Health, safety are focus of five elementaries' fun fair


April 20, 1999|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

GOOD HEALTH AND safety are important to everyone.

The five area elementary schools are joining to encourage health and safety awareness through a Health and Safety Fun Fair.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Carrolltown Center and is sponsored by the PTAs of Carrolltowne, Eldersburg, Freedom, Linton Springs and Piney Ridge elementary schools.

Information on fire safety, Internet safety, drug awareness, stress-release massages, animal safety and water safety will be available, in addition to games, prizes, face painting and clowns.

Demonstrations by the police K-9 Corps, aerobics groups and Tai Chi participants will be held throughout the day.

Children's fingerprinting and photo IDs will be offered, as well as information from the Department of Aging.

Local firefighters will display fire and safety equipment.

The state police will offer free bicycle safety inspections, and the Freedom Optimist Club will operate a Safety on Wheels bicycle rodeo course where children can have fun testing riding skills.

Participants should bring their bikes; helmets must be worn on the course.

Elementary children have been invited to create safety-related posters that will be displayed throughout the mall.

A pupil from each school will win a prize for a poster. One poster contestant will be awarded the grand prize of a new bicycle from the Freedom Optimist Club and the PTAs.

Spring play

Springtime has traditionally been a time for a musical production from the Liberty High School Drama Department, and this spring is no exception.

Under the direction of teachers Cathy James and Kathy Schnorr and student director Joann Wheatley, a cast of more than 70 will present "Bye, Bye Birdie" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and April 29, 30 and May 1 in the school auditorium.

Jeremy Hagy has the lead in this story about a teen heartthrob who is drafted into military service during the height of his career. As a promotional stunt, a contest is organized in which the winner is to give Conrad Birdie a kiss goodbye on "The Ed Sullivan Show." However, things don't go quite as planned on the show.

Steve Brookman, Jenn Fisk, Ryan Holmes, Melissa Knitter, Ryan Marsh, Shawna McMonigle, Reyna Moore, Jenn Roscoe, Greg Skipper and Lynn Sonnenleiter also have roles in the play, which takes place in the fictional town of Sweet Apple, Ohio.

Teacher Connie Casamento is music director for the production, which features the musical talents of Chris Akermann, John Barnes, Kim Campbell, Kelly Hayeslip, Jessica Hughes, Jen Klein, Jamie Lantz, Randy Tew, Darren Stephens, Kelly Tasch and Erica Westover.

Tickets are $4 in advance and $5 at the door.

Tickets or information: 410-751-3560.

Greg Hladky Day

South Carroll High School and Sykesville Baseball have teamed up to sponsor Greg Hladky Day at the Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Little League fields on Obrecht Road and at Freedom Park.

Greg, a South Carroll student with leukemia, enjoyed playing and umpiring baseball in his younger years.

Student groups from South Carroll High School will sponsor activities throughout the day, including a petting zoo, face painting, free balloons and performances by instrumental and choral groups. Brenda Naill will offer free rides on her pony.

Businesses have donated prizes that will be raffled off with one winner during each game throughout the day. All proceeds from the concessions at the parks will be donated to a fund for Greg to help defray medical costs and testing of potential bone marrow donors for the National Registry.

Information: Karen Wright, 410-549-0875.

Vendors wanted

Crafts people, antique dealers and flea market vendors are wanted for the 1999 Strawberry Festival sponsored by Messiah Lutheran Church.

The festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 5 on the grounds of the Sykesville-Freedom District Volunteer Fire Department. Space rental is $25 for a 20-by-20-foot area.

Information or to reserve a space: 410-795-9174 or 410-549-0855.

Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 4/20/99

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