Reisterstown Battle of the Books to be held

The Reisterstown Battle of the Books, a tournament held as part of the Baltimore County Public Library Battle of the Books, will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. April 29. The tournament, which tests elementary school students' knowledge of designated 2014-2015 Black-Eyed Susan nominees, will feature nine teams from Chatsworth, Franklin and Reisterstown elementary schools. It will be held at Chatsworth Elementary School, at 222 New Ave. in Reisterstown. Admission is free. Refreshments will follow the event. For more information, contact the Reisterstown branch of the BCPL at 410-887-1165.


Enrollment open for BCPS summer music camp

Baltimore County Public Schools' Office of Music and Dance Education is accepting applications through May 2 for its 2015 Summer Instrumental Music Camp, which will take place at Perry Hall High School, at 4601 Ebenezer Road in Baltimore, from June 23 to July 1.

The day camp will operate weekdays from 9 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. Participants will receive instruction on instrumental performance skills and techniques, participate in music enrichment classes, and rehearse in band and orchestra ensembles with students in their grade level. All of the musical ensembles will perform in a public concert in the outdoor amphitheater at Oregon Ridge Park, the summer home of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, on the evening of July 1. The camp is open to BCPS students who are in grades 5-12 and enrolled in their school's instrumental music program. No audition is required. Cost of participation in the camp — including a camp T-shirt — is $200.

Transportation to and from Perry Hall High School will be provided at no additional charge to students who do not reside in the host school community. Buses to the camp will leave from Dundalk, Kenwood, Loch Raven, Parkville and Patapsco high schools, and Arbutus, Catonsville, Cockeysville, Deep Creek, Deer Park, Dumbarton, Franklin, Golden Ring, Hereford, Middle River, Pikesville, Pine Grove, Ridgely and Southwest Academy middle schools. Pick-up locations are subject to change based on camp enrollment.

Those interested in the camp may access the registration form from any grades 5-12 instrumental teacher or at http://www.bcps.org/offices/elem_music/pdf/Music-Camp-Registration-Form.pdf. Payments and registration forms are due in full to the Office of Music and Dance Education by May 15. Financial assistance may be available. For more information on the summer day camp, contact Shane Jensen, camp director, at sjensen@bcps.org.

BCPS accepting applications for summer visual arts program

Baltimore County Public Schools' Summer Visual Arts Enrichment Program is accepting applications for its 2015 session, which will be hosted at Perry Hall High School, at 4601 Ebenezer Road in Baltimore. The program, which will run from July 6 through 17, will provide students in grades 3-12 an opportunity to hone personal art skills through studio sessions and field trips. Each program day will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. An open house/reception will be held the evening of July 16, during which students will be able to showcase the works they completed during the course of the program. The program offers three courses: An Exploration of Artists and Their Materials for students entering Grades 3-5, An Exploration of New Art Forms and Materials for students entering Grades 6-8, and A Portfolio Development Course for students entering Grades 9-12. Cost of participation is $375, which includes all art materials, transportation and consultant fees. To see a camp brochure or apply to the program, visit http://www.bcps.org/offices/visual_arts/summer_art_EP.html. For more information, contact Mary Boegner of the BCPS Office of Visual Arts at 410-887-4030 or mboegner2@bcps.org.