December 11, 2000



Opening this week

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> "Dude, Where's My Car?" (PG-13) - After a night of intense partying, a pair of friends wake up and don't remember where they parked their car. When they try to find it, the pieces of the previous night's story start falling into place. Ashton Kutcher, Seann William Scott, Jennifer Garner, Kristy Swanson and Marla Sokoloff star.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> "The Emperor's New Groove" (G) - An arrogant, young Emperor Kuzco is transformed into a llama by his power-hungry advisor, the devious Yzma. Stranded in the jungle, Kuzco's only chance to get home and reclaim the high life rests with a good-hearted peasant named Pacha. Kuzco's perfect world becomes a perfect mess as this unlikely duo deals with hair-raising dangers, comic predicaments and each other while racing to return Kuzco to the throne before Yzma tracks them down to finish him off. Starring David Spade, Eartha Kitt, John Goodman, Owen Wilson and Patrick Warburton.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Essay and Web page contest

Open to Maryland students in grades three or four, or nine through 12; a Web page may be entered as a class project.

Entry deadline is Saturday, March 10

The Maryland Colonial Society Inc.'s annual essay and Web page contest will be administered and judged by the Maryland State Archives. The theme of the contest is "The Body Politic Revisited Maryland's Colonial Governors, 1634-1776."

For high school students, prizes of $150 each will be awarded for best essay based on the theme; best individual Web page based on the theme; and best class Web page based on the theme. Winners also will be offered the opportunity to participate in a summer internship in Maryland history at the Maryland State Archives. Prizes will be awarded Friday, March 23, at Mitchell Courthouse in Baltimore during Maryland Day ceremonies.

Students may choose to research the life, administration and accomplishments of one governor during 1634 to 1776. Each student may enter either one written essay or one Web page; written essays must be between 1,000 and 1,500 words. One Web page entry per class is allowed for class projects. Web page entries must be submitted on a paper copy with URL address if available.

For third- and fourth-grade classes studying Maryland history, the Society is offering a prize for the best class project on the life of Gov. Leonard Calvert and the book "Leonard Calvert and the Maryland Adventure" by Annapolis author Ann Jensen. The prize will be a book gift certificate for the school library in the class' name.

Entries must include student's name, home mailing address, age, grade and school, and name of school principal. Details of the contest may be found on the Web at For information, call Lois Jones, 1-410-889-4488; or Mimi Calver, 1-410-260-6444.

Mail entries to The Maryland Colonial Society Inc., P.O. Box 16367, Baltimore, Md. 21210.

- Compiled by Jean Baraclough, editorial assistant

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