Second-graders at Glen Burnie Park Elementary School captured a child's view of the world when they participated in the "It's A Snap" photography contest.
Photos by John Kelley and Mandi Parsons were selected Thursday to represent the school in a national competition next month. For their efforts, both students will receive Kodak camera kits from Kmart and Kodak.
The contest was sponsored jointly by Kodak and Kmart. Second-graders were given recyclable cameras and asked to photograph scenes in two categories: "needs improving" and "beauty in the world." They also had to write a brief statement summarizing the photo.
Mandi's photo in the "needs improving" category shows a wall of graffiti. John chose a landscape with trees mirrored in a pool of water for his depiction of "beauty in the world."
Art teacher Suzanne Owens saw the program as an enrichment opportunity for her budding photojournalists. The contribution of the cameras and film processing at the Kmart at Jumper's Junction allowed the children an opportunity to explore a new art medium with nominal expense, she said.
"There would be no other way to expose the children to photography without this program," Mrs. Owens said. "This is our second year, and it has been a wonderful success."
More mature artists have their work on display at the North County library, where 60 paintings and drawings from students at the Pascal Senior Center are being shown through April 30.
Patrons are invited to meet the artists and their teacher, Marty Lenhoff, at a reception at 1 p.m. Friday in the library meeting room.
"It's so great for people to see what they can do," said Mrs. Lenhoff. "The artists will be available to talk about their work during the reception. It will give people a chance to come in and meet them."
The works are in a variety of media -- oil, pastels and watercolor -- and a diversity of subjects. The artists are senior citizens who have studied with Mrs. Lenhoff through the senior education program at Anne Arundel Community College.
"Some of them are new students, and some of them have been with me for 10 years," said Mrs. Lenhoff. "This show has all levels of instructions."
Although none of the artists is a professional, several are retired art instructors. Others, explained Mrs. Lenhoff, are just furthering an interest they had before, perhaps when they were in school.
The art classes are only one of the many activities and classes available through the Pascal Senior Center. For more information call 222-6680.
More than 500 people participated Saturday in an egg hunt throughout Glen Burnie that netted one Pasadena couple $500 and the Child Abuse Prevention Center of Maryland a matching amount.
The winners were Connie Bernard and Gary Fuller of Pasadena. The couple had finished fifth in last year's hunt but scambled valiantly the win this year.
This is the second year for the contest, sponsored by local dentist Bill Gallagher and his toothbrush wielding mascot Dino-Bite. Dr. Gallagher awards prize money to the winner and to the child abuse center.
For weeks, participants analyzed clues published in local newspapers and advertising circulars that lead them to area businesses to collect five eggs. Saturday, they exchanged the eggs for a treasure map that led to a huge, luminous, yellow egg, where else but in the egg section of the Southdale Giant.
Messiah United Methodist Church is having a spaghetti dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday in the church hall, 7401 Furnace Branch Road.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3.50 for children 5 to 12. Children under 5 are free.
Dinner includes spaghetti with meat sauce, tossed salad, Italian bread and beverages. Desserts will be served a la carte.
For ticket information call Mary Holster, 761-0178 or Dora Turner, 761-6638.
Area artisans are invited to participate in the 3rd annual Spring Fling from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday June 10 on the grounds of the Maryland Manor Convalescent Center, 7575 East Howard Road.
Spaces can be rented for $15 each. Vendors must provide their own tables.
A free continental breakfast will be served to all artisans.
In addition to the craft show, activities include a car show sponsored by the Lost in the '50s car club, a pet parade and musical performances by the Victory Gospel Band.
For information on space rental call Sherril Rundle, 768-8200.
Constituents of the 1st Congressional District will have an opportunity to offer their opinions and suggestions for balancing the federal budget when Rep. Wayne Gilchrest conducts a town meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Severn River Junior High School, 241 Peninsula Farm Road in Arnold.
Those unable to attend the meeting can communicate their concerns and ideas by calling the congressman's Glen Burnie office, 760-3773, or writing to him at the Arundel Center North, 101 Crain Highway, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061.
"Protecting Yourself From Robbery" is the topic of the next meeting of the Glen Burnie Block Watch of Glen Gardens at 7 p.m. tonight at Glen Lutheran Church, 106 Carroll Road.
Detective Earl Fowlks and Sgt. Michael Daniel of the county police will offer tips and suggestions to avoid becoming a crime victim.
For information call Ida Hilditch, 761-6845.
A $5 fee is all it takes to protect your dog or cat from the threat of rabies when the county Health Department sponsors an immunization clinic from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Arundel Center North, 101 Crain Highway.
Vaccinations for pets under 1 year old that never have been vaccinated are good for one year. Pets older than 1 year that have been vaccinated before will receive protection for three years.
All animals must be restrained by a leash or a pet carrier.
Additional clinics are scheduled for June 11 and Aug. 13.
For information call 222-7076.