Parkland-advocacy group elects officers, board

October 30, 2005

The Thunder Hill Park Alliance, a nonprofit group formed in 2003 to encourage protection and thoughtful development of the Smith property, has elected officers and a board of directors.

The 300-acre site in the middle of Columbia was purchased by Howard County government and the state after the death of its owner for development as a regional park.

After hiring a consultant with grant funds supplied by the Horizon Foundation, the Thunder Hill Park Alliance decided to advocate developing the land as an interactive nature park with a children's adventure area, protecting specimen trees, flora and fauna and the wildlife movement corridor within the site.

The alliance's officers include architect Robert J. Moon, president; Steve Wecker, owner of Iron Bridge restaurant, and Tim Ambrose, vice president for development of the National Parks Conservation Association, vice presidents; community activist Donna Ber, secretary; and James S. Peacock, PCA Group president, treasurer.

Other members of the board include Alan Davis of Princeton Sports; Barbara Van Winkle of Nancy Adams Personnel; Dana Bourland of the Enterprise Foundation; Harry Schwarz of Tai Sophia Institute; Ilana Bittner of Pixel Workshop; John Quinn, coordinator of secondary science for the Howard County school system; children's writer Julie Dunlap; Maurice Simpkins of Ryland Corp., and Michael English, executive producer, Maryland Public Television.

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`Anything Goes' set at Long Reach High

Howard County Players will present the Cole Porter musical Anything Goes at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, 11 and 12 at Long Reach High School.

The eight-year-old musical theater group is made up of 56 adults from the area and high school-age Howard County students. The play is directed by Howard County teacher and director Mo Dutterer.

The school is at 6101 Old Dobbin Lane.

Information or to reserve tickets: 410-313-7177.

Around Town

Jazz club -- Young musicians can learn to play jazz arrangements and participate in jam sessions with musicians from the Council of Elders at the Jazz Club at the east Columbia library. The group meets from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays. Those ages 11 to 15, playing any instrument and at all skill levels, are welcome. Registration is requested. 410-313-7704.

Lively arts -- Oakland Mills Community Association will present its 27th season of "Lively Arts for Little Ones," seven performances to introduce the arts to children ages 2 to 5 and their parents or caregivers. The 45-minute performances are held at The Other Barn in Oakland Mills Village Center. The next performances will be at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday. Tickets, available in advance or at the door, are $4.50. Discount group and subscription rates are available. Nursery schools and play groups are encouraged to attend. Susan Azoulay, 410-730-4610, or 301-596-5237.

At Stonehouse -- A cardiopulmonary Family & Friends class, for those ages 14 and older and adults will be offered from 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Stonehouse in Long Reach Village Center. The cost is $50. The Red Cross will offer a free class on how to prepare for a natural or man-made disaster, how to assemble a disaster kit, how to care for pets, and other concerns from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 9 at Stonehouse. Admission is free. 410-730-8113.

Crafts show -- The Columbia chapter of NAN (the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women will sponsor its first "Crafty Extravaganza" from 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Saturday at Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Lane, Columbia. Artisans and small-business owners are invited to participate in the holiday bazaar and craft show. The bazaar is open to the public. 410-381-1342 or 410-531-1080.

Registration open -- East Columbia Preschool has openings in its Tuesday-Thursday class for 3-year-olds and its Monday-Wednesday-Friday class for 4-year-olds. The school, which enrolls about 60 children, meets at Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way. 410-290-9166, or

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