Invasion of tree pollen makes spring's joys harder to savor

NEIGHBORS

April 26, 1996|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ENJOYING our backyard habitat got a little tougher this week with the arrival of tree pollen.

Anything that is stationary for more than a minute ends up covered in a fine yellow dust.

You brush it off.

You sneeze.

You wash it off.

You sneeze.

Then your eyes begin to water. You grab a box of tissues and run for the allergy medicine.

Ah-choo the many joys of spring in the county.

Keeping kids busy

A quick check of the calendar shows that in less than 60 days the last school bell of the year will ring.

Many parents will all too quickly be presented with the problem of keeping the kids busy over the long summer vacation.

Jim Dandy to the rescue. The latest county Department of Recreation and Parks program guide is out, listing lots of programs for children in the Pasadena area. Registration forms for camps and other programs are included in the guide.

Downs Park will be a site for the day camp program for youngsters, ages 5 1/2 through 12. New this year is a program for youngsters in grades six through eight, offering a more challenging agenda for the older crowd.

Three two-week sessions will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, June 24 to Aug. 2.

Activities include arts and crafts, nature events, sports, music and drama, games, swimming trips, field trips, canoeing and fishing.

Bus transportation from selected sites around the country is included in the fee. The fee for one child is $120 for session one, $150 for sessions two and three. Discounts are available for children attending all three sessions. Family discounts also are offered.

Contact Howard Smith, 222-7313, for more details.

The county also is offering supervised summer playground sessions for children 5 1/2 to 12 at Bodkin, Fort Smallwood, High Point, Jacobsville, Lake Shore, Pasadena, Riviera Beach and Sunset elementary schools.

Playground hours will be from 9 a.m. to 2: 30 p.m. weekdays June 24 to Aug. 2.

Activities vary by site but will include sports, arts and crafts, and indoor and outdoor games.

The cost for the six-week program is $85 per child. Family discounts are available.

Preschoolers ages 3 to 5 can attend a playground program offered at Sunset Elementary School weekdays from June 24 to Aug. 2.

Children must be age 3 and toilet-trained by June 24.

The morning session will be from 9 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. The afternoon session will operate from noon to 2: 30 p.m.

The fee for the half-day, six-week program is $90 per child. Family discounts are available.

Copies of the spring/summer program guide are available at Downs Park and at public library branches.

For more details, call 222-7313.

Family dance

Tickets are still available for a family dance, sponsored by the Chesapeake High School Theatre Group, from 7 p.m. to 10: 30 p.m. tonight in the school student center.

The Fabulous Hubcaps will entertain.

Admission at the door is $22 for adults and $17 for students 18 and younger with school ID.

Light refreshments will be served. No alcoholic beverages will be permitted.

Proceeds will benefit the renovation of the high school auditorium.

For more details, call Sharon Slinowiecki, 255-2770.

Legislative luncheon

The Pasadena Business Association will have a legislative luncheon and monthly meeting at noon May 1 at La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie.

State legislators will attend and give an overview of the recently concluded legislative session.

The cost for PBA members is $10 with a reservation, $15 without. Reservations must be made by today.

For reservations or more details, call 987-4887.

Pub Date: 4/26/96

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