Success In Style provides help in clothing, advice for job hunt

NEIGHBORS

April 10, 2002|By Heather Tepe | Heather Tepe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

AS JOB coordinator for the Foreign-born Information and Referral Network (FIRN), Alma Leibowitz often has clients who need assistance putting together an appropriate wardrobe for job interviews but who lack the funds to purchase new clothes, shoes and accessories.

That's when Jeannette Kendall - founder of Success In Style - comes to the rescue.

Launched in August, Success In Style is a nonprofit organization that provides low-income women with clothing and accessories to help them pursue employment. The organization also offers advice to help clients build an efficient wardrobe and confidence in their appearance.

On Saturday, the group held a fashion show and breakfast at Nordstrom at The Mall in Columbia. A percentage of the proceeds from the event will benefit Success In Style.

The group accepts donations of new and gently used clothing and accessories, but Kendall said the greatest need is for office space.

"We would like to serve a lot more women, but we need more space," she said. "Right now, all the clothing is stored at my home."

"We can train women how to find a job and prepare for an interview, but when they step out of our office they need the confidence to go to an interview," Leibowitz said. "I call Success In Style, and they come with the help we need for our client."

Information: 410-750-6475.

Magical stuff

Amid a chorus of children chanting "wow" and "cool," students from the Atholton High School Chemistry Club presented "The Chemistry Magic Show" last week to youngsters at the central library.

Marsha Johnson, Allison Greuter, Andy Fornadel, Timothy Elliott and Theresa Donohue amazed the children by demonstrating chemical luminescence, creating a foaming substance they call "elephant toothpaste" and lighting a dollar bill on fire without burning the bill.

"They're trying to get kids interested in science, and they put a lot of time and effort into it," said Wallace White, chemistry teacher at Atholton and sponsor of the club.

Theresa is club president. She said the group does six shows a year and club members enjoy the chemistry demonstrations almost as much as their audiences do.

"We get to do science experiments that you wouldn't do in school," she said.

The high school students made a "hydrogen bomb" by combining hydrogen gas with magnesium pellets in a balloon. A lighted match was held to the balloon, producing a small fireball. It was perhaps this demonstration that prompted children's librarian Susan Stonesifer to remind the young audience not to try these experiments at home.

"I enjoy working with kids and helping them see that science is not just cut and dry," said Marsha, 17, a senior. "There's more to it than school work, writing papers and labs and stuff. It's fun."

Matt Rabush, 8, agreed. After the performance, he said he wants to learn more about chemistry.

Wallace said he is impressed with his students' dedication to the program.

"These kids are highly motivated, and they're all success-oriented," he said. "I have great hopes that they'll go on and do great things as adults. It's not easy standing up in front of a group of people. I've been doing it for 32 years, and I still get butterflies."

Irish afternoon

Maryland's Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians will sponsor an Irish Afternoon from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Turf Valley Country Club.

The event will include performances by Jared Denhard and his string quartet, and tenor Michael Quinn. Tickets cost $27 and include dinner.

The Howard division of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians meets on the third Sunday of each month at St. John the Evangelist Church at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center.

Information or reservations: 410-453-9731.

Lake cleanup

Members of the Columbia Waterfowl and Habitat Advisory Committee hope you will join them to help clean Lake Kittamaqundi from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Take rakes and gloves and meet at the People Tree. The rain date is April 20.

Information: 410-730-4744.

Private showing

Dorsey Hall resident Diane Sikorski will show Carlisle's line of women's clothing at her home through April 18.

"The collection usually includes 300 to 500 pieces of clothing and accessories and is shown by appointment only," Sikorski said.

Information: 410-992-1838.

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