Jay Leno crew tapes students for show


SIXTH-GRADERS FROM Wilde Lake Middle School should set their videocassette recorders for 11:35 p.m. Nov. 3.

Students on a class field trip to the National Aquarium in Baltimore Friday were among those who met "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno and were taped by Mr. Leno's crew.

The comedian visited several cities last week and taped skits with local residents.

A spokesman for Mr. Leno in Los Angeles said the aquarium segment is scheduled to air Nov. 3.

Heck, that's a Friday. Let the kids stay up.

'Charley's Aunt'

Before "Mrs. Doubtfire," before "Tootsie," before "Some Like It Hot," there was "Charley's Aunt."

The Columbia Community Players are presenting the cross-dressing comedy at Slayton House in Wilde Lake at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and again Nov. 3 and 4.

The cast includes West Columbia residents Delia Chiu and Barry Dubin.

Karen McLeod of Wilde Lake is assisting director Robert Neal Marshall.

Call 381-4864 to reserve tickets.

Catholic Church discussion

Inactive Catholics have a rare opportunity next week to discuss their concerns with a member of the church hierarchy.

Bishop Francis Murphy, who is Cardinal William Keeler's representative for Central and Western Maryland, will be at the Interfaith Center in Wilde Lake from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 5 to talk to people who have been staying away from the church.

St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church and its pastor, the Rev. Richard Tillman, will serve as hosts to Bishop Murphy.

Church officials are "anxious to understand people's differences with the church," said Pat Barbernitz, the parish minister for evangelization.

"Many people are angry with the church. We sincerely want to understand."

Good sports

Being a good sport is valued highly at Swansfield Elementary School, so each week physical education teachers Don Shifflett and Judy Dopp select Sportspersons of the Week.

Students are recognized for qualities including courtesy, respect, teamwork and participation rather than athletic skill, said Mr. Shifflett.

Students who received awards during the first two weeks of October were Elizabeth Cowan,Clayton Alsup, Kayla Moss, Raenel Cotton, Audrey Pietrzyk and Max Barrere from the '76ers team.

From the '49ers team, Scott Caplan, Nicole Brown, Brooke Ashley, Austin Hayden, Bridget Holcomb and Yemi Seriki were recognized.

Rebecca Schindler, Britany Billak, Mehghan Brosi, Kenny Larry, Gilberto Carmona and Elizabeth Jensen were honorees from the Adventurers team.

Trailblazers Michael Lautenschlager, Sharice Carroll, Melissa Denmark, Steven Paulus and Emily Kuykendall were named good sports.

Scott Bonitto, Angelina Farmer, Dominic Wells, Naomi Scheinerman, Brigitte Towson, Shane Breidenbach and Sheldon Xie from the Explorers team earned recognition.

And Elizabeth Lloyd was named Sportsperson of the Week from the Pioneers team.

Reading music

How many ways can a child learn the letter "C"?

Children who attend the Magic Circle Play Group or "El Circulo Magico" at Running Brook Elementary School Thursday learned musically, thanks to fifth-grader Melanie Wolvovsky, who performed a special number featuring "C" on her clarinet.

The play group is part of the FACTS program (Family and Community Together for Schools) at Running Brook.

The grant-funded program presents parental-skills workshops with transportation, child care and Spanish translators, and sponsors twice-weekly English language classes.

It offers some programs to families at the Rideout Heath housing complex in Wilde Lake.

Nancy Berla, a grandmother of two Running Brook Elementary students and a volunteer grandmother to scores more, coordinates the program.

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