Youngster's Disney World wish comes true

NEIGHBORS

March 26, 2000|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

"MOM, CAN we go to Disney World?" I'm sure that many parents have been asked this question at one time or another. Justin Jones of Brooklyn Park asked his mother the question in October.

Mary Jones' simple response: "The only way we will get to Disney World is if we win tickets."

Justin took his mom at her word.

Having lunch at a Glen Burnie McDonald's, where a promotional Monopoly contest was under way, 12-year-old Justin opened his game piece, looked at it, and, well, guess what?

"He called me at work and told me," Jones said, "but I didn't believe it. I told him that I would check it out when I got home." And sure enough, he had a winner -- a family trip to Disney World that will make Justin's dream come true next month.

Now Jones is preparing for the adventure. "This is hard work, buying clothes for three children and getting ready to go. But they can't wait. First stop will be the MGM Studios. I'm so excited I can't see straight."

Justin, ever optimistic, wasn't satisfied with winning the trip. "He wanted to go back and try to win some money," Jones said.

While her children (the others are Raymond, 14, and Ashley, 10) are looking forward to seeing Mickey and Minnie, Jones said, she is "just looking forward to some nice warm weather."

Church dinner

The Youth Group of Brooklyn Heights United Methodist Church is offering a good excuse to eat out on Saturday: its chicken dinner from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the church hall.

The menu will include baked chicken, green beans, potatoes au gratin and salad. The cost is $7, and carryouts will be available.

Brooklyn Heights United Methodist is located at 110 Townsend Ave. Information: 410-789-3688.

Rec exercise class

The county Department of Parks and Recreation will begin a new session next month of its popular step aerobics classes at Belle Grove Elementary School.

The class will meet at 7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning April 3. Cost for the six-week class is $47.50. Steps will be provided.

Information: 410-965-1084.

`Harbor Talk' series

"Meal Planning Made Easy," with a focus on diet needs for people with diabetes, will be the next topic for Harbor Hospital Center's Harbor Talks at 6: 30 p.m. Tuesday in Room C of the Life Resource Center.

Nutritionist Mary Gianforte, of the hospital's Diabetes and Endocrine Center, will provide information on how to manage meal planning for diabetics.

The talk is free, but registration is required. Information: 410-354-9655.

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