WKMS Band Closes Concert by iPhone Light
Eighth graders in The Alto Vera Saxophone Quintet gave a solo performance of “Frosty the Snowman” during the Windsor Knolls Middle School Band 2019 Winter Concert. The audience was standing room only as bands from each grade performed. The eighth grade played the last song of the evening, “A Christmas Festival,” by the light of iPhones and without the electric bass when the school experienced a power outage; they received a standing ovation.
—Kari A. Martindale
UHS Orchestra and Choir Superior
The Urbana High Orchestra and Choir, led by Hector Ayerdiz and Alicia Cosby respectively, participated in their Frederick County Public Schools adjudications. Both groups received unanimous superior ratings from the judges.
Young Residents Invited to Next Goddard Mystery Book Reader Event
Christina Geist, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of “Sorry Grown-Ups, You Can’t Go To School!”, will participate in a “virtual story time” on Jan. 8, 10:30 a.m. at The Goddard School, 3825 Carriage Hill Dr. Geist is Goddard’s January Mystery Book Reader, part of the school’s Early Childhood Literacy Program. Space is limited, but families with children ages 2 to 5 who do not currently attend The Goddard School are invited to email the Goddard School in Urbana directly (email@example.com) to request attendance.
Community Safety Meeting Planned
A representative with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office will host a Community Safety Meeting on Jan. 14, 6:30 p.m. in the Natelli Community Center, 9023 Harris St., Villages of Urbana.
Maryland State Police Discuss Keeping Kids Safe Online
The Windsor Knolls Middle School PTSA presents “Kid & Teen Cell & Cyber Safety” on Jan. 15, 7 p.m. Joe Dugan from the Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force will discuss best practices for keeping kids and teens safe online and while using cell phones. The 90-minute presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. This event is appropriate for children fourth grade and up, and it is free to all FCPS parents and students.
GAH Creates Instrument to Predict Addiction and Relapse Risk
Urbana-based Give America Hope (GAH) recently launched its Risk Assessment Monitoring System (RAMS), an instrument focused on preventing substance use disorders (SUDs) and predicting risk of addiction and relapse. GAH founder Charlie Seymour worked with strategic partner Curran-Bauer Analytics to develop RAMS. By combining emerging technology like machine learning with data science, RAMS offers new predictive insights to help promote prevention, decrease addiction and relapse and reduce the social as well as economic impact of abuse, addiction and relapse. “RAMS has the potential to not only save countless lives, but also ensure people can transition to various sustainable recovery pathways,” GAH Strategic Development Director Matt Mossburg said. Give America Hope is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to advancing evidence-based addiction recovery policies and practices and ensuring that our communities are recovery-ready. For more, visit www.GiveAmericaHope.org.
McDonald’s Gets Update
The Urbana McDonald’s recently underwent a renovation to its dining area. Its purpose was to modernize the location with updated tech, decor and lighting. Self-order kiosks and extra booths have also been added, along with new accommodations for employees in the break room.
Urbana Photographer Part of Delaplaine Show
Work by Urbana photographer Stephen Hung is part of the Frederick Camera Clique show at the Delaplaine now through Dec. 29. His “Misty Great Falls,” captured on the Virginia side of the Great Falls, is the result of artistry and science. “The misty scenery usually occurs in the falls when the temperature difference in the water and in the air is such the water vapors turns into the visible droplets or mist,” Hung explained. “Therefore, one has to follow closely the water temperature in the river (through U.S. Geological Survey Gage) and the weather forecast. There may be a very small window of time to take the shot because once the sun comes out it could burn out the mist quickly.”