An international night at Bellows Spring

May 07, 2006

Bellows Spring Elementary School, in its third year, held its first international night, "Cultures and Countries from Around the World," on April 21. Warnette Moultrie -- a leader of Brownie Troop 2051, whose members greeted visitors with leis and Hawaiian fruit drinks -- chaired the event.

Parents, some of whom dressed in their native clothing, represented 28 countries and cultures.

"We did North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia, so the only continent not represented was Antarctica," said ESOL teacher Pat Heinz who, along with fifth-grade teacher Shelley Fabre, assisted Moultrie. Melanie Kaye, an ESOL teacher, and Colleen Warner, an ESOL instructional assistant, also helped.

The children were given a passport with a list of countries and went from one table to another to gather information about each country, watch videos, sample food and visit with representatives of the country, Heinz said. Children whose passports were stamped at 10 tables received a small gift or prize.

"It was standing room only. It was just packed, Heinz said.

After the fair, an international fashion show was held in the school cafeteria. The Drumming Cheetahs, a group of about 12 children, played two selections, and the Cheetah Step Troupe performed.

Ulman to update Town Center plan

The Ellicott City Residents' Association, an umbrella organization of Ellicott City homeowner associations and individuals, will sponsor an update by County Councilman Ken Ulman on the Columbia Town Center Plan.

He will speak at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road, Ellicott City.

Information: Kirsten Saxe, 410-465-1357 or Cathi Higgins, 410-461-6523.

A musical tribute to Florence Leonard

The Alleluias, an interdenominational Christian Choral group, and the Celebration! Choir of Crossroads Church of the Nazarene will present "High and Lifted Up," by Carol Cymbala, as a musical tribute to the memory of Florence Leonard, at 3 p.m. today at the church, 2750 Rogers Ave., Ellicott City.

Leonard, wife of Charles Leonard, director for the Crossroads Church choir and assistant director of the Alleluias, died in October.

Admission is free.

Information: 410-465-1103.

Youth dance planned at Elkridge firehouse

The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department's Junior firefighters will sponsor a "Hawaiian Luau Youth Dance," for ages 9 to 15, from 7 p.m. to 1 p.m. May 20 at the firehouse, 6275 Old Washington Road, Elkridge.

Tickets, available only at the door, are $7. Information: 410-761-6633, and press 5.

Around Town

English practice -- The Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, is offering an English Conversation Club for people speaking English as a second language from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Mondays. First-time participants must register before attending a meeting. 410-313-1950.

Chess club -- Elkridge Young Adult Chess Club, for those ages 11 to 17, will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Elkridge library, 6540 Washington Blvd. No experience is necessary. All levels of skill are welcome. 410-313-5077.

Driver education -- The Mount Hebron Viking Backers will offer driver education classes open to everyone. Sessions are scheduled from 2:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. weekdays, May 15-26. Driving time is scheduled after completion of the instruction period. The cost is $375. Students must be at least 15 and have their learner's permits before taking the driving portion of the program. Instruction will be provided by Top Driver Inc. 800-374-8373. Applications are available in the school office.

Discuss Faulkner -- The Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, will sponsor its final session of "Let's Talk About It: William Faulkner," with Diane Rowland, a specialist in Southern literature. A discussion of The Sound and the Fury is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 16. Registration is required. 410-313-1950.

For girls -- The Elkridge library is offering Girls Group, a chance for those ages 12 to 15 to unwind after school, talk about favorite books, movies and music and try a craft. Speakers will be invited to talk about things that matter to girls. The group is to meet from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on alternate Fridays. The next meeting will be from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 19. Registration is requested. 410-313-5088.

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