FIFTY-SIX young Ellicott City and Elkridge cheerleaders made their Camden Yards debut last week, when they participated in Opening Day festivities.
The girls stood beside the long, red carpet and cheered each Baltimore Oriole as he was introduced.
"They even slapped hands with Cal Ripken," says cheerleading program director Terri Curley. "Now they don't want to wash their hands."
The cheerleaders are from St. John's Lane, Elkridge and Deep Run elementary schools.
They are learning cheerleading techniques as an after-school activity in the National Cheerleading Association's Super Squads class.
In Deep Run Elementary, the leaders are Emily Kita and Jennifer Rodriguez; in Elkridge Elementary, Courtney Daniell and Angie Ruud teach the class; and at St. John's Lane Elementary, Kristie Mack leads the girls.
The appearance made such a splash that the girls were covered on television Channels 2 and 13 and were featured in The Sun.
The crack of the bat also appeals to Margaret Smith, who owns the Margaret Smith Gallery at 8090 Main St. in Historic Ellicott City.
Her exhibit is "Spring Training," in which Goofy demonstrates how to play any sport. The exhibit is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
This week is the biannual Faithful Circle Quilters' Quilt Show at First Presbyterian Church, Routes 108 and 29. The show offers ** displays of members' work for the past two years, a merchant mall and a silent auction.
This year's Raffle Quilt is "Maryland: From the Mountains to the Sea." Chances for this bed-sized quilt will be sold at the show.
Quilt demonstrations will be given throughout each day.
Ann Connery will teach "Embellishments for the Baltimore Album Fruit Block"; Joyce Schneider will teach "Machine Paper Piecing"; Estelle Brown will teach "Ruching"; and Ann Christy will teach "Machine Cathedral Window."
The show is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Call 740-5075 for information and demonstration times.
National Library Week
This is National Library Week, a celebration of a vital institution. Visit the friendly folks at Elkridge Library or Miller branch library and tell them what a great job they're doing.
The library is celebrating all week.
At Miller branch library on Wednesday, local author Stephen Vicchio will read stories and essays from his eighth book, "The I of the Beholder." The program begins at 7 p.m.
Call the library at 313-1950 to register.
At Elkridge Elementary School, pupils Amber Babcock and Meghan Sanders are collecting used clothing in good condition to be donated to Sarah's House, a shelter for the homeless.
The community is urged to help these girls toward successful completion of their project, which runs from today through Thursday.
Changing families workshops
At 7: 45 p.m. Thursday, Centennial High School PTSA will sponsor the last in its series of family workshops, Teens and Nontraditional Families.
Facilitated by the school's business partner, Crossroads Psychological Associates, the workshop will examine challenges presented by changing family situations: divorced parents, single-parent families and blended families. The community is invited.
Benefit craft show
On Saturday, Centennial's Music Department will sponsor a Community Flea Market and Craft Show.
From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., shop while enjoying musical selections from the Centennial band under the direction of Jack Schwalm, from the orchestra directed by Robert Swartz and choral music directed by Kathryn Cammarata. Rain date is April 27.
Centennial High School is at 4300 Centennial Lane in Ellicott City.
Earth Day students
St. John's Lane Elementary School pupils are learning about more than the three R's.
Anju George and Christina Juras are involved in projects to help the environment. Anju placed a recycling tree by the school's front office, where he collects six-pack plastic rings.
The rings are a threat to animals in the wild, and Anju hopes to help eliminate the danger. Christina writes environmental conservation tips published each week in the school newsletter.
Another recent addition to the school is the translation of the school newspaper into Korean so that no parent will miss school events.
Aeseun Yoon, a member of the Bethel Korean Presbyterian Church, is the translator.
Howard County history
Howard County historian Joetta Cramm continues to open our eyes to our beginnings in her spring classes.
"Breakfast in Ellicott City" on May 4 will combine a morning meal with a slide presentation and walking tour.
Call the Department of Recreation and Parks at 313-PARK for details.
Beginning April 25, Ms. Cramm will teach a four-week class, "Howard County History, Part 1," covering early settlements. Class will be from 7: 30 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. at Centennial High School.
Mount Hebron High School's Viking Backers are sponsoring the fourth annual 5K Run on April 28. From the school, the Fun Run/Walk begins at 8: 45 a.m. and the 5K Race begins at 9 a.m.
Incentives are offered for entry. Awards will be given to the first three racers in seven age divisions and in six additional divisions.
About 50 random prizes will be awarded. Each registered participant will receive a commemorative T-shirt.
The entry fee is $12 for racers and $7 for walkers. All proceeds benefit student activities.
Information: Bill at 461-1261.
Pub Date: 4/15/96