Youngsters to appear in high school production of 'Music Man' EAST COLUMBIA


Rebecca Ross, from Owen Brown Middle School in Owen Brown, and Nicholas Thomas, from Trinity School in Ellicott City, (and my grandson), are members of the cast of Centennial High School's production, "The Music Man."

Both performers live in east Columbia. Director Mo Dutterer auditioned pre-teen students for age-authentic roles for the musical. Rebecca plays Amarylis and Nick plays both a 76-Trombone band member and a River City family son.

Performances will be April 1, 2 and 3 at Centennial High School, with an 8 p.m. curtain. General admission is $5. Seats are not reserved, and seating is limited. Information: 313-2856.


Competition is the name of the bidding game at an auction. Hammond High School's auction, at 7 p.m. April 1, will list diversified items for bids to benefit the school's PTSA (Parent, Teacher, Student Association). It will be fun, entertaining and high bidders will go home with their prizes.

Merchants and parents are invited to donate services, gift certificates and items of interest before Friday. Information: 313-7115.


Each Lenten Wednesday evening, members of the Lutheran Church of the Living Word congregation meet at The Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Oakland Mills village, for a pot luck supper, worship and inter-generational activity of making gifts. Information: 730-1970.


"Tradition and Change: Early Modern Jewish Thought" will be Dr. Michael Berenbaum's sermon at Shabbat services on Friday at 8 p.m. at Oakland Mills Meeting House.

Dr. Berenbaum, project director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and adjunct professor of theology at Georgetown University, also will discuss "Confronting the Abyss: Post-Holocaust Jewish Thought" after a Saturday luncheon. Weekend registration fee is $5. Information: 730-8277.


The Columbia Teen Center, located in The Barn at Oakland Mills Village Shopping Center, has rental space available for private teen parties. Rental includes use of the kitchen and a large room plus pool tables, ping-pong, foosball, and shot-clock basketball. The Teen Center staff will help plan the party and even take care of some of the details for the host or hostess. Information: 992-3726.


4 Kudos to Hammond High School students including:

Robert Greiner, who was named to the All State Chorus and a finalist in the Maryland Distinguished Scholar Program; Benjamin Nieporent, Gregory Seward and Surekha Vajjhala, who were named MDSP and National Merit finalists; Randy Bishop, who is also a MDSP finalist; and more than 350 students who received Gold Cards at Honor Roll Assembly.

The cards offer the students discounts at Columbia Mall stores. Second quarter perfect attendees were awarded free ice cream sundaes at the school cafeteria.


Have you read the brochure "Parking Lot Safety" or "How to Avoid Becoming a Victim," both available at Giant Food Stores? It includes tips on house/car keys, money, parking, walking to your car and how to react if someone suspicious approaches your car. Worth the reading time.


On Friday, Cubmaster Randy Dalnekoff and Order of the Arrow members conducted ceremonies as eight Weblos scouts of Cub Scout Pack 678 "crossed over" to become full-fledged Boy Scouts.

Scorpion Den members: Leif Romsaas, Michael VanMeter and Barry Dagold and Cobra Den members Alexander Leroux, John Lowe, Jonathan Porter and Matt Ralls earned their Arrow of Light. Kareem Bowen also crossed over.

David Porter and Rob Leroux were the Cobra Den leaders and Gary Romsaas was leader of the Scorpions. BSA Troop 613 welcomed Barry Dagold and Scoutmaster George Baker, BSA Troop 874, welcomed the other new Scouts.

In addition to earning this scouting milestone, the dens participated in recent community Scouting For Food and Computers for Schools programs.


You, too, can plant a tree (supplied by the State Highway Administration) April 17, 9 a.m. to noon.

Delegate Virginia Thomas, D-13-A, invites Scouts, youth clubs, environmentalists, Oakland Mills and Owen Brown neighbors to help plant 1,000 cypress, sweet gum, oaks and tulip poplar trees near the intersection of Stevens Forest Road, Broken Land Parkway and Route 29.

Wear working clothes and bring a shovel. Many hands will make light work of adding beauty to the community and protecting our environment. Information: Delegate Thomas' local office: 410-730-0485.


Fashions from the Dress Barn and Calico's of Dobbin Center will be modeled by Stevens Forest Elementary School's teachers, students and parents during this Saturday's Spring Fashion Show March 27, sponsored by the SFEPTA.

The Saturday afternoon fund-raiser, 3 p.m., will benefit the school's 20th Anniversary activities. Donation is $5.

Information: 410-997-2692.

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