Therapeutic Riding Center to dedicate first building in expansion

NEIGHBORS

October 20, 1994|By SALLY BUCKLER

Therapeutic: Having healing or curative powers. That is what the Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center provides.

It has more than 300 horseback riding students, mostly from the Baltimore-Washington area. Many of these youngsters and adults, director Helen Tuel says, have disabilities stemming from physical and mental conditions. They ride to improve their lives through the stimulation they receive at the center.

On Saturday, the center on Shady Lane in Glenwood will dedicate its first building completed under its planned $3.5 million expansion.

The county's largest indoor riding arena, the Barbara Porter Memorial Pavilion, will be dedicated at a 4 p.m. ceremony. County Executive Charles I. Ecker will give the keynote address, and Brig. Gen. Donald L. Scott, director of the new National Civilian Community Corps, whose members are helping with the construction of the new center, will speak.

If you attend the dedication, you can see a scale model of the new center, which will include an Olympic-size outdoor arena, riding trails and large paddocks for the TRRC's horses. Planned are a therapy pavilion with a pool, a riders' support facility, an amphitheater, playground, topiary garden and a research center and library.

After the ceremony, you can enjoy a bring-your-own picnic, followed by a concert at 6:30 p.m. by Nashville recording artist Aspen Taylor, a Glenelg High School graduate.

Tickets for the events are a tax-free contribution of $30 for a family. Concert-only tickets are $10 per person. Call 489-5100.

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Students and staff members at Clarksville Middle School are excited about their new Educational Partnership with the Coca-Cola Co.

Coke will supply speakers, judges and products and employees will provide support for projects at the school. The school will help the company with some of its community service projects, including one on recycling.

Today, employees from Coke will join the Clarksville Middle School staff and students in a rally, followed by a volleyball game involving students, staff members, and Coke employees.

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Plan to visit the Cattail River Garden Club's annual dried flower show and sale from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Oct. 29 at historic Union Chapel.

Members grow, collect, dry and arrange flowers all year for this show. Arrangements vary from tiny table accessories to large spectacular bouquets. You'll find wreaths, arches and more decorated with colorful dried flowers and foliage.

These works make excellent gifts and great pick-me-ups for home decorating. Prices are low and quality is blue ribbon at this event. Proceeds from the sale are used for community service projects and an annual scholarship award.

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Next Wednesday seventh- and some eighth-graders will take the Maryland Functional Math Test. All students must pass this test to graduate high school.

Students took the Reading Test yesterday. Please send your children to school well rested and ready to go.

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Please don't forget that all Howard County Public Schools will be closed tomorrow and will close 2 1/2 hours early Wednesday.

School Superintendent Michael E. Hickey has set aside that afternoon for Beyond the Year 2000, a Strategic Planning Meeting.

School staff members, students, parents and community members will assess the progress the school system is making and to recommend revisions. They will examine the rapid and unpredictable changes in education and chart a course for the future for our children.

Glenwood Middle School principal Vince Catania has organized students, faculty, parents and interested community members to participate in Beyond the Year 2000. Student and parent volunteers will join community friends, such as representatives from Eyre Bus, Tour and Travel and the Cattail River Garden Club to examine Glenwood's visions, beliefs, mission, and goals.

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The annual Midnight Madness Champagne Run for runners over 21 is at the Howard County Fairgrounds at midnight tomorrow.

Runners grouped by age 21-30, 31-40, 41-49 and 50 and over will compete on a flat and fast 3-mile course. After the race, you can enjoy an awards ceremony with champagne, refreshments and trophies.

The first 300 applicants receive long sleeve originally designed T-shirts. Entry fee is $15.

Contact Barbara Patterson at 313-5421.

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Drive by Glenwood Middle School next week, and you'll see giant red ribbons in front of the school. The 1994 Red Ribbon Campaign in Maryland, which focuses on helping children to stay drug and alcohol free, starts Monday. Gov. William Donald Schaefer selected Glenwood Middle School as a kickoff school for Red Ribbon Week this year.

On Wednesday, the school will have an assembly to hear speakers from the governor's office, Mr. Ecker and Elrod Hendricks of the Baltimore Orioles to inspire students to make a commitment to a healthy, drug-free life style.

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