Alina Witt, a senior at Hammond High School, will spend the holidays in Paris this year.
She and high school cheerleaders from across the United States will participate in the third Grand Parade of Montmartre.
The dancers are all proficient in jazz, funk, pompon and high kick routines. And they're all members of the Universal Dance Association and Universal Cheerleaders Association, which are sponsoring the seven-day European trip.
Alina is captain of the HHS varsity pom squad and co-captain of the HHS Dance Company. The pom squad attended the Universal Dance Association this summer at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania.
The cheerleaders are the top 6 percent of students who attended UDA and UCA summer camps. More than 125,000 elementary, middle school, high school and college students train under the auspices of the two organizations.
Alina's proud parents are Tom and Sandi Witt.
Congratulations to Stevens Forest Elementary students, Amy Brackett and Nicole Meyers, who have been selected as members of the All-County Chorus.
The Mediation Club, sponsored by Science of Spirituality, will meet at Oakland Mills Meeting House Sunday and Nov. 20 at 8:15 p.m. The free meetings are open to the public.
County residents are invited to "coffee and conversation" with tTC members of the Howard County Board of Education Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.
The informal meeting at Oakland Mills High School will be an opportunity for parents and other residents to express their opinions and suggestions concerning the public school system.
St. John the Evangelist parish is holding an open house on Dec. 18. Nativity scenes and food from international countries will be featured.
All nationalities and countries are invited to participate.
Host families from Israel and Ireland have registered for the festivity.
Please call 964-1434.
Special reduced-price tickets are available for students who wish to attend "The Nutcracker" Nov. 27 and Nov. 30 at Howard Community College's Smith Theatre.
Please call 465-3547 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Phelps Luck Elementary School, 5370 Old Stone Court, Long Reach Village, is holding its annual Village Fun Festival Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There will be games, prizes and food for the entire family.
Congratulations to Chris Youstra.
It is his musical talent parishioners have to thank for the "Renew" hymns sung during St. John the Evangelist's Saturday and Sunday services.
Columbia residents are reminded that recycling regulations have changed as of this month: Cans, glass and plastic containers are to be placed at the curb in clear plastic bags.
Recycled paper should continue to be bundled and tied with string. Information: 313-6444.
Landscaping your yard and gardens? You are welcome to pick up free mums from the Columbia Association's Open Space Department.
Call your village community center office for details.
St. John the Evangelist is forming a cancer support group to help families, friends and patients to share feelings, prayer, meditation and relaxation techniques.
The group, led by Mark Watson, a certified social worker and seminarian-intern at St. Mary's Seminary, meets Monday evenings, 7:30 p.m., at Oakland Mills Meeting House.
There is no fee, but participants are asked to register in advance.
Attention swim team parents: A town meeting will be held at the Columbia Association's headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle, at 7 p.m. Monday, to discuss realignment of the Neighborhood Swim League.
Information: (410) 312-6332.
East Columbia library invites children ages 6 to 9 to "Kids Create Books," Nov. 15 at 3:30 p.m. The program helps children make their own books.
Registration, in person or by phone, 313-7730, begins tomorrow at 10 a.m.
Make a note: Family Bingo Night is Nov. 18 at 8:30 p.m. at Amherst House in Kings Contrivance Village Shopping Center.
Information: (410) 381-9600.
You can recommend a name for the new East Columbia high school being constructed at the corner of Dobbin Road and Tamar Drive.
Long Reach and Snowden River have been suggested.
The criterion is that the name be geographical. Schools are not named for individuals. Duplication of another school's name is also not acceptable.
But that still leaves room for your imagination, research and inspiration. Call the Office of Secondary Education, 313-6607, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. with your suggestions.
Saturday, the Columbia Art Center is sponsoring a trip to the Art Galleries of DuPont Circle in Washington.
The bus will leave at 10 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. Cost is $25 for residents and $30 for nonresidents.
Reservations and information: 730-0075.
Today is the deadline for Stevens Forest School's parents to bring in their family's feather, which will be a part of a turkey's "rainbow" of feathers.
Each family has been invited to decorate a "feather" with buttons, sequins, spices, photos or even real feathers.