Atholton Boosters' spaghetti dinner will give family chef a break WEST COLUMBIA

NEIGHBORS

September 29, 1993|By LARRY STURGILL

"Hey, Mom! You don't have to cook dinner!"

That's the pitch from Mike Goglia, chairman of the Atholton High School Boosters, for the booster club's annual All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8.

The whole family can sit down to enjoy a delicious meal in the cafeteria of Atholton High School. Mom won't have to cook, and no one has to worry about washing the dishes.

Proceeds will benefit the school's athletic and sports programs.

Advance tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for students, senior citizens and children. A family of four or more can eat for only $15. Tickets purchased at the door are $1 more.

For advance tickets, or for more information, call (301) 776-7829 or (301) 490-7564.

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The county announced last year it would build a new library branch in Owen Brown village.

One of its features will be a series of 2 1/2 -foot-square panels hung throughout the library, containing artwork selected from entries by amateur and professional artists.

One of the panels selected to hang in the children's section of the library will be a silhouette drawing depicting a rain forest, drawn by Cherie Sticha and Felice Sun.

Cherie, who lives in Longfellow, and her friend Felice are students at Centennial High School.

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The Running Brook Children's Nursery will holding its annual multifamily Yard Sale and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The school is located beside the 7-Eleven store at 5730 Columbia Road.

There will be many baby and young children's items available, as well as a delicious selection of baked goods.

The rain date is Oct. 9.

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Saturday is also the date of a flea market to be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Beaverkill Road, in Harper's Choice.

All proceeds will help sponsor senior programs for residents.

Information: 313-7213.

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Photographing old buildings, and uncovering details of their history, has been both hobby and profession for Natalie Harvey, my fellow columnist who writes the East Columbia neighborhood column for The Sun.

Soon after moving to Columbia eight years ago, she began researching some of the older homes and buildings in Howard County, and the Columbia area in particular. She was startled to discover how many historic buildings were here, and how many had been lost in the growth of the county.

Beginning Oct. 6, Ms. Harvey's excellent collection of pre-Columbia photographs will be part of the "Land, Water and Stone" exhibit at the Slayton House Gallery in Wilde Lake Village Green.

Adding to the exhibit will be "Maryland -- Around and Beyond," watercolors by Art Egerton.

The public is invited to meet Ms. Harvey and Mr. Egerton at an opening reception to be held at Slayton House from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 8.

Information: 730-3987.

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A little follow-up to one of last week's vacation stories.

I called Grace and Harry Mercer, the couple who returned recently from their train trip around the country. I wanted to get their reaction to the wreck of Amtrak's Sunset Limited last week in Alabama, since they were on that same train several weeks earlier for one leg of their journey home.

Mr. Mercer said news of the wreck made them pause and wonder "what if?" But both also acknowledged that they would not hesitate to do it again.

"For the most part, it [the trip] was a wonderful experience," Mr. Mercer says.

"And, despite the wreck, I suspect it was still safer than driving."

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