schools will be closed Friday and Jan. 30 for teacher workdays.
The Arundel Improvement Association elected Carole Egge to head its board and Doug Cash to the Board of Education Nominating Committee.
Any community member interested in being an alternate for the nominating committee is asked to call 789-2192.
* The Community Advocates for Senior Opportunities and Services will sponsor a mini-van trip to the Annapolis Mall on Friday. The van will leave the AIA hall, 705 Cross St., at 9:30 a.m.
After a busy day of shopping, a lunch break will be taken at the Red Lobster in Annapolis. To reserve a seat for the trip, call Helen Cashen, 789-2972.
* The community advocates group also is sponsoring a trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show March 11. Ticket price is $34.50, and covers transportation and admission to the show.
Information: Frances Jones after 2 p.m. at 789-2192.
The county Department of Recreation and Parks is offering a free arts and crafts program to elementary school children at Brooklyn Park Elementary School, 200 14th Ave.
Supplies and materials are provided. Classes for children in kindergarten through third grade will take place from 3:20 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 31; students in grades four through six will meet from 3:20 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Feb. 2.
* Don't forget, if you signed up for the Step Training Class at Belle Grove Elementary School, classes begin tonight at 7.