A SPECIAL evening for teachers doesn't happen very often.
And, of interest to the teachers, the evening will also benefit children.
Teachers (K-12) are invited to attend a reception in their honor from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Borders Books and Music cafe, 9015 Snowden River Parkway.
Live music, refreshments and surprises, plus a 20 percent discount on all regular purchases, will be offered.
Representatives from the Howard County Reading Association will be there to explain Borders' "Open Books" program, which helps to support the association and Howard County libraries.
Customers who wish to donate a dollar when paying for purchases this month will be supporting the local organizations -- as well as the national "Reading Is Fundamental" program.
Information or to reserve a place: 410-290-0062.
Reading through art
Reading is a theme elsewhere in the neighborhood, too.
Columbia artist Kini Collins is curator of the Columbia Art Center's exhibit "Readings," to run from Oct. 22 through Nov. 29 at the center in Long Reach, 6100 Foreland Garth.
A group exhibition by six artists will interpret novels by Pat Barker ("The Eye in the Door"); Cormac McCarthy ("The Crossing"); and Tim Winton ("Cloudstreet").
The art includes Aline Feldman's prints, Michelle LaPerriere's paintings, Stan Wenocur's mixed-media pieces, Kini Collins' paintings, Columbia Art Center director Rebecca Bafford's sculptures and a video installation by David Crandall.
Everyone is invited to the opening reception, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 23, and welcome to visit the exhibit during the center's daily hours.
Question: How can reading a book keep someone warm?
Answer: Read a lot.
Explanation: "Read for a Need" is Thunder Hill Elementary's reading initiative.
Reading specialist and coordinator Nancy Mendoza describes how it works:
"The student's name and the title of the book read are on a slip of paper, which is then pinned to a blanket. When the blanket is covered with book slips, it will be presented to Columbia's Grass Roots Crisis Intervention Center at a 3 p.m. school assembly on Nov. 13."
She added that the initiative benefits the students and the community.
A summer of computers
Long Reach High's Jimmy Eaton has received an honors award for his summer work with Orbcomm Global Data and Messaging.
As a summer intern and volunteer, Jimmy rebuilt the company's backup Network Control Center's personal computers.
Word has been received from Western Maryland College, Westminster, that one of this year's freshmen is east Columbian S. Willy Bhatia.
This academic year marks the 131st anniversary of the liberal arts and sciences school.
His parents are Praveen and Subhash Bhatia.
Calling all baby sitters
Teen Center director Bobbie Whyte says the center's class for baby sitters is being repeated three times.
The dates are Oct. 17, Nov. 21 and Dec. 19.
The fee for the one-day class, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., is $35 for residents; $42 for nonresidents.
The class prepares teen-agers to be knowledgeable sitters. They receive a canvas tote bag after learning emergency procedures, baby-sitting skills and activities for active children.
Norma Hill, Howard County Library director, invites adults to attend a three-week series, "Managing Global Chaos: Conflict and the Next Millennium."
The 1: 30 p.m. Wednesday meetings begin Oct. 14.
Topics and speakers include "Mediation in the Middle East," with Robert Freedman; "Bosnia and the Dayton Agreement" with Melvin Goodman; and "International Mediation in the Post-Cold War Era" with Albert Pierce.
Cakes, cookies needed
Youth Ministry coordinator Tony Tamberino reminds St. John the Evangelist parishioners to contribute items for the community bake sales on Saturday and Sunday and Nov. 7-8.
jTC Baked goods may be brought to all services during these weekends at Oakland Mills and Wilde Lake interfaith centers.
The funds will be used for activities of the Youth Ministry groups.
Oakland Mills birthday
Village Manager Erin Peacock invites everyone to attend Oakland Mills village's October events -- all of which lead to the village's 30th birthday anniversary Nov. 7.
The Village Yard Sale is to be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
A tennis tournament on the courts behind the Columbia Ice Rink will be held Oct. 17.
A "Gettin' Ready To Party" social is planned from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 24 at the Other Barn. Ideas and volunteers are needed.
L The "Haunted House" at the Teen Center is scheduled Oct. 30.
Mark your calendar for the birthday party, which will be at the village center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 7.
A birthday cake, face-painting, entertainment by east Columbia school groups, an array of 30-year photos, a poster contest and honors for "original" residents -- those who have been living in Oakland Mills from its beginning -- are planned.
It is hoped that families who have moved away will return for the celebration.
Six of the merchants that remained in the village shopping center during renovation -- Lucky's China Inn, Oakland Mills Cleaners, the Village Barber, the Columbia Bank, Oakland Mills Liquors and the Last chance Saloon -- will be joined by new businesses for the grand reopening.
The art of child-rearing
Martha Hunt, president of Jeffers Hill Elementary's Parent Teacher Association, urges parents to attend a PTA-sponsored four-meeting series on the topic of skills for child-rearing.
The first lecture, Oct. 15, is "Dealing With Anger: Your Own and Your Child's," presented by Eva Skrenta of the Adler-Drikurs Parenting Program.
Jeffers Hill counselor Soyna Becton will present "Love and Logic Parenting" on Oct. 21.
The school's psychologist, John Kylap, will discuss "Stages of Child Development" on Oct. 27.
Functional behavior specialist Sheila Collector will talk about "Challenging Behaviors" on Nov. 5. Collector is with Howard County public schools' Office of Special Education.
The meetings will be in the school cafeteria, 6000 Tamar Drive, at 7: 30 p.m.
Pub Date: 10/06/98