Artists complete 'dragon' made from 'violent' toys


March 07, 1995|By NATALIE HARVEY

Take a moment to stop and see the "dragon" in the lobby of the Oakland Mills Meeting House. Artists Mary and Jim Opasik created the friendly dragon from "violent" toys that were turned in by boys and girls two weeks ago as part of a violence awareness week sponsored by Columbia United Christian Church and Howard County Clergy for Social Justice.

You too can be a member of your village board. Candidacy forms are available at the Village Community Center office.

Basic qualifications are: applicant must be a resident of the village; application must be signed by 10 residents of the village; applicant should include a brief biographical statement and positions on issues of interest to the village.

Applications must be returned by March 21.

All residents of each village are welcome to information submitted by board applicants. Village elections will be April 21 and 22.

For full details, call your village office, listed in the Columbia telephone book.


The Long Reach Village "Kids Clothes Swap" is set for April 22 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Swap spaces for selling outgrown (not worn out or damaged) clothes, toys, equipment, etc., can be rented for $15. Call: 730-8113.


"What Do You Plan To Do Upon Finishing Your Post Secondary Education?" An essay answering that question could win a $500 Owen Brown Community Service Scholarship for a high school student who lives in Owen Brown Village.

Since community service is already a graduation requisite, the 50-hour requirement needed for the scholarship is easy to fill. Service within the village is a plus.

There are other qualifications, too. Students should pick up their applications at 'Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way. and return them before April 10. Information: 381-0202.


Citizens of the Month were honored at a Stevens Forest Elementary School assembly Feb. 15. Teams, students and teachers are:

* Cherry -- Brandon Roberts (Kathy Neville) and Lily Benjamin and Emily Minehart (JoAnne Mezei).

* Tulip -- Ryan Bender (Judy Gottsagen), Brooke Finneran (Grace Derenberger).

* Oak -- James Price, (Barbara Gregory), Amanda Thiem (Debbie Osborn) and Andre Johnson (Adell Chase).

* Dogwood -- Bonnie Rosenberg (Kim Gardner), Ciarra Butler (Peggy Higgs), Alex Bare (Ruth Barth) and Maroni Butler (Ilene Levin).

* Sassafras -- Annye Avant-Pybas (Donna Ueckermann), Amanda Collins (Nancy Mosedale) and Romana Baig (Ural Hogans).

Parents of elementary students are invited to attend a "Parenting Fair" April 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Jeffers Hill Elementary School. The event is sponsored by the Jeffers Hill and Stevens Forest schools.

Registration forms are available at all elementary schools. Parents may attend any of 10 workshops, which will include discussions on how to talk to children, sibling friendships, substance abuse and other concerns.

"Active Parenting of Teens" is an eight-week course taught Wednesday evenings, beginning tomorrow, at Christian Counseling Services, on Stevens Forest and Santiago roads in Oakland Mills Village.

& Information: 995-5587.


A National Cheerleading Association cheerleading clinic will be held at Oakland Mills High School Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

Participants will learn cheers, dances, jumps and sidelines in preparation for cheerleading tryouts. Information: 1-800-NCA-2440.

St. John the Evangelist Church -- which has an office in Oakland Mills Interfaith Center -- needs volunteers to help at Baltimore's Our Daily Bread kitchen for the homeless. They help serve more than 600 meals every Saturday in five-member teams from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The kitchen has a special need for March 25, May 6, June 24 and July 1.

Check your calendar and call 964-1434 to volunteer for the day convenient for you.


Oakland Mills Village's "Lively Arts for Little Ones" (2 1/2 to 5 years old) has two concerts remaining in its schedule.

Folk singer Bruce Hutton has two performances, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Friday at the Other Barn.

Storyteller Rae Owings will have readings April 7.

Reservations and information: 730-4610.


Oakland Mills High School's Dori Brain has been awarded a full scholarship to play volleyball at East Carolina University in North Carolina.

Dori's performances on the field have impressed coaches and spectators alike. The sport is not her only interest. She plays the piano (and has volunteered her talents at Stevens Forest Elementary School's productions) and plans to major in music.


Temple Isaiah, Oakland Mills Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Oakland Mills Village, has planned three services.

Shabbat Teen Service will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

A Purim Family Service at 7:30 p.m. March 15 will feature a costume parade, singing and reading of the Megillah.

Assistant Attorney General Richard Rosenblatt will discuss, "Capitol Punishment: Is It the Answer?" at Shabbat services at 8:30 p.m. March 17.

Information: 730-8277.

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