Ellicott City: Dr. Seuss' 108th birthday celebrated at Centennial Lane Elementary, Centennial High schools

March 2 marked what would have been Theodor Geisel's 108th birthday, but he is better known as Dr. Seuss. Events have been taking place around the country to honor this beloved writer. Here, in Ellicott City, two schools planned Dr. Seuss themed events.

At Centennial Lane Elementary school reading specialist Amanda Bucchioni organized a classroom door decorating contest.

"This contest was to promote Dr. Seuss' birthday and to focus students to the joy and excitement of reading," said Centennial Lane principal Brad Herling.

The contest began when each teacher chose a Dr. Seuss book. Then students got to work creating classroom door decorations that reflected the book. They produced imaginative drawings, poems and writings including all the beloved Dr. Seuss storybook characters.

Congratulations to Centennial Lane kindergarten teacher Laura Brown and fourth-grade teacher Nancy Strigle who won bragging rights for their classroom doors in the primary and intermediate grade categories.

The Centennial High school theatre department will celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with their spring musical "Seussical". Fun for both families and adults, the show combines the magic of Dr. Seuss' timeless messages ("A person's a person, no matter how small") with the razzle dazzle of a Broadway extravaganza.

Seussical cast members visited Northfield Elementary School students recently spreading "Seussical" music, messages and fun in honor of the author's birthday. During the show's run the theater department will host a private performance for students from local elementary schools including Centennial Lane, Waverly and Northfield.

Under the direction of Kathryn Carlsen, the show will feature famous Dr. Seuss characters including the Cat in the Hat (Rose Wallace), JoJo (Anne Marie Demme), Horton the Elephant (Nick Mercer) Gertrude McFuzz (Carey Whittenberger), the Grinch (Grayson Silver), Cindy Lou Who (Ilana Harris), Sour Kangaroo (Montria Walker) and General Schmitz (Daniel Park).

Showtimes are March 22-23 at 7 p.m., March 24 at 2 and 7 p.m., and March 25 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance at http://www.seatyourself.biz/chstheatre and $12 at the door. For more information, call Carlsen at 410-313-2856 or email kcarlsen@hcpss.org.

Speaking of musicals, Mt. Hebron High School will present the family favorite "Annie." The show runs March 17 and 22-24 at 7 p.m. and a matinee March 18th at 2 p.m.

Under the direction of Tom Sankey, 150 students are involved in the cast and crew including principal actors Carly Wakefield (Annie), Mike Krzysko (Daddy Warbucks), Maliaka McCorn and Imani Davis (sharing the role of Miss Hannigan), Ari Pluznik (Rooster), Abi Welch (Lily), Christina Mattera (Grace) Senior Nathaniel Howard (President Roosevelt), Patrick Rasmussen (Warbucks' butler, Drake), Herberet Jenkins (Lt. Ward) and Peter Augustine (Bert Healey. Additional featured roles include actors Emily Bishop, Shannon McDade, Hannah Wardell, Hannah Vaughan, Emma Vo, Matt Johnson, Phil Heiser, Ben Browne and Corin Gryparis.

The creative team consists of Barbara Bogart (costume director), Pete Johnson (set construction), Chris Hettenbach (vocal director), Dan Pendley (orchestra conductor), Amanda Tschirgi (choreographer) and Alex Giosa (lighting crew head). Annie's dog Sandy is played by Brooke Lynn, whose trainer is Sandy Melichar.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in the school's cafeteria between 10:30 a.m. and noon on school days or at the show door. For reservations, call Mt. Hebron High school at 410-313-2800 during any school day.

Congratulations to Impressions Hair Salon! The salon recently celebrated its 19th anniversary of serving the community at 4900 Waterloo Road by moving a few doors down the street to a new salon at 4892 Waterloo Road (formerly High's). To celebrate their long history in our county and spectacular new space, they held an Open House complete with goodie bags, a free haircut raffle and special promotional sales (the Brazilian blow-out sale is still available).

Not a salon to rest on their laurels of giving back to the community, owner Kathy Fried plans to continue their annual fundraisers for the American Cancer Society (more than $25,000 raised in the past four years) and Food Drive for the Howard County Food Bank. For more information about Impressions, go to its website at http://www.impressionshairstudio.com.

Clarlen Preschool is hosting their first ever community "Wheely Fun" Day Friday, March 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. in their back parking lot. "Wheely" displays of fork lifts, an army truck, motorized trikes, carriages and bicycles will be available for parents and children to touch and see. Entertainment will be provided by magician and balloon artist Tom Lilly.

Clarlen Nursery is in Bethany United Methodist Church. For more information, call Kathy Weber at 410-465-7405 (daytime) or at (410) 531-6494 (evenings).

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church is hosting their annual Red Cross Blood Drive March 25 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Harrison Hall. Call Lori Merl at 410-455-9440 to make a donor appointment or for more information.

Parents, camp season is just around the corner. Check out Glen Mar United Methodist Church camps - one-week summer camp sessions from June 18 to July 27 for children ages 4 (by June 1st) through children currently in fifth grade. For camp details and registration, go to the church website at http://www.glenmarumc.org, or send an email to camp@glenmarumc or call 410-465-4995 ext. 212.

My last installment of Miller Branch "Library Finds" - Did you know that the new library is home to the Howard County Historical Society's archive and research library? Located on the second floor, the archives contain over 20,000 individual items about Howard County and its neighboring communities. Their historical repository includes the ledger books from Declaration of Independence signer Charles Carroll's ancestral home Doughoregan Manor, collections from the Dorsey, Warfield and Ellicott families - important, early county settlers, photographs, slides, maps (some dating back to the 1800's), an oral history collection and more.

Here's an interesting fact I learned from visiting the archive. In 1914, famous baseball player Babe Ruth and his wife, Helen Woodford, married in Ellicott City's St. Paul's Catholic Church. Their marriage license is one of many housed in the archives that date from 1860 to 1939.

For more information, go to the Howard County Historical Society's website at http://www.hchsmd.org/archive.

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