Gubernatorial program grant boosts after-school effort


October 21, 1997|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TWENTY OWEN Brown Middle School students will benefit from a grant awarded to the village by the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention.

Ruth Bohse, the village manager, said that a paid monitor and high school volunteers will coordinate the grant program, called "The GAP Solution to After School Boredom."

The students will meet for two hours at 3 p.m. Mondays and Fridays in the Elkhorn Room of the Owen Brown Community Center.

There will be games, puzzles and snacks available for the middle-schoolers.

They may do homework during the free time.

Volunteering for the program is an opportunity for high school students to fulfill the community service requirement necessary for graduation.

Information: 410-381-0202.

Halloween at Owen Brown

Giant Food is sponsoring the Owen Brown Village Halloween Party Oct. 28.

Registration will begin at 5 p.m. A costume parade will follow at 6 p.m. Prizes will be awarded by age group -- age 2 and younger; 3 and 4; 5 to 8; and 9 to 12 -- for the most unique costumes.

After the parade, the children will be encouraged to "trick or treat" at village stores.

On Oct. 29, children ages 3 to 5 may enjoy a "Monster Mash" program of Halloween stories and activities at 10: 30 a.m. and 1: 30 p.m. The program is planned by Hope Chase of the East Columbia library's children's' services department.

The children are invited to wear costumes.

Registration is by phone or in person. Information: 410-313-7730.

On Oct. 30, children's librarian Theresa Shaw promises spooky stories and activities for children age 6 and older.

A program of "Halloween Magic" begins at 4: 30 p.m.

Registration is required.

Kids' Day Off

The Columbia Association Teen Center at The Barn, on Robert Oliver Place in Oakland Mills Village Center, is sponsoring Kids' Day Off trips.

First, they can drive go-karts and play miniature golf Thursdayat Checkered Flag Amusements in White Marsh.

On Friday, the Teen Center has planned a trip to the Columbia Horse Center, 10400 Gorman Road, where the young people will learn about horses and their care -- and have an opportunity to ride. Transportation will be provided.

Today is the deadline for registration. The cost is $25 for Columbia residents; $30 for nonresidents.

Director Bobbie Whyte suggests that the youngsters bring lunches both days, and she reminds participants that the trips begin at 9 a.m.

Information: 410-992-3726.

Mighty project

Zachary Lyon, a fourth-grader at Stevens Forest Elementary School, has created a project that he hopes will help raise $25,375 to purchase the latest in firefighters' helmet technology -- a CairnsIRIS.

Firefighters wearing the infrared-imaging helmet can see through dense smoke in a burning building. The helmet has a built-in sensor to help find people who may be trapped.

Zachary hopes to raise the money by organizing a contest, open to all. For that, he needs prizes and/or donations.

Individuals, businesses, companies and corporations may call 301-604-1372 to make a tax-deductible donation.

Zachary is the son of Jill and David Lyon.

Taking center stage

Michael Herdson is another young man taking center stage -- literally.

Herdson, a college sophomore, has been selected to play the lead role in "Amadeus," the story of 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, at Salisbury State University.

Herdson was involved in drama when he was at Oakland Mills High School.

He played Eugene in "Grease," Moonface Marlin in "Anything Goes" and was stage manager for "Pippin."

His parents are Chris and John Herdson.

Information on this weekend's performances: 410-543-6228.

Pub Date: 10/21/97

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