'That's Entertainment, 1995' variety show promises to be funny


"That's Entertainment, 1995," a variety show sponsored by the Volunteer Auxiliary of Howard County General Hospital, is going to be an outrageously hilarious blast, says Alicia Slahetka, who is coordinating the show.

The variety show, featuring song, dance, comedy and Broadway-style entertainment, will be at 7:30 p.m. April 29 at Centennial High School.

"People will not believe the talent we have brought together," Ms. Slahetka says. The show will be directed by Janet Gordon, a member of the Capitol Steps. The emcee will be Andy Barth of WMAR NewsChannel2. And one of the featured acts will be Dorsey's Search resident Michael Offenheiser, a finalist on the "Star Search" television show.

Other performers include the Columbia Community Players, The Young Columbians, the Columbia Concert Band, the Clifton Dance Studio, The Golden Girls from the Florence Bain Senior Center, the Sweet Adelines from Elkridge and Annie's Orphans, a men's group from St. Michael's Church.

Ms. Slahetka also hints that some special performers will make the audience roll with laughter. Howard County Executive Chuck Ecker and his gang will pop in, as will a "fairy godmother," played by Dorsey's Search resident Ann Domerchie. She had a big role in coordinating the evening's entertainment. Also 22 members of the hospital staff, including doctors and nurses, will perform a hilarious baseball skit spoofing America's favorite pastime.

"Over 500 volunteer hours have gone into this production," says Ms. Slahetka. "And everyone performing is donating their time."

All proceeds will benefit Howard County General Hospital Oncology Services.

Tickets for "That's Entertainment, 1995" are $12 and can be purchased at the Volunteer Services Office, the Right Touch Gift Shop and the cafeteria, all at the hospital; the Rave Reviews consignment shop in Hickory Ridge Village Center; and Chico's and Talbot's Kids at the Columbia Mall.

Information: 740-7980.


Now that the baseball strike is over, people are clamoring for tickets to see Cal Ripken Jr., and their other favorites play.

Tickets to most home games already are scarce, but the Wilde Lake High School Boosters Club has a deal you can't refuse. For their spring fund-raiser, the WLHS boosters are selling 200 chances to win two sets of Orioles tickets. Two grand prize winners will each collect a pair of tickets good for five Orioles games. And they're pretty good seats, too, in Upper Reserve, Section 332, almost directly behind home plate.

The cost is only $5 per chance, and with only 200 chances being sold, the odds of winning are excellent, especially if you buy more than one chance.

To buy a chance, call Bruce Lindblad at 997-7374, Dayle Roe at 992-0667, or Don Fitzgerald at 730-1371. They are also available at home games of the Wilde Lake varsity and junior varsity baseball teams.

The drawing is May 2.


Two Atholton High School students, senior Jonathan Edwards and junior Mani Mahjouri, won one of three grand prizes awarded at the recent 40th annual Baltimore Science Fair.

With help from mentor Rob Decker from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, they won the top prize for their project, "A Monte Carlo Simulation of Saturn's Hydrogen Torus," which studied the irregular distribution of hydrogen atoms around the planet Saturn.

In addition to the grand prize, the pair received certificates from NASA and the NSA Science and Engineering Society and a bond from the NSA Mathematics Education Partnership Program.

Other Atholton students gaining recognition for their projects at the Baltimore Science Fair were: Anthony Fleg and Eric Lemar, who won a second-place certificate, a $100 scholarship and a number of awards from professional societies; Margaret Duffy, a U.S. Army award; Jordanna Dworkin, an outstanding student award from the U.S. Public Health Service; and Andrew Tropf, awards from the Optical Society of American and the Chesapeake Microscopy Society.

Another big winner at the Baltimore Science Fair was Wilde Lake High School senior Sabyasachi Guharay, who came home with a first-place certificate and a $100 scholarship.

She also received awards from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Benton Dickinson and Company, and three individual awards from the National Security Agency.


Two West Columbia students earned gold medallions for their first-place finish in the Maryland Vocational Industrial Clubs of America Skill USA Championships. The event was held April 1 at the Howard County School of Technology.

Faran Kaplan of Atholton High School won first place by displaying his skills in residential wiring, and William Slater captured his first-place finish by using his oratory skills in job interviewing. Kadrea Grant of Hammond High School also won first place for her skills in medical assistance.

Faran, William and Kadrea will represent the state at the VICA Skills USA Championships in Kansas City, Mo., in June.

If you would like to be a sponsor for these students, and help with expenses, please call Mary Day at 313-6982.

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