Thoughts of ice, snow melt away on trip to Hawaii


February 09, 2000|By Donna Koros Stramella | Donna Koros Stramella,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

UNLIKE MY neighbors, I didn't spend last week slipping on ice and shoveling snow. I spent the week in the warmest spot in the country -- Hawaii.

Don't get me wrong. I didn't escape the snow altogether.

The earlier "light dusting" predicted by forecasters that resulted in almost 20 inches at my house gave me a fine taste of winter. But while I was donning gloves and parka and cutting a path through the snow to the street, I was dreaming of palm trees.

The trip was not guilt-free. Those calls home to the grandparents and the kids were filled with tales of sub-zero windchill and cars stuck in the snow. The only high point for the children was the time off from school.

My daughters like school, but I think they'd love school in Hawaii. On a whale-watching cruise, we were joined by a class of fifth-graders on a field trip. Can you imagine? Other field trips could include swimming with the dolphins and hiking up Diamond Head. Lunch hour could be spent on the beach. And physical education classes might offer surfing and hula dancing.

But there is one pleasure Hawaiian children don't experience: They never get a snow day.

Fund-raiser to help the needy

You can enjoy an afternoon bull and oyster roast and help feed the community's needy. The event is the ninth Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church Social Concerns Committee bull and oyster roast, and the beneficiary will be the North County Emergency Outreach Network.

The event takes place from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 5 at the Glen Burnie Elks lodge, Quarterfield and Stevenson roads.Tickets are $28. Included are food, draft beer and soda; music by disc jockey Glen Powell; and a cash wheel, cake wheel and instant bingo.

Tickets: Rita or Joe Weaver at 410-761-0427 (before 9 p.m.); Marsha Frazier, 410-787-1456; or Sophie Benney, 410-766-6351.

Hugs and kisses

The North County Area Library has scheduled a Valentine's Day event, "Hugs and Kisses," at 7 p.m. today and at 9: 30 a.m. and 10: 30 a.m. tomorrow. Children ages 2 to 6 can bring their favorite stuffed friend and listen to heartwarming stories about love.

Songs, activities and a craft also are planned.

The branch is off Ritchie Highway at Harundale. Information: 410-222-6270.

Heart health

Hearts aren't just for Valentine's Day. North Arundel Hospital will celebrate American Heart Month with a free cardiac health lecture for senior citizens at 6: 30 p.m. today.

The information session will detail the benefits of exercise in lowering blood pressure and the importance of good nutrition. A free blood pressure screening will follow the lecture.

The session will take place in the hospital's third-floor conference center. To reserve a space: North Arundel's public relations department, 410-787-4367.

True love waits

Faith Baptist Church will be the site for a statewide True Love Waits Rally at 7 p.m. Friday.

Created in 1993, True Love Waits is an international campaign challenging teen-agers and college students to remain sexually abstinent until marriage. Initiated by the Southern Baptists, 86 other Christian entities have become cooperating ministries, offering their support.

Young people from Faith Baptist have participated in previous True Love Waits rallies, but Youth Minister Clyde Way said this is the first year the church will play host to the statewide event.

"The response has been outstanding," he said. "We've had people call from as far away as Shady Side. We anticipate a large, large crowd."

Those attending the rally will have an opportunity to sign commitment cards. True Love Waits estimates that hundreds of thousands of young people have signed the cards, which read: "Believing that true love waits, I make a commitment to God, myself, my family, my friends, my future mate, and my future children to be sexually abstinent from this day until the day I enter a biblical marriage relationship."

The evening at Faith Baptist will feature keynote speaker Ken Cavey, from True Love Waits, and music by Doug Farris and Company. Guest speakers will include Naval Academy cadets and college students.

"It will be a positive thing," Way said. "They will be encouraging the students to remain sexually pure."

As a prelude to the rally, Faith Baptist will offer Bible study at 6: 30 p.m. today on "Love, Sex and Relationships -- God's View and the World's View."

Parents are invited to attend the Bible study and the youth rally. The church is at 7378 Furnace Branch Road.

Information: 410-761-5346.

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