Opening celebration set for Saturday at North County Recreation Center


March 11, 2001|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks will officially take its place in the community at noon Saturday, when the North County Recreation Center holds its grand opening celebration.

The center at 194 Hammonds Lane has been offering classes since September, but most area residents do not know it exists.

"So far, no one knows that we're here. We're in the back of the building, and there is a sign in the window. But we hope to change that," said the center's director, Phnonia Kess.

The center has four rooms dedicated to specific activities and a multipurpose room. The dance room has a hardwood floor and will be used for dance and exercise classes. The kiln in the arts and crafts room is ready for ceramics and other arts classes. Teens have a room to house the center's Teen Club, and the computer lab will be wired and ready for use by Saturday.

"The computer lab is a state-of-the-art facility," Kess said. "It has room for 12 students. We will be offering basic introductory classes, and we hope to offer advanced classes in the future."

The grand opening has been designed to give the community a preview of the types of activities and classes the center will offer. Beginning at 1 p.m., there will be karate and children's dance demonstrations every hour. Children's games, face painting, arts and crafts, and tours of the computer lab will be offered.

At the opening, a schedule of the classes will be available. "We will have a full dance program, bio-aerobics, gymnastics, sewing, ceramics and a rubber-stamping class for children," Kess said.

Additionally, Kess plans to offer activities that will be held only at the North County Recreation Center. For example, a book club for women will meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays beginning March 24.

"This will be a 12-week session and will be participant-directed. The members will decide what books they will read. And we'd be happy to have a book club for men if there is any interest," Kess said.

Kess said the center will strive to meet the needs and interests of the community. "We will have survey forms at the opening to see what the community wants, and we will offer what is in demand," she said. "Any teacher who has an idea for a class can let us know. Some of the best ideas for classes come from people who would like to teach."

In conjunction with the grand opening, three informational sessions will be held next week.

Anne Arundel Community College Professor Vicki D. Cone will speak at 7 p.m. Monday on "Making a Good Marriage Better." At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Laura Weidner, director of the Integrated Reading and English as a Second Language programs at Anne Arundel Community College, will address "Preparing for a Life of Learning for Children and Adults." Mark Youngs of Merrill Lynch Inc. will explain the "Seven Principles of Building Wealth" at 7 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free.

The center's regular hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information: 410-222-0036.

Hospital activities

March is National Nutrition Month, and Harbor Hospital's Life Resource Center is celebrating by offering two opportunities to learn how to have a healthful diet.

A healthful-cooking demonstration will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Room A of the Life Resource Center, 2990 S. Hanover St. Registered dietitian Kelly Howle will teach how to prepare meals that are healthful and easy to make.

There is no fee, but registration is required. Registration: 410- 354-9655.

Diabetics can learn how to choose the proper foods for their diets at 6 p.m. March 20 in Room C of the Life Resource Center. Registered dietitian Mary Grianforte and Dianna Cotterell, a certified diabetic educator and registered nurse, will provide information on food choices and innovations in the treatment of diabetes. There is no fee, but registration is required. Registration: 410-354-9655.


St. Rose of Lima Home and School Association will sponsor March Bingo on Friday in the School Hall, 410 Jeffrey St. in Brooklyn.

Admission is $1. Doors will open at 6:30, and the games will begin at 7 p.m. Information: 410-355-6646.

Church dinner

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the ham and cabbage dinner sponsored by Brooklyn United Methodist Church, at Fourth Street and Pontiac Avenue in Brooklyn.

From 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, enjoy a dinner of ham, cabbage, green beans and potatoes.

A flea market and a craft sale also will be held. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger.

Information: 410-789-7049.

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