LORI AND TONY DENG, of Wilde Lake, were expecting a good deal of excitement last week during their family's trip to New York to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
They got more than they'd planned when daughter Amanda, 3, and son Michael, 5, became substitutes for two local children scheduled to ride atop a float honoring Chinese-American schools in the city's traditional parade.
The family was visiting Mr. Deng's parents, who teach Chinese language and culture at a school for Chinese-American children, Mrs. Deng said.
The parade ushered in the Year 4694 on the Chinese calendar, also known as the Year of the Rat.
County school Superintendent Michael Hickey will speak about "Wilde Lake Schools Today and Tomorrow" at 7:30 p.m. March 7 at Slayton House, the community center in Wilde Lake village.
Everyone is invited who has an interest in Running Brook and Bryant Woods Elementary Schools, Wilde Lake Middle School and Wilde Lake High School. Dr. Hickey will take questions after his presentation.
The program is part of Wilde Lake's revitalization effort headed by village board member Howard Feldmesser. Programs on crime, real estate values and Wilde Lake, the lake for which the community is named, are planned in the coming months.
Winners of Reflections, the annual arts contest sponsored by the PTA Council of Howard County, include several students from west Columbia.
From Bryant Woods Elementary School, Kamau Agyie Collins won first prize in the visual arts category for intermediate students, those in grades three through five.
Schoolmate Cara Yang won third prize in that category.
Also from Bryant Woods, Meghan Bondhaus won second prize in the music category for intermediate students, and Sara Knors won third prize in intermediate literature.
First prize in intermediate music went to Michelle Waligara, who attends Clemens Crossing Elementary School.
The winners will compete in the state Reflections contest.
ad work ahead
Motorists heading into downtown Columbia soon will be following the red brick road, as another section of Little Patuxent Parkway is due for a face lift.
Village managers Wendy Todd, of Town Center and Bernice Kish of Wilde Lake are encouraging residents to attend a meeting at 7:30 p.m. March 4 at Slayton House.
Ron Lepson, chief of the county Bureau of Engineering, will answer questions.