Whining helps give some relief to a strange kind of summer

August 23, 1996|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IT HAS BEEN a strange summer. Schools closed late and will open early. There's been little heat, but plenty of rain. Our grill has been strangely cold for the first time in years, and I haven't had a steamed crab yet. Waaa, waaa, waaa.

Now that the whines have passed, it's time to get on with preparations for the last weekend before school starts.

Children's Day

Solley United Methodist Church on Solley Road invites families in the community to attend Children's Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow.

There will be children's games with prizes, face painting, Bible stories, movies and light refreshments.

Activities are free and open to the community.

Free immunizations

The Magothy Health Center, 2501 Mountain Road, will offer a free immunization clinic from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday for students who do not meet the state requirements.

This year, the county will not give students a 20-day grace period after the start of school to catch up. No shots, no school.

The clinic is open to all county residents, including students attending private schools.

Parents are reminded to bring their child's immunization records with them. For details, call the Magothy Health Center, 222-6640.

Improved library computers

Just in time for school, the county public library has introduced improvements to its year-old computer system.

Visitors to the Mountain Road and Riviera Beach branches will see a new look on the system's home page, and information will be more easily accessible.

With larger icons on the home page and on-screen instructions, even those of us who aren't familiar with the system can find their way around.

Patrons can reserve materials, find out the latest about the best-seller lists, gain access to personal library accounts and search the catalog for materials -- all with a click of the mouse.

The system also will provide easier access to Sailor, Maryland's online library information network, and access to the Internet via Netscape.

The friendly staff and volunteers at both branches are eager to help novices and pros.

For more details, call the Mountain Road branch, 222-6699, or the Riviera Beach branch, 222-6285.

Pub Date: 8/23/96

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