Residents say goodbye to a community grant

April 30, 2004

Neighbors will say goodbye to the LAMP grant Thursday at the "Third Annual LAMP Fest" at Laurel Woods Elementary School.

The celebration of the three-year grant, which has funded community programs for children and adults, will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Food will be served to the first 400 people to arrive.

LAMP stands for Laurel Woods, Atholton, Murray Hill Project. Reservoir High School was added to the grant in 2002. The grant, which serves children, kindergarten through 12th grade, and adults in the 20723 ZIP code, will end at the end of May.

Through the grant, homework, drama, science and other after-school clubs, tutoring, MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement), sports, a YMCA program and step-dancing are offered to youths.

"We have a team leadership class that's just amazing - a really neat opportunity for eighth-graders," said Dana Lowe, family and community outreach liaison for LAMP. "It addresses a lot of issues that adolescents are dealing with in the community and asks them to think about how they want to live their lives and the impact that they would like to have on their community and the world."

Programs for adults include computer and English classes, Adult Basic Education and General Education Development, as well as Muffins for Moms, arts and crafts, and basketball for youths and adults.

The fest will include performances by LAMP groups: Laurel Woods Pep Squad and Recorder Club, and the Murray Hill Step Team.

"Its going to be hard," Lowe said. "We're celebrating three phenomenal years when we've served thousands of members, but at the same time, knowing it's the end of the grant is very, very difficult."

Some programs are expected to continue.

"We're still working out the details, but I can tell you that the academic programs will continue," said LAMP grant manager John Shortt. "But the good news is that we are going to have programs next year."

- Fay Lande

Communication night for families to be held

The Southeast Horizon Council and the Savage branch library will hold a Family Communication Night on Tuesday at the library.

Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. A program for middle school children and their parents, "Teen Friendships, Dating and Sexuality," is planned be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Facilitators are Peggy Schultz, pupil personnel worker for the Howard County public schools, and Laura Smit, coordinator for the Howard County Coalition for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention.

The Southeast Horizon Council advises the Horizon Foundation about community concerns.

Admission is free. Reservations are required as soon as possible. The Savage branch library is at 9525 Durness Lane.

Information: 410-880-5980.

Churches will sponsor prayer observance

The Savage Faith Community, an organization of five churches, will sponsor a National Day of Prayer Community Observance at 7 p.m. Thursday on the grounds of Carroll Baldwin Community Hall in Savage.

Representatives from First Baptist Church of Savage, Countryside Fellowship Church, Bethel Assembly of God, St. Mary's Coptic Church, United Methodist Church of Savage in Savage will be on hand, as will community leaders. Music will be provided by the United Methodist Church of Savage's new youth band, Holy Water.

Everyone is welcome.

Information: The Rev. Galen R. Menne, 301-725-7630.

Around Town

Comedy: Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel, is presenting Beau Jest, the off-Broadway comedy by James Sherman, at 8 p.m. today and tomorrow. Tickets are $12.50; $10 for students and senior citizens. 301-617-9906, or www.laurelmill playhouse.org.

Backyard refuge: Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel is offering workshops on transforming a back yard into a wildlife refuge. The second in a three-part series, "Bayscapes and Butterflies," is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 19. The cost is a $10 donation per workshop to Friends of Patuxent. The Backyard Refuge Series will be held at the North Tract entrance to the refuge, off Route 198, between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32. Registration is required. 301- 497-5887. To arrange for special accommodations: 301-497-5763 at least two weeks in advance.

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