Fifth-graders to simulate congressional hearings

May 13, 2004

Fifth-graders at Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School will test their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights tomorrow in "We the People Simulated Congressional Hearings."

Each class will be divided into five groups. Acting as experts testifying before a congressional committee, each group will deliver four minutes of prepared testimony and field questions on an aspect of the Constitution and government.

The five mock congressional committees, which will evaluate the testimony and pose questions, are made up of 15 adults - public officials, attorneys, constitutional scholars, representatives from the community, and representatives from county and state offices of curricular programs.

Eight Howard County elementary schools - Bryant Woods, Ilchester, Longfellow, Clarksville, Fulton, Centennial Lane and Bollman Bridge, as well as Triadelphia Ridge - are participating in the program, which is the culmination of the children's months-long study of the curriculum unit, "Building a New Nation."

"We The People" is administered by the Center for Civic Education, a nonprofit organization funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Information: social studies resource teacher John Krownapple, 410-313-5678.

- Fay Lande

Audubon Society to offer free course on birding

The Audubon Society of Central Maryland will present a brief, free course on birding. It includes a short session at 7:30 p.m. June 2 at the Mount Airy library and a field trip to the society's Audrey Carroll Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary at 8 a.m. June 5.

Scheduled topics include binoculars and telescopes; field guides; computer and audio aids; ideal Maryland birding locations; and identification clues - plumage, voice and habitat.

Information: Bob Schaefer, 301-831-5660.

Mount Airy May Fest scheduled this weekend

The Mount Airy Downtown Business Association's Main Street May Fest will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in the downtown area.

Main Street, from Prospect Avenue to Hood Street, will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Free shuttle buses will run every 15 minutes from the Mount Airy carnival grounds to the downtown area. Parking will be available.

Food, crafts, pony rides, face-painting, a Moonbounce and entertainment - including a pie-eating contest - are planned.

Information: Ben Gue or Rick Lawson, 301-829-2112.

Around Town

Chess: The Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville, will hold open play for chess enthusiasts of all ages from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and May 20 and 27. Chess sets will be provided. Registration is not necessary.

Jazz: The River Hill High School music department will present a jazz concert by student musicians at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets, available at the door, are $5; $3 for children ages 6 to 11. Children to age 6 are admitted free. 410-313-6927.

Gardener: A master gardener program on container gardening, with Carol McAllister, is planned for 7 p.m. Monday. She will discuss the advantages of container gardening, how to select plants, and offer creative planting ideas. Registration is requested. 410-313-5577.

Family dinner: Western Horizon Council and the Glenwood library will offer a free family dinner and workshop, "Guiding Good Choices: Substance Abuse Prevention for Middle School Students and Their Parents," from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.; the program is to start at 7 p.m. Parents and children will have an opportunity to talk separately and together. Anne Walker, substance abuse prevention coordinator for the Howard County Health Department, will lead the program. Admission is free, but reservations are required. The Glenwood library is at 2350 Route 97, Cooksville. 410-313-5577.

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