Brian Balmages is scheduled to be composer in residence this week and next at Bellows Spring Elementary School.
Balmages is directing two rehearsals of the Bellows Spring Advanced Band, which will perform one of his works, Incantation and Ritual, at a Spring Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Reservoir High School in Fulton.
Balmages, who will conduct his work, will also present a schoolwide assembly on composition and the creative process. The project is funded by the school PTA.
The concert, which marks the culmination of the composer's brief residency at the school, will also include a new work for the band, Jubilant Proclamation, by Oklahoma composer Roland Barrett. The work, commissioned jointly by Bellows Spring and Jeffers Hill Elementary, commemorates the 30th anniversary of Jeffers Hill Elementary and Bellows Spring, which opened in 2003.
"Our main goal in this was to get the kids involved in creating music basically from scratch," said Eric Posner, band and strings teacher at Bellows Spring.
- Fay Lande
Boy Scout troop plans a yard sale Saturday
Boy Scout Troop 601 will hold a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Columbia Academy, 9210 Route 108, Ellicott City.
The cost for vendors is $15 a parking space. The rain date is May 29.
Evergreen Capital LLC names a managing director
Philip Gelso of Ellicott City has joined Evergreen Capital LLC as managing director.
He will be based in the company's Columbia office.
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jordan C. Lee, a 1998 graduate of Centennial High School, and the reserve sailors of Naval Expeditionary Logistics Support Force Forward Group Oscar, based in Williamsburg, Va., are deployed to Camp Patriot, Kuwait. The unit has been working with the Army to provide combat logistics support in Iraq and Kuwait, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lee joined the Navy in February 1999.
The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department will hold an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner and silent auction from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. today at the fire hall, 6275 Old Washington Road, Elkridge. The cost is $7 for ages 13 and older; $6 for senior citizens; $3 for children ages 5 to 12. Children ages 4 and younger eat free. Door prizes will be awarded. 410-313- 4901. Donations for the silent auction: 410-761-6633.
The Rockburn Land Trust will hold a garden party at Historic Rockburn, a Colonial home in Elkridge, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. today. Proceeds will benefit the Save Belmont Coalition's efforts to preserve Belmont Mansion and its grounds from development by its new owner, Howard Community College. A silent auction will include framed prints of Belmont, dating from the 1880s, and a letter believed written by Francis Scott Key. Catering will be provided by the Elkridge Furnace Inn. Historic Rockburn is at 6581 Belmont Woods Road. Tickets are $45. 410-799-2082, or www.savebelmont.org.
The Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, offers an English Conversation Club from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Mondays. The club is intended for adults and teenagers who speak English as a second or third language and who want to practice in a group setting. Registration is requested. 410-313-1950.
The Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, is offering drop-in question-and-answer sessions with master gardeners from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays to Sept. 30. 410-313-1950.
The Ellicott City Senior Center will hold a new support group for people with low vision from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays. The group is designed to help people with low vision address the changes and frustrations in their lives. 410- 313-7466, or fivestarchef@com cast.net.
Attorney Jac Knust will be at Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, to execute simple wills, powers of attorney, living wills, small estates and deed changes from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday for the 60 Plus Wills and Legal Screening Program. There is a sliding scale of fees. An appointment is required. 410-313-1400.
The men's social group, the S.P.R.I.N.G. Buds, meets at Ellicott City Senior Center from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursdays. The group, which includes several veterans, invites men to engage in lively conversation and reminisce about the past. S.P.R.I.N.G. is an acronym for Senior Peer Resources, Individuals, Networks and Groups. 410-313-1400.