Carrolltowne Elementary fair offers health tips for students


February 11, 1997|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

GOOD HEALTH is something that cannot be bought but is valued by all. Students at Carrolltowne Elementary are learning about good health in an innovative and entertaining way through a weeklong health fair at the school.

Children will be able to visit the six stations of the fair during their gym classes this week. Each station concentrates on an aspect of maintaining good health.

People costumed as apples, carrots, watermelon and broccoli will mingle with the students to discuss healthy foods. The Five-A-Day program will guide students in creating healthy menus as they learn about the food pyramid and compare nutritious foods using a computer program.

By riding through a simulated heart and lung, students will learn how oxygen and the lungs help keep the heart pumping. Officer Tom Timberman will explain the 911 emergency system.

The fair's "Straight to the Heart" slogan is reflected in silhouettes of children, which decorate the school lobby and gymnasium. The cutouts demonstrate a healthy activity and show a bright red heart.

The fair is sponsored by the Health, Safety and Special Needs Committee of the school PTA, and by the county Health Department.

Shrove Tuesday pancakes

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Sykesville is home to a community tradition known as "Pancake Day." For 36 years, the church has held a Shrove Tuesday pancake luncheon before the beginning of the Lenten season.

St. Barnabas will offer a pancake luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m. today and a pancake dinner from 4: 30 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m. A bake table will offer homemade treats.

The cost is $4 for adults, $2.50 for ages 3-12; children under 3 eat free.

Information: 795-0767.

Piney Run programs

The Nature Center at Piney Run Park has programs for all ages.

The entire family is invited to walk along park trails from 4: 30 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m. today to look for groundhog dens and signs of other slumbering animals. Cost is $2 for members, $3 for nonmembers.

A bluebird workshop from 3 p.m. to 4: 30 p.m. tomorrow will give those handy with a hammer and screwdriver an opportunity to create a nesting box. A slide show presentation on bluebirds will be followed by instructions on assembling the nesting kit. The cost is $12 for member families, $15 for nonmembers.

From 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 21 and March 7, ages 10 and older can learn how to make maple syrup. Identifying and tapping the trees, boiling down the sap and tasting delicious homemade red maple syrup will be covered in the two-part program. The cost is $3 for members, $5 for nonmembers.

Information: 795-6043.

Pretend it's spring

While the snowy weather last weekend doesn't give me much faith in Punxsutawney Phil's prediction of an early spring, there will be a harbinger of warm weather this weekend at Carrolltown Center.

Pretend it's golf season and enjoy free miniature golf throughout the mall. The course will be open Saturday through Monday during regular mall hours.

Information: 781-7070.

Pub Date: 2/11/97

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