Long Reach plans to mail ballots for village elections

April 02, 2002

For the first time, Long Reach Community Association will mail ballots for village elections to each household in the village. Owners and tenants of Long Reach lien-paying properties are entitled to vote in the annual elections. One ownership vote and one tenancy vote is allowed per household.

Absentee ballots should be requested, in writing, no later than April 10, or they can be picked up at Stonehouse, 8775 Cloudleap Court, until April 19. Absentee ballots must be returned to Stonehouse by 6 p.m. April 19 or to a member of the Long Reach election committee by midnight.

The polls will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 20. Voters must bring identification and tenants must bring or have on file a copy of their lease.

Information: 410-730-8113, or Laura Heinrich, chairwoman of the election committee, 410-772-7372.

Swing dance lessons to be offered at Stonehouse

The Long Reach Community Association will offer a new session of its swing and lindy hop Dance class from April 16 to May 21. The Level 1 class meets from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at Stonehouse, 8775 Cloudleap Court. A Level 2 class meets from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays.

Singles and couples are welcome. The cost is $63 for six weeks. Participants who live on Columbia Association-assessed property receive a 5 percent discount.

Information: 410-730-8113.

Parks department to offer art classes on Thursdays

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will hold "You Can Draw and Paint" classes from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays, beginning this week, at Longwood Apartments, 6150 Foreland Garth.

Participants should bring any art materials they have on hand. The cost is $32 for those ages 60 and older; $38 for ages 18 to 59. Materials, which will be discussed at the first class, must be purchased separately.

Information: 410-313-7279.

Military

Decorated: Army 2nd Lt. Charles L. Coggins, son of James and Winnie Coggins of Long Reach, has been awarded the Army Commendation Medal. He is a 1996 graduate of Howard High School.

Around town

Book clubs: The east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, is sponsoring Go Girl! Mother-Daughter Book Club from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer will be discussed tomorrow; Define "Normal" by Julie Ann Peters will be discussed May 1. The Black Fiction Book Club will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at the library to discuss fiction by contemporary African-American authors. A Parent-Child Book Club, for ages 9 to 12 with a parent, meets from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at the library. Uncle Boris in the Yukon by Daniel Pinkwater will be discussed April 16, and Monsieur Eek by David Ives will be discussed May 21. Registration is required. Information: 410-313-7700.

Bull roast: Scorpion Booster Club of Oakland Mills High School will hold a bull roast from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. April 13 in the Great Room at Savage Mill. Dinner, music, dancing, silent auction, games and prizes are planned. Donations of goods or services for the silent auction are welcome. To make a donation: Cliff Nakagama, 301-596-7007. Tickets, available to anyone ages 21 and older, are $35 and include food, beer and wine. Proceeds will help pay for student programs and activities. Information or tickets: Peg Dear, 410-381- 8379.

Panel for teens: The east Columbia library will hold meetings of its Teen Advisory Board from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 15 and May 13. The board helps plan library events and services. Teens can join the board any time. Refreshments will be served. Information: 410- 313-7700.

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, 410-313-7601.

Vendors wanted: Long Reach Community Association will hold its Kids' Clothes Swap from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20 on the Long Reach Village Center parking lot. Vendors or residents can sell gently used children's items, including toys and furniture. Spaces the size of a parking spot cost $15 and are available to the first 30 applicants. Information: 410-730- 8113.

Music, ruins: Owen Brown Middle School and Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park will present "Music in the Ruins," a concert by the school's chorus and band, from 10 a.m. to noon May 4 at the park, 3691 Sarahs Lane, Ellicott City. Face-painting, a storybook corner for young children and other activities are planned. Refreshments will be available. Donations will be accepted. Information: 410-313-7607 or 410-465-8500.

Reiki: The 50+ Center in the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, is offering reiki therapy on the first and third Fridays of each month. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. and last 45 minutes. Information: 410-313-7680.

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