Video to show challenges faced by learning-disabled children

NEIGHBORS

November 15, 1995|By Liz Lean | Liz Lean,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SYMPATHY IS EASY. Empathy is hard.

A video and discussion designed to show nondisabled people the challenges faced by children with learning disabilities will be presented from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Interfaith Center in Wilde Lake.

The free program was produced by the FAT City Learning Disability Workshop, an acronym for Frustration, Anxiety and Tension. The video shows parents, teachers and friends of children with learning disabilities attempting activities that simulate perception challenges those children face.

A discussion will follow, led by Kenneth Wray, a special educator who is a member of St. John Lutheran Church at the Interfaith Center.

The event is open to anyone, but space is limited. Call 992-9818 to reserve a seat.

New name

The former Hawthorn Neighborhood Center has a new name: The Hawthorn Center, Hickory Ridge Village. The name change coincides with upgrades in the building and reflects its status as a center for the entire village, said Jane Parrish, the village manager.

A new entrance sign on Sunny Spring announces the new name and the street number: 6175. The building has an expanded kitchen, new carpeting and an outdoor trash enclosure. Chris Goudreau, an architect who has served on the Hickory Ridge Village Board and the Columbia Council, helped design the changes.

'Peter and the Wolf'

With all the nutcrackers leaping onto local stages in the next few weeks, it's nice to see a different ballet planned for the holiday season. "Peter and the Wolf" will be presented by the Linden Ballet Ensemble at 1:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. Saturday at Linden Hall in the Dorsey's Search Village Center.

June Smart directs the ensemble. Tickets cost $5; call 761-2959.

'Smile!'

They're sewing on sequins and lining up cans of hair spray at Wilde Lake High School at River Hill, as the cast and crew of "Smile!" prepare for opening night tomorrow.

The musical about a 1984 California beauty pageant features Katie Harkness, Alicia Klein, Casey McCoy, Emily Barth, Lesley Ralls, Julia Thurston, Alex Griffin, Michelle Dvoskin and Debbie Riger. Others are Laura Douglas, Carrie Lijinsky, Carolyn Smith, Caitlin Donahue, Linda Spielman, Jamequa Redmond, Sara Melton, Meaghan Kyle, Olisa Aber, Alyson Klein, Jessica Factor and Allison Brown.

There are even some roles for men. Mike Caloia, Lyle Saunders, Tom Kurzanski, Mike Robb, Dan Bendor, Dale Jensen, James Farrar, Adam Boyer, Jeremy Korch, Miguel Daal, Anthony Mitchell, Jonathon Praff and Fran Agresta are in the cast.

Crew members are Natalie Bedard, Krisi Huie-Krieger, Charlie Downs, Jennifer Palmer, Travis Fisher, Bethany Hitzelberger, Carrie Colton, Andy

Wardlaw, Leah Mikkelsen, Lauren Solanche and Allison Brown.

Performances are tomorrow, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets, which cost $6, can be purchased at the door.

Golden Oldies concert

The Marvelettes, who will perform Saturday at Atholton High School, may have national name recognition. But it's the group's opening band, the Hubcaps, that is generating ticket sales from all over the state, said Mary Ellen McGrath, coordinator of the Golden Oldies Concert to benefit the school's music program.

The Hubcaps have a true-blue following in the region, and Ms. McGrath said she got a call from a fan in Frederick asking if organizers would pull out the seats from Atholton's auditorium to make a dance floor.

That's not going to happen, Ms. McGrath said. But she hopes both shows, at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., will sell out.

Tickets cost $20; call 531-1786.

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