A GOOD way to begin the new year is to learn more about the international situation that will help shape the next century.
"Managing Global Chaos: New Challenges and Dilemmas" is a free, three-part reading and discussion series to be held from 1: 30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 3, in the 50+ Center's wing of the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way.
The topic for the first session, "New Challenges in Russia," examines the problem that Russia poses to U.S. foreign policy and Russia's new national security environment.
The speaker will be Melvin Goodman of the National War College in Washington.
"The Threat From China" should prove to be a lively subject for Feb. 10.
This program, which features U.S. Ambassador John McDonald, will assess the new political leadership in China and the impact of Taiwan's independent stance on the international community.
McDonald has represented the United States at a variety of peacekeeping conferences.
The last session, on Feb. 17, will be a discussion of the importance of political consensus in conflict resolution and peacekeeping: "Conflict Resolution and Democratic Governance."
The speaker will be Kate Sohn, a graduate student at the George Mason University Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution in Fairfax, Va.
Participants will receive reading assignments each week from the resource book "Managing Global Chaos: Sources of and Response to International Conflict."
The library's Pat Bates -- coordinator of the Maryland Center for the Book, which is sponsoring the series -- proposed it to the United States Institute of Peace.
The series is funded by a grant from the institute.
As part of the proposal, Bates also will coordinate "Managing Global Chaos" in libraries in Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
The Maryland Center for the Book is based in the Howard County Library.
Information or registration: 410-313-7680. Books can be picked up at the 50+ Center.
You can learn a new skill in the new year, too.
Adults can register for "Beginners' Ceramics" at the east Columbia library.
The 10-week class, sponsored by Howard Community College, is at 1 p.m. Thursdays.
The cost is $20 for artisans ages 60 and older; $60 for others. Materials and tools are included.
Celebrate with music
You can start your year on a high note and join the band at the 50+ Center.
Age is not important. Your skills and talent on trumpet, bass, sax or piano are needed for the new band.
The Columbia Art Center is kicking off its winter session of classes for young people.
A class in drawing, for ages 13 to 17, begins at 4: 30 p.m. Thursday.
The 10-week class is for students who want to develop skills using graphite, charcoal and ink.
Technique, proportion, space and form will be explored by drawing the human face and figure.
An eight-week course in hand-building pottery, for ages 6 to 10, begins Jan. 20.
On Jan. 23, an eight-week course in hobby jewelry, for ages 7 to 12, begins at 1 p.m.
On Jan. 27, a six-week session on drawing the outdoors in pen and ink begins at 4: 30 p.m.
Training the body
If you'd like to focus on the physical this year, the 50+ Center has low-impact exercise classes at 6: 30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.
The cost is $32 for eight weeks of exercises paced to snap-your-fingers music.
New council members
Outgoing President Dean Kremer extends his congratulations to the newly elected members of the New Hope Lutheran Church Council.
New members are John Bansemer, Mervin Garner, Janice Garrison and Pat Ploeger.
Church committee members are: education, Joan Baird and Colleen Galambos; finance, Arnold Felix and Chris Parr; outreach, Dolores and Marvin Garlick and Thomas Kallio; parish life, Karen Phelps, Nancy Ranasinghe, Stuart Unkenholz and Amy VandenBerg; property management, Bob Hoffman, Jerry Johnston and Joe Razes; stewardship, Steve Grubb, Micah Johnson and Thomas King; witness, Kathleen DeWalt, Sue Moyer and Jennifer Razes.
Talbott Springs students returned to school after the holiday break and found their schoolmates' work on display in the school's media center.
Twenty-four students from third, fourth and fifth grades submitted entries during Howard County Public Schools' "Computer Learning Month."
The exhibit includes original stories, typed on computer with illustrations by the young authors.
The artists include Matthew Sarkodee-Adoo, Jordan Escobedo, Cynthia Gonzalez, Felicia Colombi, Felicia Wisniewski, Andy Nguyen, Kayla Chadman, Alusha Elam, Tyiesha Johnson, Stacy Thomas, Caitlin Margerum, Nicole Albee, Bryce Long, Robin Steitz, Kyra Miralles, Nick Barr, Nicholas Hunter, Remina Greenfield, Meghan Gnadt, Owens Hurley, Andrea Williams, Andrew Harman, Reeta Francis and Justin Carter.
Please, be careful
Cold weather does not seem to reduce crime on the streets.
Sgt. Karen Shinham, supervisor of Community Services, reminds residents that there is a satellite police office in Long Reach village shopping center to help protect east Columbia citizens.
Those seeing something suspicious in their neighborhood are urged to call 911 or the nonemergency police number, 410-313-2200.
Callers may request anonymity and ask not to be contacted by a police officer.
The important thing is to be able to prevent crime. Suggestions include turning on outdoor lights after dark to protect property, noting unfamiliar cars parked nearby and identifying people before you answer your door.
For personal protection, the department suggests that people who walk at night should wear light-colored clothing and, if possible, attach reflective tape.
Flashlights should always be carried.
Drivers should be sure that their car's headlights and taillights are wiped clean in order to see and be seen.
East Columbians are featured artists in this month's exhibit at the Artists' Gallery in the American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle, in Town Center.
Stop at the gallery to see photographer Toshiko Mecklenburg's photo, "Ellicott City Girl."
Artist and potter Chaya Schapiro has an oil painting and a ceramic piece in the show.
Thirteen other guest artists' works are in the Gallery's "Second Annual Invitational Show."
Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5: 30 p.m. weekdays and 9: 30 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. Saturdays.
Pub Date: 1/12/99