Kids to show off in­ven­tions at Thinga­ma­jig Con­ven­tion

The Enquire-Gazette - - Front Page - Priscilla F. Jones 301-627-6038

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.

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