Dinosaurs to sing for clean Earth


March 09, 1994|By PAT BRODOWSKI

Dinosaurs will sing, plants will talk and children will travel through time when the 90 students in second grade at Hampstead Elementary School present the musical, "Dinosaur Valley" next week.

The main performance will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday during the PTA meeting. There will be daytime performances at 9:15 a.m. Monday and 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Dinosaur Valley is the story of a school field trip that becomes an adventure.

At a "dinosaur zoo," the students meet conversational plants, the cycads. The fern-like cycad is a living fossil, a bridge to the past. For the dinosaurs, the cycads may have been food. In this musical, the cycads give food for thought.

"The cycads are talking, of course," says choral instructor Julia Hollenberg, who directs the musical. "They decide to show the children how clean the Earth was during dinosaur time."

The 24 guiding cycads speak magical words, and the children zip to Dinosaur Valley. They come face to face with their favorite dinos: Beulah Brachiosaurus, Terry Triceratops, Stuart Stegosaurus and Amelia Anatosaurus.

By singing songs, the dinosaurs and plants help "teach how the Earth used to be much cleaner," said Mrs. Hollenberg. "The final song is 'We're Sharing This Planet.' "

This show has required more than the average measure of parent help, Mrs. Hollenberg said. About 20 parents and the school art teacher have transformed paper bags into heads of reptilian armor. They've found dinosaur costumes, turned two dozen children into talking plants, and dressed the stage for Jurassic times.

Learning the songs for Dinosaur Valley began in January, and so did an unusual stretch of snowstorms. Second-grade teachers have helped keep the show humming. They play the taped musical during regular classroom work.

-! Dinosaurs are a popular study

in second grade, so the children know the one bad guy in Dinosaur Valley.

"When they meet Tyrannosaurus Rex, they decide they'd better

get back to the future," Mrs. Hollenberg said.

"What We Can Do To Help Our Earth" is a talk to be given at 7 Tuesday at St. Mark's United Church of Christ, 1616 Cape Horn Road, Snydersburg.

Leading the discussion will be Myrna Schwarzlose and Lorraine Riley of the church women's group.

"We've both been trying on our own to do those little things that are Earth-friendly," said Mrs. Schwarzlose. They will share ideas about house-cleaning agents, purchasing environmentally beneficial products, recycling and using less.

You'll want their list before you clean house again or shop for essentials:

* Using unbleached coffee filters means your coffee has not put dioxin into the air.

* Using baking soda to clean carpet stains means no harsh chemical shampoos.

* Using washable cloths instead of paper towels reduces waste from paper manufacturing and saves landfill space.

* Reuse materials before they're thrown away.

* Buy nonpoisonous substances.

* Use less.

"Everybody does recycling," Mrs. Schwarzlose said, "but it's not going to be enough."

Information: Myrna Schwarzlose, 848-1313.


Baseball cards and collectors will converge on the cafeteria of Spring Garden Elementary School for a "Kids' Baseball Card Show" from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday.

Kids run this show. Under the leadership of Chris Painter, a 10-year-old who has collected baseball cards for some six years, about 15 child vendors and their parents will staff tables of cards for sale and trade. This is the second show for Chris.

"He does baseball card collecting for a 4-H project," said his mother, Kate. "He's tying the show into a community service project by collecting food for Carroll County Food Sunday as an entry fee."

Admission to the show is a nonperishable food item.

Several local businesses have donated door prizes that Chris will give away during the show, from pizzas to baseball cards to baseball memorabilia.

Last year's show, rescheduled after the blizzard, attracted about 75 collectors of all levels of interest.

Information: Chris Painter, 239-8910; or Matt Peregoy, 876-2639.

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