Clergy for Social Justice gearing up for 'Peace Week'


February 04, 1997|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IN HER book, "Peace Begins with You," author Katherine Scholes says, "Peace is something that lives, grows, spreads and needs to be looked after."

Feb. 14-23 has been proclaimed "Focus on Peace Week" by Howard County Executive Charles I. Ecker and the Howard County Council.

Howard County residents are invited to a week of programs that are to foster peace and will work to prevent violence, presented by the Howard County Clergy for Social Justice.

Many of the week's events will be held in east Columbia, beginning with the Columbia Jewish Congregation sponsoring "A Meditation of Peace" Feb. 14 at the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center in Oakland Mills village.

"Peacemaker Day" is Feb. 16 at the Interfaith Center with Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. discussing, "What We Can Do About Violence," at 7 p.m. It will be preceded by a "violent toy turn-in" from 1: 30 to 4: 30 p.m.

Also at the center, the Howard County Office of Human Rights and the Howard County Clergy for Social Justice will co-sponsor "Critical Issues Study Circle: Race Relations," a five-week program beginning Feb. 18. To register, call (410) 313-6430.

A session on "Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse" will be held at 9 a.m. Feb. 19 at the center.

The same day, "TUNE IT OUT! Media Violence, Children and Crime" will take place at 4: 30 p.m. at Long Reach High School in Long Reach village.

On Feb. 20, an evening program, "Vandalism, Graffiti and Gangs," begins at 7: 30 at Owen Brown Middle School in Owen Brown village.

Parents of infants and preschoolers may be interested in "Introduction to Pro-active Parenting: Information and Discussion," at 4 p.m. Feb. 22, which also offers free baby sitting on the premises.

Additional programs will be held at Patuxent Middle School, Elkridge Landing Middle School, Oliver's Carriage House and Linden Hall in Dorsey Search.

For details, call 730-6044.

Hands on science

Volunteers and Hands On Science Outreach Inc. are working together to bring an informal after-school science program to children, from pre-kindergarten through 6th grade, at Stevens Forest and Talbott Spring Elementary schools -- two of the eight schools involved in the nonprofit program.

Lisa Scheffenacker teaches the science program at her alma mater, Stevens Forest, with PTA volunteer Trish Trahar, and Bettina Wesloh works with the children at Talbott Springs, which is her alma mater.

Kirk DeBeal, Talbott Springs' PTA president, was one of the first adults to step forward to help with the program.

Eileen Nelson and Meta Weber are veteran instructors.

Hands on Science welcomes applications for the paid position of adult leader. Applicants must have a college degree in any subject and experience working with small groups of children.

Lesson plans and class materials will be provided.

The next eight-week session of one-hour classes begins April 7.

Classes are limited to 10 students.

The spring curriculum will focus on solar energy.

A class fee of $40 covers the cost.

Rebecca Simmons, area coordinator, welcomes inquiries. Call (301) 776-8926.

Blues works

"Hues of the Blues" happens at 2 p.m. Sunday at the 50+ Center in the East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Owen Brown village.

Singers Paul Watson and Judy-Luis Watson, accompanied by guitarist Mark Puryear,are members of Bluesworks. They will play selections written by legendary blues artists as well as their own, original material.

Music and memories of blues musicians Leroy Carr, Professor Longhair, Memphis Slim, Victoria Spivey, Thomas Dorsey, Ma Rainey, Julia Lee, Otis Spann and Champion Jack Dupree are included in the program.

Blues poet, composer, author of children's books and historian J. Otis Williams will narrate.

The free family program, made possible through a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council, the Maryland Arts Council and Prince Georges County Arts Council, requires reservations.

Call 313-7700.

Pub Date: 2/04/97

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