Study Circle Groups facilitate understanding among neighbors


October 07, 1997|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

"GETTING TO know you" is more than just a song.

It is a condition for understanding and cooperation among neighbors.

And it is one of Human Rights Administrator James Henson's goals in coordinating Study Circle Groups scheduled this month and next.

You are invited to bring your concerns and opinions concerning religious, racial and cultural differences to one of the Study Circle Groups.

The groups -- which provide an opportunity for discussion of community issues -- are led by trained volunteer facilitators.

East Columbian Katherine Overton and JoAnn Chambers are scheduled to lead a group tomorrow , Oct. 22, 29 and Nov. 5 at the Columbia Gateway Building, 6751 Gateway Drive, fifth floor.

East Columbian Tony Creamer and Deirdre Gonsalves will lead meetings at the same location Thursday, Oct. 16, 23, 30 and Nov. 6.

Information: 410-313-6430.

People and animals

People and animals will benefit from this year's "Craft Fair and Living Gift Fair," sponsored by the Columbia Cooperative Ministry.

The ministry represents 15 congregations holding services at Oakland Mills, Wilde Lake Interfaith Centers and other locations in Columbia and Howard County.

George Martin is chairman of both events.

Artisans are needed for the fair at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, which will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 22.

There is a fee of $35 for space. The money will be donated to the Heifer Project International, as are the profits from Christmas tree sales.

Heifer Project International sends livestock to Third World families whose primary income is derived from the land and from their animals.

Organizations, schools and civic groups are welcome to participate, Martin said.

"[Those] who would like to collect members' donations to buy 'animal shares' in animals can get a 'Noah's ark' from me to hold their collections," Martin said.

"Our small plastic ark does not hold two of every species. But the money will buy many farm animals," he said.

On fair day, there will be cattle, goats and fowl on display -- by way of examples of animals sent via the Heifer Project.

Conifer Ridge Farm in Pennsylvania provides the wreaths and trees.

Buyers are welcome to drive to the farm to make presale selections of trees Oct. 18 and 19.

The trees selected will be delivered to Columbia during the project's Dec. 10 through Dec. 21 Christmas tree sale.

Information and directions: 410-730-7862.

Problem deer

Whether you live near a wooded area or drive on country roads, deer can be a problem.

On Oct. 15, Howard County Parks and Recreation director Jeffrey Bourne has scheduled an 8 p.m. meeting at department headquarters, 7120 Oakland Mills Road.

Options for dealing with deer population will be discussed.

Suggestions from the audience will be welcomed.

Information: 410-313-4640.

Friendly night out

Tonight's the night to dine out from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Friendly's Restaurant, 6375 Dobbin Road, in Dobbin Center, at Route 175.

A portion of the receipts from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. will be donated to the Oakland Mills High School hockey team.

Information: 410-381-1738.

Winter shots

There are several east Columbia locations where people can get flu and pneumococcal vaccinations, administered by registered nurses.

Jennifer Shemer of the Howard County Health Department asks seniors, age 65 and older, to bring their Medicare and HMO cards with them for free shots.

A donation is requested from adults and for children 6 months through 18 years.

Health Department clinics will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 30 at Owen Brown Place Apartments, 7080 Cradlerock Way in Owen Brown village, and from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 31 at Longwood Apartments, 6150 Foreland Garth in Long Reach village.

Safeway stores will have a registered nurse present from 10: 30 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m. Oct. 25 and Nov. 7 to administer the flu shots.

Giant Pharmacy in the Owen Brown shopping center will have a registered nurse on duty to give the flu injections from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 29.

The two retail locations will charge $15 for each vaccination.

Bakers needed

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish's C.Y.C.L.E. group -- Catholic Youth, Caring Learning Experiencing -- needs your baking skills to help raise funds to send members to the National Catholic Youth Conference Nov. 20 through 23 in Kansas City, Mo.

Youth Ministry director Tony Tamberino says only two dates remain on which the young people can raise funds.

The bake sales will be held after all services on Oct. 12 and Nov. 9 at Oakland Mills and Wilde Lake Interfaith Centers.

Baked goods may be left at those locations on either Sunday.


East Columbia artist Bonita Glaser's watercolors of wooded hillsides and country landscapes, and Denise Tarbell's translucent stained-glass "paintings" will be featured in the Artists' Gallery's October exhibition.

The gallery is in the American City Building in Columbia's Town Center.

A public reception will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.

Information: 410-740-8249.

Pub Date: 10/07/97

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