The arts have come to town. This Saturday marks the grand opening of the Glen Burnie Academy of the Fine Arts -- a teaching cooperative organized by Brenda Stoehr.
Aspiring musicians, dancers, actors and artists are invited to visit the academy between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday at 160 Penrod Court. Members of the teaching staff will meet with students and explain the academy's programs.
The idea to operate a performing arts school grew from Brenda's desire to reach more students with her teaching. A graduate of the Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Mass., Brenda has been teaching voice in the community for several years. In addition, she and her husband, Richard, perform with a gospel music group, "Celebration of Praise."
"I thought, wouldn't it be nice to have a school for the arts right here in Glen Burnie," said Brenda. "Then the teachers just started to appear."
The academy will offer classes in music, drama, dance and art.
Brenda plans to teach voice classes while Chris Beatty will instruct in music theory. Beatty also will teach keyboard, piano, guitar, organ and voice. Margaret Few will offer classes for woodwinds, brass and strings.
"Between the three of us we should be able to accommodate just about anything," said Brenda.
Roger Locklear will teach drama. He plans to offer two levels of instruction: beginning and intermediate. Separate from the regular academy classes, he hopes to start a drama club and produce two or three plays a year.
Ballet, tap and jazz instruction will be supplied by Michele Wise, who also will teach a dance-exercise class for adults.
The art agenda is still in the planning stages, but Brenda intends to finalize the program within the next week.
The academy will phase in the various classes over the next few months. Enrollment already has started for all of the classes.
Once the initial excitement of the opening of the academy stabilizes, Richard hopes to operate a Christian coffeehouse the first Saturday evening of each month.
"I did a lot of this on faith, but it all seems to be working out," Brenda said.
For information on the academy and its programs, call 766-1237.
The bad weather of the past few weeks should prove one thing beyond all doubt -- only write on your calendar in pencil.
As community groups everywhere attempt to regroup and reschedule, please note the following changes:
* There's a truck full of art heading to Glen Burnie for an auction to benefit the Glen Burnie Health Center, Tuesday at Michael's Eighth Avenue. The start of the auction has been moved up to accommodate the new weeknight scheduling. A preview of the art will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the bidding starting at 7:30 p.m.
The artwork covers a wide range of style and price.
Admission is $5 and includes wine, desserts and hors d'oeuvres. Several door prizes will be awarded including box seat tickets to an Oriole game at Camden Yards.
Tickets will be sold at the door with all proceeds to benefit the renovation of the Glen Burnie Health Center.
* The Holy Trinity Knights of Columbus was forced to cancel its bull and oyster roast due to the inclement weather. Unfortunately the event could not be rescheduled.
Anyone with tickets can contact Joe Weaver, 761-0427, for refunds.
The Girl Scouts of Troop 947 are crossing their fingers and hoping that the weather stays "dancer friendly." The troop is holding a youth dance, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Country Club Recreation Estates Association Hall on Paul Marr Drive.
Youths age 14 and under are invited to listen to Top 40 music provided by Tim Koneig and Joe Connell.
Admission is $2 at the door. Refreshments will be available all evening.
For parents who have spent years trying to pry their children away from the blood pressure machine at Giant, take heart. Harbor Hospital Center and the Glen Burnie Mall want to check your child's blood pressure . . . and his height and his eyes and his teeth.
The Children's Health Fair, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the mall, will include free health screenings for children. Other activities include a magic show, a karate demonstration, visits by McGruff the Crime Dog and Vince and Larry, the seat belt crash dummies.
In addition to the children's health concerns, volunteers from Harbor Hospital will offer their expert medical opinions to teddy bears, stuffed bunnies or dolls that seem to be feeling under the weather.
For additional information on Saturday's health fair, call 354-9660.
County Executive Robert R. Neall and members of the County Council have been invited to meet with members of the Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, at an Affair To Remember in the Empire Towers.
Tickets are $15 per person and include hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine. For reservations, call the Chamber office, 766-8282.
Hand-quilted pillows, Easter gifts, potpourri and household decorations are just a few of the crafts available at the Spring Craft Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Old Mill High School cafeteria.
Ninety-five artisans are expected at the event sponsored by the Old Mill High School Band Boosters.
Refreshments, including baked goods, will be sold all day.
Proceeds from the fair will be used to offset the cost of the band's trip to Orlando, Fla., for competition.
For additional information, call Carol Wade, 987-1367, between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.