Savage Senior Center offers a range of winter activities


January 09, 1998|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A WEEK into the new year, and it feels like spring.

What a pleasant introduction to 1998 -- a preview for hopeful gardeners and house-bound flu victims.

But since we have three months of winter to get through before spring arrives, some events can make this time of short days and dark weather productive and fun.

For instance, a group of literati meets at 2 p.m. today at Savage Senior Center to discuss exciting new books.

Everyone is welcome.

The center is home to several useful and entertaining activities.

On Monday, Pam Bilal will present a session on the Information and Assistance Department of the Howard County Office on Aging and resources it offers to senior citizens.

The senior center also offers tax assistance. Inquire about days and times.

On two mornings next week, the center will present "Gone with The Wind."

Some believe this film is the best picture ever made about the Civil War.

Part one starts at 10: 30 a.m. Tuesday; part two begins at 10: 30 a.m. Thursday.

Information or directions: Edith Bennett at 410-880-5915.

Jaycees' activities

The Patuxent Area Jaycees are busy this month. The group is planning to join residents of the Lorien Nursing Home in a bingo game. The Jaycees also are collecting register tapes from Giant, Safeway and Super Fresh to benefit Clarksville Elementary School.

Also on the agenda are horseback riding lessons, cooking lessons and public-speaking lessons for members.

The Jaycees also sponsor Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, and they help with the Festival of Lights. The community service and social group meets monthly to plan activities. The next meeting will be Jan 20.

Information: 410-309-3959.

Lovers of trains

In these days of electronic communications, it's startling to realize just how recent our "instant" world is.

Now, we send packages -- and ourselves -- across the world in a day. But when the railroad first enabled passengers and crew to move so quickly that they could leave home at noon and arrive at their destination while the sun was still up, people marveled.

It was travel by railroad that led to the creation of time zones.

The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad claims the distinction of being the first and oldest railroad in the United States, and recently its corporate descendants recognized students from Hammond Elementary for their love of trains and the models they built in science classes.

The model trains are on display at the B & O Railroad Museum in Ellicott City.

Honorary Engineers are Daniel Tinney, Christine Jubinski, Jessica Prahl, Michael Dighans and Deanna Karlheim.

Freedom from television

On Saturday at Savage Mill, state Sen. Martin G. Madden will honor 128 students for completing the 10 Days TV Free Challenge.

It was a tough assignment from the youngsters' point of view: They missed two episodes of some of their favorite programs.

Each student will have an opportunity to explain what he or she did during the time the television ordinarily would have been on.

Television is rather like potato chips -- hard to limit to only a few bites. For many of us, the set goes on in the morning and doesn't go off until bedtime. And like the calories that fatty snacks deposit on our frames, television eats up enormous chunks of leisure time.

The television habit is difficult to break. But these students and their families successfully met the challenge.

Pub Date: 1/09/98

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