IT TRULY MUST BE spring!
Columbia's Figure Skating Club is presenting its annual spring show this weekend at the Columbia Ice Rink on Thunder Hill Road in Oakland Mills Village.
This year's production is "A Fantasia on Ice" -- including interpretations of "The Lion King," "Pocahontas" and the children's story "Madeline."
Pat Muth -- a Thunderhill resident and the rink's numero uno professional and artistic director -- is aided and abetted by Rob McBrien, who directed and choreographed the second act.
Rob was ensemble director for "The John Curry Skaters" during its appearances at London's Royal Albert Hall and at New York's Metropolitan Opera House.
He was also associate director and choreographer for the Ice Theater of New York before going to the Chesapeake Skating School in Baltimore.
East Columbian ensemble skaters are Amy Adler, Nina Charity, Lisa Headen, Laura Lafaw, Rayanne Lane, Kasenia Lantzky, Kristin Long, Beth Malone, Tiffany Mead, Ryann Pfeferstein, Sydney Sigler, Pat Stephens, Jessica Straub and Megan Woolley.
And, to prove that skating is family fun, the Bucklers -- Amanda, Amy, Alicia and Chuck -- and the Thornes -- Jennifer, Sara, Chris and Jane -- are all members of the cast.
Guest skaters are Kristan Lowery Waggoner, Scott Smith and Jonathon Hunt.
Kristan participated in the closing ceremonies of the Special Olympics in Salzburg, Austria. He skated with "Festival on Ice " in Kuwait and paired with Chip Rossback in the Ice Capades.
Scott and Jonathon skated competitively in the Eastern Championships and National Championships in Nashville, Tenn.
They are both associated with the University of Delaware's Figure Skating Club in Newark.
There are four performances this weekend -- at 3: 30 p.m. and 7: 30 p.m. Saturday, and 1: 30 p.m. and 4: 30 p.m. Sunday.
Publicity director Brenda Penyak and Meryl Eddy of the publicity committee suggest early reservations because shows have been sold out early in past years.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and children. Call 410-461-9948 or 410-465-4479 or the Columbia Ice Rink box office at 410-730-0322.
In honor of teachers
A concert honoring music teachers will be at 7: 30 p.m. April 10 at Oakland Mills High School.
A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the third annual Music Educator of the Year award.
Hammond High's advanced band and selected groups from Oakland Mills High School and east Columbia elementary schools will perform.
Karen Douglas, editor of Howard County Parents for School Music's newsletter, Notes, reports that in a recent study, Professor Donald Hodges of the University of Texas concluded that "music actually changes the organization of the brain."
The concert is a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the effect of music on the thinking and imagination of children of all ages.
Protecting the lake
Students who have not completed their mandatory school community service credits may want to earn them April 12 by helping to clean up Lake Elkhorn in Owen Brown village, in celebration of Earth Day '97.
Adults, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, civic organizations -- and anyone who has enjoyed the benefits of Lake Elkhorn -- are invited to bring rakes and gloves and help with the project.
Information: the community center office, 410-381-0202.
After all the hard work, volunteers and their children -- 6 and older -- might want to hear "travelin' naturalist" Cindy Hamel discuss "Who Polluted Lake Elkhorn?"
Registration begins April 10 at the East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, for the April 18 program. Information: 410-313-7730.
C.C. Pleasants of the East Columbia Library's 50+ Center invites one and all to Lake Elkhorn's dock -- off Cradlerock Way, opposite the Mobil service station -- at 9 a.m. April 24 to hear naturalist Hamel discuss how the lake was developed, and explain some of its hidden wonders.
Light refreshments are planned. Reservations: 410-313-7680.
A fee of $1 is for participants 50 or older and children younger than 10, and $2 for those 10 to 50.
Pub Date: 4/01/97