'Family Technology Night' starts at 7 p.m. at Jeffers Hill Elementary

NEIGHBORS

March 18, 1997|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

JEFFERS HILL Elementary School's PTA is co-sponsoring "Family Technology Night" at 7 p.m. today.

Parents, students and teachers will have the opportunity to explore Microsoft Windows and the Internet, with hands-on computer time, during the evening.

Joan Berger, northeast region coordinator/team leader for Microsoft, said, "We hope this workshop will help the parents and students realize the educational benefits of computers at school and home."

Everyone attending will have an opportunity to win free software. Names will also be entered in a quarterly drawing for a free computer and printer.

PTA President Michele Williams has an ulterior motive for inviting parents to bring other parents and friends. Based on the evening's attendance, the school will receive complimentary software from Microsoft.

Parents and teachers will also receive a discount -- and earn software for Jeffers Hill -- if they purchase Hewlett-Packard computer products within 45 days of the event.

Hewlett-Packard, the American Association of School Libraries, Family PC Magazine and CompUSA are co-sponsoring the program.

Information: 410-313-6872.

Irish sculpture

Ireland -- its heritage and political conflicts, its natural resources and architecture -- are all elements of Daithi O'Glaisain's sculpture.

The Columbia Art Center will hold an opening reception for an exhibition of his work at 6 p.m. Thursday. The center is in the Long Reach Village Shopping Center.

O'Glaisain's work uses the polarizing force of magnets to create fields in which his wooden forms float.

He begins a piece by stripping the bark from a tree trunk, squaring it into a block, then opening it up "like an archaeological dig."

O'Glaisain feels that "the story" is the most necessary component of his work. The interlocking forms are images for the effects of Irish colonization, "how it rips apart a landscape, leaving gaping gashes; how it takes parts of people, forces them inside themselves, takes parts of culture and forces it underground," he says.

O'Glaisain has received an arts grant from Baltimore's Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture.

The artist earned a diploma from the College of Art and Design in Limerick, Ireland, and a master of fine arts degree from Pennsylvania State University.

His work has been shown in Ireland and in the United States.

The Main Gallery exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 9: 30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, from TC a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Information: 410-730-0075.

Band night

Columbia Teen Center's Bobbie Whyte invites high school teens to come to "Band Night at the Barn" from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 29 at The Barn, in the Oakland Mills village shopping center.

Pinfold, Son of Spam, and Ghost of Tom will provide dance music. Admission is $7 at the door.

Information: 410-992-3726.

Getting acquainted

New to Columbia? Lived here awhile, but not familiar with Baltimore?

East Columbia's 50+ Center has scheduled a guided tour of Baltimore on April 4.

A visit to Fort McHenry -- birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner -- is included, and lunch will be your choice at Harborplace.

Cost of the "Baltimore Jaunt," which leaves the East Columbia Library at 9 a.m., is $14.

Information or reservations: 410-313-7680. The deadline is April 1.

Latin dancing

If the salsa and merengue are dances that set your feet tapping, you may want to sign up for east Columbian Patricia Ordonez's Latin Dance Class at Wilde Lake's Slayton House.

The class begins with a line dance to help students acquire the basic rhythms and movements.

Ordonez danced with the group El Tayrona in Seville, Spain, Washington and Baltimore.

She has taught at Bryn Mawr School and the Fred Astaire dance studios.

"It is my hope to form a group such as El Tayrona, to bring pride and cultural enrichment to the community," she says.

The six-week class begins at 7 p.m. April 1.

Registration is required. Information: 410-730-3987.

Tech careers

Long Reach High School's Parent Teacher Student Association is sponsoring a series of career information forums for students and parents, based on the Tech Magnet clusters.

Construction and manufacturing will be featured at the March 25 meeting, which takes place in the school's auditorium.

Information: 410-992-1797.

Pub Date: 3/18/97

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