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Beat summer heat with water fun at Nature Center [Clarksville]

Howard County Times

Looking for a fun way to beat the summer heat? Robinson Nature Center has some great upcoming water-themed events. "Wild for Water Day" will be held Sunday, July 9, from noon to 4 p.m. As the center's biggest event of the summer, it features activities geared for all ages, both indoors and outside. Attendees can create homemade boats and race them down the river, participate in a river treasure hunt or check out experiments using mud and water. A mobile aquarium will be on-site to showcase live aquatic creatures native to the Chesapeake Bay. A water princess and pirate will be on-hand to greet children and movies will be playing in the planetarium. Food trucks will offer refreshments for sell such as snow cones and hot dogs. Admission is $10 per person for the public and $8 each for members.

Robinson will also hold "River Romps" on July 16, July 30and Aug. 20, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. These events give participants a chance to cool off in the Middle Patuxent River. The programs begin with a bring-your-own picnic lunch followed by family-friendly river games lead by a staff naturalist. Activities include searching the stream for animals and boat races. Learn more at www.howardcountymd.gov/RNC.

In honor of Columbia's 50th birthday celebration, its village centers are holding a series of courtyard concerts. The River Hill Village Center merchants will host free music on Fridays through Aug. ust 18, at 6020 Daybreak Circle. Concerts run from 6 to 8 p.m. On July 6, BC & The Mojo Hands will perform and on July 14, The Sidleyswill entertain. For a complete list of upcoming concerts, visit riverhill.shopkimco.com.

Congratulations to Lenore Schiff, principal of Pointers Run Elementary School, who retired at the end of the school year. Schiff served for over 40 years in education. Before joining the staff of Pointers Run, she worked as assistant principal of . She also previously worked as a school psychologist, a school counselor and a special educator. Schiff described her retirement as bittersweet. She said, "I'm entering the next chapter of my life, but I've just experienced a "best seller" that will be hard to beat."

Kudos goes out to two local scholarship winners. Max Theodore Weinsweig of the River Hill High School graduating class of 2107 was a recipient of the Izzy Cohen Memorial Scholarship from Giant Food of Landoverand. As one of the original founders of Giant Food 81 years ago, Izzy Cohen held a strong belief in the power of training and education. The annual scholarship honors his memory by awarding 10 high school or college students a renewable $4,000 scholarship. Weinsweig was selected based on academic merit, association with Giant Food, school and community service.

Jennifer Zhang, also a recent graduate of River Hill, was awarded one of six Maggie J. Brown Spirit of Columbia scholarships from the Columbia Association. Zhang, who was recognized based on her extraordinary dedication to performing community service, will receive a $2,500 education award.

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