Student-made mosaic graces Mount View Middle [West Friendship]

A glass and tile mosaic made by students at Mount View Middle School now hangs in the school lobby.
A glass and tile mosaic made by students at Mount View Middle School now hangs in the school lobby.(submitted photo)

Glass and glimmer shone brightly in the front lobby of Mount View Middle School on Jan. 14, when a student-produced mosaic was unveiled to a resounding collective sea of "ooh's" and "aah's" and "bravos".

The local eighth grade middle school students under the direction of South African artist-in-residence Carien Qiroga and Mount View Middle art teacher Michael Mitchell were thrilled with the response to the brilliant glass tile mosaic as it was unveiled.


The beautiful art piece now hangs in the front lobby of the school for all to enjoy.

Sandie Hawkins and her fellow West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department volunteers send a big thank you to the community and in particular the students at Marriotts Ridge High School, for the over-the-top response of generosity for the fire department auxiliary holiday toy drive.

Donations were so bountiful that auxiliary members had to make two pickup truck loads in order to deliver the generous amount of donated toys for children in Howard County.

It's trivia night at the Robinson Nature Center on Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Learn about astronomy and space science with the trivia panel of experts, including Sethane Howard, Edward Wollack, Joel Goodman and Gail Rohrbach.

There will be snacks, beverages and the knowledge that your participation will benefit the Friends of the Robinson Nature Center scholarship fund for Title I school field trips. One of the sponsors, Jailbreak Brewing Company, promises delightful "suds". This is an adults-only event.

Admission fee is $10. Last minute attendees may respond by calling 410-313-0400. The center is at 6692 Cedar Lane in Columbia.

It's not too early to mark your calendar for yet another musical opportunity at the Glenelg United Methodist Church. The local girls of Scout Troop 4513 have produced and are hosting a concert on March 8, at 4 p.m., featuring world renowned trumpet player Chris Gekker.

Gekker, a chamber music trumpeter is currently Professor of Trumpet at the University of Maryland. He has served as guest principal trumpet with the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, as well as the Orchestra of St. Luke and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Gekker is a former long time member of the famed American Brass Quintet and has played trumpet and recorded with the likes of Sting, Billy Joel, Peter Gabriel and Wayne Shorter.


The concert is free, but good will offerings are gratefully accepted. All donations will go to the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center and to Girl Scout Troop 4513.

Sign up for the annual Beekeeping Short Course, held at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, which is just around the corner. For those interested in learning honey bee biology, the benefits of keeping bees, the how to's of obtaining and installing your bee set up, bee equipment and products of the hive, register at http://www.HowardCountyBeekeepers.org and click on classes.

The short course is scheduled for Feb. 17 and 24 and March 3, 17 and 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. That's the buzz according to Doris Walsh, long time participant in all things bee related.