College decision can wait, one unconcerned teen seems to think


April 07, 1999|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HAVE YOU made any decisions about college yet?" my sister asked as my oldest son entered the room.

Turning away, I tried to look busy alphabetizing my spice rack. Less than 60 days to his high school graduation and my son's casual attitude about his future plans was a sore subject in our home.

"I'm still weighing options. When it's the right decision, I'll know," he said cheerfully. I refrained from mentioning some of us are still waiting for the right option to present itself.

"Besides, Mom frets enough for both of us," he said as he tousled my hair affectionately.

I reminded him Mom frets because colleges have been removed from consideration for reasons such as the school colors ("I'm tired of red and white") to the school mascot ("No more Gophers.").

"I'm looking for a small college that is far enough away from home that I need to live on campus, but close enough that I can still use her bank card," he added.

"Have you considered just moving a Winnebago motor home onto the parking lot of the community college?" my sister suggested sarcastically.

Ignoring her, he described a college lifestyle he apparently garnered from watching "Dawson's Creek" and "Felicity." In this scenario, he did not have to take any English classes, his work-study plan pays $32,000 a year and he has really nice hair.

Later that afternoon, my sister and I sat for hours studying the dozens of college catalogs. After all, we want $32,000 a year part-time jobs and really nice hair, too.

Here's to that old college try, Glen Burnie.

Senior artists

The Pascal Senior Center has scheduled a reception to meet the senior citizen artists whose work is on display at North County Library from 1 p.m. to 3: 30 p.m. Friday in the meeting room, 1010 East Way in Glen Burnie.

The landscapes, seascapes, portraits and still lifes are the work of 36 students of Marty Lenhoff. They studied with the art teacher in classes offered through the Pascal Center.

Lenhoff says that many of her students have continued with the classes for years, improving their skills in one medium or trying a variety of styles. Students can work with oils, pastels or pen and ink.

These students will be available to discuss their work: Doretha Barnes, Rosanne Blakeney, Edward Bohle, Fannie Boisvert, Nancy Bower, Mary Bryl, Fay Deli, Louise Deren, Juanita Downs, Dorothy Drenner, Anna Fowler, Beverly Gallen, Lee George, Gerry Grega, Paul Hanks, Margaret Hoyas, Marcelle Kennedy, Libbie Koether, Arnold La Fontaine, Michael Majoros, Shirley Marley, Richard Mason, Richard Maxwell, Marion Meidenbauer, Catherine Miskelly, Bob Outman, Nicki Ricci, Mary Samuels, Frieda Smith, Mildred Stinchcomb, Betty Treuth, Grace Walker, Frank Walter, Rose Marie Weller and Pauline Wyatt.

Information on the art show or art programs: Pascal Senior Center, 410-222-6680.

Bingo Blast

The Church of the Good Shepherd is sponsoring a Bingo Blast at 1 p.m. Sunday in the church hall, 1540 Furnace Ave.

Admission is $20 and includes a spaghetti luncheon and participation in the day's games.

Information: 410-761-4977 or 410-766-1102.

Family Involvement

The county Family Involvement Center has announced the April schedule of classes and activities for parents of students attending county public or private and parochial schools. All classes are free and open to the community.

These courses are scheduled in the Glen Burnie community:

"Assistive Technology: Putting the Pieces Together" from 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. April 21, Family Involvement Center, 330 Oak Manor Drive. The facilitators are Lynn Keckler and Debbie Wetzel.

"Parent Support Group" is offered from 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. April 22 at Marley Glen Special School, 200 Scott Ave. The presenter will be Lois Phillip.

Information: 410-222-6429.

Pub Date: 4/07/99

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