Exercising options before the MVA photo


April 14, 1999|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHAT'S WRONG with her?" my sister asked my oldest son as she nodded in my direction. "She's all sweaty."

"I don't know. She got something in the mail and suddenly it's like she's auditioning for a guest spot on a Richard Simmons infomercial," he shrugged.

Ignoring them, I continued my new exercise regimen, confident I had found the motivation that had eluded me on many occasions.

"So what came in the mail? Reunion notice? Wedding invitation? Ooh, ooh, I know! Driver's license photo renewal!" she cried as she clapped her hands with glee.

I continued to ignore her. I had a deadline. The Motor Vehicle Administration waits for no one. Five years had passed, and they invited me back for a new photo. I had very little time to erase five years of stress lines, lose three dress sizes and grow an inch and a half.

"Isn't it illegal to continue to tell the MVA you're 5-foot-8? Don't you think they notice when you stand on tippy toes to see over the counter?" my sister asked.

Don't care. There are no rules when it comes to the driver's license photo. The game changed the year they added the 2,000-watt fluorescent flash system and refused to let me pose with a three-fourth head turn so I could capture a more flattering shadow effect.

"Don't worry, Mom. If you don't like the MVA photo, I have friends who can arrange for a fake license that will fool ," my son paused mid-sentence then added as he hurried out the door, "But you're such a natural beauty that won't be an issue."

Say cheese, Glen Burnie.

Cub Scout reunion

Plenty of photographs will be taken as past and present members of Cub Scout Pack 474 of Harundale Presbyterian Church celebrate 50 years of commitment to Scouting with a dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 24 at the Burn's Crossing campground in Millersville.

Activities will include skits by the current Cub pack, awards and a chance for alumni to sit around a campfire and reminisce.

Ken and Lisa England are helping to organize the celebration. Ken England is an assistant Cub master and Lisa England is a den leader. Their sons -- Scott, 11, Jeffrey, 10, and Shawn, 8 -- are active in the pack.

"Scouting has been a good thing for our family," says Lisa England. "It's given the children something positive to do with their time."

The members of Cub Pack 474 enjoy activities such as camping, hiking, participating in the Pinewood Derby and an occasional sleep-over at places such as the Discovery Zone.

David Greenwood, a 17-year-old student at Friends School in Baltimore, fondly recalls his years spent with Cub Pack 474.

"It was loads of fun. We went on a lot of trips and had some pretty good times," he reminisced.

Some of the fun came from sharing the activities with his father, Fred Greenwood. Fred Greenwood plans to attend the reunion, as a former Cub master and Scout.

Information: the Englands, 410-987-1855.

Happy Helpers event

More than 440 homeless or needy children from the Glen Burnie and Baltimore areas will enjoy a day of fun Friday at Jeepers in the Glen Burnie Mall as Happy Helpers for the Homeless celebrates the 11th annual National Youth Service Day.

Members of Happy Helpers, including founder Amber Coffman, 17, will serve as "buddies" to the children as they join their parents for an afternoon of games, rides and dinner provided free by Jeepers. Glen Burnie United Methodist Church is providing bus transportation for the event.

Happy Helpers is a nonprofit organization of student and adult volunteers who meet weekly to prepare and deliver food to the homeless. Information: Amber Coffman, 410-766-4973.

Democratic club

Victor Sulin, cable communications director for Anne Arundel County, will be the speaker at a meeting of the District 32 Democratic Club at 8 p.m. tomorrow at Ferndale Senior Center.

Members and guests are invited to an "All-American Baseball Dinner" at 7 p.m. The dinner costs $4.

Information: 410-987-1557.

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