While Greenbelt adults are toasting with champagne tonight, their children can toast with ginger ale at the New Year's Eve Sleepover, sponsored by the Greenbelt Recreation Department at the city youth center, 99 Centerway Rd.

From 7:30 tonight until 10 a.m. tomorrow, children aged 6 to 12, will be able to celebrate the New Year with party favors, pizza and games -- whether their parents are out celebrating or not.

"I thought it would be neat to provide a babysitting service for the kids and a great party at the same time," said Recreation Supervisor Anne Herink, who started the program four years ago. "It's a big deal for the kids to stay the night away from home. They can stay up late" and breakfast will be served in the morning, she said.

Herink said the program has grown every year, with 30 children sleeping over last year. She expects as many as 50 children tonight. There is a $20 fee for each child and a $10 fee for each additional child in the same family. The money will be used to pay for the expense of food, games and staff who stay with the children all night, Herink said.

To register your child or get more information, call 474-6878.


As part of a 1988 drug prevention program, the Hyattsville City Council has unanimously approved the purchase of a drug-sniffing dog for the city Police Department.

The purchase, approved at the Dec. 21 council meeting, will be made in January from a state and federal grant of $5,700 given to the city for anti-drug programs.

"We will be able to obtain, train, house, keep the dog and everything else, for that kind of money," said Maj. Robert. T. Perry, Hyattsville's chief of police. "We'll also be able to buy some additional equipment" to help with the program, he said.

Perry said the dog may cost anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 and that he hopes to get a Labrador or Golden Retriever, both "non vicious" type dogs. He said that he has been told by experts that these are the best dogs to sniff drugs.

The program, named "Crack Down on Crack," will start Jan. 1, according to Perry. He said once the dog is purchased, a 14-week training program will take place with a professional certified trainer.


The United States Navy Band will give a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, at Takoma Academy's J.P. Laurence auditorium, 8120 Carroll Ave.

Included in Sunday's program will be the National Emblem March, played jointly by the Navy Band and the eight-member Takoma Academy Band.

The concert is sponsored by the Takoma Park Recreation Department and the Takoma Academy in conjunction with the Department of the Navy. For more information, call 270-4048.