Burleigh Manor Middle School eighth grader Jamie Cole plays a minion in the Columbia Figure Skating Club's annual spring show "Movies and Minions."
Burleigh Manor Middle School eighth grader Jamie Cole plays a minion in the Columbia Figure Skating Club's annual spring show "Movies and Minions." (submitted photo)

Watch your favorite movie characters come to life in the Columbia Figure Skating Club's annual Spring show, "Movies and Minions," at the Columbia Ice Rink on Saturday, March 21, at 3 and 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 22, at 2 and 4 p.m.

This U.S. Figure Skating sanctioned production features almost 70 performers — many of whom are advanced-level skaters who have competed in regional and national level competitions — who will showcase original choreography and custom designed costumes while they enact scenes from a variety of classic movies favorites such as "Annie," "Mary Poppins," "Frozen" and "Despicable Me."


Show directors Jennifer Ignacio, Kim Scherock and Christine Tincher agree it's sure to be a memorable family experience.

Almost half of this talented cast hail from Ellicott City's elementary, middle and high schools, according to CFSC's publicity chairperson Andrea Wills. These performers include Allison Betler, Julia Choi, Jamie Cole, Ayeesha Fadlaoui, Amber Fang, Hannah Fang, Allison Finnegan, Rose Glen, Susanna Han, Gabrielle Kuta, Julia Kuta, Michelle Lee, Addy Obitz, Christine Oh, Katie Pistner, Emma Pomeranz, Isabel Reeves, Kendall Robey, Isabel Shacknies, Vincent Shacknies, Ella Scherock, Lauretta Shearman, Ana Shimeall, Alice Shin, Christina Stavlas, Kate Stewart, Nagisa Sugawara, Tess Terpos, Kelly Timlen, Luke Wang, Anna Wang and Tara Wills. In addition, skater Ella Scherock's mother, Kim Scherock, serves as one of the technical directors.

For more information and to purchase show tickets, go to http://www.columbiafsc.com.

On Sunday,March8, the Howard County Muslim Council hosted a new leaders welcome event attended by local and state elected officials, including Steve McAdams, executive director of the Governor's Commission on Community Initiatives, Gary L. Gardner, police chief, and keynote speaker County Executive Allan Kittleman.

HCMC board members gave presentations about the importance of partnering with new elected leaders to help foster a better understanding between Muslims and the Howard County community.

In HCMC president Shahan Rizvi's speech to the group, he emphasized the positive impact of the 14-year-old organization's community outreach and partnership programs. He added that the group's work is more relevant now than ever in light of "some politicians and media outlets (who) are using fear mongering tactics to cause distrust between law-abiding Muslim citizens and the public to which they belong."

To this end, HCMC has been a community partner with Beth Shalom Congregation in Columbia for the past several years for "After Gaza: Israel, Palestine and the Changing Middle East," a series of interfaith Jewish-Muslim dialogues moderated by Rabbi Susan Grossman.

The next two March dialogue events are Sundays from 7:30 to 9:15 p.m on March 22, "Morality of War and the IDF Code of Ethics" with Gil Tamary, Washington Bureau Chief for Israel's Channel 10 News; and on March 29, "The U.S. Confronts Extremism and Misunderstanding at Home and Abroad" with Hedieh Mirahmadi, president of the World Organization for Resource Development and Education, and Matthew Levitt, one of the world's leading authorities on terrorism.

For event tickets, go to http://www.beth-shalom.net or call 410-531-5115.

Don't miss Centennial High School National Honor Society's annual WorldFest on Friday, March 20, at 6 p.m. The event showcases world cultures through food, music, activities and a fashion show. This is a family friendly event open to the public. Tickets can be purchased at the door. All proceeds donated to the National Honor Society and participating clubs.