Pupils give 2 performances of `I Have a Dream'

March 16, 2004

The middle school music department of Dasher Green-Owen Brown School staged two performances of its I Have a Dream production - one the morning of March 5 for pupils; the other for parents and neighbors that evening.

Eighth-graders Spencer Richardson and Lyle Williams read Dr. Martin Luther King's speech.

"They did an outstanding job; I thought Martin Luther King was reincarnated. ... They did not just read it; they performed it," said band director Belinda King.

The show included a PowerPoint presentation about the civil rights movement and performances by the school band and choir. Gifted and Talented Program resource teacher Cara Cassell helped a group of her pupils create the presentation.

The Tri-M Music Honor Society, the only Howard County middle school chapter, wrote the program, said King, who sponsors the chapter.

"We're hoping to make this an annual event," she said.

"Hats Off to Reading: A Seussentennial Celebration," a family reading night, is scheduled at the school from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. March 25.

The event will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Dr. Seuss' birth with a storyteller, games and activities that support reading as a family activity.

Information: Deborah Castleman, 410-313-7601.

- Fay Lande

Coalition planning seminar on geriatric health care

The Coalition of Geriatric Services Inc., a Howard County nonprofit organization, will present a free seminar for older adults on wellness, medications, herbal and other supplements and the new Medicare law.

The event will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the 50+ Center in east Columbia, 6600 Cradlerock Way.

Lunch, vendor tables, a 50/50 raffle and door prizes are planned.

Information: 410-997-0610.

Around town

Pilates classes: Long Reach Community Association is offering an eight-week session of Pilates classes, beginning today. The full-body mat workout, suitable for all ages and levels of ability, focuses on strengthening abdominal muscles, back, shoulders and hips. Classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced students will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays and will meet at Stonehouse, in Long Reach Village Center. The cost is $84, with a discount for residents living on Columbia Association-assessed property. 410-730-8113.

Candidates sought: Nomination petitions are available through Sunday for members of the Long Reach Community Association who are interested in running for village office. Three board members will be elected April 24 to serve two-year terms. Owners or lease-holding tenants of lien-paying properties in the village can apply. To be on the ballot, each candidate must submit a completed election petition and candidate statement by 10 a.m. Monday. Information packets, including petition forms and election rules, are available at Stonehouse in Long Reach Village Center. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. 410-730-8113 or 301-596-3265; or Marvin Lynn, election committee chairman, 410-884-9354.

Resource center: A resource center for Hispanic Howard County residents is open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Dasher Green-Owen Brown School, 6700 Cradlerock Way. Help is available with medical, housing, food, clothing and other needs. 443- 527-1900.

Martial arts: Oakland Mills Community Association will offer Hale Martial Arts Academy classes at The Other Barn in Oakland Mills Village Center on Mondays and Wednesdays. Classes, which incorporate the martial arts systems of karate, tae kwon do and jujitsu, are for all ages. Tuition is $35 a month. 410-730-4610.

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