Mickey Mouse phone is for good news

NEIGHBORS

January 17, 1995|By NATALIE HARVEY

Good news and Mickey Mouse, what a wonderful combination. Bell Atlantic has made a Mickey Mouse telephone available for students' good news at Stevens Forest Elementary School, Oakland Mills Village.

Parents were asked to list names and local telephone numbers their children are allowed to call. Then, when the occasion arises to share news with someone, the student calls on the Mickey phone. Bell, the school's business partner, provided the phone so students could talk about a successful test, a completed project or happy event.

It is another way to reinforce students' self-confidence and pride of accomplishment. Student Mickey Mouse art competition was the program's introduction. Names were drawn and three students, Lauren Kaufmann, Neil Geddes and Rasheed Frazier called Atlantic Bell CEO Fred D'Alessio with their good news and to thank him and his company for their partnership. Stevens Forest's good news is that 167 students had perfect school attendance during the first marking period.

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It will be the first 1995 Bingo Night at Amherst House in Kings Contrivance village at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, with village board member Sam Stein as the caller. The cost for the family night out is nominal, with eight bingo cards for a dollar. Fun, food and prizes can be enjoyed by all. Information: 381-9600.

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Oakland Mills Nursery School is accepting parents' applications for openings in the school's program for 4-year-olds. The children attend Monday and Friday mornings and Wednesday afternoons. Information: 313-8239.

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Dreary winter days are a good time to consider adding color to your home. Fontaine Rogers is teaching a floral design workshop, "The Japanese Influence," using live flowers and organic material at 7 p.m Thursday at the Columbia Art Center, Long Reach Shopping Center. Silk arrangements will be taught during "Mostly Green" at 7 p.m. Feb. 9.

"Introduction to Stained Glass" classes and a "Stained Glass Studio" workshop are also scheduled for the center. The eight-week introduction taught by Janet Sullins begins at 10 a.m. Monday, and Susan Keilholtz's evening course begins at 7 p.m. Jan. 24. Susan also teaches the advanced eight-week evening classes. Cost of the classes is $125 for Columbia residents and $150 for nonresidents. Information: 730-0075.

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Registration opened today for "Playpals" at Amherst House in Kings Contrivance village. Children 12 months to 2 1/2 years old and their parents or care-givers can enjoy 10 to 12 weeks of togetherness, ranging from a half hour to almost two hours depending upon the age of the children.

Children can make new friends, and parents can socialize, too. Prices vary, so call 381-9600 for details.

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Introduction to ballet, Spanish dance and other dances will be taught at Peabody Preparatory in Columbia, 9210 Route 108 at Mellenbrook Road. Children ages 4 to 11 are invited to register for their age-group class. Music introduction, style and theory also are taught at the school, as well as voice and musical instruments.

Spring semester begins Jan. 30. To request a catalog, please call 997-0800.

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No experience necessary . . . to take a country line-dancing class Feb. 4 at Amherst House, Kings Contrivance Village. Pat and Jim Davis will demonstrate and instruct line dancing and the Texas two-step beginning at 7:30 p.m. This is a popular adult event, so get your $6.50 tickets today. The ticket cutoff date is Jan. 27. Beer, wine, sodas and snacks will be available. Information: 381-9600.

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"Virgin & Martyr," Father Andrew Greeley's recent novel, will be reviewed Thursday at 7:30 p.m. by the Book Discussion Group at the Meeting House, Oakland Mills Village Center. Everyone is welcome.

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A continuing adult "Tone-Up" class is held weekday evenings and Saturday mornings at Amherst House in Kings Contrivance Village. The low-impact aerobic class is open to new participants through March 4. Call for particulars, 381-9600.

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