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August 05, 1998|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

"WHY IS Wal-Mart having a sidewalk sale at the end of your street?" my friend asked as we drove away from my house on a shopping expedition.

Wal-Mart? On my street? Granted, Glen Burnie is a multi-Wal-Mart town, but one on every block? I didn't think so.

"See for yourself," she said, pointing to a mass of merchandise on the corner as she stopped the car.

Peering out the window, I saw clothing and baby toys, fish tanks and a doghouse shaped like an igloo. There were a dozen bicycles of various sizes and speeds crammed next to a variety of outdoor grilling utensils and racks of ladies' dresses that challenged the margins of good taste.

The neighbors were having a yard sale, but I've never been a fan of previously worn shoes and nearly new cooking utensils.

The blare of a horn stirred my friend to action.

"Wait here! I think I see something from the Franklin Mint's 'Salute to Fruit' plate collection," she called as she leapt from the car.

She emerged 45 minutes later, arms laden with the spoils of her quest -- a copy of Barbie's Mystery Date game and a set of Tupperware without the lids.

"They were out of the 'Kiwi' designed dinner platter, but the ad for next week's sale offers a great deal on riding lawn mowers. I got a coupon for 10 percent off and a ticket redeemable for free valet parking. I'm on the mailing list now," she added.

Just say, "Charge it!" Glen Burnie.

Marley Milers milestone

A little farther down the road there's a collection of real stores and shoppers who celebrated a milestone Monday as Marley Station celebrated 10 years of the Marley Milers Walker Program.

What began as an exercise program has blossomed into a social club for many of the participants, notes mall marketing director David Casper. Walkers celebrate birthdays, play bingo and meet for lunches and parties. Health screenings are scheduled on a regular basis. A group is even planning a trip to Florida.

"It's a great way to meet people, and it's wonderful to watch friendships develop," said Casper.

Two walkers were honored for their steadfast commitment to the program.

Muriel Jenkins, 76, and Jo Ann Spies, 55, have logged more than 8,000 miles since they started. Each walks four miles a day, five days a week, greeting staff members as they open the mall doors at 7 a.m.

Awards were presented to dozens of other walkers who have walked between 100 and 8,000 miles.

Monday's celebration included a free continental breakfast at the Vie de France bakery in the mall.

Ross Dyott was surprised at the turnout. The 16-year-old Glen Burnie High senior has been working at the cafe for almost a year. As the pastries and croissants are baking, he gets a kick out of watching the participants.

"The walkers are fun. They add a positive attitude to the start of the day -- in one speed-walking flash," he says with a grin.

Information: 410-760-8900.

Final family center programs

Registration is open for the final programs of the summer sponsored by the Family Involvement Center.

Classes are open to crisis prevention team members, administrators, counselors, nurses, parents, psychologists, pupil personnel workers and community based service providers in the county.

Unless otherwise noted, all classes are held at the center at Oakwood Elementary School, 330 Oak Manor Drive, and are limited to 20 participants.

These sessions are scheduled for this month:

"Date Rape, Sexual Abuse and Related Issues Affecting School-Age Children," 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 12 at the county

Sexual Assault Crisis Center, 1419 Forest Drive, Suite 100, Annapolis. It is presented by members of the county Sexual Assault Crisis Center and Children's Services of Central Maryland.

"Update on HIV and Communicable Diseases," 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 13, presented by Sue Callens of the county Health Department.

Information or to confirm attendance: 410-222-6429.

Pub Date: 8/05/98

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