A cynic once defined winter as the season when we try to keep the house as warm as it was in the summer, when we complained about the heat. I hope some of our community's good news and events will help you stay warm.
Children of all ages will enjoy "Peter Pan," the spring musical production of the Glenelg High School drama department next week. Producer and drama department leader Ron Oaks promises a spectacular play. The hard-working cast and crew will present their play at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Feb. 26 and 27, and at 3 p.m. Feb. 28.
After the Sunday matinee, some actors will visit and talk with young audience members. Mary Marlin and Emily Eyre direct the production. Mike Zink is Peter Pan, and Chris Yeiser is Captain Hook. Wendy Humphries is Wendy, and Richard Butler and Becky Ford play Mr. and Mrs. Darling. Jill Weinknecht is Tiger Lily, and Tom Kouyeas and Carl Laws are Michael and John. Information: 313-5528.
Mike Blackman is the director of bands at Bushy Park, Lisbon and West Friendship elementary schools. On Feb. 4, he encouraged 11 of his fifth-grade students as they auditioned for Elementary All-County Band. Playing alone for three minutes for judges who are strangers must be an ordeal. Mr. Blackman gave the youngsters the necessary confidence, and each did a fine job.
As each child appeared at the door following his tryout performance, his teacher greeted him with encouraging words. This is a teacher who motivates and says, "I care about you and your music."
The students did so well that the judges accepted all 11 of Mr. Blackman's students to Elementary All-County Band.
Congratulation to Mr. Blackman and Bushy Park students Joseph Hollinger and Tommy Buckler; to Lisbon students Molly Regennitter, Michael Gibson, Jonathan Gibson, Justin Riley, Ryan Bender and Aimee Mitchell; and to West Friendship students Jonathan Cox, Jody Feaga and Bethany Byron.
The students will rehearse with the band for six weeks and perform in concert twice in early April.
The Glenwood Lions Club board of directors recently approved more than $7,000 in spending for community service projects. This money will help support local and regional programs such as the Lisbon Therapeutic Horse Center, Boy Scout Troop 757, the Glenelg High School Drug and Alcohol Free graduation cruise, Christmas in April, and support for vision clinics and diabetes awareness projects.
Members of the Glenwood Lions raise money for these projects at their snack bar at the Howard County Fairgrounds and in other ways. They have supported projects in our community for many years, and they continue to help wherever they can.
All the students at Glenwood Middle School are going to be Olympians. Glenwood's PTSA, along with the reading and language teachers, have scheduled a Book Olympics for Feb. 22 through March 12. They request your help.
The program is a reading incentive program, and it requires a large selection of books. To increase the supply of books at the school, the program organizers invite you to donate new or used books to the Big Book Bin in the front lobby of the school.
Program organizers at the school welcome all books. If the books are not appropriate for the students' various reading levels, organizers will pass the book along to another group. Information: Sue Smith or Diane Powers at 313-5520.
International week is an exciting time at Glenelg Country School. Each year the students at all levels learn about other countries through talks, music, dance, reading, food and fun. This year they will hear talks about England, India and Guatemala; see a performance of a classical Indian dance; and enjoy a Colombian folklore and musical group.
Some students will wear international costumes for a parade today, and the younger students will perform Indian dances, sing American Indian songs, and perform French skits. Grades three through five will have an international potluck lunch.
In the Upper School tomorrow, exchange students who are visiting Howard County this year will visit the school and spend the weekend with Glenelg Country School families. Exchange students will join theschool for a dance tomorrow evening. Saturday, host families and guests will enjoy dinner at the Gould Building, a party and entertainment by eighth-grade violinist Deepak Ramapriyan.
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"Hopscotch " is the sixth of the series, set in the city of Baltimore. If you need an affordable vacation, buy this paperback for under $3 at bookstores and supermarkets now. You'll love the drama surrounding the powerful information broker who is trying to rule the world.