Association gets into the swim of things with neighborhood teams


June 02, 1998|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

LIKE TO SWIM? Like to meet other swimmers? Join your neighborhood swim team -- now forming at a pool near you.

Swimmers can register at any of the Columbia Association pools.

Until the end of the school year, practice sessions will be in the evening, though that usually changes to morning when summer vacation starts.

Parents are an important part of the swim league, too; volunteers are needed for a variety of jobs, from timers to announcers.

Time trials will be held June 13. Need information? Call team supervisor Eddie Consentino at 410-313-6332.

This year, the Columbia Neighborhood Swim League will have three divisions. Teams, coaches and parent volunteers for teams in east Columbia are:

Sun Division: Huntington (Kings Contrivance village) coached by Matt McLaughlin and Shawn McCrea, managed by Ed DeMayo and Penny Watkins; and Owen Brown coaches Devin McGonigal and Sarai Lazarick, managers Sharon Sniffen and Nancy Thompson.

Sand Division: Oakland Mills, coaches Rob Kinnear and Ned Muchene, managers Ron Brown and Steve Shapero; Phelps Luck, coaches Melissa Schnaar and Kristin Jarvis, managers Antoinette Cates; and Thunder Hill, coaches Wendy Robbins and Jim Caffey.

Surf Division: Kings Contrivance, coaches Holly Stover and Kelly Loper, manager Robert Nash; and Long Reach, coaches Kelly Brakus and Joseph Shapero, managers Dana O'Sullivan and Liz Wilton.

June 17 is the deadline for team registration and June 20 is the first official meet.

Meets are scheduled to begin earlier this year, 8 a.m., and should be over by noon. Warm-ups will start at 7 a.m. No meets are scheduled over the July 4 weekend. Swim team information is posted at every pool and in village newsletters.

Festival exhibit

Felicia Belair-Rigdon and her art are almost Columbia pioneers -- both have been well known locally for 29 years.

An overview of the past decade of Felicia's collage works will be exhibited at Slayton House Gallery as one of the featured "visual arts" during Columbia's Festival of Arts.

Working with handmade paper, she usually makes an angel the central figure in these pieces that reflect on mortality and other spiritual and contemporary concerns.

Her work has been shown regularly at Tatiana's in Glenelg. Working from her studio in the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, Va., her work is shown at the Adam Whitney Gallery in Omaha, Neb., and can be found in private collections from New York to California.

The exhibit, called "The Echo Between the Spirit and the Real," opens tomorrow. The public reception is June 18, with music provided by Kathryn Vassar and a gallery talk by Lee Wills.

Doors and windows

The Columbia Art Center in Long Reach village will feature a juried exhibit, "Doors and Windows," during the Columbia Festival of Arts and continuing through July.

The exhibit -- the only event in east Columbia during the Festival of Arts -- has drawn 90 entries from local artists and others from as far away as Ohio, Oregon, California and Canada.

Juror Coleen West, executive director of Howard County Center for the Arts, will select the works.

The public is invited to the exhibit reception from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 19. Directions and hours: 410-730-0075.

Library modeling

Registration begins today for "The Magic of Plastic Model Building," a program for ages 8 and older at the east Columbia library at 4 p.m. June 16. Timothy Lingle, North American Plastic Model Association representative, will introduce the children to plastic modeling.

Hope Chase, children's services department director, asks that a parent attend the first half-hour of the program. Registration is by phone, 410-313-7750, or in person.


Mea culpa, mea culpa -- my mistake. In giving credit to her teacher, I failed to mention Hammond High student Jessie Gray, who is the recipient of the "Letters About Literature" Level II category in the Maryland Center for the Book contest. Congratulations, Jessie.

Bridal gala

This Sunday, there will be a "repeat by request" Bridal Gala at 7 p.m. at Oakland Mills village's Other Barn in the Oakland Mills shopping center.

Wedding specialists -- caterers, florists, photographers -- will demonstrate and provide hints for the perfect wedding. Guests will sample food, browse through photographs and see floral bouquets and centerpiece designs for receptions. Information: 410-730-4610 or 301-596-5237.

Guilford honors

Principal Judith Bland reports that some of Guilford Elementary's young artists have received national recognition.

Art teacher Susan Clark and instructional assistant Candy Beck guided the boys and girls in the national "Save the Children" art competition.

Save the Children licensing director Tony Reed said, "We are delighted to have received such beautiful artwork from the students of Guilford Elementary School."

The children could select a winter or holiday theme. Second-grader Phillip Bechara won first prize with his "Kwanzaa Celebration"; third-graders Kara Davis and Kelsey Girard won with "Winter Greeting" and "Christmas." They each received a $500 U.S. Savings Bond, and there is a possibility that their work will be reproduced on note cards, gift wrapping or on scarves.

Three students received honorable mention for their art: Kelly Canales for "Kwanzaa," Brittany Hall for "Welcome Kwanzaa" and Adrian Klein-Hebron for "Come On -- Celebrate Kwanzaa." They will each receive a Save the Children tote bag filled with gifts.

Republican state Sen. Martin G. Madden of Howard County zTC heard about their accomplishments, and his office sent each artist a State of Maryland Official Citation in honor of the awards.

Pub Date: 6/02/98

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