Bagpipes, to clocks, to home repairs


January 16, 1998|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

PERHAPS IT'S something you've always wanted to do, but were afraid to admit it. Perhaps there was worry about what the neighbors would think.

But now, thanks to the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, it's easy to take that first step and learn to play the bagpipes.

Playing bagpipes is among the diverse skills included in evening classes offered by the department at Hammond High School in coming weeks. Others include home-repair skills and fixing clocks.

Lesley Seplaki will be teaching beginners to play the bagpipes at Hammond at 7 p.m. Tuesdays. The six-week class begins this week and costs $40.

Bagpipes II, for intermediate pipers, meets at 8 p.m. Tuesdays, also beginning next week, and costs $55.

Irv Hite teaches would-be do-it-yourselfers to make minor repairs. Learn to fix leaky faucets, fill holes in drywall or do simple electrical work.

He invites people to bring their home-repair problems to class for discussion and advice.

This three-session class meets Mondays at 7 p.m., beginning Feb. 23. The cost is $30.

John Lyons will teach how to clean and adjust old-fashioned clocks -- the nondigital variety that often are family heirlooms -- and to make repairs.

Bring a clock to the class at 7 p.m. Tuesday nights, beginning Jan. 27, at Hammond High.

The six-week session costs $40.

Information on class offerings: 410-313-7275.

Mulch ado about trees

Oh Tannenbaum, Oh Tannenbaum. How droopy are your branches.

The Christmas tree shedding its dry needles is a fire hazard, to say nothing of messy and depressing.

So, what to do?

Turn the symbol of everlasting life and hope into nourishment for new life.

Mulch the tree.

The Howard County Bureau of Waste Management is collecting trees to turn into mulch at Savage Park until Thursday.

What better fate for a holiday decoration?

Be sure to remove ornaments and tinsel. Information 410-313-6444.

Children's programs offered

Savage Park -- at the end of Baltimore Street in Savage -- is the site of programs sponsored throughout the year by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks.

Beginning next week, "Terrific Twos" -- a six-week program for 2-year-olds with a parent, will be offered at 9: 30 a.m. Thursdays in the park's recreation room.

The children will have the opportunity to sing and participate in story-telling games that have nature themes.

Individual programs are 45-minutes long.

Information: 410-313-7275.

Story time for adults

The county's Savage branch library sponsors programs for children and families, but it has not had the resources to offer as many services for adults.

But this is changing.

Longtime library associates Angie Engels and Barbara Buck will lead discussion groups on "Oprah's Books" -- the thought-provoking books recommended and discussed on Oprah Winfrey's television program.

Buck and Engels will focus on "The Rapture of Canaan" by Sheri Reynolds at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Savage library. "The Book of Ruth" by Jane Hamilton will be discussed at 7 p.m. Feb. 23.

Bring a copy of the books, if you can.

In the library's children's department, registration begins Tuesday for "Chemistry Magic," a science program run by chemistry students from Atholton High School.

Last year, this program was popular, and people were turned away for lack of space.

The program will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 27.

Information 410-880-5980. The library is at 9525 Durness Lane in Laurel.

Activities for seniors

Except for Monday, when it is closed for the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Edith Bennett and her staff at Savage Senior Center have a full schedule planned next week.

An exercise class is scheduled at 10: 30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

On Wednesday, from 7: 30 a.m. to 3: 30 p.m., the center is sponsoring a trip to Midway, Del.

On Friday, stitchers gather for a convivial morning of needlework.

At noon, lunch is served. Information: 410-880-5915.

Pub Date: 1/16/98

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