THE POINTERS Run Elementary PTA is writing its first cookbook.
Titled "Village Gourmet -- Culinary Collections from the Families and Friends of Pointers Run Elementary," the book will include more than 500 recipes for appetizers, beverages, soups, sandwiches, side dishes, entrees and desserts.
A "Just for Kids" section with edible -- as well as nonedible -- recipes also is planned.
River Hill resident Vickie Yozwiak is in charge of the project.
"We wanted to put together a keepsake that families will have, as a memory of their children's time at Pointers Run Elementary, for years to come," Yozwiak said.
Yozwiak's son, Adam, 9, submitted a recipe for caramel apples.
His brother, Taylor, 7, submitted a recipe for homemade face paint.
Other nonedible offerings for the children's section include recipes for Playdough, sidewalk chalk, Silly Putty, slime, volcano lava and baker's clay.
Local celebrities are also being solicited for recipes.
Frances Hughes Glendening, wife of Gov. Parris N. Glendening, provided her recipe for "House Crab cakes with Citrus Sauce."
U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett sent a recipe for Bartlett pear cobbler.
Howard County Council member Mary C. Lorsung offered her recipe for almond-Camembert bread.
Artist Deirdre Lindsey, a resident of Harper's Choice, will design the book cover and provide illustrations.
Sally Zeppieri, Michelle Weiner and Martha Leibowitz are in charge of soliciting sponsors for an advertisers' directory included in the cookbook.
Collecting recipes from the community and public figures are Mindy Myers, Gina Stanley and Tess Teeter.
Yozwiak expects the cookbook to sell for $15. She hopes to have it ready for distribution in April.
Information or to reserve a copy: 410-531-5157.
The Howard County Office on Aging is seeking volunteers to work on its cable television program "Spotlight on Seniors."
The show will tape three half-hour shows next year to be broadcast on Comcast cable Channel 73.
Hickory Ridge resident Nancy Koepsell, who produces, directs and serves as host for the program, has been involved with the show 12 years. She said help is needed with work that ranges "from grunge to glamour."
Volunteers are needed to produce, direct, act, operate cameras and studio equipment, and be hosts.
An orientation and training session will be held at the Comcast offices in Ellicott City.
No experience is necessary.
Topics covered in previous programs include organizing your home and life, how to manage after a stroke, assisted living, powers of attorney and living wills.
Koepsell encourages seniors to become involved in volunteer activities in the community.
"We can't let what we did in our past life put a fence around our hopes for our future," she said.
To those who have reservations about trying something new, Koepsell says, "Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks, sometimes better than a new dog."
Information or to volunteer: 410-313-7289.
The Jewish Federation of Howard County, the Howard County Office on Aging and Bet Yeladim preschool will hold a Hanukkah Party from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way (formerly Beaverkill Road), Columbia.
Barbara Miller -- a resident of Oakland Mills and program specialist with the Office on Aging -- says the party will include a candle-lighting ceremony and a performance by Jewish folk singer Brian Singer.
Children from Bet Yeladim will act out the story of Hanukkah and sing traditional songs.
A luncheon, which will include the traditional potato latkes, is planned.
Each senior guest will be presented with a gift from the children.
The cost is $5. Registration is required by Friday.
Tickets or information: 410-313-7213.
Kangaroo Kids entertain
Nineteen members of the precision jump rope team Kangaroo Kids provided entertainment during the halftime show at the Nov. 21 basketball game between the Towson University Tigers and the Loyola College Greyhounds at Towson University.
West Columbia team members included Longfellow residents Elizabeth and Thomas Egan, Clary's Forest resident Marissa Schwartz, Hickory Ridge residents Bart and Kelsey Elder and Amanda Ramsey.
The Kangaroo Kids will perform at noon and 1 p.m. Dec. 12 at Chatham Mall in Ellicott City.
'The Nutcracker' on ice
The Columbia Figure Skating Club will present Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker" on Dec. 12 and 19 at the Columbia Ice Rink on Thunder Hill Road.
Performances are scheduled at 4: 45 p.m. and 6 p.m. both days.
More than 100 members of the club will skate in the show.
The role of the nutcracker will be played by Jake Brody of west Columbia. Lindsay Sperling of west Columbia will be Clara.
Other west Columbia skaters include Maya Agarwal, Nicole Battisti, Amy Beier, Alexandra Berge, Alicia Brands, Niki Camateros-Mann, Amanda Freishtat, Emily Friedenberg, Lauren Havery, Erica Malick, Alyssa Perrone, Carolyn and Christine Savoldelli, Elise Schlissel, Anna Rose Siegel, Alison Smith, Kristen Tessmer, Cindy Wisthoff and Sarah Smith.
Also skating from west Columbia are Caryl, Pamela and Rachel Winter, and Brian and Melanie Wolvovsky.
Tickets are $6 and can be purchased by calling 410-461-9948 or 410-730-0321.
Atholton's Christmas trees
The Atholton High School Booster Club will hold its third Christmas tree sale from Thursday through Sunday in the school parking lot on Freetown Road.
Booster Club President Barbara Costa said the club hopes to make $2,000 from the sale.
Pat Saunderson, a faculty member at Atholton, and Mike Kramer, a Booster Club member, donated their time the Saturday after Thanksgiving to drive a truck to Pennsylvania and pick up the trees.
Coach Bruce Lindblad's wrestlers and coach Jim Albert's basketball players helped unload the trees.
Sale coordinators Cheryl and Tracy Williams are assisted by booster parents Mike Hollander, Tom Beaver, Jim Erbacher, Ed Lopez, Tom Caffrey and others.
The trees -- fir, spruce and pine -- will be priced from $15 to $35.
Unsold trees will be donated to needy families.
Sale hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Pub Date: 12/02/98