How quickly opinions change when school's out

Neighbors

June 26, 1996|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

I COULD HAVE sworn I saw your sons at Marley Station last week -- alone," my friend casually mentioned. "Of course I knew I was mistaken because I know how strongly you feel about gangs of teens left on their own, marauding the mall terrorizing unsuspecting shoppers with post-pubescent bravado and pockets full of quarters for the arcade."

"Yes," I mumbled. "I probably did say something like that. Once. A long time ago."

"You said it eight days ago," she reminded me.

"Perhaps I did, but change is a part of our lives and we must be open to new ideas . . ."

"Admit it," she interrupted. "Two days into summer vacation and you couldn't stand them."

"Yes, yes," I cried. "I don't know what happened. Apparently teen-agers are tolerable only when they are in school seven hours a day. Once summer vacation arrived, I was forced to question my relationship with these annoying, lumbering, pizza-eating beings."

"And you decided?" she asked.

"They belong in a mall. With others of their kind. In small communities. Near pizza."

Sixty-one shopping days until school begins, Glen Burnie.

Summer Reading Olympics

The Summer Reading Olympics continue at North County Library when two guests entertain.

A favorite from last year's reading program, "Michael the Magician," returns with performances at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. today.

Magician Michael Chamberlin has added several tricks with Olympics and Fourth of July themes.

The fun continues when storyteller Jon Spelman shares his American folklore and tall tales, 1: 30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Monday.

Geared toward children entering kindergarten through sixth grade, both programs are free with seating available on first-come, first-served basis.

Entertainment for preschool children will be provided simultaneously at both programs with Kindermusik of the Chesapeake.

Taught by Phyllis Denton of the Chesapeake Children's Museum and the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, the program uses singing, dancing and rhythmic fun to help children gain an appreciation for music at an early age.

The North County Library is at 1010 Eastway.

Information: 222-6270.

Block Watch

Marlane Fissell will be the speaker tonight at a 7: 30 meeting of the Glen Burnie Block Watch of Glen Gardens at the Glen Lutheran Church, 106 Carroll Road.

A prevention specialist with the Anne Arundel County Health Department, Fissell will discuss the many programs available to the community.

A county police representative also is to provide information on crime prevention.

The next meeting of the Glen Garden's Block Watch has been rescheduled for Sept. 25 at the Glen Lutheran Church.

Information: Ida Hilditch, 761-6845.

Pub Date: 6/26/96

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