Explorers participate in Rayado Trek

NEIGHBORS

August 23, 1994|By NATALIE HARVEY

"Unexplored and Unexpected" are key words for members of our local Explorer post who attended Philmont Scout Ranch's Rayado Trek in Cimarron, N.M.

The young women and men who participated had to be 15 years old, a registered Explorer, Venture or Varsity Scout, have mastered basic, no-trace camping and backpacking, be in excellent physical condition and be recommended for the camp by an adult Scouter.

Several Columbians who are members of Explorer Search & Rescue Post 616 met these requirements and experienced Rayado.

Columbians Rachel Nelson, Val Brammer, Josh Cohn, Sam Sorkin and Rachel Via of Ellicott City were the local Explorers who, accompanied by Philmont Rangers, met the challenges of climbing Rocky Mountain peaks, hiking difficult valley trails and learning backcountry living skills during their three-week adventure.

Since 1985, Post 616, made up of young adults who are trained in ground search and rescue operations, has worked with the Appalachian Search and Rescue Conference, volunteering for an average of 20 to 30 searches a year.

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A reception for the Foundry Street artists' exhibit "Reality Check" is scheduled for Sept. 9, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Members will exhibit their fine art and crafts from Aug. 31 to Oct. 2.

Foundry Street Gallery is in Owen Brown Shopping Center. Hours are: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 11 a.m. to 8 a.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Information: 410-290-8185.

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Columbia Art Center's exhibits also are part of the Sept. 9 annual Gallery Gala.

Ken Girardini's "Canvas & Steel" exhibit at the Long Reach village gallery features his works on canvas and his creative furniture designs of steel in the Main Gallery.

Chris Ennis' "You Are Where You Are Going" watercolors adorn the walls of Gallery 1.

The reception is open to all visitors from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The center's hours are: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 2 p.m.

Information: 730-0075.

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St. John Evangelical Catholic parish's Handbell Choir has openings for additional ringers. Reading music is required. Information: 995-3086. St. John's Choir welcomes choir members, too.

Director Chris Youstra hopes to have enough singers to form two choirs to sing at Oakland Mills Meeting House and Wilde Lake Interfaith Center services each Sunday.

Information: 964-1425.

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On the subject of schools, parents should be aware that all children must have the mandatory, completed immunization certificate and/or health documentation for their age group for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine (DPT); polio, measles (rubeola) and German measles (rubella).

Howard County Health Department will hold immunization clinics Wednesdays, 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.: Sept. 7, at Centennial High School at 4300 Centennial Lane; Sept. 21, Mount Hebron High School, 9440 Route. 99, Ellicott City and Sept. 28, Atholton High School, 6520 Freetown Road.

For the health protection of all students and staff, immunization records must be presented to the school by Sept. 30.

For further information, call Howard County Public School's Health Office, 313-6600.

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