Seniors with artistic leanings, here's a contest for you


"Maryland seniors are excellent role models for all generations with their wealth of artistic talent," said Governor Schaefer as he announced the second annual "Maryland You are Beautiful" Senior Citizens Arts Competition.

Open to all Maryland amateur artists aged 60 and over, the Fine Art Competition encourages seniors to demonstrate their artistic ability through painting in oil or watercolor, and in woodcarving.

We hope that Howard County seniors will take the opportunity to submit their work. Artists should deliver their entries (one per contestant) to the Howard County Office on Aging, 9250 Rumsey Road in Columbia, by April 30.

The entry must have been completed in the last 12 months, and the artist must live in the county where the piece is entered. A card attached to the back of the entry should give the artist's name, address, phone number, and the title of the piece, materials or medium used, and dimensions.

Local judges in each county will choose a grand winner.

The Grand Winner from each county and from Baltimore City will be honored at an awards ceremony and luncheon on the campus of St. John's College in Annapolis on June 25. The 24 Grand Winners will win a Maryland Getaway Weekend. All entrants will receive a recognition certificate.

Locally, the competition is co-sponsored by the Howard County Arts Council, phone 313-2787, and the Office on Aging, phone 313-7210. Call them for more information.

Another note for seniors: Grace Episcopal Church in Elkridge has rescheduled its Senior Services fair, originally set for March 13, but canceled because of snow.

The committee will try again to hold it on April 25 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

As you may recall, the Senior Services Fair represents an effort to acquaint seniors with public and private services, ranging from health screenings to hairstyles.

For more information or directions to the church, call Katrina

Corley at 796-3270.


The Choir of Faith Bible Church is presenting "Calvary's Love," an Easter Cantata, at 7 p.m. on April 4. This extended thematic piece includes familiar hymns, contemporary Christian music, and "Surely He Has Borne Our Grief" from Handel's "Messiah." Spoken parts narrate the story of Christ from four different perspectives: that of a Samaritan woman, the disciple Peter, Nicodemus and a contemporary believer.

Narrators who dramatize the spoken parts of the cantata include Lois Knecht as the Samaritan woman, Bill Russell as Nicodemus, John Fraser as Peter, and Tim Welcher as the contemporary believer.

Faith Bible Church Choir is 25 singers strong. Instrumental support is supplied by flutists Sarah Conrad and Sarah Bailey and trumpeters Nelson Knode and Matthew Conrad. Anne Bailey is accompanist, and Steven Conrad provides musical direction.

The church, 5810 Timberview Drive in Elkridge, cordially invites the public to attend. For more information on this event, phone (410) 796-2727.


Have you bought your earthquake insurance yet? One day last week my family had need to contact a local branch of a large insurance company. The phone rang busy all day until, at the end of the day, we spoke to a real person. Turns out that the phone was tied up with county residents who became alarmed when their houses jiggled in one of the recent rash of quakes. If you don't have your policy yet, don't worry. The insurance companies will never run out of it. And you can join the rest of us who are willing to take a chance.


Burleigh Manor Middle School Parent-Teacher Association is now accepting nominations for the executive board for the 1993-1994 school year. If you wish to nominate someone or to inquire, contact Denise O'Connor at 461-4749.


The 1993 Howard County Elementary Band has announced its annual concert series. The children, 38 musicians from 21 schools, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 2, and again at 3:30 p.m. at the Board of Education. Selections from "Beauty and the Beast" will give the repertoire a fun, modern tone. The free concert will last 40 minutes.

Ellicott City/Elkridge children who are participating include Bill Horst, trumpet, and Daniel Strauch, percussion, from Centennial Elementary; Ken Shaw, alto sax, from Elkridge Elementary; Rita Choi, flute, and Scott Dowell, trumpet, from Northfield Elementary; David Maskeroni, trombone, and Elizabeth Orndorff, percussion, from St. John's Lane Elementary; Andrea Zundel, clarinet, from Deep Run Elementary; Stephanie Moller, French horn, from Waverly Elementary; Susan Tater, first chair flute, Melissa Taylor, flute, and Lauren McInhorff, clarinet, from Worthington Elementary.


The most exciting news I can report this week is that spring is truly coming. I've pulled the fertilizer and pruning sheers out of the shed and worked on the gardens, and found that not only are the early daffodils peeping through the mulch, but also the tulips are sprouting, too. And (yes!) the rose bushes have little red leaves coming along.

Hooray for Maryland, with its mild winters (snow notwithstanding) and early springs!

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