East Columbia students are among among the artists from the county school system's gifted and talented programs who are sharing their talents with the Columbia Festival of the Arts at Slayton House Gallery until July 5.
"Eye of the Artist," a multimedia interpretation of quilting, was coordinated by art teachers Tolly Rumbaugh, of Oakland Mills Middle School, and Beth Miller Hannah, of Mount Hebron High School.
Among the students whose work is being displayed are: Sarah Magruder and Chris O'Neal from Oakland Mills Middle School and Rachel Nelson and Hyung Jo Bae of Owen Brown Middle School.
The public is invited to the opening reception Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Artworks, in the Bill White Room and Main Lobby, can be viewed during Slayton House business hours and events. Information: 730-3987.
Using the theme of "Fabric in Art," Jeanne Benson's contemporary quilts will be exhibited at the Columbia Association's Center for the Arts in Long Reach Village Shopping Center from June 17-27. Ms Benson will give a gallery talk June 24 at 6 p.m.
Middle school students are invited to register and pick up their free tickets at The Other Barn in Oakland Mills Village Center for the Middle School Pool Party. It's scheduled for June 28 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Stevens Forest neighborhood pool.
There'll be fun, water games and swimming, plus refreshments at a very reasonable price. Rain date is July 12. Information: 730-4610.
Owen Brown Village Association invites applications for arts, crafts and food vendors for its Lake Elkhorn Festival on Sept. 18. Additional concessions and displays may be sponsored by businesses, churches, professions and nonprofit organizations. Information: 381-0202.
Courtney Fiore an Oakland Mills High School senior, has been awarded a $1,000 first-prize scholarship by the Maryland Art League. She'll use the money to help pay tuition at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where she will be an arts major.
Courtney submited three original art works, a charcoal self-portrait, oil still-life and an autobiographical study in watercolor.
St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church celebrated two First Communion programs May 22 and 23 at Oakland Mills Meeting House.
Rev. Richard Tillman was the celebrant for: Stephanie Altamirano, Allison Bohac, Kristen Cole, Mark Denz, Caitlin Dieringer, James Joyce, Laura Klatka, Joseph Loverro, Eric Marshall, Jarred McDonald, Gordon Murray and Daniel Oleynik. Mary Dieringer taught the group.
Rev. Patrick Carrion celebrated the Mass for: Meghan Broderick, Robert Brownhill, Elizabeth Egan, Timothy Fenton, Matthew Gezik, Justin Hughes, Mallory Kaczmarek, Alexander Lowitt, Christina Lowitt, Mark Nakasone, David Nakasone, Kelly Olsen, Chinenyenina Onyemaechi, Jennifer Prosen, Mark Romaine and Ryan Scully. Emily Brownhill was the teacher.
The public is invited to hear the Mid-Atlantic Songwriters Showcase, beginning June 18 at Cover To Cover Bookstore/Cafe.
There is no cover charge. Light fare and drinks will be available. Information: 381-9200.
Teen Adventure Trips are planned for this summer by the Columbia Association. There will be four-day and five-day canoeing, hiking and biking trips for girls and boys entering grades six through 10 this fall.
All participants will attend pre-trip orientation for camping skills and safety procedures. Information and registration: 715-3165.
The Lutheran Church of the Living Word confirmed four of their young adults during services this spring at The Meeting House in Oakland Mills Village.
Commitment was made by Joshua Catlin, Eric Folkemer, Christopher Osborne and Timothy Pumplin.
East Columbia can be proud of its "published" authors.
Thunder Hill Elementary fourth-grader Bryan Geiger and first-grader Peter Donohue had their works published in the June issue of " Echoes," the school literary magazine.
Bryan and Peter's work, along with that of David Walls, a fourth-grader at Dasher Green Elementary School appeared in a recent "Just For Kids" column in the Columbia Flier.
Attention readers: The Sun for Howard County has moved to new offices in Town Center, Columbia.
The address is 5570 Sterrett Place, Suite 300. The new phone number is 715-2800. Associate Publisher Joan Tyner is at 715-2805; Bureau Chief Lee Horwich is at 715-2820 and the advertising department can be reached at 715-2880.