Invitation: Read their lip-syncing ELLICOTT CITY/ELKRIDGE

NEIGHBORS

January 11, 1993|By JEAN LESLIE

This week, bring me to Broadway -- Ellicott City style! Broadway will come alive at 7 p.m. Friday at Mount Hebron High School's auditorium, as Resurrection School presents its annual Lip syncing Contest. School parent Ann Hearn has organized the annual contest, including finding the celebrity judges: Baltimore Sun contributing writer Dolly Merritt and Liz O'Neill from WBAL-TV. WMIX's morning guy Mike McCarthy is emcee.

The whole school community gets involved in the act, with more than 120 students participating. For months, the students have planned and rehearsed their acts, which involve lip-syncing to songs. The costumed performers choose a wide variety of songs, from show tunes to '60s hits to rap tunes. Here's where the parents get involved, creating elaborate costumes and props in hopes of the act's success. For example, last year a family created a cardboard shack for the daughter to use in her nTC performance of "The Love Shack," maybe and several moms worked out little Hammer outfits.

The students learn a great deal from the experience. Because many form groups, they learn to work as a team, and the show helps to form cohesive relationships. On the flip side, they also show parents and teachers that those with dubious musical talents can get up on the stage and perform quite well.

Token prizes are awarded in three age categories. Admission costs $3, which covers the cost of the hall.

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Have you written down your New Year's resolutions yet? If you don't write them down, they don't count -- they're too easy to squirm out of later in the year.

Many people drive for self-improvement at this time of the year, and with that in mind, this week I've collected a variety of fun classes.

The Howard County Library system is making an attempt at supporting parents in providing educational experiences to preschool children. Parents and toddlers may both benefit from "One on One," a program of books, toys, music and activities for 12- to 23-month-old children and a parent. Librarians will offer it at Miller Branch Library Jan. 20, Jan. 23 and Jan. 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Friday and may be made in person or by phone at 313-1955.

The Howard County Cooperative Extension Service office ioffering its eight-week Master Gardener training again this spring, from Feb. 1 through March 22. Sessions will be given to educate participants on a wide range of issues related to gardening. Topics will include soil and fertilizer, insect control, horticulture, vegetable and fruit culture, bulbs, perennials and herbs, and wildlife management. Program coordinator Georgia Eacker has invited guest speakers from various universities and extension services around the state to give participants detailed and current information.

The course costs $85, but participants may get a refund of $30 if they volunteer for the extension service by working at Howard County Library's plant clinics or helping to landscape county buildings. People who take the course usually stay involved. For an application form, call 313-2707. Applications must be received by Friday.

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The Maryland Romance Writers gather every month at Miller Library's meeting room to share ideas concerning their writing. The writers, nine of whom have published romance novels, discuss the nitty-gritty steps, such as plotting structures, dealing with publishers, writing about sensitive subjects and making those crucial scenes truly steamy. If you're interested in learning more, you're welcome to attend their next meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. After a general meeting, a member round table is planned, followed by preparation for the "Golden Heart" writing contest. For more information, call Shannon Katona, chapter adviser, at 254-3946.

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Howard County Center for the Arts at Rockland Arts Center is offering a voice class that may be interesting to church choir members. The instructor, Helyn Garner, will teach "Fundamentals of Good Singing" from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays, beginning Feb. 1.

She'll work on development of the voice and offer suggestions for further study. Participants will look at examples of singing styles. Ms. Garner welcomes groups to her class. For further information, call 313-ARTS.

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