Soccer helps daughters get a kick out of life

Neighbors

October 06, 1999|By Donna Koros Stramella | Donna Koros Stramella,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SOCCER SEASON is once again in full stride. For those of us who are soccer moms and dads, that means shopping for new cleats, driving to practice and remembering the traditional orange slices for halftime.

For the players, it's a chance to learn a little about soccer and a lot about life. I wasn't one of those parents who signed up their daughters hoping they'd garner a college scholarship one day. I encouraged them to play sports because of the lessons they would use throughout life.

They've learned how to lose with dignity and win with grace. They've learned how to work together with other players, even those with personalities that clash with their own. And one of the first lessons they learned was how to ignore parents who are cheering from the sidelines. Maybe some lessons are easier to learn than others.

Thrifty shopping idea

The Salvation Army Thrift Store on Jumpers Hole Road has a large selection of clothing for cooler temperatures. Its current inventory also includes bicycles, bedroom furniture and electronic equipment.

The store is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Along with used items, it carries new merchandise donated by local businesses. Stock is replenished daily. Used items are accepted at the trailer on the parking lot daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Donations are tax-deductible.

The local store is one of five operated by the Salvation Army in the Baltimore area. Profits support the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center at 2700 W. Patapsco Ave. in Baltimore. The center receives no private or government funding. All financial support comes from the thrift stores.

The center is a lifeline for men trying to overcome alcohol and drug abuse. The long-term residential facility offers a helping hand to the men, who go through a program that includes counseling and work for the thrift stores. At the center's warehouse, they paint, repair and clean used donations, ship merchandise to stores and stock shelves.

Information: 410-766-4841.

Bake sale helps veterans

Put away the box mixes and get out the flour and sugar. There's certain to be plenty of made-from-scratch treats at the bake sale beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Crain Highway Wal-Mart. The women's auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 434 is sponsoring the event as a fund-raiser for McVets, a rehabilitation program in Baltimore.

For five years, McVets has provided job training to homeless veterans. "They take in the homeless vets and help them get their lives together," said spokeswoman Marjorie McNeese.

In addition to baked goods, homemade crafts will be available. Information: 410-761-6718.

Mall health fair

A health fair will be held at Glen Burnie Mall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 16. The event will include blood pressure screenings, body fat analysis, mini-massages, food tastings and a karate demonstration.

Those checking out the health fair can sign up for membership in the Harbor Hospital Center programs Advantage and Harbor Hikers.

Advantage is open to those 55 and older who want to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The free program provides health resources and information. Harbor Hikers, for all ages, is a walk-for-exercise program each weekday at Glen Burnie Mall.

Members of either program can play Bingo for Health at the fair from 11 a.m. to noon. Prizes will be awarded.

Pub Date: 10/06/99

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