Classes will help you on the path to a better you in the new year

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The new year brings the opportunity to learn, study and do . . . for you. Age doesn't matter; you'll never be any younger. Ceramics, painting, textiles, basketry, photography and dancing can open new doors and present opportunities for an avocation, or even a career.

Registration for a plethora of 1995 classes in East Columbia is now open at Columbia Village Community Centers, Columbia Art Center (730-0075) and Chaselle Learning Center (381-0828).

The classes are open to those of all ages from children to seniors. For example, Joan Bevelaqua and Bob Coe each teach introduction to watercolor painting at the art center. At Chaselle's, Nancy Goyert helps teachers start the new year with art pizazz for bulletin boards that inspires creativity in students. Many of the Village Community Centers' classes are designed for preschoolers and offer the convenience of being close to home.

Call today and give you and your family a new interest for the new year.

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Students at Stevens Forest Elementary School are honored each month during the Citizens of the Month Assembly attended by parents, guardians and families. Since this is winter break for the schools, I hope it's the opportune time for everyone to be congratulated in print. First- through fifth-graders honored in November were: Nicholas Jameson, Erik Waldo and Kelly Walbert (first); Brittnay Borish and Eric Nathan (second); Jonathan Calogero, Tim Murphy and Shannon Hancock (third); HTC Ryan Derenberger, Kelli Parris, Peter Renner and Steven Karadimos (fourth); and Meggie Tortalero, Alex Crotts and Shannon Bacon (fifth). Honored in December were: Kara Passarelli, Sarah Cabrisses and Jennifer Thorne (first); Daniel Berman and Kemi Gbadebo (second); Scott Kimber, Sara Smith and Christina Jackson (third); Amelia Liebhold, Brian Hamilton, Lindsay Kishter and Brittany Carozza (fourth); and Craig Wishnick, Sharon Berlin and Titi Golden (fifth).

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Howard County students ages 15 to 17 who would like to travel to France and Spain as Columbia's "sister city" representatives next summer should fill out their applications and mail them before the Jan. 15 deadline. They must have two years of high school French or Spanish, be able to travel to Europe for two weeks in mid-June and agree to play host to a French or Spanish teen for two weeks in July.

It is a wonderful opportunity to visit Cergy-Pontoise, France, or Tres Cantos, Spain, and be part of a family, not just a tourist. Need more information? Call Columbia's sister city coordinator at 715-3162.

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Dasher Green's Co-Op Nursery School's registration lottery will be held Feb. 1. The twice-weekly program is open to children who will celebrate their third birthday in 1995 and a three-day program is open to girls and boys who will be 4 years old in 1995. For registration and class information, please call (410) 381-0202.

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East Columbia's Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way in Owen Brown Village, invites parents and their 2-year-olds to attend a six-week series of "Time For Us" on Mondays and Tuesdays at 10:15 and 11:30 a.m., beginning Jan. 9.

Children are asked to bring only the children who are registered for this program.

Children ages 6 through 8 are invited to enjoy "Icy Adventure" stories and activities at 2 p.m. Jan. 14. Registration begins Jan. 7 and may be made in person or by phone, 313-7750.

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Aaron Baum, Owen Brown Village Board's teen adviser, invites Owen Brown teens to put queries, suggestions and opinions on the Teen News Bulletin Board at the village Community Center. He in turn will present them to the board. He also suggests that teens attend a board meeting and present their ideas in person.

Meetings will be held in the Elkhorn Room, OBCC, 6900 Cradlerock Way, on Jan. 3 and Jan. 17. Teen advisers from all of the villages are planning a communitywide teen event for spring and could use the helping hands of volunteers. Call: (410) 381-0202.

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Columbia's Land Management crew needs your help. There has been extensive and offensive graffiti painted on village pathways. Because the graffiti is nearly impossible to remove, CMI plans to cover it with a sealant or black paint. If a resident sees vandals, please call the police. It is against the law to destroy and/or damage public property.

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Congratulations to David Slater of Stevens Forest Elementary School. His foil "Stevens Forest School" ornament was selected to hang on the holiday tree in the lobby of the Howard County Board of Education.

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Kings Contrivance residents are invited to attend the Kings Contrivance Board meeting at 8 p.m. Jan. 18 at Amherst House, Kings Contrivance Village Center, to view the plans presented for St. Matthew's Place. The home for severely disabled people will be built on the Interfaith Center lot at the intersection of Eden Brook Drive and Sweet Hours Way.

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It's Howard County law. When it snows (and it will), sidewalks and driveway aprons next to homeowners' property must be shoveled within 48 hours after the snow falls so they will be safe for public use. Kings Contrivance Village's Amherst House has a list of people who will shovel snow. Be prepared and obtain the names before the snow falls. Call 381-9600 for names and telephone numbers.

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