Students share gallery space with greats at The Walters [Rodgers Forge]

What do five Rodgers Forge Elementary School students have in common with great artists like Monet, Peale and Toulouse-Lautrec? Well, they all have artwork on display at The Walters Art Gallery, of course. Fourth-grader Emma Lohr and fifth-graders Joseph Gately, Evie Calwell, Matthew Nice and Isabel Rodriguez were honored at an opening reception at The Walters on March 16 as part of the Baltimore Youth Art Exhibition. The exhibit was held from Wednesday, March 5 through Sunday, March 23 and included artwork by students from schools throughout Baltimore County. (Full disclaimer: one of those five talented Rodgers Forge artists is my daughter.)

How many times have you come home from a long day at the office or shuttling children to various activities or running errands all around town only to say, "What? I have to make dinner again? Didn't I just feed you guys yesterday?" If your family is as demanding as mine, insisting they eat at least three meals a day — every, single, day — then you would love Theresa Koehler's great idea. Theresa, who lives on Old Trail Road, initiated a Dinner Exchange program with three of her Rodgers Forge neighbors, Kate McGivern, Sally Guiles and Kate Meixner. Each participant made four freezer-ready meals — three to exchange and one to keep —and scheduled a meet-and-swap. Each meal included an ingredient list and cooking instructions, but more importantly the exchange allowed neighbors an opportunity to get to know one another better. Whether enjoying chicken broccoli bake or spinach enchiladas, these four families will be well-fed in under 30 minutes. Rachel Ray would be impressed.

With daffodils and crocuses popping up throughout the Forge despite this year's prolonged winter, now is a great time to start planning your garden. Whether you love to grow your own vegetables, herbs or flowers, in pots, raised garden beds or mixed in with your landscape, you might want to attend the Rodgers Forge Garden Club meeting on April 7. Hosted by Mary Byers and Elaine Pollack, the garden club is a great way for the novice to learn how to plan and start a successful garden and for the certified green-thumbers to offer sage advice. I know, clichés and puns are ranunculus. If you'd like to get your hands dirty, email Mary and Elaine at April's gardening subject is All About Fermentation. Think homemade sauerkraut! Yum, hon!

Seven fourth-graders presented a business case to the Rodgers Forge Elementary School Improvement Team on March 10. Mia Mendel, Victoria Schofield, Maren Bleiss, Natalie Gimignani, Lydia Hamilton, Sani Bratt, Bella Ehrhardt and Annie Cho outlined the pros and cons for adding a swing set to the school's playground and offered creative fundraising ideas for purchasing the swings. The young campaigners did an impressive job — even more impressive than some executives I've met — and even provided a PowerPoint with facts and figures to support their petition.  

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