State Sen. Martin G. Madden, who represents southern Howard, issued a 10-day "no television" challenge to students a few months ago.
Joy Fraser and John Dombroski of Hammond Elementary took up the challenge.
Joy spent her 10 days without television last fall reading and playing the piano.
She and John were honored, along with about 60 other students from area schools, at a dinner at the Great Room in Savage Mill.
Valerie Fraser, Joy's mother, said parents had expected a light-tea-and-cookies sort of reception.
What they got was an elegant dinner in a beautiful setting, a chance to listen to their children tell how they had spent those tubeless days and an opportunity to meet local politicians.
Madden, a Republican, will hold a town meeting from 7: 30 p.m. to 9: 00 p.m. Feb. 6 at the East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way.
For details, call 841-3572.
Poetry at the library
Pat Bates, coordinator of adult programs for the Savage Library, is presenting a thought-provoking lecture and discussion series, Women's Words: Discussion of Power in Women's Poetry.
The three-part series of recorded poetry readings will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11 at the Library.
Led by Linda Joy Burke, the program will focus on the works of poets Adrienne Rich and Maxine Kumin.
Call the library at 880-5975.
Anxious parents may have noted that schools close two hours early today.
Not to fear, seats are still available at Pioneer Pastimes -- a story and craft session at 3 p.m. today at the Savage Library.
Attendees are invited to wear a coonskin cap, an old-fashioned bonnet or a prairie-style dress.
And while your elementary crew is busy learning about pioneer life, why not scout out the library's new programs?
There's a sign-up sheet for those who would like to learn how to surf the Web, a 20-minute orientation on the new computerized catalogs, an encyclopedia on disk with a color printer, a slew of toys for tots and -- best of all -- a terrific selection of new books.
For information or directions, call 880-5975.
The library will be closed Monday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The American Heart Institute sponsors an annual Heart Ball and, this year, students from Howard County were asked to make place mats for the event.
Diners at the ball will enjoy their repast more, thanks to the efforts of Forest Ridge artists Nicholas Terlecki, Danny Holley, Elizabeth Walle, Raadha Raswant, Alex Arciero, Callie Zulick, Katherine Mezerhane, Meredith Halloran, Amanda Moore and Kevin O'Neill.
Forest Ridge changes
The Forest Ridge Elementary School family is sad to see fifth-grade teacher Melissa Downs and third-grade teacher Tom Conroy leave the school.
Welcome to new teachers Wendy Anderson and Amy Myrick.
Jaycees to meet
The Patuxent Area Junior Chamber of Commerce, or Jaycees, will hold its next meeting at 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday at the Other Barn in Oakland Mills Village Center, Columbia.
This is a wonderful way for newcomers -- or long-term residents -- to get to know more people in a relaxed setting.
For information, call Lynn Boerschel at 750-0659.
Pub Date: 1/17/97