Volume XI, Issue 39 ~ September 25 - October 1, 2003

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Not Just for Kids

Recipe: A Hurricane Party
Sleepover best served in the dark during a hurricane.

2-5 friends
4-5 chairs
lots of clothespins
1 deck of 52
playing cards
anything chocolate

Select a room of your house and clear an open space. It can be any room, but the best place for a hurricane party is a room without too many windows, where you can still hear the wind blowing outside.

With the help of friends, build hurricane yurt (that’s a hurricane shelter of the sort built by nomads) with chairs and sheets. Start by putting chairs in a circle, each chair at the edge of your open space. Drape the sheets over the chairs, attaching them with clothespins. Make sure there are no openings except a single air hole held open with clothespins.

Take all other ingredients, including friends, inside yurt. Let your Hurricane party begin.

Isabel Disease

Hundreds of kids in ChesapeakeCountry exhibiting excited, deranged behavior are believed to be victims of Isabel Disease. Symptoms include simultaneously swimming and singing in hail and driving winds, swimming across flooded roads and jumping into high water from short bridges.

photo by Cheryl Emory
Thursday: Waiting for Isabel at North Beach.

“I don’t know what’s come over my kids. Hopefully they’ll return to normal once we put them back in school,” says Gail Martinez, a mother of two victims. Martinez’s two daughters were caught body surfing waves cresting over a local bridge.

Friday: Enjoy Isabel at the Fairhaven Bridge.

When asked about the incident, Martinez’s younger daughter Emelia sang in gibberish and blew bubbles with her spit.

Isabel Disease symptoms are hyperactivity and strong attraction to moving bodies of water. It seems any kid with a healthy sense of fun and not in school is at risk of infection.

Kids’ Stuff This Week

Thursday, September 26-27
Flumpa Live
Kids of all ages meet Flumpa — the big-eyed, blue-eyed curious tree frog — and friends, who takes you on a rolling adventure that includes music, storytelling, traveling on a rainbow and much more. Jump on and join in this fun, interactive, music exploration with Flumpa. 9:30am, 1 and 6pm @ Calvert County Fair, @ Calvert County Fairgrounds, off Rt. 231, Barstow. free w/admission: 410/535-0026 • www.calvertcountyfair.com.

Saturday, September 30
Story time and Painting
Kids ages 3-5 hear a good story and paint a ceramic bunny to glaze and take home; parent-partners can choose what they paint to glaze. 10-11am @ Paint ‘N Pottery, 5 Oxford Way, Huntingtown. $12: 301/855-8000.

Saturday, October 4
Peter Pan Club
Peter Pan Club is a learning club for pre-schoolers ages 2-5. Activities center on flight. Come out to fly and learn about Peter Pan. 10:30-noon @ College Park Aviation Museum, Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. $2 children, $4 adults: 301/864-6029.

Monday, October 6
Family Night
Kids ages 3-5 end a hectic day with fun, music, activities and stories. 7pm @ Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library, 269 Hillsmere Dr., Eastport. free: 410/222-1770.

Plan Ahead
Finding Nemo
Thursday, October 9–Kids ages 3-6 have fun under the sea looking for Nemo — plus games galore, coloring contests, crafts, a Nemo hunt and snacks. 11-12:15pm @ Southern Community Center, Appeal Ln.
(off Rt. 765), Lusby. $5: 410/586-1101.



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