Cub Scouts and PTA members clear way into Forest Elementary


Cub Scout Pack 469 and Stevens Forest Elementary School's Parent Teacher Association members joined forces Jan. 23 to clear the school's driveway and sidewalks for the safety of the students and faculty.

They particularly wanted to be sure that the kindergarten and first-grade students had a safe entrance.

Pack leader Hans Plugge and PTA President Nick Starace supervised, and Cub Scouts Grant Hayward, Arie and Riba Plugge, Michael and Casey Beare, Adam McShee and Brian Hamilton worked very hard on a very cold day.


Managing your money is the bottom line of the personal finance seminar scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, at Amherst House in Kings Contrivance Village.

Debt consolidation, mortgage acceleration, time value of money, dollar-cost averaging and mutual funds will all be discussed during the evening.

For registration and information: 410-381-9600.


There are many interesting educational partnerships being formed with Howard County Schools.

A partnership announced recently is between the Baltimore Zoo and Stevens Forest Elementary School students.

Members of the school's Gifted and Talented classes have been invited to participate in Conservation Day at the zoo on June 4.

Other projects are still on the drawing board.


Another very interesting school partnership is between the National Security Agency and Talbott Springs Elementary School.

NSA has formed a Math Club with the third- and fourth-grade students to create the opportunity for fascinating hands-on math experiences.

Beginning this semester, the club was opened for fifth-graders, as well.

The club meets after school at 3 p.m., beginning today and every Tuesday in February and March.


The Chaselle Inc. Learning Center in Owen Brown Village is the site for some of the Howard County Center for the Arts classes this winter.

A six-week "Watercolor Studio" for students in seventh through 10th grade begins tomorrow from 4 to 6 p.m., and "Beginning Watercolor for Adults" begins Feb. 24, from 6:30p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Howard County artist Diana Marta will teach both sessions.

Registration and information: 410-313-2787.


Today, at 3:30 p.m., Chaselle's "Teacher Workshop," led by Nancy Goyert, will feature tips on how teachers can help students to make great bulletin boards for the classrooms.

Registration & information: 410-381-0828.

Chaselle's also is sponsoring a trip to the Baltimore Museum of Art Feb. 26.

The group will be given a guided tour of the "Jewels of Fantasy" costume jewelry exhibit.

Admission is $6.50, non-members; $4.50, seniors; $1 for BMA members. Reservations and information: 410-381-0828.


Daisy Girl Scouts and Brownies are forming troops in the east Columbia area.

Rachel McCracken, 381-8644, invites parents and their daughters to visit a meeting on Fridays, 3:30 p.m., at Stevens Forest Elementary School.

The girls learn leadership skills while having a lot of fun working on nature, art and community projects.


The Columbia Teen Center is planning an exciting trip for teens on Feb. 21 to Washington -- which sounds like a good destination for Presidents Day.

The first stop will be a tour of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Building, which will include the crime laboratory and FBI officers' shooting range.

Later, the teens will experience the National Geographic Society 's Explorers Hall exhibits.

The trip will begin at 9 a.m. at the teen center in the Barn in Oakland Mills Shopping Center.

Although the participants should return at 3 p.m., the center will remain open until 6 p.m. for the convenience of the students and their parents.

Cost for residents is $10; $12 for nonresidents. Everyone should bring a bag lunch.

Registration deadline is next week, Feb. 17. Information: 992-3726.


Nonprofit youth organizations, clubs and groups are invited to hold their meetings at the Columbia Teen Center, at the Barn in Oakland Mills Shopping Center.

The space is free but must be scheduled well in advance since availability is limited. Information: 992-3726.


When shopping at Oakland Mills Shopping Center, pause a while and enjoy the Stevens Forest Elementary School students' art on display in the main hallway.

The snow characters were created by Debbie Bourke's students: Kevin Daughaday, Caitlin Warren, Corey Murphy, Brandon Moore, Erin Villamore, Nicole Meyers, Teela Boddie, Rachel Clinton, Shannon Glisan and Adam Rollins.

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