Crofton bike rodeo urges safe riding


October 16, 2001|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A STEADY STREAM of children with brightly colored bicycles and helmets tackled an obstacle course Saturday on the Village Green parking lot.

They were there for a bike rodeo sponsored by the Crofton Kiwanis.

The first order of business was a bicycle safety check. Jonathan Seibold of Family Bikes and Skates inflated tires, spun wheels and checked that the children's bikes were safe. John Wortman, Crofton Civic Association's recreation assistant, talked with children about bike safety and added each bike's serial number to a list, to help recover the bicycle if it is stolen.

Then the bicyclists made their way through a series of exercises designed to test their skills. They practiced mounting and dismounting, circling and changing direction, staying in a straight line, biking very slowly and stopping quickly. Sharon Drew, who organized the event, had enlisted Kiwanis members to supervise the exercises.

At the end of the tour, each bicyclist received a safety certificate. One young boy, showing his father the certificate, asked, "Now can I bike on the parkway, Dad?"

"Yes, son," answered the proud father. "Now you can."

Most of the participants were children, but adults took part in the fun, too. Timmy Wilson, 8, was joined by his dad, John Wilson. The elder Wilson, an avid bicyclist, said he appreciated the bike rodeo because he wants his son to be a safe bicyclist.

Kiwanis members reminded rodeo visitors of several other approaching activities.

Cole Drew is organizing the annual Kiwanis Charity Auction, scheduled for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Knights of Columbus hall on Route 3 in Bowie. This year's event is dedicated to the memory of Pat Wilson, a Kiwanis past president who helped start the charity auctions. She died in January.

Drew said that items for auction include a week in Vail, Colo.; vacations in Ocean City; and a driver's education course. Proceeds from the event will help finance the activities of Crofton Kiwanis. Information: Cole Drew, 410-721-2225.

On Oct. 27, hundreds of young princesses, goblins and pumpkins will converge on Crofton Parkway during the 25th annual Crofton Kiwanis Halloween Parade. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. at Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church. The parade will start at 11 a.m. at Crofton Woods Elementary School. Bands, floats and cars will proceed along the parkway to the church. There the children will join the parade, marching to Crofton Elementary School.

After the parade, everyone may join a Halloween celebration behind Town Hall, featuring a pumpkin judging contest, a storyteller and games. Hot dogs, chili and barbecue will be for sale, with proceeds benefiting the Crofton Civic Association's Covenant Fund.

Information: John Wortman, 410-721-2301.

Faith group plans tea

The Women's Faith and Fellowship Ministry of Our Lady of the Fields Catholic Church in Millersville will hold an afternoon tea and performance from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the church hall. The program will include a dramatic presentation on the lives of women of the Bible.

Tickets are $7. Information and tickets: Susan Dobrzykowski, 410-987-8770.

Trading post is Sunday

MOMS Club of Odenton will sponsor a Children's Trading Post from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Odenton Volunteer Fire Department. Gently used children's and maternity clothes, toys and baby items will be available.

Information or to rent a table: Christine Connally, 410-674-9772.

Retirees to meet tomorrow

Crofton Area Retired Persons will meet at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Seton Parish Hall. A short business meeting will be followed by a presentation by Warren Strobel, a reporter with Knight Ridder News Service.

CARP travel chairman Ed Kelly is organizing a trip to Dover Downs on Oct. 25. The cost is $22. Information: 410-451-0029.

Membership in CARP is open to area retirees age 55 and older. Annual dues are $10. The cost of the monthly luncheon meetings is $8. Information: Patrick Rubilotta, 410-721-2148.

Massage for couples

Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks is sponsoring a class in massage for couples, designed to relieve tension, anxiety and job stress. June Schneider, a former instructor at Baltimore School of Massage, will teach techniques for massaging the back, shoulders, neck, hands and feet.

The class will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Odenton Elementary School. The cost is $30 per couple. Registration is required. Information: 410-222-7313 or

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