Several east Columbia Thespians are in the cast of this Saturday's performance of "The Wizard of Oz" presented by the Wilde Lake Camp of the Arts Conservatory at Slayton House Theater, Wilde Lake Village Center.
Director Pam Mizell Land held auditions this spring for girls and boys, 11- to 18-years-old, interested in joining the advanced theater. Many in the cast are graduates of several summers of the regular camp sessions, which require registration.
The troupe members are Shohannah Beck, Seth Blunder, Rebecca Doob, Brad Grey, David Heine, Stephanie, Jessica and Kelly Diamond, Jessica Bunder, Philip Isacco, Jennifer Crooks, Jackie Santos, Jennifer Segawa, Nick Thomas, Emily Wilkenson and Leah Zenner. R. L. Rowsey is musical director; Billy Burke and Michelle Land choreographed the production.
Tickets for the 1 p.m. performance are $5 and may be purchased from members of the cast or at Slayton House.
Midsummer -- almost time to put on thinking caps and plan for school year schedules. One of the most important and hard-working groups in any school "family" is the PTA. PTA
officers were elected this spring at most schools and all parents are urged to participate this fall with the groups' committees.
Call your school office or PTA officer for information on how you can help your PTA and school.
The PTA officers for Jeffers Hill Elementary School are John Buck, president; Betsey Cooley, first vice president; Debbi Lange, second vice president; Kris Domingue, secretary; Yvonne Barner, treasurer. Stevens Forest Elementary School PTA officers are Nick Starace, president; Margie Fritz, vice president and Bob Rosenberg, treasurer.
Students entering 6th and 7th grades this fall are invited to join the C&O; Canal Mountain Biking Trip, Aug. 2-6. The 184-mile trip, sponsored by the Columbia Association's Summer Teen Camps, will begin at Cumberland and end in Washington. Participants will attend a pre-trip orientation to review camping skills and safety procedures.
Reservations and information: 715-3000.
Kristy Bartyczak of Owen Brown village received the Archdiocese of Baltimore's "Eagle of the Cross Award" by Chuck Wible, Youth Minister at St. Louis Catholic Church in Clarksville, for her Christian leadership in the youth ministry.
Ms. Bartyczak, daughter of Linda and Ronald Bartyczak, is an alumni of St. Louis School and recent graduate of Seton-Keough High School. She will continue her studies at Mount St. Mary's School, Emmitsburg.
The Other Barn in the Oakland Mills Village Center is scheduling fall classes. Do you have a class idea or a talent to share? Call Sandy Cederbaum, 730-4610.
Hammond High School's Booster Club is sponsoring a PSAT/SAT prep course from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 2-6 at the Grempler Building, 10741 Lit
tle Patuxent Parkway, Wilde Lake. Courses are taught by certified math and English instructors. Fee is $125.
Information and registration: 461-4684 or 531-3811.
A personal note: my daughter, Ramona Philhower, who teaches elementary school science in Delaware, is one of four Chrisiana School District's teachers to be nominated for Presidential Awards in Excellence in Science and Mathematics. Needless to say, I am very proud of her.
Parents with "wish lists" for Howard County's older schools' renovations, additions and safety provisions (this includes east Columbia schools) are invited to attend the Howard County Board of Education meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Written requests can be sent to Dr. Sydney Cousin, Board of Education, Route 108 and Cedar Lane, Ellicott City 21042. Copies of letters may be sent to Del. Virginia Thomas -- 6153 Forty Winks Way, Columbia -- who has been touring the schools with principals and PTA representatives.
Congratulations to east Columbia Girl Scouts, Katie Esposito, Michelle Miller and Sarah Himmelheber, Troop No. 1657, who have earned the prestigious Girl Scout Silver Award.
The Howard County Health Dept. will give free immunization shots to children Aug. 11 at Oakland Mills Middle School, 9540 Kilimanjaro Rd. Oakland Mills Village, during its Multi-Generational Health Fair. Children's parents or guardians are required to present a current record of previous immunizations.
For more information, call the Columbia Health Center, 313-7500, Ellicott City Health Center, 313-2333 or Laurel Health Ctr., 880-5888.