Bryan Rowe's piano talents have taken him a long way.
At the tender age of 5, he was fascinating his family and friends by duplicating music he heard on the radio and on records. By 8, he had developed a new love, the pipe organ.
After his sophomore year at Brooklyn Park High School, Bryan attended the Maryland Center for the Gifted and Talented. In the 11th grade, he won a scholarship to continue studying the organ. After graduating from Brooklyn Park High School in 1979, Bryan accepted a scholarship to Lebanon Valley College and studied organ, piano and composition.
In 1981, he wrote, recorded and produced his first album. Currently working as a math teacher, he also is the minister of music at a church in Baltimore. His latest recording, "Songs of the Soul," will be released on compact disc and cassette this spring and will feature piano improvisations.
Many of our readers will reminder Bryan as a twin. Bart Rowe would like everyone in Brooklyn Park to know that his twin brother is still playing music.
Punchy and the award-winning Million Dollar Machine drug use prevention program will be making a return visit to the community to teach area students about drug use prevention, thanks to funding from Glen Burnie Mall and the Harbor Hospital Center.
From tomorrow through Thursday, Punchy, the Million Dollar Machine's 600-pound "spokesrobot," will hold school assemblies designed to teach children between the ages of 5 and 11 the importance of living up to their potential by avoiding tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.
An electronic personality, Punchy will capture the attention of his audiences by blasting energizing music, telling jokes and talking one-on-one with the children. He will teach his audience self-awareness, interpersonal decision-making and refusal skills as well as drug and environmental awareness.
Students at Belle Grove Elementary School will get the opportunity to meet Punchy at 9 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Thursday. Aside from the school assemblies, Punchy will appear at noon and 2 p.m. Saturday during the Children's Health Fair at Glen Burnie Mall. Don't miss this opportunity to see Punchy in action.
Speaking of the health fair, be sure to engage in the many hands-on activities for children and parents. Health-related exhibits will help children become familiar with hospital personnel and reduce their fears. Free screening for children includes vision, dental, blood pressure, height and weight. Entertainment will include a magic show, karate demonstration and balloon animals.
Guests will be McGruff the crime dog and the Safety Belt Crash Dummies. Educational booths staffed by Harbor Hospital representatives will provide information for parents on subjects ranging from lead poisoning to healthy snack foods.
For more information, call 354-9660.
Harbor Hospital nurses continue to offer free blood pressure screenings the fourth Saturday of each month at Leedmark in Glen Burnie. In addition, a breast screening program will provide information about breast health and cancer awareness from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 354-9660.
Belle Grove Elementary School news: Fourth-grade students will travel to Annapolis tomorrow to visit historic sites.
* The monthly assembly will be presented by fifth-grade students at 1:45 p.m. Friday.
Brooklyn Park Elementary School news: Due to the cancellation of school last Monday, the Arlington Echo slide presentation for parents of third-graders has been rescheduled for 7 tonight in the third-grade pod.
* Class pictures have been rescheduled for Friday.
* All Science Fair projects are due Wednesday. Judging will take place Thursday and Friday.
Park Elementary School news: The PTO and CAC general meeting scheduled for March 16 has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. tomorrow. Parents can view Science Fair projects.
* Don't forget to attend the Chapter 1's "Make It and Take It" session for parents, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. today in the media center. Learn to make games that can teach your child mathematical skills.
Brooklyn Park/Lindale Middle Junior High School news: The PTA Executive Board and CAC will meet at 7 tonight.
North County High School news: The Winter Sports Banquet is set for 6 p.m. Thursday at Michael's Eighth Avenue. Tickets are $8 a person and can be purchased during lunch beginning today.
* The PTA is looking for executive board members and officers for the 1993-94 school year. Parents of incoming ninth- and 10th-graders are encouraged to become involved. If you are interested, call Rosemary Shomler at 636-7764.
* The sophomore class will be collecting dues beginning today and continuing through the week. The dues are $5 a year.
The Brooklyn Park Youth Athletic Association will meet at 8:30 p.m. today at the Northern District Police station on Hammonds Lane. Interested in the softball, baseball and T-ball season? Join the association and become involved.