Almost two dozen Ellicott City ice skaters will be performing in the Columbia Figure Skating Club's "Come Fly With Mickey" show on Saturday, March 23, at 3 and 6 p.m.; and Sunday, March 24, at 2 and 4:30 p.m., at the Columbia Ice Rink.

Join Mickey for an action-packed adventure as he travels around the world with stops in New York, Broadway and the Rockettes; Scotland, Brave; England, Battle of the Boy Bands; India, Bollywood; China, Chinese Dance; and Korea, where Mickey goes crazy over the latest fad — Gangnam Style.


During your whirlwind world tour don't forget to look for our Ellicott City skaters Tara Wills, Resurrection St. Paul; Allison Chen, McDonogh; Ella Scherock, Northfield; Allison Timlen, Mt. Hebron; Kelly Timlen, Ellicott Mills; Katrina Jolly, Folly Quarter; Kirsten Jolly, River Hill; Christine Oh, Resurrection St. Paul; Ana Shimeall, Centennial; Ashley Cursey, Hollifield Station; Julia Choi, Mount View; Kate Stewart, Manor Woods; Katie Pistner, Burleigh Manor; Alison Betler, Burleigh Manor; Allison Finnegan, Dunloggin; Kendall Robey, Marriotts Ridge; Emma Pomeranz, Burleigh Manor; Isabel Schacknies, Manor Woods; Christina Stavlas, Burleigh Manor; Gabrielle Kuta, Veterans; and Cassie Duff, Ellicott Mills.

This U.S. Figure Skating-sanctioned performance features a 90-member cast, ranging in age from 3 to adult, with many advanced-level skaters who have competed in regional and national level competitions.

Tickets are $12; children ages 2 and younger are free. For tickets and information, go to the Columbia Figure Skating Club's website at http://www.columbiafsc.com. Advance ticket reservations are recommended.

Congratulations to the Centennial Lane Elementary School student team of Julia Stitely, Sophie Bombick, Allison John and Charu Dwivedi, who, under the direction of school gifted and talented teacher Eric Pellegrino, took first place for their roller coaster design based on "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz".

Other Centennial Lane students who participated and were recognized at the event are Madeline Harris, Lacey Gelfand, Sarah, Allen and Hannah Souba, Mike Zhang, Peter Witlschke, Rahul Raj, Calvin Lee, Brando Cho, Srimanth Tangedipalli, Eric Roh, Jacob Singleton, Zach Garwacki, Chris Guerra, Aaron Pollokoff, Ignacio deSande, Hanley Yin, Alejandro Flores-Chevere, Sathwick Yanamaddy, Judy Zhou, SuHyun Kim, Manda You and Olivia Wang. Congratulations to all the "future engineers."

The public is invited to Howard High School National Art Honor Society's annual Empty Bowls dinner benefit on Thursday, March 21, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the school cafeteria. All of the proceeds from the event go to Grassroots, Howard County's only 24-hour crisis center and homeless shelter.

For $10 admission, attendees choose an "empty bowl" created by Howard High students, and teachers then select from different kinds of soup donated by teachers and parents.

"The coolest thing about this is not only do participants, be they students or teachers or others who help make the bowls, get the satisfaction of making something artistic and functional, there's tangible evidence that making art can be philanthropic and do good," said art teacher and event organizer Molly Brennan.

Grassroots is staffed by professional crisis counselors who answer 24-hour hotlines, see walk-ins in need of immediate counseling assistance, operate the mobile crisis team, which responds to community emergencies, and manage the county's emergency shelter for homeless men, women and families.

In addition, Grassroots manages the Cold Weather Shelter Program, housed in the area's faith communities, for people who are unable to find emergency shelter when Grassroots is full, as well as the Route One Day Center.

Howard High School is at 8700 Old Annapolis Road, in Ellicott City. For information, call 410-313-2867.