SANDIE Wolfgang thanks Elkridge for being a "super neighborhood" to live in. She has ample reason for her gratitude.
On Aug. 29, 3-year-old Zeke Wolfgang broke the bone in his thigh in a fall.
The little boy was placed in a body cast for six weeks.
During his recuperation, the Wolfgangs' neighbors and friends in the Markham Woods, Marshalee Woods and Marshalee Estates communities showered the family with love and supplies to get them through the ordeal.
The day after Zeke came home from the hospital, the Campbell and Norwicz families delivered a wagon and double stroller for Zeke to ride in.
The Johnson and Bednar families lent oversized clothes to fit over the body cast.
The Altomares, Gollers, Millers and Bednars shopped for the family because it was difficult to take Zeke out.
Games, trucks, coloring books, crayons and "balloons by the bucketful" were brought by the Altomare, Bednar, Campbell, Gaddy, Koletty, Miller, Shea, Sholar, and Vaughan families.
The Anderson-Walsh, LaDue, Norwicz, Perrelli, Shea, and Sholar families brought videos to entertain Zeke.
The neighbors also helped Wolfgang through the crisis.
She was given flowers and a massage.
The Anderson-Walsh, Shea, and Wells families provided dinners, and the Vaughans accompanied Wolfgang and Zeke to the doctor's office each Friday.
"I could never begin to explain what it means to have such an outpouring from our neighbors, except to put it on paper. Thank you, everyone, for everything," Wolfgang says.
On Thursday, Maryland will honor its Service Star Award recipients, two of whom -- Monae Johnson and Sara Pech -- are from Howard High School.
Johnson acts as a mentor for youth at her church and at Howard High School.
She also is the first vice president of the National Honor Society, so she's in charge of Howard's after-school program.
Pech volunteers for the Maryland Therapeutic Horsemanship Association, which offers riding lessons to challenged children and adults.
Pech's view of people who are physically or mentally challenged has changed through her volunteer service experience.
"They're not very different from us," she says. "They really are neat people."
The ceremony, which is sponsored by the Maryland State Department of Education, Maryland Student Service Alliance and Harbor Hospital Center, begins at 11 a.m.
Arts council director
Howard County Arts Council has selected Coleen West as its executive director.
West, who joined the arts council Oct. 20, did her undergraduate work at Minneapolis College of Art and graduate studies at New York University's Graduate School of Arts and Science.
After working as exhibition coordinator for NYU's Information Center, West moved to Baltimore, where she worked at Maryland Art Place.
Theater in the round
Mount Hebron High School will present the British farce, "See How they Run," in theater-in-the-round style.
The play, which is suitable for all ages, involves a case of mistaken identity in an English vicarage.
Principal actors include April Broyles, Emilie Kulis, Julie Rones, Damon Williams, Chad Petri, Andrew Cruttenden, Shawn Doyle, Mark Rosenberg and Rob Ernest.
Student directors are Courtney Norman and Rachel Warren.
Technical director is Jason Shupe.
The play will begin at 7: 30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Nov. 13, 14 and 15.
It's wise to purchase tickets ahead of time. Information: 410-313-2880.
Resurrection-St. Paul Home and School Association will sponsor a luncheon and fashion show from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Clothes from Talbots Kids, Princeton Sports, White House and Black Market will be featured.
The event will take place at Turf Valley Conference Center on U.S. 40 in Ellicott City.
Tickets are $25.
A gift basket raffle, jewelry raffle and a table of gourmet baked goods will add to the fun.
Funds raised will benefit the school.
Information: Cookie Sites at 410-465-8746.
Emory United Methodist Church is holding its fall luncheon and bazaar from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow.
The menu will include ham or chicken salad, potato salad, green beans, corn balls, a beverage and dessert.
Tickets for adults cost $6; children, ages 6 to 12, $3. Children younger than age 6 eat for free.
Carryout is available for $6.50.
Emory Church is in the Historic District of Ellicott City on Church Road, one block off Main Street.
Art at the bank
Ellicott City artist Alice Webb's etchings will be on display this month at the Baltimore branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.
The show starts today. An opening reception will be held from 5: 30 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m. Friday.
The bank is at Sharp and Conway streets near the Inner Harbor.
Rummage and bake sale
Harwood Park United Methodist Church will hold its annual fall rummage and bake sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Items for sale will include jewelry, household items and books. Donations are welcome.
The church is at Highland and Euclid avenues in Elkridge.
Church of the Resurrection is holding a spaghetti dinner from 1: 30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Resurrection Church Hall.
Tickets for the traditional Italian menu cost $6 for adults and $4 for children younger than 12.
The hall is at Chatham Road and Paulskirk Drive in Ellicott City.
Pub Date: 11/03/97