April is election time for Columbia's village boards and Columbia Council representatives.
Kings Contrivance and Owen Brown villages invite all residents to meet their candidates at Amherst House and Owen Brown Community Centers.
A welcome coffee for new residents begins at 7 p.m., when they will be greeted by the village board and receive Columbia information packets. Candidates for 1995-1996 year will be present at 7:30 p.m. to meet with residents.
Kings Contrivance village's board will meet at 8 p.m. and will join nominees to meet with residents after the meeting.
This year, Kings Contrivance is increasing the board size from five to seven plus the Columbia Council seat.
The four candidates who receive the most votes will serve two-year terms; the fifth candidate will be elected for one year.
Oakland Mills village invites residents to its Election Issue Forum, April 17 at the Other Barn. Absentee ballot requests in writing are available until April 11; absentee ballots may be obtained in person at community centers until April 21.
All absentee ballots must be received before the elections begin.
Voting will be held in Owen Brown at Owen Brown Place, 7080 Cradlerock Way, April 21 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Owen Brown Shopping Center.
On Saturday, voting will be at the shopping center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..
Kings Contrivance voting will be at Amherst House April 22
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Oakland Mills voting will take place at the Wa Wa Store, 5134 Thunder Hill Road and at the Oakland Mills Shopping Center April 21 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and April 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 Long Reach village voting will be held at Stonehouse Community Center, Long Reach village, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Residents who have moved within the year are asked to bring proof of residence.
All villages need volunteers to help with the elections April 21 and 22. It need not be all day, one or two hours at the ballot tables will be appreciated.
To sign up for volunteer work, call the village center: Kings Contrivance, 381-9600; Long Reach, 730-8113; Owen Brown, 381-0202.
Each year, the Owen Brown village board presents a $500 Community Service Scholarship to a high school student who is a village resident.
Applications, available at high schools and the community center, must be returned by Monday to the Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way. Last year's winner was Amanda Beckenstein, who now attends Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.
Mark Christie, the 1993 winner, attends St. Mary's College.
, Information: (410) 381-0202.
Waterloo Elementary School, 5940 Waterloo Road (Route 108) and Old Montgomery Road, is celebrating its 30th anniversary Thursday. Howard County Executive Charles I. Ecker will present a proclamation during the 7:30 p.m. ceremonies.
Past principals, staff, teachers and alumni have been invited to join the current staff, students and families to share an evening of music and singing by the school's band and chorus, a school history compiled by the gifted and talented students, a slide presentation of school events and a highlight of the evening when the school's new flag will be unveiled.
Three student teachers from Morgan State University arrived at Stevens Forest Elementary School last month and will remain until mid-May.
Kenya Gamble and Mishawn Jones will be working with first-grade teachers Judy Gottsagen and Grace Derenberger.
Jomo Fowlkes joins Barbara Gregory and her second grade students.
Trinity School's Drama Club, seventh- and eighth-graders, presented the school's annual production the weekend of March 24.
Columbia residents who were in the cast of the this year's dinner-theater musical "Hagar the Horrible" included: Melissa Madzel, Jamie Stephens, Stephen Reis, Nick Thomas, Katie Kelly, Joe Gagliardi, Zachary Martinez, Jessie Wilson, Brooke Bascietto, Catherine Stacy, Sarah Cruess, Alex Meiners, Randi King and Mary Rose Van Schoor.
Directed by Nan Howard, the students' talents entertained families and friends with a tale of mid-life crisis and the production's theme song, "There's No Time Like the Dark Ages."
Trinity's seventh-graders have been busy academically too. With the direction of their language arts teacher, Carol Hutton, the class entered "Famous Women in History" essays in the Howard County Commission for Women's contest during March Women's History Month.
Tia Scagliarini's essay on Margaret Sanger won the first place ribbon and a savings bond presented by Commissioner Hillery Scavo.
Certificates of honor and ribbons were presented to Columbia residents Sarah Cruess, Brian Fleming, Chris Kaiser, Kenny Knott, Leila Malayeri, Maureen O'Donnell, Jamie Stephens, Nick Thomas, Jessie Wilson and Mary Zagar.
Many of these same students had science projects entered in Trinity School's Science Fair the same weekend. A busy schedule for a group of talented students.
Registration for children who will enter kindergarten at Stevens Forest Elementary School in September is being held this week during school hours, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Parents are reminded to bring birth certificates, immunization records and proof of residency.
Long Reach village's Resident Architectural Committee invites residents to apply for the vacancies on its committee.
Meetings are at Stonehouse, Long Reach Village Shopping Center every other Wednesday.
The committee recommends action on residents' applications for exterior modifications of homes based on Columbia covenants.
For more details, call 730-8113.