Holy Trinity Catholic Church to sponsor blood drive Sunday

NEIGHBORS

January 31, 1996|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

AREN'T YOU going to answer that?" my friend asked as my phone rang.

Puzzled, I stared at her. Why would I answer the phone? It couldn't possibly be for me because TEEN-AGERS LIVE AT MY HOUSE.

"Yes, I'm aware your sons are both teen-agers, but what does that have to do with the phone?" she asked.

Spoken like the mother of elementary-age children, I thought.

"This is your home, too. Monopolizing the phone does not show respect for others," she chided.

As she droned on I shuddered. My own words had returned to haunt me: Parents of teens simply need to exert control. Respect is built on open communication among family members. Most teen problems are a result of parents refusing to take charge.

"Talk to them and explain this is a family unit," she concluded.

Just then my oldest son ambled into the kitchen, cordless phone in his pocket -- an accessory in his life.

Seizing the opportunity, I broached the subject of our new phone policy -- shorter calls, no calls after 9 p.m., the phone physically in the living room at least one hour a day.

"Sure, whatever," he said impatiently. "But now I have to call all my friends and let them know."

Drop me a telegram, Glen Burnie.

Blood donors sought

Holy Trinity Catholic Church is having a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in the church hall, 7436 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

Normal seasonal shortages have been made worse by severe winter weather.

Donors must be 18 or older and weigh more than 100 pounds.

For information call 766-5070 or 761-0658.

Win an old-fashioned meal

Tickets are available to win an "Old-fashioned Farm Dinner" through the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society on April 28 at the Benson-Hammond House in Linthicum.

For a $5 donation, the first-place winner can entertain up to eight people at a dinner catered by volunteers dressed in period costumes serving a traditional menu.

A second-place winner will receive a picnic for six on the lawn of Benson-Hammond House.

The drawing will be March 22.

For ticket information call any of the Historical Society organizations: Kuethe Library, 760-9679; Benson-Hammond House, 768-9518; and the Browse & Buy Shoppe, 544-3370.

February speakers' forum

The YWCA Friendship Center has announced speakers for next month.

The events are scheduled from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays:

* Tomorrow, a representative from the Annapolis Police Department will discuss "Organizational Dynamics."

* Feb. 8: Dr. Robert Cohl, a chiropractor, will discuss "Healthy Lifestyles and Alternative Treatment."

* Feb. 15: Pat Barton, community advocate from the Parent Involvement Center at Oakwood Elementary School, will speak on parent-child relationships.

* Feb. 22: "Juveniles and the Law" is the subject of a lecture by Vicki Coulter of the county Juvenile Justice Department.

* Feb. 29: Kay Patterson, nutrition and weight management services supervisor at Anne Arundel Medical Center, will discuss nutrition.

Information call Phyllis Schanken, 768-2500.

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