Students learn science hands-on in extracurricular program EAST COLUMBIA


December 15, 1992|By NATALIE HARVEY

Students at Waterloo Elementary and Phelps Luck schools in Long Reach village have the opportunity to learn "the way things are put together" in the extracurricular Hands-On-Science (HOS) program "Connections".

For the past five years the nonprofit program has been offered under the direction of area coordinator, Chris Teagarden. Begun in Montgomery County in 1980, HOS is an after-school recreational science program sponsored by the PTA.

The program is supported by the National Science Foundation nationally and offered in 70 locations. Since 1986, several Howard County schools' PTAs have contracted for the unique program.

The PTA is responsible for teachers' salaries and insurance. Parents are involved as volunteers because the PTA is also responsible for materials, records and a volunteer to collect $40 fees for the eight-week program.

Some of the materials are purchased from Montgomery County's SELA Corp., which provides employment for handicapped people.

There is corporate participation as well. Employees of the Oakland Mills-based Bendix Field Engineering Corp. are volunteer teachers at Laurel Woods Elementary School in Laurel. Bendix also pays for student scholarships.

This year 10 Howard County schools are participating. Registration for the one-hour, one-day-a-week classes is limited to less than a dozen students for each of the fall, winter and spring sessions.

Registration has just been completed for the session beginning Jan 12. Ms. Teagarden invites interested adults to contact her at 796-0632.


Need a gift for the person who has everything? Know someone who has always wanted a red house? The Columbia Art Center in Long Reach just may have the answer.

One of the newest items in the center's gift department is wearable art -- a "House Pin." Each original ceramic pin, designed by Connecticut artist Lucinda Yates, resembles a house design with a wide variety of color combinations.

/# Ms. Yates designed and sold the

pins as a way to raise money for the homeless. The popularity of the pins has increased so much that the art center has another shipment due to arrive before the holidays. Forty percent of the $10 cost of each pin is returned to Ms Yates. Information: 410-730-0075.


Dr. Robert Ziegenfuss, eighth-grade math teacher and interdisciplinary team leader at Owen Brown Middle School, has been elected to a three-year term as the Trustee-East for the National Middle School Association.

In this position, he will represent 13 states from Virginia to Maine, Washington, D.C., Ontario, Quebec, Maritime Providence and Europe. One of Dr. Ziegenfuss' goals is to stimulate interest in state departments of education and universities in the east region to establish middle school level certification programs. He will also participate in board planning of curriculum, publications and membership. His school and students offer their congratulations.


Start the new year with your "Body In Motion." The eight-week session of aerobic classes begins Jan. 4 at Oakland Mills Village's Other Barn. Cost is $55, three times a week; or $45 two times a week. Package Plan I and II members receive a cost discount. Pre-registration is required. Information: 730-4610.


Stonehouse, Long Reach Village Community Center, has announced that it will close for inclement weather based on safety and local conditions and not on the basis of Howard County school closings. Closing announcements will be broadcast on WBAL 1100 AM, WIYY 98 FM, WTOP 1500 AM and WASH 97.1 FM.


The Oakland Mills Village Board has announced the appointment of a new board member, Eric Bauman, and non-voting teen adviser Christina Somerville.

Mr. Bauman and his wife, Janice, have been residents of Stevens Forest for the past year. He is a senior environmental scientist at Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. and has served on advisory boards in Wisconsin and Minnesota. In his words, "Community service is not an option; it's a responsibility".

Ms. Somerville is a senior at Oakland Mills High School, where she is active in student government at the school and on the state level.


Seniors are invited to register Jan. 13 for the mixed media painting classes at Longwood Apartments, 6150 Foreland Garth, Long Reach village, taught by local artist Zena Poliszuk.

Budding artists will learn design, composition techniques, color theory and art appreciation during the 10 classes (cost $20) co-sponsored by Howard Community College.

Ms. Poliszuk's current exhibit may be seen at Gallery 44, 10194 Baltimore National Pike. Information: 997-8835.


Registration for LO-CO-MOTION, an exercise class for seniors will be held Jan. 7 (snow date Jan. 8) at Owen Brown Place Apartments, 7080 Cradle Rock Way, the Village of Owen Brown. The cost is nominal, $20 for 20 lessons, for the Tuesday and Thursday classes that begin Jan. 28 at 1:45 p.m. at Owen Brown Place. Information: 301-596-7570.

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