Twelve students from Cockeysville Middle School are having their artwork displayed at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

The exhibition coincides with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's February concert series, which includes a multimedia performance of "LIFE: A Journey Through Time," featuring photographs by National Geographic's Frans Lanting and music by Baltimore native Philip Glass.

The Cockeysville students' artwork was inspired by Lanting's photographs.

BSO Music Director Marin Alsop greeted the student artists at a reception on the exhibition's opening day.


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At the reception, students received a certificate and a chance to meet the artist. Cockeysville Middle art teachers Sam Georgieff, Denise Webster and Pat Endres each had four students submit artwork for display.

Georgieff's students produced landscapes in charcoal, Enders' students produced rainforest scenes in paints, and Webster's students used watercolors and ink to draw insects.

The children whose artwork was displayed and their grades are as follows:

Grade six — Jeeyoung Lee, Katsuaki Arakawa, Taylor Mihm and Onani Banda.

Grade seven — Katrin-Sofi Ilieva, Allison Hill, Esther Lee and Jessica Yan.

Grade eight — Henrique Carvalho, Nina Gaylord, Kristen Meek and Marin Langlieb.

Two students from Padonia International School recently competed against two other schools from Baltimore County on the show "Brain Gain."

The students, Kate Donelan and Zach Dual were asked questions from the Baltimore County curriculum for fourth and fifth grades.

The show will air in March on BCPS-TV in March, on Comcast Cable Channel 73, or Verizon FIOS Channel 34. Be sure to tune in to see the final results of competition. For the schedule details, go to http://www.bcps.org/apps/edchannel_schedule.

Cockeysville resident Kelly O'Connor was recently showcased during a WBAL-TV news feature. In her capacity as dietitian at Mercy Medical Center, she was interviewed on the recent findings of the benefits of coffee as a deterrent to certain cancers in women.

Kelly was filmed in the dining room of Mercy Medical and was truly at ease in front of the camera. Good work and congratulations, Kelly.

Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, has wonderful activities taking place in February. At the Full Sap Moon Night Hike on Friday, Feb. 10, 6 to 8 p.m., you can find a sweet treat by moonlight as you tap a tree. Then warm up by the fire and make s'mores. This event is for ages 6 and up. The cost is $2 for members; $3 for non-members.

Then, circle your calendars for the maple sugar weekends to be held on Feb. 18, 19 and 25. Meet at the Sugar Shack, snow or shine, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., for a hike to the sugar bush to learn to identify a maple tree and tap the sap. Once back at the Sugar Shack, watch as sweet syrup is made from the collected sap. The event is free, syrup can be purchased in the gift shop, and kids crafts and face painting will take place in the nature center.

St. Joseph Church, Cockeysville, is offering the Paulist Evangelization Ministries Lenten program, "Living the Eucharist," with options for those who wish to participate.

During the week of Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22, there will be small groups for adults and teens, and a family program for those families with younger children. All aspects of the program focus on the following Sunday's Mass and reading to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the Gift of the Eucharist in our daily lives.

For more information, call Deacon Ed Sullivan, at 410-683-0600.

A quarter auction will be held at the Cockeysville Volunteer Fire Company, 11210 York Road, Cockeysville, Friday, March 30. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the auction begins at 7 p.m. Cost is $3 for a single paddle and $5 for two paddles, with food available for purchase. Bring quarters and bid on donated items by vendors such as Pampered chef, Cookie Lee, Avon, Tastefully Simple, 31 Gifts, Sentsy and more. For more information, call Linda Scheide, at 443-824-4608.

Birthday greetings to Angela Brancati of Cockeysville (who is also my mother), on her birthday this month. She deserves all the health and happiness life has to offer!

Also, a very Happy Valentine's Day to everyone. Enjoy the delightful spring-like weather, in spite of what the groundhog saw this past week.