Music lightens everyone's heart, especially this time of the year. Which explains why Romocille Johnson, who has been training piano students in her spare time for more than two years, is such a treasure.
Her students range in age from 7 to 40, and she says her proudest achievements are the accomplishments of each.
Johnson believes it is a privilege to awaken a thirst for one of God's finest gifts, the gift of making, creating and enjoying music.
In addition to teaching in her spare time, she also serves as the minister of music at St. John United Methodist Church, where she manages the music ministry of the combined choir, Children's Ensemble andSanctuary Choir.
She is also assistant to the minister of music at Epworth United Methodist church in Baltimore. And in 1989, she organized the 50 voices of the "Extensions of Faith," an interdenominational gospel choir with members from churches throughout the Baltimore area.
Johnson received her formal training at the Peabody Conservatory and Morgan State University. Her private instructors included the late Gerard Sturm, Bessie Deck of Anne Arundel County and Elaine Kelly of Morgan State University.
Two of Johnson's students performed during the holiday festivities. Fifth-grader Ebony Flowers played two Christmas songs on the piano at Brooklyn Park Elementary School, and 7-year-old Tiffany Underwood performed during the Christmas service at St. John United Methodist Church.
All of Johnson's students are preparing for a full recital in May 1992.
Ringing in a NewYear is always a lot of fun. Community organizations and restaurantsare completing plans for celebrations around the neighborhood.
* Jonathan's Restaurant & Lounge on Belle Grove Road is planning a "Gala New Year's Eve Party."
The menu offers a choice of prime ribs orcrab imperial, with champagne served at midnight. The all-night celebration will feature entertainment by Night Watch.
For ticket information, call 789-2550.
* The Arundel Improvement Association is still selling tickets to its New Year's celebration.
The affair will run from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and feature music by Ronnie Leverton. A hot and cold buffet will be served with beer, soda, champagne and party favors.
The cost is $15 per person. Reservations may be made by calling 789-2192.
In Harbor Hospital Center news: Representatives will conduct free seminars on Medicare billing for community organizations. In addition to helping Medicare recipients understand thecomplicated system, the representatives will assist them in completing forms.
Volunteers will also be trained to assist members of their organizations. If you would like someone to address your communityorganization, please contact Harbor Hospital Center's Speakers Bureau at 347-3441.
* A comprehensive obstetrics program for first-timeparents, "Our First," includes merchant discounts, a 24-hour information hot line, educational programs for parents and grandparents, andmonthly educational newsletters containing important prenatal and postpartum information.
To join this free program, call 347-3840.
* Also for expectant parents, the center offers a six-week Prepared Childbirth class, which provides information on the physiological changes during pregnancy and breathing exercises during labor.
Classes are limited to expectant parents in their fifth month of pregnancy who plan to deliver at Harbor Hospital Center. Members of the center's "Our First" program receive a discount.
Call 347-3412 to register.
Sunnyfield Estates, on Hammonds Lane, has announced the winners of the holiday house-decorating contest.
Best overall was 709 Sunnyfield Lane; best lighting went to 795 Sunnyfield Lane; and best door was 808 Sunnyfield Lane.
The winners received $20 gift certificates from Hechinger. Congratulations to everyone who made the neighborhood more festive.
If you drove through Sunnyfield Estates onChristmas Eve, you would have seen more than 500 lights decorating the community. A special thanks is extended to the following people for their hard work in placing the lights:
Jerry and Janet Stanley, Bill Mosher, Gail Kovack and family, Dave Peliniak and family, and Dan Ditzel.
A Christmas concert and Christian unity service sponsored by the Ministerial Alliance of Brooklyn-Curtis Bay will begin at 4 p.m. Jan. 5, at St. John Lutheran Church, 226 Washburn Ave.
The Arundel Singers and combined choirs from area churches will be singing Handel's "Hallelujah" chorus. There is no charge, but a free-will offering will be taken. A reception will follow.
The St. John United Methodist Church, on Belle Grove Road in Pumphrey, will feature a watch service beginning at 10 p.m. New Year's Eve. Everyone isinvited to attend.
The St. Rose of Lima New Year's Eve service will begin at 7:30 p.m., and the New Year's Day service will run from 8 a.m.
until noon. The doors of the church are always open, and everyone is welcome to attend.
Seventy-four first-graders from Park Elementary were the recipients of hats and gloves donated bythe Brooklyn Park CASOS Seniors Club.
A special thank-you is extended to Barbara Malcolm for her great contribution to this worthy cause. The first-graders reciprocated by making snowmen and Santa Clauses for members of the seniors group.
Our column would not be complete if we did not take a moment to wish all of the communities inour area a very Happy New Year. We look forward to working with every one of you in 1992.