Loop briefs

March 15, 2007

CBTS dancer lands Miami apprenticeship

Former Chambersburg, Pa., resident Peter Doll has been accepted as a student apprentice with Miami City Ballet. Doll, 21, is a former faculty member at Chambersburg Ballet Theatre School, founded by his mother, Lavinia Reid. He is a third generation ballet dancer, with dancing aunts and uncle, as well as his grandmother, Alice Reid, founder of Ithaca Ballet in New York State.

The 40-member Miami City Ballet was founded by Edward Villella, danced for legendary choreographer George Balanchine. The company has visited 33 states and 100 U.S. cities, and has toured in Europe, Central and South America, and Israel.

Doll is rehearsing for an upcoming company production of "Giselle," and for his end-of-year performances for Miami City Ballet School, where he is a student. For these school performances on May 4 to 6, Doll will perform leading roles in "Divertmento 15" by Balanchine and in Bournonville's "La Ventana."


Doll will begin working with MCB in June, learning the company's repertoire for the 2007-08 season.

Gallery to artists: Put your faces on our wall

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Council for the Arts is seeking entries for "Saving Face," an exhibition of self-portraits. Area residents of all ages are invited to submit self-portraits - either two- or three-dimensional, realistic or abstract - to be displayed at the council's gallery, 159 S. Main St., from Friday, May 25, through Sunday, July 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Finished self-portraits will be hung at the council on a first-come, first-served basis, and should be delivered to the council between Tuesday, May 8, and Tuesday, May 15, during regular office hours. Works may be created in any medium, but should be framed (two-dimensional works) and family-friendly.

An entry fee of $5 will be charged, and $150 in cash prizes will be awarded. First-place awards will be given for the following groups: adult (including college students), grades nine through 12, grades six through eight, and grades two through five.

For information, call 717-264-6883.

Bookstore hosts annual poetry contest

BRUNSWICK, Md. - To celebrate National Poetry Month, Book Crossing, 2 E. Potomac St., will host its annual poetry contest. Drop off your poetry entry now through Tuesday, March 20. All ages are welcome to enter.

Everyone who enters a poem is invited to visit the bookstore at 6 p.m. Friday, March 23, to recite their works. The prize is a $25 gift certificate.

For information, call 301-834-5577.

Rachel Carson book club will meet online

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Beginning this month and continuing through November, the Rachel Carson Online Book Club will focus on the life and work of Rachel Carson including her role as a female leader in science and government. Through the study of her writing, the book club will provide an opportunity for dialogue and discussion of current environmental issues in light of Carson's legacy.

Several moderators will participate in the online discussions. Author and Carson biographer, Linda Lear is hosting the first session this month.

Each month, the moderator will start the book discussion with an opening statement. Then, in dialogue with book club participants, the moderator will provide weekly installments and add comments on the discussion throughout the month.

The Rachel Carson Online Book Club is sponsored by Friends of the National Conservation Training Center. Participation in the online book club is open to everyone. For information, contact Anne Roy, National Conservation Training Center at; or Nancy Pollot, Oregon Fish & Wildlife Office at View the book club Web site at

For information on how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Rachel Carson, go to

Show organizers seek art of two rivers

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Arts and Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County is seeking artists of all media to participate in The Two Rivers, a May-July art show celebrating the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers.

The goal of the Two Rivers Show is to feature the work of local talent that portrays the contributions of the Two Rivers to the community and to the Panhandle. The show is sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County and is curated by Gil Narro Garcia, AHA board member.

Entries are invited from artists working in any visual and performing media, including dance, music, film, storytelling and poetry. A criterion for selection is that each entry must relate to an aspect of one or both of the rivers.

Requests for consideration must be submitted no later than Sunday, April 1. Send a brief description, sketch or picture of your entry proposal to Garcia at 881 Elk Run Estates, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 or e-mail Proof of membership in AHAJC is also required. Membership applications are available at

Depending on the range of entries, the show will be held at Charles Town Visitor's Center/Fire Hall Gallery and other venues. Entries that require hanging must be ready for installation by Saturday, May 5; others will be scheduled during the show timeframe. A reception is scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at the gallery.

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