Departing Interfaith Day Care co-op director will be missed EAST COLUMBIA


Students, current and former, are sorry to say goodbye to Victor Yankitis, director of their school, Interfaith Day Care, in the Faulkner Ridge Center, Wilde Lake Village.

Victor and his wife, Pat, have lived in Oakland Mills Village for the 20 years he has taught at the day care center.

Interfaith is a co-op day care center, where tuition is based on a sliding scale according to the parents' income and with the understanding that parents serve on the school's board, volunteer their time and participate in school events.

Last month, Channel 13 surprised Victor with a presentation of the station's "Gold 13" community award for his years of work with children. The program will air Dec. 9.

Victor and Pat are moving to Atlanta, where he plans to become involved in preschool again.


Oakland Mills "Lively Arts For Little Ones" will feature Columbia's John Taylor, The Kinderman, Dec. 11. This is the 15th year for the performing arts series, which is presented in the Loft of the Other Barn and is designed for children ages 2 1/2 to 5 years old.

Parents who were not able to purchase the seven-event series will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for a special program by Barry Polisar on Sun., Feb. 28.

Tickets are $3.50 each for adult or child. Adults must accompany all children. Information: 730-4610.


Girl Scout Community #57 worked together at the Owen Brown Village Center recently, preparing its annual "holiday treats" for the patients at Springfield Hospital in Sykesville.

Seniors, Cadets, Girl Scouts, Brownies and Daisies brought cookies and candy, filled and tied individual packages of holiday sweets and packed them for pickup Dec. 12 at the Triangle Shopping Center parking lot at Route 40 and Route 29.

The second project for the afternoon was designing attractive tray favors which will be served with the Meals On Wheels holiday menus in Howard County.

VTC Ceramicist Nancy Ziegenfus-McIntosh is the featured artist at the current exhibit in the Foundry Street Gallery in the Owen Brown Shopping Center.

Ms McIntosh's Raku pottery is representative of the more than 20 Foundrey Street artists' creativity in mixed media which are on display during gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Margery Maidman, a resident of the Village of Kings Contrivance, will be telling Jewish folklore stories at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Cover To Cover Bookstore/Cafe.

Her repertoire includes stories from many different countries, relating truths, dreams and memories for all to share. Ms. Maidman has performed before audiences young and old at schools and folk festivals.

Reservations are requested for the program which will be followed by a light repast.

A $5 minimum applies to food and drink purchases. Information: 410-381-9200.

The children, ages 2 to 4, at Oakland Mills Coop Nursery School wanted to do something special for less-fortunate children so they are trimming a "sock tree".

The girls and boys are bringing colorful socks of various sizes to decorate their tree.

The week before Christmas their teacher, Nina Martin, and her aides, Ellen Taddeo and Jullie Sullivan, will deliver the socks to a local charity.

Congratulations! Margo Higdon and Michael Goins are named in Who's Who Among American Teachers, 1992." Mr. Goins is assistant principal and Ms. Higdon teaches at Owen Brown Middle School.

Parents,families and friends are reminded that December is school concert time. Stevens Forest Elementary School's chorus, choir chimes, and recorder ensemble, directed by Eileen Bottamiller, and the concert band and string ensemble, directed by Wayne Binder, are gearing up for performances.

They will perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Oakland Mills High School and at 1:45 p.m. Dec. 18 at Stevens Forest. The chorus, choir chimes and recorder ensemble also will perform at the Columbia Mall, at 1 p.m. Dec. 16.

The Long Reach, Owen Brown and Hickory Ridge village associations are co-sponsoring with the Florence Bain Senior Center and Howard County Parks and Recreation Department this year's "Holiday Lights Tour", Sunday, Dec. 13 for Howard County Senior Citizens. Beginning at 6 p.m., buses will pick up passengers at Longwood Apartments and Shalom Square, Owen Brown Place, the Florence Bain center in Harper's Choice, Hickory Ridge Place and the Safeway Grocery Store in Normandy Shopping Center. Village board members will accompany each bus, acting as tour guides for the 1 1/2 -hour tour of decorated homes in Howard County.

After the tour, a holiday party with refreshments and entertainment will be held at Florence Center. Buses will return the guests to their original locations after the party. Reservations are necessary to assure transportation and refreshments; please spell names and give a telephone number for confirmation. Information: 410-730-8113 or 301-596-3265.


Paintings and posters created by Elena and Genagy Zolotintsky will be on exhibit Dec. 3 through Jan. 3 at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Long Reach Village. The public is invited to the opening reception Dec. 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Information: 730-0075.

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