A St. Patrick's Day march in Dublin stirs a yearning for an Irish sister city

NEIGHBORS

March 22, 1994|By NATALIE HARVEY

I returned Sunday from a trip to Ireland, where I marched in Dublin's St. Patrick's Day Parade. I accompanied members of a group from Annapolis, visiting Wexford, their sister city. It is a thrill I will never forget!

Maybe those of us of Irish descent in Columbia ought to find a sister city of our own.

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Del. Virginia Thomas has been named "Conservationist of 1994" by the National Audubon Society for her efforts to protect the Chesapeake Bay by reducing solid waste in landfills.

Ms. Thomas has also worked with Columbia teen-agers to identify street sewer drains that carry water to the Chesapeake Bay.

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Now is your opportunity to learn calligraphy. Amaze your friends with handmade calligraphy greeting cards or volunteer to help an organization with your skill.

Louise Megginson, the calligrapher at the National Cathedral in Washington, will instruct a four-week class at Chaselle's, at 9645 Gerwig Lane in Owen Brown, on Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. beginning April 7.

Materials are included in the $40 registration fee. $10. is redeemable toward Chaselle purchases. Information: 381-0828.

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The Cover To Cover Bookstore/Cafe Book Club meets tonight and every fourth Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Information: 381-9200.

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Columbia Teen Center has planned "School's Closed" trips for Columbia teens and their friends.

On Monday, they will enjoy basketball at Columbia's Sports Palace. The next day, they will travel to Baltimore's Maryland Science Center to see the "Dinosaurs", browse among the hands-on displays, see the current Imax Theater movie and watch the stars in the Davis Planetarium.

The "Checkered Flag Go-Kart Center" is Wednesday's destination and on Thursday the group will travel to Washington to the "Tech 2000 Computer Center".

The next day, Hershey Park will be the highlight. On April 4, the bus will travel to "Sportland" in Gaithersburg, which has the new gladiator climbing wall.

Cost for each day is $10 or six days for $50. A bag lunch is required.

Registration and information: 992-3726.

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A free workshop, "Financial Strategies for the '90s" will be held Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. at Cover to Cover Bookstore/Cafe.

Participants will receive a workbook to help them develop financial assessment.

Wednesday, March 30, the environment will be the discussed at 7:30 p.m, by instructors Iona and John Conner who were assisted by Oakland Mills High School students and Grassroots Coalition in compiling a book, "Environmental Lifestyles."

The book contains information that can help improve local environmental conditions as well as some suggestions for involving industry and government in environmental participation.

Reservations and information: 381-9200.

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Windy days are associated with flying kites. Howard County Library invites children, ages 6 to 8, to hear "Windy Day Stories", tomorrow, at 4:15 p.m.

Reservations can be made in person or by phone, 313-7880.

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This Saturday at 9:30 a.m. the second "Realm of the Serpent" labyrinth construction workshop will be installed as part of the exhibit at the Columbia Art Center in Long Reach Shopping Center.

A $10 adult fee (13 years and older) includes materials. Children 6 to 12 years must be accompanied by a participating parent; an additional fee of $5 is charged for each child.

Registration is required. Information: 730-0075.

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Ken Williams, executive director of Christian Counseling Association Inc. will lead a group discussion during four "Couple Communication Skills" workshops beginning April 9.

Developed at the University of Minnesota, the program topics cover "Caring About Yourself," "Caring About Your Partner," "Resolving Conflicts" and "Choosing Communication Styles."

Class size is limited to 12 couples. The fee is $80 per couple plus $35 for materials.

The center, located at 9650 Santiago Road, Suite 101, is a nonprofit organization offering counseling for individuals, couples, families and groups. Information: 995-5587.

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Registration for boys and girls entering kindergarten or first grade this fall will be held in all Howard County public schools Tuesday through Friday, April 5 to 8, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Students will be accepted in the schools serving the community where parents or guardians reside.

Children must be 5 years old for kindergarten and 6 years old for first grade before Dec. 31, 1994.

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The Columbia Figure Skating Club will present a technical dress rehearsal of "Mary Poppins On Ice" Friday at 6 p.m. at the Columbia Ice Rink in Oakland Mills.

The rehearsal is complete with costumes, lights, music and sets. Tickets are $4.

Full productions will be performed Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Information: (301) 596-4132.

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