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Herald spring's arrival with a skating show [Ellicott City]

Howard County Times

The Columbia Figure Skating Club (CFSC) presents Moana and ABBA in its annual spring show, "Sing into Spring," on Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26, with 4 and 6 p.m. performances each day at the Columbia Ice Rink.

The CFSC presentation showcases over 70 skaters of all ages and levels including Ellicott City residents Alicia An, Alexandra Burrell, Starina Chang, Julia Choi, Jamie Cole, Alyssa Conover, Ayeesha Fadlaoui, Hannah Fang, Mackenzie Fantano, Grace Hanson, Sylvia Johnson, Ashley Kim, Gabrielle Kuta, Julia Kuta, Julia Park, Katie Pistner, Emma Pomeranz, Isabel Reeves, Isabel Schacknies, Vince Schacknies, Ella Scherock, Helen Shi, Christina Stavlas, Luke Wang, Regina Wang, Alisa Yang, Elisa Yue, Sooryeo Yun and Elaine Zhang.

A special feature this year, CFSC presents the professional company, The Next Ice Age, which will preview Nathan Birch's new dance, Faun, set to music by French composer Claude Debussy. To purchase tickets go to VIP seating tickets is available for the Saturday, March 25, 6 p.m. show. Regular tickets are $15 and are available for all shows.

On Saturday, March 25, from 4 to 7 p.m., the Rockland United Methodist Church invites the community for "good food and fellowship" at its soup-supper event. The special dinner features a variety of soups with bread and beverages. Love offering welcomed. Desserts available. The church is at 8971 Chapel Ave. in Ellicott City.

Under the direction of theater veteran Tom Sankey, Mt. Hebron High School presents its spring musical, Leonard Bernstein's 'West Side Story,' on March 17, 18, 23 and 25 in the school auditorium.

Seniors Kevin Nolan and Emma Davis portray the star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria, seniors Ali Tschirgi and Rory Nolan play Anita and Bernardo and freshman Nick Brogran portrays Riff. The supporting cast includes Sam Bishop, Ilan Pluznik, Zach Wilhelm, Joe Nolan, Max Nzone, Daniel Niezelski, Josh Leach, Amanda Jackson, Andrew Smith,Ryan Skinner, Edima Essien, Nina St. Hillaire, Megan Scarbath, Isabel Sangiorgi, Ava Dennis and Alec Rosemann.

The show features a cast of 80 supported by 70 orchestra members plus lighting, stage and set construction crews. The creative team includes senior Charlotte Faust (lighting designer), seniors Jimmy Nolan and Joe Herlihy (stage managers), Barbara Bogart (costumer), Pete Johnson (set designer), band teacher Nicole Papadatos (orchestra director), Chirs Hettenbach (vocal director), Amanda Slatin (choreographer) with assistance from Kassi Serafini, Brittany Gutierrez and seniors Ali Tschirgi and Isabel Sangiorgi.

Show tickets can be purchased in the school cafeteria during school days from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the door or by calling the MHHS front office at 410-313-2880 during school hours.

The Citizens Climate Lobby Howard County Chapter will host a free screening of the prize-winning film, 'Merchants of Doubt,' on Thursday, March 16, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church of Howard County in Columbia.

The movie is based on a book by historians of science Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway. The film reveals how special interests have undermined public confidence in science for more than five decades. According to the historians' research, these merchants of doubt manipulate our perceptions of scientific findings as a political and economic tactic to oppose policies affecting health and environmental issues, from tobacco use to climate change. For more information contact

Celebrate spring at the The Y in Central Maryland Spring Eggstravaganza on Saturday, March 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Dancel Y in Ellicott City. This is a free, community event that includes a family egg hunt and spring-themed activities. For more details contact the Dancel Y at 410-465-4334. Advanced registration is required at

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