Children's Art Studio

Celebrates First Year

Rose Mary Jackson had not painted in 20 years when she decided to start the Children Arts Studios a little more than a year ago. Jackson, of Upper Marlboro, celebrated the program's first anniversary on Dec. 14 with a party for the kids and parents.

"The art program is designed to give caregivers and parents time to run errands, relax or just do things around the house while we work with their children to enhance their visual arts, crafts, poetry and photojournalism abilities," Jackson said.

The six-week program is held from 10 a.m. to noon on consecutive Saturdays. It is designed to expose children ages 5 to 15 to numerous art disciplines and features the study of a famous artist each month.

The program also tries to bring in local artists. "When possible we will invite local artists to stop by our studios to meet the students and share their art experiences," Jackson said.

The regular cost of the six-week program is $165 per child, which covers smocks and supplies. There are discounts for additional family members, as well as for caregivers.

"I keep small classes so I can give quality services and it's not stressful for me," Jackson said.

Jackson has two assistants: Andrea Brown, 16, of Upper Marlboro, who Jackson says is considering attending the Art Institute of Chicago next year; and Jackson's 10-year-old daughter, Courtney, who also is a student.

Sessions are held at Jackson's home in Upper Marlboro. Her garage has been transformed into an art studio, she said.

Jackson received a bachelor's degree in art and intermediate education from St. Augustine College in Raleigh. She works as a management analyst at the Bureau of the Census in addition to running her company.

Metro Hosting Job Fair

For Virginia Employers Metro will sponsor a job fair at its downtown offices Saturday featuring employers from Tysons Corner and the Dulles corridor with opportunities in hospitality, food services, computer technology, maintenance, retail and security.

Metro will provide information about bus routes serving the two areas, including cost.

The job fair will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Metro headquarters, 600 Fifth St. NW. The site is near the Gallery Place-Chinatown and Judiciary Square Metro stations, and is accessible by Metrobus Routes P6, X2, D6, 70 and 80.

Giant Stores Extend

Food Bank Drive Giant Food Inc., based in Landover, has extended its Good Neighbor Food and Funds Campaign through tomorrow to encourage more donations of money or nonperishable food to local food banks. The campaign, which benefits several organizations in Maryland, was scheduled to end Dec. 31, but has been extended because of demands being placed on food banks.

Donations can be made at participating Giant or Super G stores.

Last year, Giant's Good Neighbor campaign generated 80 tons of food and about $215,000 for area food banks. Giant has administered the annual campaign for 15 years.

For additional information on the campaign, visit www.giantfood.com or call 301-341-8776.

Builders Association

Elects Board Chairman Robert MacDaniels, president and CEO of Oncore Construction, a concrete construction contractor in Bladensburg, was elected 2003 chairman of the board for Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Metro Washington, a 500-member organization that represents contractors, subcontractors and suppliers.

Northwest Adds

Nonstop Flights

Northwest Airlines will offer additional nonstop service from Baltimore-Washington International Airport to Detroit and Minneapolis starting Feb. 13 and new daily service to Memphis starting April 6.

The airline operates 10 daily nonstop flights from BWI. For more information, call 800-225-2525 or visit www.nwa.com.

Mailboxes Returned

To Main Terminal

U.S. Postal Service mailboxes are back at BWI's main terminal.

They were removed last year by the Baltimore postmaster after anthrax threats. Four boxes are on the upper level of piers B, C and D and the international pier just before the security checkpoints.

Mail is picked up at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Stamp machines and Federal Express drop boxes are nearby.

Lane Closures Planned

Along I-195 Near BWI Late-night and early-morning lane closures will take place along Interstate 195 near Baltimore-Washington International Airport every day through mid-February to install new overhead signs.

Some lanes will close at 9 p.m. and reopen at 5 a.m.

Periodic lane closures will also occur during the day on the return loop exit off outbound I-195 until mid-February.

For more information, call 800-I-FLY-BWI or visit www.bwiairport.com.

-- Willie Pugh

and Alicia Cypress

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ROBERT MacDANIELS

Rose Mary Jackson, who runs a children's art program at her home, helps students with a recent holiday project.