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HAPPY Thanksgiving! My family joins me in wishing you a wonderful holiday. My parents join us from Florida and my sister and her family join us from Virginia this Thanksgiving. We all have much to be thankful for.

Help for needy

Feathers for Food is the name the Manor Woods Elementary School Human Relations Committee gave to its once-a-year major service project, which netted more than $700 for Thanksgiving food.

Students, staff, parents and the community contributed $1 for each feather they signed and placed on a huge likeness of a turkey at the school.

With the money, parents purchased cases of canned vegetables, stuffing mixes and turkeys, which they delivered to Baltimore activist Bea Gaddy on Monday. Ms. Gaddy serves Thanksgiving meals to Baltimore's neediest each year. Manor Woods families will work serving meals with Ms. Gaddy Thanksgiving Day.

Assistant Principal Brenda Allen, who chairs the human relations committee, credits second-grade teacher Carol Wilson, one of the 10 members of the committee, with the idea for Feathers for Food.

This committee sponsors many community service projects each Gyear to help foster a caring-for-others spirit in the school children.

'Rebel' at Glenelg

Glenelg High School's Drama Department is busily rehearsing "Rebel Without a Cause," which will be performed Dec. 1, 2 and 3.

Tickets for this exciting drama are on sale now from cast members. The play stars Luke Reinke and Erin Daltin as Jim Stark and Judy Brown, Mark Daugherty and Kara Laws as Mr. and Mrs. Stark, and Michael Schwartz as the troubled Plato. The play also features Jamie Hill as the juvenile officer, Ray, and Jeb Johnston as "the wheel" in school.

The talented cast includes 23 speaking roles and many extras playing students and crowd members.

Cast members will perform songs and dances of the 1950s between acts to add a flavor of the era. Ron Oaks directs the play. Linda Simms is the costumer and Jennifer Blizzard is the choreographer. Tina Plavides is the student director.

The plays directed by Mr. Oaks at Glenelg High always are professionally produced and well received. Admission to "Rebel

Without a Cause" is $6. Call 313-5528.

River Hill prepares

Principal Scott Pfeifer of River Hill High School glows with enthusiasm when he mentions the new school.

"The building's been here for two years, but the school itself is still a vision," he says.

Mr. Pfeifer envisions a community-based school offering the finest educational commitment from his staff. He looks forward to building relationships with students, parents and teachers long before the doors to River Hill open in August.

Nine meetings to help shape the school's character begin in January.

He hopes to see students with their parents participate in developing the school to meet the needs of the students and the community River Hill serves.

6* Call 313-7120 to speak to Mr. Pfeifer.

Woodbine rider

Jennifer Mehalko of Woodbine is absolutely passionate about horse-back riding.

For the third year this summer she competed in the Howard County Horse Show Association's series of meets, riding for the Meadowood stables.

At age 9, competing against girls and boys 12 and under, she won grand champion for short stirrup.

Riding on Meadowood's Apricot Brandy, she accumulated more points than any other rider, entitling her to take home a huge, engraved, silver trophy and a tricolor grand champion rosette ribbon.

The Lisbon Elementary School fifth-grade honor student will receive her awards Dec. 2 at the horse show association's annual awards dinner.

Jennifer has her own pony and continues to work with her trainer, Evan Crierie of Dayton, four or five times each week.

This winter Jennifer will be the youngest member of Meadowood Junior Equitation Team. When she's not riding, Jennifer participates in gymnastics, the Lisbon handbell choir and the Lisbon chorus.

Western senior center

Now that the new Western Howard County Senior Center has opened, we'll hear much about the activities that director Betty Frey has planned for the center's visitors.

In early December, Ms. Frey has six activities, five of which center on the holidays.

Most of the workshops are available for a modest fee or are free.

Some have a nominal fee for materials.

* Dec. 6, you can make a Christmas tree ornament at 10:30 a.m. or create a gift basket from 1 until 4 p.m.

* Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. until noon, watch Bing Crosby in "White Christmas." After the movie, stay for lunch and a free exercise class demonstration from 2:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.

* Dec. 8, join a Hanukkah party at the center at 11 a.m. You'll hear the story of Hanukkah, sing songs and eat tasty potato latkes with applesauce.

* Dec. 11, make and take home a holiday centerpiece from a

10:30 a.m. workshop. For $10 you'll make an arrangement that would cost three to four times as much at a florist.

For information or to register for these programs, call 313-5440.

Register three to five days in advance for most programs at the center.

Youth symphony

The Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra will present the first concert of its 32nd season at 3 p.m. on Dec. 3 in the Fine and Performing Arts Theater at Catonsville Community College.

Glenwood's Angelo Gatto, the orchestra's founder and music director, will conduct.

At this concert, you will hear the winner of the 10th annual Chiang Wen Yeh International Young Artist Piano Competition performing the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2.

The program also includes Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet" overture, Saint-Saens' "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso" and J. S. Bach's Fugue in G Minor.

Ticket prices are $8 general admission and $5 for students and seniors.

Call 442-5645.

Teacher in Gotham

Judy Kontaxis, who teaches French and Spanish at Glenwood Middle School, combines a full-time teaching job with being the mother of two young children.

Recently she found time to share her enthusiasm for teaching at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in New York City.

She and Lisa Choate of Dunloggin Middle School presented a workshop entitled "Student-Centered Activities: A Practical Approach to Enhancing Proficiency."

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