Library set to celebrate as famous bear turns 75


September 30, 2001|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A.A. MILNE'S Winnie the Pooh stories are loved by children all over the world.

The staff of the Brooklyn Park Library will join in the celebration of Winnie's 75th birthday with a party planned for 4 p.m. Oct. 9. Everyone is invited.

Librarian Natalie Edington said Winnie the Pooh is a "very lovable bear.

"He makes lots of mistakes," she said, "but they aren't errors. He's just confused and doesn't understand."

For those who don't know the origins of the famous bear, here is the history: Harry Coleborn, a lieutenant in the 2nd Canadian Infantry, bought a bear cub from a trapper in 1914. He named the bear Winnie after his hometown of Winnipeg.

Coleborn's unit was sent to England, and soon his unit was sent to France. Knowing he could not take care of Winnie and fight in World War I at the same time, he brought the bear to the London Zoo for safekeeping.

Milne took his son, Christopher Robin, to visit the bear and was inspired to write about it.

The library's party will feature readings, crafts and a "honey-sweet treat."

Information: 410-222-6260.

Classes for seniors

Two classes beginning this week at Pumphrey and Morris Hills nutrition sites will be of interest to those who enjoy painting or dancing.

A beginning country line dance class taught by Dottie Cadden will begin at 9 a.m. tomorrow at the Morris Hills site, 351 Arundel Corp. Road.

"This is a class strictly for beginners. The instructor is well-known and has a following. People who usually attend other centers come just to attend her class," said site coordinator Juanita Adams.

For those interesting in exploring their artistic side, a class in drawing or oil painting class at the Pumphrey Nutrition Site, 5757 Belle Grove Road, will begin at 10 a.m. tomorrow

The class is taught by Shirley Hubalek.

"She is very good," Adams said of Hubalek. "Her art book, I Can't Draw a Straight Line, has been published." Participants will begin by studying drawing, shading and paints before moving on to painting with oils. There is no fee for either class, and registration is not required.

Information: Juanita Adams, 410-222-4464.

New York trip

Despite the terrorist attacks in New York, the Brooklyn Park High School Alumni Association's bus trip to the city, scheduled for Oct. 20, is still on. A few seats remain.

Although a number of New York landmarks are still closed to visitors, there are more than enough attractions to keep even the most energetic tourist busy. The museums and theaters are open, as are New York's famous stores.

The bus will leave at 6:30 p.m. from the Bingo World parking lot, 10th Avenue and Belle Grove Road.

Tickets are $30 for alumni association members, $35 for nonmembers. Information: 410-636-3269 or 410-789-7214.

Community sales

The annual community yard sale sponsored by the Olde Brooklyn Park Improvement Association will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Olde Brooklyn Park lies west of Ritchie Highway from 1st to 18th Ave, and includes Marshall, Morgan and Chatem roads. Information: 410-636-3269.

Women's soccer

Women interested in getting their kicks now have a chance.

Baltimore Soccer Moms will hold it first session at 9 p.m. Wednesday at Myers Soccer Pavilion, 4300 West Bay Ave.

Soccer Moms director Rick Crowe will provide basic instruction and help women learn the game. The cost of the four-week class is $40. Registration is not required. Players should bring a No. 5 soccer ball and shin guards.

Information: 301-596-4906.

A Family Place

A Family Place for families with children ages 1 to 3 will begin its fall sessions this week at the Brooklyn branch of Enoch Pratt Free Library, 300 E. Patapsco Ave.

Sessions will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays from Thursday to Oct. 25 and at 2 p.m. Saturdays, this week to Oct. 27. Each week, parents will learn about child development, speech, health, nutrition and behavior. Professionals from local community service agencies will provide information on their services. Participants can play and read to their children and meet other parents.

Information: 410-396-1120.

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