Exploring magic of science in daily life


July 21, 2002|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HOW DOES science affect our everyday lives? When I had to take high school chemistry, I asked myself that question every day. Why on earth did I, a confirmed nonscientific literature geek, need to know this?

At last I can learn the answer. John Hadfield will explain the ties between magic and music to show the ties between science and everyday life as he performs the Science Show at 7 p.m. Thursday at Brooklyn Park Library, 1 E. 11th Ave.

Hadfield's career plans didn't turn out quite the way that he expected. He was working at the White House Communications Agency when he decided that he needed a job that would help to make the world a better place to live. He enrolled at the University of Delaware to study Russian with hopes of becoming an FBI agent. To relax, he took a class called Circus Skills and Combat.

After graduating, he chose not to return to Washington and instead enrolled in Ringling Brothers Clown College.

Hadfield since has toured with the Royal Liechtenstein Circus and has performed at Disneyworld, Magicland in Bangkok and at the China International Children's Festival. He also made somewhat of a return engagement at a performance at the White House.

The Science Show is part of the library's summer reading program. There is no admission, but seating will be limited. Information: 410-222-6260.

Luncheon Bingo

St. Athanasius Catholic Church's monthly Luncheon Bingo will begin at 1 p.m. today in the church hall, 4708 Prudence St.

A hot turkey and gravy luncheon will be served from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., and the games will begin afterward. Additional refreshments will be available during intermission. Admission is $20. Information: 410-355-5740.

Vacation Bible schools

Children who have plenty of free time on their hands will find a way to keep busy at any of the Vacation Bible schools in the area.

Maryland's Church on the Rock will celebrate Family Week today through Friday with a tent meeting for adults and a vacation Bible school for children. Evangelist Jeff Hanan will speak at Tent Services each day at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. The Christian rock band Holy Smoke will provide the music at the Sunday evening service. The vacation Bible school will be held nightly at 7 o'clock. The theme will be "Bug Safari -- Where Kids Catch the Buzz about God's Love." The registration fee is $5 per child or $10 for two or more children from the same family.

Maryland's Church on the Rock is at 700 Church St. Information: 410-355-5922 .

The Bug Safari theme continues at the Brooklyn Heights United Methodist Church, 110 Townsend Ave. Classes will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. July 29 to Aug. 2. Information: 410-789-3688.

Stories of the Brave Believers will be told at the Vacation Bible Experience held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. July 21 to 26 at the St. John Lutheran Church, 226 Washburn Ave. Children age 3 through grade 6, along with adults, are welcome to take part. To register or for addition information: 410-355-7295.

Vacation Bible school at the Brooklyn Seventh-day Adventist Church will take place at 6 p.m. today through Friday. Children ages 5 to 12 will learn team-building skills and enjoy a few games. The church is at 3533 Fourth St. Information: 410-859-0888 or 410-354-0027.

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