Robinson, of Harper's Choice, honored for volunteer work


October 31, 2001|By Heather Tepe | Heather Tepe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHEN IT comes to volunteers, Juanita Robinson is the tops. As part of the Maryland, You Are Beautiful program, Robinson was named Howard County Volunteer of the Year at a ceremony in Ellicott City on Oct. 4.

A resident of Harper's Choice village, Robinson is serving her second term as a member of the village board and is head of the village's Citizens on Patrol group.

"She's very involved in the Village of Harper's Choice," said Joy Rose, chairwoman of the village board. "She's been a wonderful asset for us."

Robinson's volunteer activities are not limited to her neighborhood. She has also volunteered for Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, St. Matthew House and the Board on Homelessness.

Robinson is a member of the Orthodox Church of St. Matthew, where she sings in the choir and works with youths in the church school. In his letter recommending Robinson for the award, the Rev. Ray Velencia wrote: "She is a tireless champion for the cause of good for her fellow human beings, especially those marginalized, forgotten, and discounted within the human family."

On Nov. 14, Robinson will represent Howard County at a ceremony Gov. Parris N. Glendening will hold in Annapolis.

International cabaret

Foreign-born Information and Referral Network (FIRN) will celebrate 20 years of service to the community at its International Cabaret fund-raiser from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Columbia Hilton Hotel.

FIRN is a nonprofit organization assisting foreign-born residents in the county with employment, English instruction, refugee resettlement, health care, housing, interpretation and translation.

Fatma Said, a former FIRN client who will speak at the International Cabaret, did not speak English when she arrived in the United States 17 years ago from Egypt. FIRN helped her get a green card and find a job and housing, and referred her to programs that helped her with the language, she said.

Language problems kept Said from passing the test for U.S. citizenship the first two times, but she passed the test in September. "I'm very, very happy because I'm American now," she said.

The cabaret will feature ethnic food kiosks, music, an international marketplace, a silent auction and a raffle. Channel 2 news anchor Terry Owens will introduce the entertainment, which will include Trinidad and Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra, ANADAD (All Natural African Dancers and Drummers), singer Karen Bennett and magic by Eric Cicora.

Tickets are $50 and include food, beer and wine.

Information or tickets: 410-992-1923.

Rouse scholars

Students from 12 area high schools enrolled at Howard Community College this fall as the newest class of James W. Rouse Scholars.

The program is a selective and challenging honors program designed so that a student can transfer to four-year colleges at the end of the sophomore year. Grades, test scores, course selection, intellectual interests and extracurricular activities are some of the factors considered in choosing students for the program.

Graduates from west Columbia high schools chosen as Rouse Scholars for this year are: Stephanie Elliott, Jon Elliott, Marie Miller, Stephen Milner and Jennifer Schneider of Atholton High School; and Maren Archer, Auriane De Rudder, Erin Flanagan, Patrick Grissinger, Nyuma Johnson and Jacqueline Ridgeway from Wilde Lake High School.

Music, music, music

Wilde Lake High School will offer an evening of music, featuring the school's jazz, marimba and percussion ensembles at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Jim Rouse Theatre at the school.

The three groups will perform works by Bach, Miles Davis, George Gershwin and more. Tickets are $3 and can be purchased at the door. Children to age 6 and senior citizens will be admitted free.

Pianist Robin Spielberg will perform her compositions at Historic Oakland on Saturday, beginning at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets cost $15; $12 for senior citizens and students.

Information or tickets: 410-730-4801.

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