Given the challenge of making a T-shirt from scratch in two hours, aGambrills girl did better than that. She made an entire dress.
Sarah K. Atwater recently returned from a summer research program sponsored by the North Carolina State University College of Textiles.
Sarah, the daughter of Rebecca D. and Charles B. Atwater of Gambrills, will be attending Arundel Senior High School in the fall.
Sarah visited North Carolina State in February. She applied for the weeklong research program and was one of seven out-of-state participantsin the 45-student program.
The students attended lectures by experts about textiles and fashion industry, and in the afternoon they worked on assigned projects.
Sarah was impressed with the equipment,such as laser cutters and industrial sewing machines.
"This was not only a great experience as far as learning about textile, but alsoa good way to experience college life," Sarah said.
North Carolina State is one of the schools Sarah is interested in attending next year.This school year, she will be taking a fashion merchandising class at Arundel.
The Gambrills Teen Club will sponsor the SecondAnnual Rod Run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Gambrills AthleticClub, McKnew Road.
The Rod Run is open to all 1972 and earlier modified vehicles. This event, held on grassy fields, will be a fun-filled day for everyone. Food and beverages will be available along with'50s and '60s music all day. Rodders will be allowed to enter the grounds at 8 a.m.
Eleven trophies will be handed out, including Bestof Show Award, which will be chosen by the public, the Ladies ChoiceAward, which will be chosen by the Gambrills Athletic Club Ladies Auxiliary, and a Club Participation Award.
There also will be a "Poker Run." Participants are given directions and five checkpoints. Athletic Club members at each of these five stops will give the rodder a playing card.
When the rodders return, whoever has the best poker hand wins. Admission will be $10 for Rodders, $4 for general admission adults, $2 for children under 16, and infants are free. All proceeds will benefit the Gambrills Teen Club.
For more information, callSharon Scott 674-2965.
It's a new look and a new leader at Arundel Junior High School this fall.
The school has been convertedinto a middle school, serving sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders, and it will be supervised by a new principal, Clifton W. Prince.
This is a promotion for Prince, who was assistant principal of MacArthur Middle School last year. He also has been assistant principal of Severna Park Middle, a guidance counselor and an art teacher.
The county native is in his 24th year in the school system.
One of Prince's major goals will be to oversee the transition to a middle school teaching program and philosophy. He will implement interdisciplinary teams; a group of children will be assigned to a team of teachers. The teachers work together to teach math, science, social studies and language arts.
The technique standardizes some of the basics and provides common instructional threads through understanding of topics in all areas. Teachers develop activities, conduct team projects and discuss all aspects with extensive follow-up discussions on topics.
Prince is concerned with "critical thinking," where students begin to evaluate, analyze and make deductions.
"This is the wave of the future in that children will need to do a more perceptive kind of thinking," he said. "There is a wonderful staff at this school, and I will use a number of there creative energy to make this work."
An orientation program for students and parents is set for 10 to 11 a.m. Aug. 29 in the school cafeteria.
For more information, call the school at 674-6900.
The West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce will play host to a Small-Business Forum from 5 to 6 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Golden Flame Lounge, 1210 Annapolis Road, Odenton.
The topic will be "Expand Your Business through Exporting." Speaker Warren Miller, of Atlantic Fitness Products, will give practical tips about exporting for businesses considering expanding their markets.
There is no charge to participate, but reservations are requested. Call 672-3422 by Aug. 27 for reservations.
The Third Annual OdentonCommunity Fair and Rummage Sale is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Epiphany Episcopal Church Grounds, 1419 Odenton Road.
The day's events will include games for children, items by communitycraftspeople, produce, raffles, flowers, baked goods, Odenton T-shirts, pony rides, a magic show and a gigantic rummage sale.
Hot dogsand hamburgers hot off the grill, pit beef and many homemade treats will keep shoppers nourished.
For more information, call 674-8819.
The O'Malley Senior Center will sponsor a program on financial or health matters when hampered by medical conditions or memory loss.
At 1 p.m. Friday, Ray Van Swearingen, a local attorney, will discuss different options and will answer questions.
At 12:30 p.m. Monday, local veterinarian John Hall, of Bay Country Veterinary Hospital, will explain how to keep pets healthy and happy in hot weather.