Let's keep the "ho-ho-ho" in all 12 months of 1995. It was my observation that people greeted people on the streets and in stores with a cheery "hello," and contributions to charitable organizations were made without thought to a tax receipt.
But people who needed our help during the past two months need food, clothing and shelter all 12 months of the year.
Would "January Joy," "February Friendship," etc., entice thoughtful giving?
Perhaps local civic organizations or high schools' community service projects could sponsor particular months.
An added benefit for the students' fund raising would be learning marketing, salesmanship and book keeping.
If any of the above is going on now or being planned, send the information to 5652 Stevens Forest Road, Columbia 21045 or call (410) 740-4479.
It's never too early to apply for scholarships. Case in point is the full-tuition Marion Burk Knott academic scholarships available to fourth- and eighth-grade students who would like to attend Catholic elementary or high schools.
Application forms and eligibility requirements may be obtained by sending a stamped, self-addressed business-size envelope to Marion Burk Knott Scholarship Fund, St. Mary's Seminary & University, 5400 Roland Ave., Baltimore 21210-1929 or call (410) 323-4300.
Columbia high school seniors may apply for the Columbia Council Spear Family Scholarships. Four are awarded for extraordinary community service.
Applicants are required to live on Columbia Association-assessed property and earn a minimum of a "C" academic average. Scholastic achievement is important, but concern for people and community involvement are major qualifications for this scholarship.
Completed applications, which are available at high schools, village community centers and Columbia Association offices, must be received before April 1, at 10221 Wincopin Circle, Suite 100, Columbia 21044.
Columbia Art Center Galleries, 6100 Foreland Garth, Long Reach Village Shopping Center, will feature New Arts Alliance members' multimedia works this month and the first week of February.
The public is invited to the opening reception from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 12.
Gallery hours are: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sunday, noon until 5 p.m.
Area artists who are interested in learning how to assess their work with the goal of exhibiting are invited to ask for details about curator Lee Mills' standard and professional critiques at the art center.
Appointment fees range from $50 to $90. Information: (410) 730-0075.
Three- to 6-year-olds are invited to attend Saturday morning "Daisy Dancers" creative movement classes, which begin Jan. 21 at Amherst House, Kings Contrivance Village Shopping Center, 7251 Eden Brook Drive.
The 10-week classes teach ballet through exercise, movement and games.
Winter classes at The Other Barn, Oakland Mills Village, begin this week.
Adult dancers will be especially interested in the tap and country line-dancing classes.
For fees and times, please call (410) 730-4610 or (301) 596-5237.
Representing Howard County's Traffic Engineering Department, Ed Walter will discuss the recent traffic study evaluation concerning the recent work on of Eden Brook Drive at tomorrow's 8 p.m. Kings Contrivance board of directors meeting.
All residents are invited to attend and express opinions. Information: (410) 381-9600.
On Jan. 13, Chris Patton will entertain children with computers and musical instruments during his performance at The Other Barn's "Lively Arts for Little Ones," Oakland Mills Village.
Girls and boys 2 1/2 to 5 years old will be fascinated. Individual and group rates are available. Information: (410) 730-4610 or (301) 596-5237.
Maybe we should call 1995 "Year of the Children," since there are many activities planned for them.
They can watch a puppet program, "Mother Goose," for ages 3 years and up, or "Twist and Shout" in a music and movement program for 2- and 3-year-olds and their parents at East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Owen Brown Village, this month.
Mother Goose will be presented at 2 p.m. Jan. 20 and Twist and Shout will be at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 21.
Registration for either program begins Jan. 14 in person or by phone, 410-313-7750.
On Jan. 10, parents of nursery school-age children are invited to attend Columbia Association's Nursery School open house at the Locust Park Neighborhood Center, 8995 Lambskin Lane., Long Reach Village, at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Registration for fall 1995 is scheduled for February, and the open house is an opportunity for parents to observe classes in session. Information: 964-3291.
Continuing Education Credit Classes for child-care providers resume this month at Chaselle Learning Center, 9645 Gerwig Lane, Owen Brown Village.
Tracey Myers-Preston will teach "Art of Play" Saturday and "Friends Come in All shapes and Sizes" on Feb. 18.
The three-hour morning workshops beginning at 9 a.m, are designed to guide child care professionals in understanding the meaning of play in children's development.
The prepaid preregistration fee includes basic materials, and students receive a $5 coupon for Chaselle purchases. Information: (410) 381-0828.