WHILE THE national sports spotlight is focused on the Super Bowl, local families with young athletes are eagerly awaiting spring sports.
The Greater Riviera Recreation Council has scheduled its annual spring and summer sports registration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, Jan. 31 and Feb. 7 at Sunset Elementary School on Fort Smallwood Road.
The council also has scheduled evenings sessions from 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Jan. 28 and Feb. 4.
Representatives from the Buccaneers lacrosse program, Havenwood Little League and girls softball, Pasadena clinic league, Riviera Little League and girls softball, and St. Jane soccer will be on hand to accept registrations.
Parents should bring copies of their children's birth certificates. Fees vary by program, and most offer family discounts.
Organizers encourage potential players to sign up early because teams fill quickly and the weather can lead to cancellation of registration dates.
Buccaneers' lacrosse offers teams for boys ages 7 to 14 and girls ages 8 to 15 as of Dec. 31. Call Jim McGeeney, 410-255-8008 for more details.
Havenwood Little League and girls' softball will have teams for girls and boys ages 5 to 18.
For more information about Little League, call 410-255-7229 or 410-437-8954. For details about girls softball, call 410-4377-9318.
The Pasadena Clinic League will offer co-ed T-ball and coach-pitch teams for ages 5 to 7. The league needs managers and coaches. Training will be provided. For more details, call Tammy Plummer, 410-437-3968 or Dave Ferguson, 410-437-4950.
Riviera Girls Softball League will accept players ages 7 to 14. For more information, call Ken Kisiner, 410-437-7445 or Brent Lounge, 410-360-0536.
Riviera Little League offers teams for players ages 8 to 18. For more details, call Larry Johnson, 410-437-1249 or Rory Fracasse, 410-437- 1482.
St. Jane soccer will accept registration for boys and girls from preschool through adult to participate in clinic, intramural and county soccer leagues. Call the St. Jane hot line, 410-360-8765, Box 1, for more details. No late registration will be accepted.
"Our goal is to keep youngsters off the streets and out of trouble," said Elmer Hohman, recreation council spokesman. "We believe that participating in organized sports programs is one way we can help. "
Lake Shore Youth Baseball's registration for players ages 5 to 16 began this week at Lake Shore Elementary School on Mountain Road and will continue through Feb. 4.
Registration is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow and Jan. 31 and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Feb. 4.
The cost is $45 for one player and $15 for each additional player in the same family.
Birth certificates are required, and there is an additional fee of $20 for registrations accepted after Feb. 4.
Information: Karen Gast, 410-255-4815.
Lake Shore Girls Softball will be accepting registration for girls ages 4 to 17 for T-ball through league play.
Registration will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, Jan. 31 and Feb. 7 at Lake Shore Elementary.
The cost is $65 for one child and $15 for each additional child in a family.
Information: Bill Henderson, 410-255-9834.
A new year brings a new committee to the Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company to help educate the public about fire prevention and safety.
John Spiker, chairman of the company's Fire Prevention and Safety Education Committee, said the program will offer
information on a variety of topics, with the focus changing each month. Carol Cordle will serve on the committee as auxiliary liaison.
This month, the topic is the the danger of carbon monoxide in and around the home.
"Carbon monoxide is a silent but deadly killer," Spiker said.
The odorless gas is emitted by cars and also can be caused by incomplete combustion in furnaces, fireplaces, kerosene heaters, water heaters and wood stoves, he said.
Monitors to detect carbon monoxide are available and are a good safety investment for homes.
"When these monitors sound the alarm, you know you have a serious problem," Spiker said.
The firehouse will sponsor a self-defense class at 7: 30 p.m. Feb. 12, taught by Sgt. Bonnie Welch of the county Police Department.
Other community outreach programs include tours for such groups as Scout troops and preschools, an information board near Route 100 and Mountain Road, displays at Chesapeake High School and demonstrations and speakers for local community groups.
The committee also is involved with helping to provide smoke detectors to the hearing impaired. These detectors use strobe lights and emit a piercing buzz, Spiker said.
"That makes them a little more expensive than a regular smoke detector, so we can always use donations to keep funding that program," he said.
Clean out your closets and make a little cash at the indoor flea market and craft fair sponsored by the Ladies of the Knights (of Columbus) Council 10996.
The event will be from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 18 at St. Jane Frances Roman Catholic Church Hall in Riviera Beach.
Tables are available for $10 for a single, $15 for a double.
Information: 410-255-9561 or 410-360-5575.
Business association meets
The Pasadena Business Association will have its next membership meeting at noon Feb. 4 at La Fontaine Bleu on Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie.
The speaker will be County Executive John G. Gary.
The cost for members is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Reservations must be made by Jan. 30.
Pub Date: 1/23/98