THE "REVITALIZATION" of Columbia's oldest village, Wilde Lake, is well under way, and the next event is a home improvement fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 14.
The committee organizing the revitalization meets at 8 p.m. tonight at Slayton House and welcomes everyone interested in keeping Wilde Lake beautiful.
Howard Feldmesser leads the group and works with members Mary Pivar, Steve Drakos, Jim Meale, Norma Rose, Diane Otts, Ray Dotson, Janet Blumenthal, Dave Gardner and Bernice Kish.
Next month's home improvement fair will include presentations by contractors, speakers from the county consumer affairs office and information on low interest loans and discounts for multiple jobs in a neighborhood.
Call 730-3987 for information.
High Holy Days
Every fall the Columbia Jewish Congregation, which worships 51 weeks a year at the Oakland Mills Meeting House, crosses U.S. 29 to hold High Holy Day services in the larger rooms of the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center.
Beginning at sundown last Sunday, congregation members joined Jews everywhere in welcoming the year 5756. As they entered the interfaith center, Rosh Hashana worshipers filled a half-dozen barrels with donations of food and toiletries for the needy.
The Wilde Lake Dam was also the site of a Rosh Hashana observance. Monday afternoon worshipers gathered by the dam for the Tashlich service, a symbolic casting off of sins into running water.
The congregation holds a memorial service at 11 a.m. Sunday at Columbia Memorial Park on Route 108, and Yom Kippur services begin Tuesday at 8 p.m., again at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center.
Wilde flea market
Where Liz Factor's children go, so goes her fund-raising prowess.
From Running Brook Elementary to Wilde Lake Middle to Wilde Lake High School at River Hill, local PTAs have benefited from the Town Center resident's leadership and talent for pulling in dollars.
With daughter Jessica and son David both in high school, Ms. Factor is focusing on pumping some funds into the Wilde Lake High PTA, which has been operating mainly on dues revenue.
With the help of Leslie Ziegler, Ms. Factor is planning an outdoor flea market from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the high school on Route 108 near Trotter Road. The rain date is Oct. 7.
There's still time to reserve a space for $15. Call Ms. Factor at 964-2927.
Golden oldies concert
I remember tuning in the Marvelettes on my little AM transistor radio and getting a lesson in assertiveness with "Don't Mess with Bill."
Now I can see them perform "Please, Mr. Postman," "My Baby Must Be a Magician" and all their hits when the Atholton High School music boosters presents its Golden Oldies Benefit Concert.
The event is Nov. 18, but coordinator Mary Ellen McGrath is getting the word out early. The oldies show has grown tremendously since it began two years ago, and Ms. McGrath hopes to top last year's attendance with two shows at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Both performances will be at the Freetown Road high school.
In addition to the Marvelettes, local oldies group the Hubcaps will perform, and Tom Kelly, a disc jockey from radio station WBIG will play host. Tickets are $20.
Atholton High's music boosters help support an array of programs including a marching band, gospel choir, madrigal choir and symphonic orchestra.
Mike Barth is the boosters' president.
Lee Stevens and Ross Rawling lead the school's award-winning music department.
Call 531-1786 for information.