Not Just for Kids
Make a Newspaper Kite
Not enough allowance in your pockets to buy a kite? No problem! You can build your own with just a few simple materials:
You might need your parents' help. Clear off a spot on a table and lay out a newspaper page. Put the long dowel vertically (up and down) on top of your newspaper and trim the page so it has 11/2" sticking out on either end of the dowel. Lay the other dowel on the paper in the opposite direction and do the same.
Put your sticks in the shape of a cross, with your short dowel about 8" from the top. On all 4 sides, fold the paper over the end of each rod. Tape down the edge tight against either side of the dowel and over the top where it goes under the paper. Keep the paper a little loose so that the wind can catch it; if it's too tight it won't fly. Put tape on the paper where the ends of the dowels poke it so they don't punch through. Try to use as little tape as possible to keep your kite light.
After all 4 ends are done, trim the corners of the paper carefully for the kite shape. Attach a string with a strong knot where the two dowels meet.
Now you're ready to fly!
A terrible wind blew from the north and filled Running Wilbur's kite (he wasn't running then), dragging the poor boy across the Bay Bridge. Help him find his way home!
Kites in the Sky Sat. April 17 (11-3)-Bring your kite and let it fly at the Optimist Club of Calvert's annual Kite Flying Contest. Kids of all ages can win prizes for the most original kite, highest flying kite and more. Refreshments served. Jefferson Patterson Park, St. Leonard: 410/535-0568.
The Great Kite Fly Sat. April 17 (noon-3:30)-Picnic and loft kites high into the sky at St. John's College's Great Kite Fly. Fun includes cool kite displays, kite ballet, Asian fighter kites, kite acrobatics, 3-D figure kites, a sport kite show, The Capital's newspaper kite contest and more. Back campus, St. John's College, 60 College Ave., Annapolis. Free: 410/626-2530.
Romp through a Garden Sat. April 17 (12:30-3:30pm)-Dig into hands-on fun in the 2-acre pleasure garden of William Paca, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Learn how the garden was made and follow precious seeds from the hold of a British sailing ship to a garden bed. Dress for dirty knees. William Paca Garden, Annapolis. $5/kid w/one adult free; rsvp limit 30: 410/263-5553.
Ride the Rodeo Sun. April 18 (12:30-3pm)-Straddle a bike and race in the South County bike rodeo. Area schools and the AACo DARE program sponsor the event and provide safety info. Bring bike and a helmet. Southern Middle School, Lothian: 410/222-1659.
Toe-Tapping Tales Tues. April 20 (10am)-Stomp your feet with Charley Montroll for a musical storytime. Barnes & Noble, Annapolis Harbour Center: 410/573-1115.
Silly Stories and Goose Tales April 20 & 22 (10:30am)-Preschoolers listen to Carol Spaulding's stories to tickle funny bones Tuesday and sit down with Mother Goose on Thursday to hear her favorite stories. Borders, Bowie: 301/352-5560.
Bond with Nature Thurs. April 22 (10:30am or 1pm)-Kids ages 3-5 bring along an adult to experience nature in a seasonal craft, nature story and garden walk. Tawes Garden, Annapolis. Free; rsvp: 410/260-8189.
Creature Colors Thurs. April 22 (1-2pm)-Kids ages 4-6 investigate animals' colors and learn why they have them. Patuxent Research Refuge North Tract, Rt. 197 btwn. BW Pkwy. & Rt. 32, Laurel. Free; rsvp: 410674-3304.
Play Games Thurs. April 22 (7-9pm)-Play some of this year's latest and greatest games at Be Beep. Come to Severna Park for a special Junior Star Wars Tournament. 558A Ritchie Hwy., Severna Park or 2327C Forest Dr., Annapolis: 410/544-1844 (Severna Park) 410/224-4066 (Annapolis)
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Volume VII Number 15
April 15-21, 1999
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