Kids to show off inventions at Thingamajig Convention
A thingamajig or whatchamacallit is conversation that you might hear from young children who want an answer. How about a special festival for the young inventors. The Metropolitan Washington YMCA is hosting their 22nd annual Thingamajig Invention Convention on July 28 at The Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro. This free science and engineering festival is open to children ages 5-14. It will be an opportunity for these children to “program Lego robots, learn from master-makers in workshops led by NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration” where the “make whatsits out of recycled materials in one of a dozen invention challenges.” At this event, there will be a cooking contest, a time to show off your short film, a relay race or even walk the runway in recyclables fashion show. And, you may have an opportunity to showcase the invention that you have been working on. For information, call The Show Place Arena on 301-952-7999, TTY, call 301-952-7998. Ask the Doctor seminar set
There will be an informative seminar, Ask The Doctor, on Thursday, Aug. 4., Dr. Amjad Anaizi will present “Getting Your Back on Track” at this seminar from 6:30-8 p.m. at the MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center Meeting Room at 7503 Surratts Road in Clinton. This doctor of the Department of Neurosurgery will present information in this discussion on back and neck pain. He will “discuss the various treatment options for back pain, including nonsurgical, such as anti-inflammatory medications and injections, and surgical” which may be the answer to help stop you from feeling pain in your back or in your neck. His presentation will allow for your participation in the question and answer period. Although admission is free, you have to reserve your seat in advance. You can register online at www. MedStarSouthernMaryland.org/calendar or you can call 855-546-1788.
Bowie Community Theatre
The comedy, “A Tomb with a View” will be on stage at the Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie. This comedy is “about family members fighting for millions in inheritance.” Show times are Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. continuing until July 31. It is recommended that contact be made to make reservations. The phone number to call is 301-8050219 or you can go to www.bctheatre.com. The cost is $22 for seniors and $17 for students.
Plan for traffic and weather woes
The roads are full of traffic going in both directions on the highways, around the beltway, near shopping areas and in some neighborhoods. Traffic is heavy day and night, weekdays and weekends. And, sometimes it makes me wonder, just when is the best time, day, night, weekday, weekend, holiday or whatever. Planning is important, making a schedule of where you want/need to go, the best time to travel and which route to take.
Then there is the weather — hot, hot, and hotter. Whether it is 6 o’clock a.m. or 8 o’clock p.m. Whether it is on a weekday or on the weekend. Or even if it is the day before, the day of, or the day after the holiday period. This is summer. Schools are closed. Parents have put in plans for vacation time — away from home where they can have fun, rest, relax, eating, sightseeing or whatever, that can be and will be enjoyed by the whole family. So pack the right clothes for the weather and for the trip. Plan time for rest, relaxing and be patient. Yes, it is hot. And there is a lot of traffic. But it is real. So, just enjoy because it won’t last forever and then we will be complaining about the cold weather. That’s life.