Warmer weather can bring dressing-room despair to shoppers

NEIGHBORS

March 15, 1995|By BONITA FORMWALT

"Well, what do you think?" she asked doubtfully as she exited the dressing room.

My friend and I had arrived at the mall determined not to leave without one "kicky" new outfit to welcome warmer weather. Six hours later a note of desperation was threatening to spoil the mood.

"Pink is this spring's happening color," the sales clerk, who seemed 14, assured us as she glanced repeatedly at her watch. "It compliments every skin tone."

Perhaps, but standing in the store covered in pink and illuminated by the unforgiving glare of fluorescent lighting my friend looked like a large bottle of Pepto-Bismol -- with feet.

"When did this happen? When did shopping become some nightmare?" she whispered.

I believe it probably was about the same time we began to subscribe to the "elastic waistbands are my friend" fashion theory. Or perhaps it was when we decided the rearview mirror of the car offered the only true reflection of our image.

We stared forlornly into space until the sales girl uttered the phrase that would make the pink knitwear suddenly appealing: "Would you like to look at bathing suits?"

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Music, dance, drawings, sculptures -- Marley Middle School will celebrate the creative arts with a festival Tuesday in the school's media center. This is the first of what organizers hope will become an annual event.

The festival will begin with an exhibit of student work from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. At 7 p.m., it will turn into "an extravaganza of art," according to art teacher and coordinator Peggy Galloway, with the addition of several dance and musical presentations.

The exhibit will include artwork from less traditional sources, including pillows made by home economic classes and clocks crafted by technical education students.

Evening performances by the school dance company, instrumental ensembles, and piano and vocal soloists will add another dimension to the artwork.

"The students need to realize there is a connection between all of the arts," Ms. Galloway said. "We also want them to become aware of the other students' work. They do great work, and we want to encourage them."

A brief PTA meeting will precede the festival.

For additional information call the school office at 761-0934.

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Tickets still are available for the 33rd anniversary dinner of the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society on March 24 at the Rose Restaurant in Linthicum. The social hour begins at 6 p.m., with dinner served at 7 p.m.

"Pickers & Packers -- Industry & Our Cultural Heritage" will be the topic of a speech by Dennis M. Zembala, executive director of the Baltimore Museum of Industry.

"Many of the farmers in North County took their produce to canneries in Baltimore," explained Mark Shatz, vice president of the historical society.

Admission is $25 per person. The menu includes a choice of broiled crab cakes or prime rib of beef.

Proceeds from the dinner will benefit local projects at the Kuethe Library in Glen Burnie and the Benson-Hammond House in Linthicum.

Reservations must be made by Friday. For ticket information, call 768-9518 or 787-8211.

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It will be the wearing of the green when the Church of the Good Shepherd has a St. Patrick's Dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday in the church hall, 1451 Furnace Ave.

The $10 admission includes a dinner of ham and cabbage, beer and set-ups.

In addition to dancing to the music by disc jockey Kenny Favorite, guests can test the luck of the Irish with a cake wheel and a raffle for a handmade afghan.

For information, call 766-0330 or 766-1102.

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Eight members of the Glen Burnie Senior High Dance Company will represent their school in a performance at the North County Dance Festival at 7 p.m. tomorrow at North County High.

The company also has been invited to perform Friday at the University of Maryland High School Dance Showcase. This is the sixth consecutive year Glen Burnie students have been invited to participate, the only school in the state given that honor.

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Members of Another Baltimore Computer Users Group will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the North County Library.

The club is open to anyone interested in learning more about the C64, Amiga, MS-DOS Windows and Macintosh computers.

For information, call Pat Anthony at 760-2047.

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County Councilman James "Ed" Degrange will be the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the District 32 Democratic Club at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Ferndale Volunteer Fire Hall.

The meeting is at 7 p.m.

For information on the meeting or club membership, call Evelyn Kellner at 969-9325 or Valerie Serio at 850-0470.

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