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Mount Hebron to present 'Flowers for Algernon'


Oops corrected

Oops! Mount Hebron High, I'll get it right this time.

In last week's column, I left out Johanna Bell from the cast of "Flowers for Algernon" and misspelled a few others: Andrew Cruttenden, Alex Wissel, Jennie Flatter and Lauren Davis.

Kudos to Johanna Bell for her keen eye.

"FLOWERS FOR Algernon," a drama touching issues of disability and prejudice, will be presented next weekend at Mount Hebron High School.

The story concerns Charly Gordon, a mentally retarded man whose intelligence is artificially increased, and the impact of his newfound mind on those around him.

James Thomas plays the lead. Emily Phillips plays Alice Kinnian, the social worker who becomes Charly's love interest. Jason Coburn plays Dr. Strauss, and Chad Petri plays Professor Nemur. Charly's parents are played by Melanie Anderson and Tom Seiler alternating with Alex Whissel.

Additional roles are played by Andrew Kruttenden, Jeff LaSalle, Grant Balint, Sharon Frost, Jon Bae, Sarah Dauber, Tezmon Williams, Jeff Stofko, Natalie Johnson, Dawn Jackson, Jennie Flatler and Amanda Herold.

Student directors are Melissa Cook and Warren Davis, and the stage manager is Patrick Winkelman. Drama coach Tom Sankey leads the whole production.

The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2-4 and Nov. 9-11. Reservations are suggested. Call the school at 313-2880.

Water workshop

From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, the Tiber-Hudson Watershed Partnership will hold a seminar to examine the nature of streams, local environmental partnerships and ways we all can work to improve water quality in the county and in the state.

Speakers will include Gary Maule from the Ellicott City Restoration Foundation, Geoffrey Shoming from the Howard Soil Conservation District, Jacquelyn Galke from Adopt-a-Stream and Steve Shirar from Howard County's Department of Public Works. Mr. Shirar will explain the Font Hill Lawn Project.

The seminar will be held in the Isaacs Cabin on Main Street, Ellicott City. Information: Cindy Hirshberg at 461-5517.

Halloween happenings

It's the time of year when ghouls slide around Elkridge and ghosties slip through Ellicott City. You can celebrate by:

* Attending "Haunted Halloween" at Rockburn Branch Park in Elkridge. An Eerie House will be followed by a Spooky Hayride through the park.

Get spooked Friday, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. or Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The charge is $6.

Enter via the Montgomery Road Entrance. Forty-five members of the Elkridge Adult Athletic Association will play the scary parts.

Chris Fisher, Rick Lanciotti, Danny Tracy, Dee McGinn and the association's president, Dave Grabowski, have been deeply involved in this production.

* Bringing little kids to a not-so-scary "Little People's Haunted Hayride," for children 2 to 7, Sunday, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Rockburn Park. The charge is $3 per person.

* Strolling through Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park for "Halloween Fun: Ghosts of the PFI" from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Oct. 31.

Join the spirits for a 45-minute park tour. Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for children 5 and older. Younger children under 5 are free.

Education, entertainment

Ellicott Mills Middle School has a busy week ahead. Parent education presentations, beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, give information on attention deficit disorder and the theory of multiple intelligences. Activities are planned for children who attend.

At 6:30 p.m. on Saturday night, Principal Sterlind Burke gathers his own family for a community musical performance.

The family, parents John and Edner Burke and their 11 children and grandchildren, developed an a cappella style of gospel music while growing up on the Eastern Shore. Group members travel from four states to perform.

L Admission to the concert is a donation to the middle school.

Pancakes and parades

Saturday is Centennial High School's homecoming, so parents Peg McClelland and Nancy Hariani are buying pancake syrup.

They're preparing for the annual pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon in the school cafeteria. Fifty parents will be helping flip pancakes for this major fund-raiser.

From 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., the cafeteria will remain open to serve sodas and snacks for the post-parade munchies.

Composting class

The Howard County Recycling Program will sponsor "Introduction to Home Composting" classes at 11 a.m. Saturday and Nov. 25 in Centennial Park.

The course will teach basics and materials for successful composting. Each participant will leave with a free compost bin.

For more information, call Betsy McMillion at 313-6445.

Yard sale

Saturday at Mount Hebron High School will see a multifamily yard and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sale benefits the varsity cheerleaders, who are going to the National High School Cheerleading Championship in Dallas.

At 7 p.m., the Viking Backers will present a benefit art auction at the school. Admission is $5, which includes snacks during the auction. For further information, call Kathy at 461-4387.

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