Rain forces delay of several events

The heavy rain that forced the early closure of Anne Arundel County public schools Thursday also forced the postponement of several after-school events. Among them:


The public information session about the International Baccalaureate program scheduled for Old Mill High School in Millersville will now be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 27.

ASE testing scheduled for the Center of Applied Technology North has been rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 28.


The countywide Citizens Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for the Dr. Carol Sheffey Parham Building in Annapolis will be rescheduled at a later date.

Middle Years deadline nears

Students who haven't applied for the proposed International Baccalaureate Middle Years program still have time to get their paperwork completed before the Dec. 1 deadline.

Designed as a magnet program to serve students in grades six through eight, the MYP is scheduled to begin in August (pending funding of next year's budget) at Annapolis, MacArthur, and Old Mill Middle North middle schools.

The program will serve as a complement to the IB Diploma/Extended Learning Program at Old Mill, Annapolis and Meade high schools.

Applications may be downloaded from, by clicking on the "2007-2008 International Baccalaureate applications" link.

For more information, call IB program district coordinator Christine Amiss at 410-222-5415.

Marley Station sets 'Evening of the Arts'


Marley Station is teaming up with Anne Arundel County Public Schools for "An Evening of the Arts" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the mall, 7900 Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie.

There will be a silent auction featuring works of art created by students.

Free gift-wrapping, musical entertainment and a drawing for a $1,000 shopping spree will be included.

Proceeds will go to the county school system's art department.

Information: 410-766-2033.

Southern junior joins Macy's parade


Robert Harle, a Southern High School junior, has been selected to participate in the this year's Macy's Great American Marching Band, which will lead off the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday.

Harle plays multiple instruments but will take his trombone when he heads to New York to join over 200 young musicians, representing every state and the District of Columbia. They will be complemented by about 50 flags and dancers.

College to sell student ceramics

Anne Arundel Community College will hold its annual student ceramics sale Nov. 27.

Shopping will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Cade Center for Fine Arts, Room 219 on the Arnold campus at 101 College Parkway. Shoppers will find mugs, vases, cookware, serving plates and teapots among the pieces donated by students and faculty members. Select pieces will be sold by silent auction only.

The college student ceramics club, the Keramos Society, sponsors this free holiday event. Proceeds fund purchases of books, tools and other materials for the ceramics studio and supplement Keramos Society funding for projects including visiting artists and guest lectures.


Information: 410-777-2624 or

Summit educator to be honored

Joan Mele-McCarthy, director of education at the Summit School in Edgewater, was slated to receive the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation's Rolland J. Van Hattum Award for Contribution in the Schools during this year's Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association on Friday.

In the 1990s, Mele-McCarthy developed an oral language infusion model for children at the Summit School with language-learning disabilities. It incorporates training, collaboration and integration with the goal of linking oral language development to success with reading, written language and academic content. Students, such as those who have dyslexia, showed improvement in these areas within two years, and more than 80 percent of the school's population goes on to mainstream high schools.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation is a charitable organization that promotes a better quality of life for children and adults with communication disorders.

Competition to help the hungry


More than a dozen Anne Arundel Community College architecture students will stack more than 30,000 donated canned goods into replicas of famous structures for display at Marley Station in Glen Burnie as part of an annual community service competition benefiting the hungry.

The Maryland Can-Struction event will take place in six locations in the mall. Teams of students will build the structures Dec. 1. The structures will remain on exhibit through Dec. 10, during mall hours.

Showcased in this year's competition are: Block Out Hunger featuring a Can-Struction igloo; the Great Wall of Hunger; A Tale of Hunger represented by the Canterbury Cathedral; Protecting the Countryside from Hunger, featuring the Coca Castle; Abolish Hunger One Step at a Time, represented by the Lincoln Memorial; and the Vati-Can."

Teams build the structures using cans in a variety of sizes and shapes, relying on the product labels for color. Model structures range in size from 1,000 to 13,000 cans. The only other allowed materials are quarter-inch leveling, cardboard, tape, rubber bands and wire.

Food Link Inc. collects the canned food donations from area companies, groups and individuals. At the close of the exhibition, Food Link Inc. distributes the canned goods to emergency food programs at local pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, elder care and day care centers.

Strong volunteers are needed Nov. 30 to unload pallets of canned goods at Marley Station, 7900 Ritchie Highway.


Information or to volunteer: Susan Weiner, 410-777-2366 or