Bible school students at Friendship Church of the Brethren re-created a little history last week.
The 110 students, who range in age from 3 through those in sixth grade, constructed an ancient Palestinian village out of cardboard boxes. Their village consisted of houses, a marketplace with stands, a well and a sacrificial altar area.
In the process, they learned what it was like to live during the time of Christ.
The kids learned about tie-dying and made coins, soap and an abacus. Some made two toys known to have existed during Christ's time -- a wooden pull horse and a sock doll. All participated in making bread and molding clay pots.
The students also sampled period food, including honey, figs, dates, apricots and nuts.
On Friday evening, an open house was conducted for parents. The evening began in the sanctuary, where students performed songs learned in school. After refreshments, children led their parents on a tour of the village, explaining how it was created and what they had learned.
"The village was a good learning experience and a lot of fun for the children," said Cathy Huffman, wife of Pastor Bruce Huffman and co-director of the Bible school.
"We had a very large turnout this year. Last year only 70 children were enrolled."
She said 40 youths and adults helped run the program.
Mother Goose characters come to life when John Taylor, known as the Pied Piper of Dance, leads children in his "Get Loose With Mother Goose" show at the Linthicum Library, Shipley and Hammonds Ferry roads.
The free program, open to preschoolers and first- through sixth-graders, begins at 1 p.m. tomorrow.
This lively show, a special event in the library's Summer Reading Program, uses rhythm and rap to get kids involved in dance and music.
Registration is not required for the hour-long performance, but seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
For information, call 222-6265 or 222-7371.
St. Philip Neri Parochial School still has several openings in morning, afternoon and all-day kindergarten, as well as first through eighth grades.
Before- and after-school day care also is available in the school hall daily and during the summer.
For information, call 684-3849.
Registration for the 1992-1993 School of Religion has begun. Children must be at least 3 years old by Dec. 31. There are vacancies in all levels through the 12th grade. Everyone entering or returning to the program in the fall must register. Call the rectory at 859-0571. The Religion Center will reopen Aug. 17.
Sunday's Concert in Linthicum Park will feature the entertaining Moon August, a Baltimore-based contemporary jazz sextet, at 6 p.m.
Keyboardist Greg Matza, saxophonists Major Boyd and Harold Adams, drummer George Gray, bassist Tony Bunn and percussionist Lester Bailey pepper a steady, rhythmic back-beat and catchy melodies with infectious enthusiasm.
Moon August will release its fourth recording on compact disc, titled "Hard Times," on Aim Records. Look for it. Their last release was called "Potion."
Everyone is invited to bring a picnic dinner and chair or blanket. In the event of rain, the concert will be canceled.
This concert is one of a series sponsored by the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights, with help from the Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association, the Linthicum Lions Club, the Crestwood Improvement Association and the county Commission on Culture and the Arts.
Linthicum Park is on Benton Avenue, off Camp Meade Road (Route 170). For information, call 789-7546 or 859-3308.
The primary order of business at the North Glen Improvement Association board meeting last week was the renovation of its building on Wellham Avenue. Although much needs to be done, the first project will be the enlargement and renovation of the bathrooms, said association President John Stokes. Bathrooms also will be made accessible to the disabled.
Members also planned future fund-raisers.
A general association meeting will take place in September.
The North Glen Athletic Association will conduct a Family Day Picnic from 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 8 at Elks Camp Barrett in Crownsville.
Please bring your own food; charcoal will be supplied.
There will be something there for everyone, including softball, soccer, horseshoes, badminton and volleyball. The playground equipment and swimming pool will be available.
Trophies and awards will be given out. Children who participated in the raffle will receive a North Glen jacket or a sports equipment bag.
Fall ball sign-up also will begin Aug. 8. The cost is $5 per family.
For information, call Ralph Mason at 761-4894.