Finally, parents speak up to defend Wilde Lake High School WEST COLUMBIA

NEIGHBORS

February 03, 1993|By LARRY STURGILL

The battle over school redistricting has grown uglier as the debate continues. Caught in the middle is the reputation of Wilde Lake High School.

The school has been chastised and criticized by many parents whose children may be redistricted to the Wilde Lake district.

What is unfortunate is that many unsuspecting parents are being influenced by disgruntled parents who know little or nothing about the school or the school's academic program.

So, after reading all the negative things said about Wilde Lake High School in recent weeks, it is great to finally hear parents, like Wilde Lake residents Patti LeBraun and Bill Epstein, parents of past and present Wilde Lake students, beginning to speak out about the positive qualities of the school.

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The Howard County Library is offering "Have A Heart," a program of Valentine stories and activities for 6- to 9-year-olds, to be presented at the Central Library from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday.

Jo Puckett, a children's librarian at the Central Library, says its program includes the reading of several stories of love and romance; poems and songs, during which the children will be taught various signs; and a relay race in the meeting room.

Ms. Puckett notes that other "Have A Heart" programs will be held at the other Howard County Library branches.

Registration for the Central Branch program may be made in person, or by calling 313-7880. Parents may contact the other branch libraries to register for those programs.

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Any artist will tell you that working with watercolors offers a challenge, but returns rewards in the form of artwork with a unique quality of tone and texture. As a result, watercolors are a favorite of many artists.

For those desiring to learn the necessary skills, Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village is offering a series of watercolor classes taught by local artist and art instructor Carolyn Hartman.

There are three four-week classes for all skill levels. Classes are scheduled for Thursdays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., beginning tomorrow, and Wednesdays, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., beginning Feb. 10. A class for teens, 14 and up, will begin on Thursday, March 4, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The cost of the classes is $45. Materials are not included.

Slayton House is also offering several workshops in basic reed basket weaving. During the three-hour workshops, instructor Susan Gribble will show you how to make a heart design basket for Valentine's Day.

The first class is tonight, with a second class scheduled on Tuesday, Feb. 9. Both classes are from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The cost is $18 per class and all supplies are included. Call 730-3987 for more information.

Please call 730-3987 for registration or additional information.

While on the subject of art, and watercolors in particular, those interested in seeing the varied drawings and watercolor art works of Howard Community College art instructor Yifei Gan can visit the HCC Art Gallery from now until Feb. 20.

Call 964-4940 for information.

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Fifth-grade students at Running Brook Elementary School will be taking an interesting and educational voyage upon the Lady Maryland in May. To help offset out-of-pocket expenses, the students will sell candy bars. The sale begins Feb. 5 and ends Feb. 19 and the students will greatly appreciate the participation of friends and neighbors in the Running Brook neighborhood.

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Many thanks to the people who have taken the time to call or write me, and to offer their comments, both positive and negative, about the neighbors column. It's always nice to know that people are reading what you write.

Since this column is about you, and your community, such input is always welcome. So, if you have news of people or activities that may be of interest to others, or ideas and opinions that you may want expressed, please let me know. I will do my best to include it. Again, thanks for your interest.

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