Who would eat green eggs and ham? Kids, pals and Sam I Am

NEIGHBORS

March 03, 2000|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MORE THAN two dozen students in the Maryland's Tomorrow program at Northeast High School traveled by bus to Brooklyn Park Elementary yesterday to share a breakfast, cake and a few Dr. Seuss books with 60 first-graders.

Taking part in the annual Read Across America celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday, several groups of students combined efforts and planned a presentation of the classic book "Green Eggs and Ham" -- including the preparation of breakfast.

The menu? Green scrambled eggs and ham, of course.

After the meal, the teen-agers and first-graders moved into small groups for reading.

"I'm proud of our kids; they really did a fantastic job," said Sue Smith, head of the Maryland's Tomorrow program at Northeast, which helps keep at-risk children in school.

Students who took a lead role in the presentation were Chris Heinz, Michelle Bender, Jesse Nelson, Jennifer Sother, Ray Caputo, Melissa Swain and Robin Durnal.

"It was fun reading to the little kids; it made me feel all warm inside," said Caputo.

Grade them all A-plus.

Recognizing public service

Honoring local public servants for exceptional service to the community has become an annual event for two local Knights of Columbus councils.

Established in 1998 by the Monsignor Kelly and Our Lady of the Chesapeake councils, the Community Service Awards bull and oyster roast has honored volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians from Armiger, Lake Shore, Orchard Beach and Riviera Beach, as well as a county police officer from the Eastern District, for service to Pasadena.

This year, the councils have added awards for two full-time, paid county fire and rescue personnel from the Jacobsville Fire Station on Mountain Road.

The roast will take place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 26 at Kurtz's Beach on Kurtz Avenue. Tickets are $25.

Knights spokesman George Markelonis said 11 people will receive plaques. They are nominated for the honor by their superior officers.

Last year, more than 250 people attended the roast.

This year's winners have not been announced. "We are proud to honor those who volunteer and staff that thin blue line that we all rely upon," Markelonis said.

To order tickets: 410-255- 9561 or 410-437-4755.

Pancakes galore

As Lent nears, several churches are holding seasonal fund-raisers: Tomorrow the men of Galilee Lutheran Church will sponsor an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the church hall, 4652 Mountain Road.

Tickets, available at the door, are $5 for adults and $2.50 for children ages 4 to 11. Younger children can eat free.

Proceeds will benefit Christian outreach programs at the church. Information: 410-255-8236.

The men of Community United Methodist Church, 8680 Fort Smallwood Road, invite the community to its annual Shrove Tuesday pancake supper from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the fellowship hall.

The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for those younger.

Proceeds will be used for church community activities. Information: 410-255-8545.

The parish life team at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 8223 Fort Smallwood Road, is sponsoring a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper from 5 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m. in its hall.

Tickets are $5 for adults, and $2 for children age 12 and younger. Proceeds benefit church activities. Information: 410-255-4141.

The United Methodist Men of Pasadena United Methodist Church, 61 Ritchie Highway, who usually serve a pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday, will hold the event from 5: 30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday instead because of use of the fellowship hall as a polling place for Tuesday's primary election. The supper will be followed by an Ash Wednesday service at 7: 30 p.m.

St. Patrick and softball

You can dance the Irish jig, twist, bop or slow dance at the annual St. Patrick's Day dance sponsored by Riviera Girls Softball, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. March 17 at the Earleigh Heights fire hall on Ritchie Highway.

Tickets are $12, and include beer and setups.

Proceeds will benefit the girls fast-pitch softball program. Information: 410-255-9921.

Shape-up opportunity

If cold weather, ice and snow have played havoc with your exercise program or you are fed up with being cooped up, then check out the spring session of the Sweatpants and Dance exercise program held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at George Fox Middle School on Outing Avenue.

The spring session runs from March 13 through May 15.

This low-impact aerobic exercise program makes use of music and dances that are easily recognizable -- including the twist, cha-cha and other party favorites.

Classes begin and end with stretching exercises to help keep injuries at a minimum.

A free session will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday. If you decide to sign up, the cost is $15.

"We're a friendly group, so don't be afraid of being new," said instructor Pat Shandrowsky. "We want to help you get into shape and feel good about yourself -- that's the goal."

Information: 410-437-8889.

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