Clear skies wanted for opening day

NEIGHBORS

April 14, 2000|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CLEAR BLUE skies have been requested -- at least 30 minutes' worth -- to grace Lake Shore Youth Baseball's opening day ceremonies tomorrow. Hundreds of local kids and their coaches will be marching in a parade starting at 9 a.m. at the Lake Shore athletic complex on Woods Road.

Gretchen Smith, group spokeswoman, said the baseball organization will field more than 50 teams this year, with almost 650 players.

"It takes quite a bit of time for our volunteers to get everything ready for another fun year of baseball for the kids," Smith said. "Opening day is always exciting; no matter how much effort it takes, we do it for the kids."

A color guard from American Legion Post 289 will lead the parade, featuring as grand marshal Mindy Basara of WBAL-TV, along with local dignitaries and politicians, 1950s cars, and monster and "big foot" trucks.

The concession stand will be open, and the league's bake table will feature homemade goodies for sale.

The first games of the 2000 season will begin between 10: 30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Information: 410-437-4362.

Fire station safety day

Take the youngsters for a free lunch with the Easter bunny and get tips on spring and summer safety at the second annual Kid's Safety Day, being presented from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday by the Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company at the firehouse, 4498 Mountain Road.

With about a dozen local government and community service agencies participating, the event will feature information on indoor and outdoor safety of interest to just about everyone in the family.

Representatives from the county police will talk to children about crime prevention and offer parents information on child-safety seats in vehicles.

Officers also will set up a bike rodeo obstacle course behind the firehouse. Children should bring their bikes to participate.

The Department of Natural Resources will have information on water safety and safety vests; the county health department will offer tips on playground safety and good nutrition; and a Fire Safety House with fire prevention representatives will have tips.

Door prizes -- including bike helmets, first-aid kits, safety vests and backpacks -- will be awarded.

Jane Huffman, event spokeswoman, said more than 500 people attended last year's inaugural event.

"It was so well-received by the community that we decided to do it again this year," she said.

Parking will be available at Lake Shore Elementary School, 4531 Mountain Road, where a shuttle bus to the firehouse will be operating.

John Spiker is chairman of the event.

Information: 410-255-0921.

Church coffeehouse

Jenkins Memorial Church at 133 Riviera Drive invites the community to a free coffeehouse, open from 7 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. tomorrow.

The featured performers include Jenkins Own, the newly formed group Jacobs Ladder, and Silvia Monroe singing Southern gospel music.

A karaoke portion with audience participation also will be held.

Information: 410-255-3819.

Fashion luncheon

Chesapeake Women's Club will hold its annual luncheon fashion show at 11: 30 a.m. April 26 at Kurtz's Beach, 2070 Kurtz Ave.

The fashion show will feature outfits from the Dress Barn in Severna Park, modeled by several club members.

Tickets are $23.

The women's club president, Janet Shorey, said proceeds will be used for several projects. "Our group promotes education, the arts, and we especially enjoy helping displaced homemakers."

The club helps displaced homemakers with money toward schooling to learn new skills or upgrade rusty skills. "We help them help themselves," she said.

Information: 410-437-3153.

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