Santa Claus is coming to Olney next week
Santa Claus will again make his rounds throughout the neighborhoods of Olney this month.
Escorted by the Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department, Santa will cruise through town perched upon an antique fire truck.
Sandy Spring Deputy Chief Mike Kelley said Santa will begin his visits a day earlier than usual to allow him more time to get back to the North Pole to finish up last-minute details.
Watch for him between 5:30 and 9 p.m. on the following schedule:
- Friday, Dec. 17: Manor Oaks, Goldmine Crossing, Dellabrooke Forest, Town of Brookeville, Bordley Estates, Brinklow, Ashton (North and West), Sandy Spring, Bancroft, Arden Woods.
- Saturday, Dec. 18: Williamsburg Village, Cashell Manor, Barnsley Manor Estates, Norbeck Grove, Oatlands, Olney Oaks, Olney Acres and Briars Acres.
- Sunday, Dec. 19: Olney Mill, Brookeville Knolls, Tanterra and Olney Village.
- Monday, Dec. 20: Victoria Springs, Brooke Manor, The Preserve, Sycamore Acres, Norbeck Manor, Norbeck Meadows, Cherrywood and Cherry Valley.
- Tuesday, Dec. 21: Ashton Meadow, Ashton Manor, Ednor Acres, Cliftonbrooke, Ashton Preserve, Hampshire Greens, Llewellyn Fields, Norwood Village and Ashley Manor.
- Wednesday, Dec. 22: James Creek, Brooke Grove, Environ, Hallowell, Lake Hallowell and Highlands of Olney.
Sharing a passion for lacrosse
Kimberly Hutcherson, the athletic director, kindergarten through eighth-grade physical education teacher and middle school lacrosse coach at St. John's Episcopal School in Olney, has authored a chapter on lacrosse in the publication, "Physical Activity and Sport for the Secondary School Student."
The book is published by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education as a practical resource for teachers and coaches. The authors share skill instruction, practice techniques and game strategies for 22 sports and activities.
Hutcherson said lacrosse has been a part of her life for 30 years. She picked up her first lacrosse stick as a teenager living in Towson, and has never given up her passion or drive for the sport.
She played goalkeeper throughout high school and while attending The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Frostburg State University, and holds a collegiate best-save percentage record.
Since college, she has coached lacrosse to students that range from first grade to the collegiate level. Earlier this year she was inducted into the US Lacrosse Potomac Chapter Hall of Fame.
In the book, Hutcherson shares her knowledge about skill instruction, safe and effective practice techniques, and game strategies.
"Teachers and coaches are always looking for helpful resources to guide our students in proper techniques," she said. "By sharing information about lacrosse in this issue of Physical Activity & Sport,' my hope is the sport will continue to excel."
Hutcheson, 53, lives in Rockville. Before coming to St. John's six years ago, she taught at Holton Arms School in Bethesda.
Maggie Delaney, an eighth-grader at William H. Farquhar Middle School, and Scott Perdue, a sixth- grader at Rosa Parks Middle School, have won the Sandy Spring Lions Club's annual Peace Poster Contest.
Their posters were among more than 375,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 23rd annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Each year, Lions clubs sponsor the contest in schools and youth groups to encourage young people worldwide to artistically express their visions of peace.
Delaney's poster features a human eye. In the pupil of the eye are two hands of different races holding the Earth as peace doves fly around the Earth.
"Peace is pure, harmless, bliss and beauty," Delaney wrote. "It is gentle and I think people should start expressing it."
Perdue's poster includes a picture of a bird in the shape of a heart with a red rose in his beak.
He wrote: "Peace is key. Without it there would be chaos and war. Without peace the world might not exist today."
Both posters were selected for their originality, artistic merit and portrayal of this year's contest theme, "Vision of Peace."
Sandy Spring Lions Club President Raye Litton said he was impressed by the expression and creativity of the students.
"These young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them," he said.
"I'm so proud that we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share their visions."
Both posters have the opportunity to compete in the district, multiple districts and international rounds of competition.
Christmas tree sale continues
The Sandy Spring Lions Club continues it sale of Christmas trees and wreaths through Dec 24 at the old Montgomery General Hospital grounds, located at Olney-Sandy Spring Road and Prince Phillip Drive.
Several sizes of fresh-cut Fraser fir trees are available and all proceeds will be used by the club to support community programs, eye examinations and glasses for those in need, and student scholarships.
The ARThouse invites the community to its annual Student Show on Friday and Saturday.
The show features more than 120 new paintings by ARThouse students in watercolor, acrylic and colored pencil, most available for purchase.
The entire house will be open for art viewing, featuring paintings by resident artists Susan Avis Murphy and Roberta Staat. The event will also include holiday refreshments and music.
ARThouse, formerly known as Falling Acorns Studio, is at 17520 Doctor Bird Road. The show continues through Jan. 30.
For more information, visit www.arthouseart.com.
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