THE THIRD annual Howard County Dance Festival will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Mount Hebron High School.
rTC Performance chairwoman Dina Ward and her committee of dance teachers arranged the festival, in which elementary, middle and high school students will perform dances or musical skits.
Stevens Forest Elementary will present "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "Old Chisholm Trail."
The songs are from the musical "How The West Was Really Won" which will be performed March 13 and 14 at Oakland Mills High School.
Christine Estabrook choreographed the musical. She is one of the dance teachers on Howard County's dance production committee.
The Howard County schools' dance department is first in the state, with certified dance educators teaching all grades from kindergarten through 12.
Christine -- who teaches at Wilde Lake High School -- said, "The dance department's a 'best-kept secret' that we would like everyone to share."
Members of the dance teachers' festival committee are Robin Flood of Long Reach High School; Brook Kuhl, Hammond High School; Jennie Ricker, Howard High School and Trish Spruill, Atholton High School.
Families, friends and the public are invited to the performance.
Art in another form is bring carried on at Stevens Forest Elementary School.
Artist in residence Janice Knausenberger is teaching tapestry weaving to third-, fouth- and fifth-graders.
Art teacher Nancy Charamella says the students are eager to learn and are looking forward to exhibiting their work the week of March 10.
The many volunteer parents who are helping with the project will will be proud to see the exhibition.
A look at the Civil War
"Maryland and the Civil War," a free program, will be offered March 3 at the East Columbia library,
Author John Michael Priest will talk about the historic battle of Antietam from the soldier's point of view.
Priest has written "Antietam: The Soldier's Battle" and "Before Antietam: The Battle of South Mountain."
Owen Brown meeting
Representatives of Howard County's police and the Departments of Inspections, Licenses and Permits, Housing and Community Development and Residential Maintenance will be at tonight's Owen Brown board of directors meeting.
The 7: 30 p.m. meeting will be held at the Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way. Residents are invited to express their concerns about property values, property maintenance, income-assisted housing, rental procedures and
Long Reach bull roast
Tickets are available for a bull roast -- an evening of food (including the popular "dessert on wheels,") dancing, silent auction and raffles -- sponsored by the Long Reach High School's Booster Club at Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center, Ellicott City.
If you are having so much fun that you hate to leave, you can stay overnight at a special "booster" rate.
Information: 313-7414. Reservations: 465-1500.
Boy Scouts contribute
Area Boy Scouts distributed "Scouting for Food" bags at neighbors' front doors last Saturday.
This Saturday, they will return to pick up donations of nonperishable food for distribution to needy families.
Nancy Griffin, chairwoman for the Boy Scout National Pike District's project, says the food will be delivered to the Howard County food bank, Grassroots, FISH, Elizabeth House, Elkridge food bank and area churches for distribution.
Information: (301) 498-5109.
Boy Scout Troop 617 in Kings Contrivance village is holding it's annual mulch sale.
The 3-cubic-foot bag of shredded hardwood mulch is $3.25 -- and that includes delivery.
March 13 is the deadline for orders; delivery is scheduled March 21 and 22.
Proceeds of the sale will be used for camping supplies.
Information: (301) 498-6380 or (301) 498-5936.
Be a director
Village board of directors nomination petitions will be available at village community centers, beginning Saturday.
Each candidate is required to have signatures of 10 village residents, a biographical statement and a position statement.
The election is April 18 and 19. Forms must be returned to the village community center by March 21.
Volunteers are needed to help conduct the elections.
Call your village center for details.
Owen Brown town meeting
All Owen Brown residents are invited to attend a town meeting by Columbia Council representative Wanda Hurt.
The topic will be the Columbia Association budget.
The meeting begins at 7: 30 p.m. March 10 at the Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way.
Kudos to neighbor
Long Reach village resident Richard Shepherd was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Phi Beta Sigma, Zeta Alpha Sigma Chapter, for his work with the fraternity's service projects.
He has entered into an education partnership with Oakland Mills High School (which his children attend), helps to feed Baltimore's homeless and has adopted a sixth-grade class in Baltimore's Booker T. Washington Middle School.
Tony Cunningham, president of the Columbia chapter of the fraternity, said that he considers Shepherd "one of the most generous people I've ever seen in business."
Shepherd also will be honored Saturday by Central State University's alumnae, who have voted him to a place of honor in their Hall of Fame.
Pub Date: 2/25/97