Community groups offer chance to get involved


January 07, 2001|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

NEIGHBORHOODS ARE A lot like people. Both start out small and have growing pains, and it can take much hard work to become successful.

As we grow, we can look to parents and other relatives, teachers or churches to guide us and get us through the rough times. Neighborhoods depend on their residents to survive the growing pains, mature and become successful. If the residents aren't involved, the chance for success diminishes.

One way to help your neighborhood succeed is to take part in its community association. This week, three community groups are offering residents a chance to get involved.

The Brooklyn Heights Improvement Association will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Brooklyn Park Library, 1 E. 11th Ave. Its president, Virginia Eidinger, encourages every Brooklyn Heights resident to join.

"Nearly all local news that affects the community can be found out by attending the monthly meetings," she said. "The time to come together and unite this community is now."

The association's goal is to increase membership, at $5 a year per household, and have greater community involvement, she said.

Information: 410-636-9611.

Frances Jones leads the Arundel Improvement Association, which will meet at 8 p.m. Thursday at the AIA Hall, 706 Cross St.

Jones said the organization makes "a concerted effort to make improvements to the community."

"We are not elected officials, but we do our best," Jones said. "If you are concerned about the community and your property values, come to the meetings. It's a good opportunity to meet your neighbors and get out and enjoy life."

Information: 410-789-2192.

Another way to make a difference and have a little fun is to join the Brooklyn Park High School Alumni Association. You don't have to be a graduate; membership is open to anyone who attended or taught at the school and their families and friends.

The association presents an annual award to deserving graduates of Brooklyn Park schools, organizes the Anne Arundel County Police Drug Alcohol Resistance Education Celebration and sponsors trips.

A membership drive has begun. Dues are $10 a year.

The next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Brooklyn Park Library.

Information: 410-789-7214 or 410-636-3269.

Chesapeake Center classes

Classes for the spring semester begin in mid-January at Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts.

If you've ever had an inspiration to dance, paint, sculpt, act or sing, the center can help those dreams come true. Classes will be held on clogging, Irish step dancing, jazz dance, sculpture, pottery, acting, drawing, painting, interior design, music appreciation, piano for adults and children's dances.

Information: 410-636-8276.

The county Department of Recreation and Parks also has classes there, beginning this month, in karate, aerobics, gymnastics, tumbling and dance.

Schedules are available at county libraries or online at

Spaghetti, anyone?

Boy Scout Troop 188 will hold its annual spaghetti dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at St. Rose of Lima School, 410 Jeffrey St., Brooklyn.

Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door for adults; $3 in advance or $4 at the door for children 10 and younger.

Information: 410-355-3646.

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