disAbility Awareness program shows pupils how people overcome limitations


BOLLMAN BRIDGE Elementary School held a disability awareness day yesterday.

Members of dAp -- the disAbility Awareness project -- were on hand to discuss and show how physical challenges can be met.

There were wheelchair basketball games with Bill Demby, Larry Hughes and Andy Tacka, who demonstrated how to play using their wheelchairs.

Fidos for Freedom, an organization that trains dogs to serve the deaf and disabled, showed what their dogs can do, including alerting hearing-impaired people to fires and other hazards.

For most of the day, speakers rotated from class to class, giving presentations on what it is like to overcome limitations and lead a productive life.

Among the presentations were "Living with Multiple Sclerosis," "Surviving Cancer Caused by Smoking," "Deaf Awareness" and "Being the Best You Can Be."

A special thanks to presenters Maria Sewell, Dean Smith, Marlene Hendler, Joan Shutinya, Jonathan Allen, Peg Browning, Ivi Collier, David Cooper, Ellen Falk, Lennwood Green, Lucky Harris, Barbara Harris, Ken Huffman, Linda Kennedy, Colleen Rice, LaDonna Rader and Emily Rader.

Celebrating Copernicus

This month, we celebrate Black History Month, Valentine's Day and the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

The Savage library has found another occasion to celebrate in February: the birthday of Copernicus.

For those of us who are not sure about the gentleman's claim to fame, Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) is considered the "father of astronomy." He was the first to put forth the theory that the planets, including Earth, orbit the sun, and that Earth rotates on its own axis.

In his honor, the library staff has invited Paul Klink, a consultant to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration from AlliedSignal, to speak. His talk, "From Copernicus to the Space Shuttle," will be at 4: 15 p.m. Wednesday.

This is a drop-in program for those older than age 6.

Information: 410-880-5978.

Computer mavens

Murray Hill Middle School has joined the information age: The school now has a Web page.

The Web page effort was begun last year by eighth-grade pupils and sixth-graders Matt Butler and Marc Peters -- both of whom are now in seventh grade.

Just before the winter holidays, eighth-grader Michael Reid completed the necessary programming to get the page up and running.

The school's plan is for Murray Hill pupils to be responsible for maintaining and updating the information on the site.

You can visit the page at http: // www.howard.k12.md.us/mhms/ to see what these budding computer mavens have wrought.

Birthday ball

Montpelier Mansion in Laurel will be the site of a ball in honor of George Washington's birthday at 2 p.m. Feb. 21.

And Mr. and Mrs. Snowden, the original owners of this Colonial-era home, will be on hand to greet guests.

Seriously, come see the re-enactment of an early American gala, with Moonfire, a chamber and Irish music group, playing in the elegant Montpelier library.

Demonstrations of Colonial dances -- performed by the Port of Bladensburg Heritage Dancers -- and Irish step-dancing (as done in the show "Riverdance") will be presented.

The re-enactors will gladly answer questions.

All this, and light refreshments, too, will be free.

The event is a gift from the mansion to the community, but reservations are required.

Information: 301-953-1376.

Spring jazz, arts

Right next to Montpelier Mansion is the Montpelier Cultural Arts Center. The center is beginning its Spring Jazz Series next month.

The 10-concert series features such performers as Ron Holloway, Ethel Ennis, the Carl Grubbs Quartet and Carl Cornwell.

Concerts begin March 5 and run through May 7.

Tickets are $15 for most performances; a few of the concerts are free.

Information: 301-953-1993.

The center and the mansion are at 12826 Laurel-Bowie Road.

Montpelier Cultural Arts Center is host to a variety of interesting presentations. The Laurel Art Guild will hold its 30th Open Juried Art Exhibition there from March 4 to 29.

Artists are invited to submit one or two pieces of work, which should be brought to the second floor on March 2.

Doreen Bolger, director of the Baltimore Museum of Art, will select the work to be exhibited. Work must be available for sale.

A reception and gallery talk are planned March 7, when prizes will be awarded.

Some size and weight limits apply for submissions.

Information: exhibition chairwoman Karen O'Neil, 301-776-0086.

Pub Date: 2/12/99

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