WHEN VISITING the east Columbia library this month, take the time to appreciate the art of Charlotte Beam and Ron Klinger.
Beam's trees and flowers are impressive and complement Klinger's "Natural History As Art" from his sea horse to his long-tail weasel.
Beam, a world traveler and photographer, says: "I tell everyone that you do not have to go to Europe for beautiful photographs. We have all the natural beauty here in the United States."
Klinger teaches biology at Mount Hebron High School and, while studying at the University of Maryland, illustrated a school manual as part of his master's degree program.
He also illustrated a publication of butterflies of South America.
Theresa Shaw, children's librarian, has announced registration for children's special Halloween programs at East Columbia library, beginning Thursday.
Register in person or by phone (313-7750).
Children ages 6 to 8, with or without costumes, are invited to "Spooky Time for Goblins and Ghouls" at 3 p.m. Oct. 30.
Hope Chase, head of the children's services department, adds that "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" will be interesting for ages 8 and up, and parents are welcome, too. The storytelling and shivers begin at 7 p.m.
East Columbia villages have special Halloween events, too.
Kings Contrivance families are encouraged to bring their old clothes and pantyhose to make a scarecrow. Straw will be provided for "stuffing." Everyone is welcome to a free hayride through the village's neighborhoods.
Owen Brown village's Halloween party, sponsored by Girl Scout Troop 988 and the Owen Brown Community Association, is scheduled for 6: 30 p.m. Oct. 25. There will be crafts, games and refreshments for all. Tickets -- available at the community center -- are required.
Kudos for Oakland Mills
Oakland Mills High School guidance counselor Carole Haggard has released the names of the school's 1997 Merit Scholarship commended students.
Finalists are Kelly Collins, Alison Deming, Rebecca Doob, Elizabeth Foglia, Melchor Gaston, Nathan Hornburg, Jacob Leshner, Justine Lutterodt, Bryan Matthews, Gina Newsome, Michelle Osterberger and Yang Wang. Semifinalists are Aaron Bodoh Creed, Matthew Gealy and Sarah Magruder.
Stevens Forest students Moni Gbadebo and Leanne Estabrook were selected for the All County Chorus. C. J. Foreman, Jenna Berge and Alethia Young auditioned for the chorus.
Meera Cheerharan, Mark Schiffer, Megan Cable, Dean Schroyer, Jonathan Calogero, Laura Hamilton, Cooper LoPresto, Sarah Thorne, Kate LoPresto, Jennifer Thorne and Sydney Kirchhoff have been added to the list of students completing the Howard County Library's Summer Reading Program.
Empty nest seminar
Talbott Springs social worker Melissa Wilkins will present a free "empty nest" seminar at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Town Center Community Center, 5430 Vantage Point Road.
The seminar will talk about "letting go" and developing a mature relationship with college-age children.
Teen murals, books
Programs director Liz Henzey has announced a fun way for students to be part of the arts at the Columbia Art Center in Long Reach as an extension of their school's curriculum.
High school students can use their history and drawing skills to create scenic and mural paintings, under the guidance of mural artist David Cunningham, in an eight-week course which begins tomorrow.
Pub Date: 10/15/96