Centennial High School to celebrate 30 years

The Baltimore Sun

Centennial High School will celebrate its 30th anniversary and "Thirty Years of Excellence: 1977-2007" at homecoming festivities Oct. 27, beginning with the traditional PTSA pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon and a parade through the surrounding communities.

A slide show in the school's auditorium and a display in the cafeteria will show snapshots from the school's past 30 years. Commemorative coffee mugs will be available.

Pregame ceremonies begin at 1:10 p.m. and will be emceed by original staff member and social studies teacher Bruce Smith, former school principals, and the school's first athletic director and football coach, Jim Welch.

At half-time, the homecoming court, king and queen are to be announced, and Hall of Fame presentation will be made.

Information or to contribute pictures, archival material or information on graduates: Rus VanWestervelt, 410-313-2856.

Moms Club plans Halloween meeting

The Elkridge Moms Club will meet at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday for a Halloween-themed gathering.

For information and the location of the meeting: membership@momsclubofelkridge.org.

Laughter therapy at Wallas center

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor "Laughter - The Best Medicine" for ages 55 and older from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 24 and 31 at the Kiwanis Wallas Recreation Center in Ellicott City.

Laughter-based exercises are said to strengthen the immune system, lower blood pressure and promote emotional healing. The program, which originated in India as a healing therapy, is not based on joke-telling.

The cost is $4.

Information or to register: 410-313-7320 or 410-313-7279.

Around Town

Teachers sought -- A group of former Centennial High teachers is seeking other faculty members who taught at the school during its first two years, 1977-1979. An event is being planned in conjunction with the school's 30th anniversary. Former teachers who were at the school during those years are asked to e-mail Ken Katzen at kkatzen@hcps.org; include an address, telephone number and e-mail address.

Design talks -- Gallery 44, 9469 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, is holding a "Dessert & Design" series of talks on interior design to benefit Success in Style, an Ellicott City nonprofit organization that provides free business attire to disadvantaged women seeking employment. The talks are held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Today's topic is "The Psychology of Design." Next week's topic is "What's New in Window Design." The cost is $10 a session. Reservations: 410-465-5200.

Learning English -- The Miller branch library offers an English conversation club from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Mondays for people who speak English as a second language and would like to practice conversation in a group setting. First-time participants must register in advance. 410-313-1950.

Knitting for charity -- A community-service group meets to knit and crochet blankets, baby clothes and other items for charities, hospitals and senior centers. The group meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center. 410- 313-7279.

Line dancing -- A Beginner Plus Country Line Dancing class for ages 55 and older is offered at Ellicott City Senior Center from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through Nov. 21. Wear leather-soled shoes (no sneakers) to the class. There is a fee. 410-313-7279.

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