The fabulous 20-member Jazz Band of Glenelg High School excels, and the band's latest invitation proves it. The Jazz Band is one of only two high school bands invited to perform at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and at the Montreux Festival in Montreux, Switzerland.
Festival organizers rarely select amateur groups but chose the Glenelg band. The young musicians will be traveling to Europe next summer to perform at the festivals.
If you'd like to hear this phenomenal group here at home, it'll be playing 6 p.m. Dec. 10 at Columbia Mall and at 3 p.m. Dec. 19 at Chatham Mall.
The Glenelg High School Symphonic Band, Madrigals and Choir join for an annual Winter Concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 16 at the school. This festive concert is a favorite holiday activity. The seasonal decorations are breathtaking, and the music is heavenly. Tickets are $3 and are available from band members, or call the school at 313-5528.
Roland "Doc" Swanson is a multi-talented man who has inspired many music students here. His hobbies include fashioning elegant stained-glass panels. Recently, he created a textured panel for the silent auction at the Lisbon United Methodist Church Holly Bell Bazaar. The annual bazaar will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. You can see the stained glass and lots more. Call (410)489-4975 for more information.
She dreams of being on stage, and her talents have already helped her win her awards and credits. People who have seen her perform talk about that something special that makes her shine in the spotlight. Now fifth-grader Kristin Norcutt of
West Friendship will record a demonstration tape for a record company.
Kristin was among the skillful girls who auditioned for this rare opportunity, and the professionals chose her for her ability and her spunk.
Attention baseball card fanatics. The Youth Ministry at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Poplar Springs is having a baseball card show from 11:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Dec. 13 in the church hall. The church is off Route 144 in Poplar Springs. You can rent a
table at the show for $15 for the first 8-foot table and $10 for each additional table. This is your chance to buy, sell and trade cards before the holidays. Call Zach at (301) 854-6287, Eric at (410) 489-7741 or Ted at (410) 531-9246 to reserve your space or for more information. Former Oriole star Tippy Martinez will be at the show to sign autographs from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., and you might even get a chance to shake hands with the Oriole Bird.
The fire that burned the sanctuary at Linden-Linthicum Methodist Church was followed by a remarkable response from the community. Local churches stepped forward to offer assistance, and the pastor and congregation are grateful for the support during a difficult time.
In addition to the obvious losses for Linden-Linthicum, the church missed opportunities to generate funds for outreach programs.
But the spirit of giving and helping is strong in Clarksville, and Steve Klein, owner of River Hill Garden Center, made the church an offer it couldn't refuse. Steve will give the church all the profit from the sale of Christmas trees at the Garden Center, if the purchasers present special coupons.
The free coupons are available at local businesses. Stop at Balltown Cards, Kendall's Hardware, Zimmerman's Home Center, Sandy Spring National Bank, Antwerpen Toyota, Columbia Banks, Boarman's Market or any local Pizza Hut and request a coupon.
Then purchase your tree at River Hill between now and Dec. 24. The church will realize the profit. River Hill Garden Center is open every day from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., except Sundays, when the hours are 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Trees for sale include Douglas Firs, Scotch and white pines, and Fraser firs. Prices start at $18.99.
Joanne Ferguson, assistant principal of Pointers Run Elementary School, treated me to an enlightening tour of that school recently.
The building is cheerful and open, and the students and staff members have the luxury of extra space because the school's enrollment is low. One of the features I really liked was the center courtyard and butterfly garden, which bring the outdoors in, even on a gloomy day.
Principal Andy Barsinger and Mrs. Ferguson set a tone in the school that is warm yet professional, and the children seemed to be happy and carefree as they checked out books on the media center computer and bounced into the gym for physical education class. Being a part of Pointers Run in its first year must be a treat for students and staff.
Annie Cooney, an active member of the Clarksville 5th District Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary for many years, reports on the organization's latest activities.
The auxiliary will trim a Christmas tree at the firehouse Friday, to be ready for Santa Claus and the Pancake Breakfast on Saturday.