Wilde Lake High music students to play at music education forum


WHEN MARYLAND'S music teachers get together, they expect to be entertained by the best. Vocalists and instrumentalists from Wilde Lake High School at River Hill will travel to Ocean City next week to rehearse and perform at the annual state music education convention.

Katie Harkness and Dylan Gentile will perform with the Senior All-State Chorus. This is Katie's second year making the highly competitive group and Dylan's third.

Three Wilde Lake freshmen will debut with the Junior All-State Chorus. They are Matt Bucknor, Stephen Williams and Cyrus Lawyer.

Jennifer Stapleton will play French horn with the Senior All-State Orchestra, and violinist Chris Tanaka will perform with the Junior All-State Orchestra.

The Senior All-State Concert Band will include Dana Romanesko on saxophone and Matt McDaniel and Matthew Stevens on euphonium.

Sixth-grade valentines

Residents of Lorien Nursing Home on Cedar Lane last week were delighted by the delivery of 300 lacy, glittery valentines, 300 napkin rings decorated with tissue-paper flowers, and matching baskets of tissue flowers for every table in the dining room, said recreation director Karen Strawderman.

About 140 sixth-grade students from Wilde Lake Middle School spent several weekly "exploratory" periods creating the cards and decorations, said Teresa Kedzierski, the teacher who coordinated the project.

When too many snow days threatened the Feb. 12 deadline, 20 students volunteered to stay after school to complete the work, Ms. Kedzierski said.

Other teachers who worked with the students included Marcia Boonshaft, Beverly Conroy, Betsy Davis, Michelle McMillian, Eileen Rodriguez and team leader Roberta Shaker.

Slayton House exhibit

"Color Play" is the name of the exhibit opening March 1 at the Slayton House Gallery in Wilde Lake, featuring art quilts by Patricia Ciricillo and watercolors by Nancy DiTullo, a Wilde Lake resident.

A reception is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. March 3.

Interim pastor

Abiding Savior Lutheran Church is welcoming the Rev. Janice Marie E. Lowden as its interim pastor.

Ms. Lowden was formerly pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Living Word in Columbia, and she is Lutheran campus pastor for the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Worship at Abiding Savior is at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at the corner of Owen Brown Road and Cedar Lane.

Traveling healthy

After months and sometimes years of planning and saving for travel abroad, no one wants to be sick for even a day of the big trip.

Mary Carrington, manager of the Columbia Medical Plan's travel fTC medicine department, will tell how business travelers, vacationers and students can travel healthy. The session is at 1:30 p.m. March 2 at the Central Branch of the Howard County Public Library.

The program is free, and registration is under way. Call 313- 7860.

Country hoedown

Round wheels and square dances should mix nicely Saturday afternoon at a country hoedown at the Vantage House retirement community in Town Center.

A team of volunteers led by Debi Haynes will push residents who use wheelchairs to traditional square dances led by a professional caller.

Volunteers include Jordan Grabele, Carol Walters, Karen Jay, Foster Stolte, Larry Cohen, Theresa Kirkley and Laurie Sears.

Rose Walker is coordinating the event for Vantage House.

A few volunteers are still needed, and training will be provided. Call 715-3163.

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