Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007

Yoga celebration held at Greenbelt OM studio

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Bhagavan Das, a world-renowned performer, held a non-denominational celebration at Greenbelt Arts Center on Saturday. Musician Wynne Paris joined Das.

The Greenbelt OM Community Yoga Studio in Greenbelt sponsored the event.

‘‘Bhagavan Das is like the rock and roll star of Kirtan [an Indian spiritual technique],” Greenbelt OM owner Kim Kash said. Kash said Das tours the world giving structured workshops on the mystic effects of Kirtan. The Greenbelt Arts Center is located at 123 Centerway.

Greenbelt student headsto happiest place on earth

Reginald Cromer of Greenbelt, an Eleanor Roosevelt High School student, will work with nationally-syndicated radio host Steve Harvey of the Steve Harvey Morning Show on 96.3 F.M., in the Disney’s Dreamers Academy.

Cromer will be among 100 high school students from across the nation who will participate in the program next year, from Jan. 17-20 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

During Disney’s Dreamers Academy, the teens will learn about Walt Disney World Imagineering techniques, the business of sports and the entertainment industry through various workshops. This program was created to give high school students extra support to reach their dreams.

The students were selected from a panel of judges, which included Harvey, Emma Epps, president of the National Alliance of Black School Educators, CNN anchor Tony Harris and Xiomara Wiley, vice president of Disneyland Marketing.

Other Maryland students selected to Disney’s Dreamers Academy are:

Bret Sears, Cameron Jackson, Carlos Teixeria, Christopher Burt, Jared Smith, Jordan Holley, Kayla Williams, Mitchell Generette, Monique Davis, Nevasha Noble, Ronnie Jones and Zachary Green.

Girl power

Springhill Lake Elementary School in Greenbelt is rallying all young girls together for Camp Wonderland, to be held March 17 to 21. The spring break camp will include kindergarten through sixth-graders. Go to⁄pgspring-fun.htm or call 301-449-5690 Ext. 21.

Greenbelt parentsrecognized for hard work

The Greenbelt Elementary School Parent Teacher Association was awarded the 2006-2007 Unit Recognition Award.

To receive the award, the PTA had to have at least one member per student in the school, host at least one program for the school where parents were involved, participate in a state-sponsored event and increase parents awareness about a school issue.

Other Prince George’s County Schools that were Unit Recognition Award recipients were Oaklands Elementary in Laurel, Crossland High School in Temple Hills and Ernest Everett Just Middle School in Mitchellville.

Honor roll

The following students at St. Hugh’s School in Greenbelt made the honor roll.

Fifth-graders: Madeline Dang, Haley Hilliard, Alex Kincaid, Joshua Stattel, Mark Capotosto, Jacob Ewing, Kristin McAndrew Jeremy Tuthill, Monica Venzke and Gerard Weber.

Sixth-graders: Mona Gizaw, Elizabeth Bailey, Hannah Cetuk, Simone Fields, Molly Jankowski, Sarah Larkin and Michaela Mealy.

Seventh-graders: Jillian Barley, Faith Berard, Maeton Jameson, Gregory Rothgeb, Allison Thompson, Alexis Thompson, Kristian Welch, Carly Wilbur, Emily Biery, Alexandra Hill, Kyle Newman, Amechi Onuorah, Jeramey Vauss.

Eighth-graders: Christopher Bate, Sarem Gizaw, Alyssa Howard, Daniel Tarbrake, Byron Udegbe, Tyler Colwell, Bridget Cornett, James Culhane, Matthew Dobson, Ciaran Guha-Gilford, Jamin Roh and Camille Worrell.

Laurel artist featuredat New Deal Café

Rafael Corzo of Laurel is the November artist featured at the New Deal Café in Greenbelt.

His exhibit, ‘‘Artista Emergente”, features 15 mixed-media pieces throughout the restaurant. The New Deal Cafe Art Committee, and the Friends of New Deal Cafe Arts, a not-for-profit arts group, coordinates the cafe’s monthly exhibits.

State senator planstown hall meeting

Sen. Paul G. Pinsky (D-Dist. 22) of University Park is hosting a town hall 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Lamont Elementary School in New Carrollton on Dec. 1. The meeting provides area residents an opportunity to get informed on slots and gambling in the state, public schools initiatives and climate change legislation.

Lamount Elementary School is located at 7101 Goodluck Road. E-mail

Ottley Music School holds benefit concert

The Ottley Music School will hold a benefit concert to help raise funds for the school.

The performance will take place 7 p.m. Sunday at the Metropolitan Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 6307 Riggs Road in Hyattsville.

Performances will be made by two of the school’s advisory board members, tenor George Shirley and Raymond Jackson, a concert pianist.

Other performances will be by music school students who will be singing and performing scenes from Mendelssohn’s ‘‘Elijah” and Handel’s ‘‘Messiah.” Visit

All girls invited to participate in Girl Scout camp

The Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital is sponsoring a spring break camp open to all non-Girl Scouts in grades kindergarten through sixth-grade. The camp, called Camp Wonderland, is scheduled 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 17 though March 21, 2008, at Springhill Lake Elementary School, 6060 Springhill Dr. Bus pick-up will begin as early as 7 a.m. and return children as late as 6 p.m. The cost is $50. Full financial assistance is available. For more information, visit⁄pgspring-fun.htm or call 301-449-5690, ext. 21.

Personalized holiday printing

Learn how to make your own personalized wrapping paper 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Road in College Park.

Arts drop-in instructor Aaron Springer leads an imaginative and creative free-form arts afternoon for children and parents to enjoy together.

Call 301-927-3013.

Holiday splendorto be celebrated

The officers and members of the Prince George’s County DELTA Alumnae Foundation invite the public to their Annual Silent Auction and Dinner Dance Benefit ‘‘Holiday Splendor” from 8 p.m. to midnight Dec. 7. at the Comfort Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Bowie.

The event will be an evening of elegance (after-five attire), food, dancing, auction items and more. All profits will benefit the planned Community Development Center Building Fund that will support youth and families in Prince George’s County.

For ticket information, call Eddimae Tisdale at 301-464-2538 or e-mail or visit

Buy giftsand benefit others

University Park Church of the Brethren is sponsoring its Holiday Market and Sharing Fair 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 4413 Tuckerman St. in University Park. Non-profit and fair-trade vendors will sell gifts from around the world. All the items support causes that link the world’s people. Enjoy free puppet shows for children put on by Transformation Puppet and Story Works. The shows are at 10:30 a.m. and noon. There will be baked goods, children’s activities and a toy sale.

‘‘We’re trying to capture a little of the spirit of the season in a different way by giving people a chance to purchase gifts that benefit people in need as well as the recipient,” said Pastor Kim McDowell. ‘‘This is a way for people to give twice because you’re supporting organizations working to meet the needs of the world, and at the same time you’re buying wonderful things for friends and families. It a fun time to see a lot of people doing good and buying presents.”

All of the profits go to groups or vendors who are involved with non-profit or fair trade organizations, she said.

Market exhibitors include A Greater Gift, Heifer International, Nicaraguan Cultural Alliance, Fair Trade Coffee, Bead for Life, New Community Project and CASA of Maryland.

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