The Oakland Mills, Kings Contrivance and Harper's Choice community associations will celebrate Black History Month with a family evening of poetry, storytelling and history performed by "The Mythbuster," William Commandar, who is a member of the National Association of Black Storytellers.
The performance will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at The Other Barn in the village of Oakland Mills. Refreshments will be served. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free.
Information: Mia Collins, 410- 730-4610.
Valentine's Day program for kids offered at library
The east Columbia branch library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will sponsor a program about love, with stories, songs and a craft, for children ages 3-5, from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Feb. 14. The program, called "Valentine Treasures," will be repeated from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Registration begins Thursday. Information: 410-313-7730.
Graduates: Army Pvt. Barry A. Scroggins Jr., son of Crystal Dorsey of Owen Brown, has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.
Xavier James: To James Edward Blackwell and Donna Brennan of Long Reach on Jan. 25.
Volunteers sought: Dasher Green Elementary School seeks volunteer mentors to tutor children in math, science and reading during the day. Tutors are needed for about 10 children. Information: Leonard Frieson, community outreach coordinator, at 410-313-7601.
Yum, yum: The east Columbia branch library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will offer "Three Cheers for Chocolate" for children ages 6 to 8. Children will read Chocolatina by Erik Kraft and How Monkeys Make Chocolate by Adrian Forsyth, make a chocolate rosebud and bake a "crazy chocolate cake." The program will be offered from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. today and 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Feb. 13. Information: 410-313- 7730.
Body harmony: The Long Reach Community Center is sponsoring Body Harmony classes from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays beginning today at Stonehouse, 8775 Cloudleap Court. A gentler version is offered from 3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays beginning today. Information: 410-995-1192 or 410-730-8113.
African-American folk tales: The east Columbia branch library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will offer a program on African-American folk tales for children 6 and older from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Thursday. Registration is required. Information: 410-313-7730.
Teen advisers meet: The Teen Advisory Board of Howard County Public Library will hold its second meeting from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at the east Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Membership is open to all teen-agers. Registration is required. Information: 410- 313-7700.
Mardi gras: The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a Mardi Gras Line Dancing Party for seniors 55 and older at 1 p.m. Feb. 13 at the 50+ Center at the east Columbia library branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. The cost is $2. Registration is due as soon as possible. Information: 410-313-7279.
Hatha yoga: Kings Contrivance Community Association, Amherst House, 7251 Eden Brook Drive, is offering Hatha yoga classes from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Students at all levels are welcome. The cost for an 11-week session is $121 for Columbia Association lien-payers or $132 for others. A continuing fitness class, "Step and Tone Aerobics," is offered from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Wednesdays. The cost is $45 for 10 classes for Columbia Association lien-payers or $50 for nonmembers. Information: 410-381-9600.
Dancing: Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks offers "Country Line Dancing II," an 11-week class for people 55 and older, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Mondays at the 50+ Center, 6600 Cradlerock Way. The cost is $28. Information: 410-313-7680.