Can't find your brick? Give the computer a try

April 23, 2003

With more than 3,000 engraved bricks covering Columbia's downtown waterfront, brick owners frequently encounter a challenge when trying to find a brick they bought from the Columbia Association.

"We still get constant calls from residents interested in finding their bricks," said Keisha Reynolds, the association's manager of community relations and communications.

Those brick owners soon will have a tool to aid their search. On Saturday, the Columbia Association will unveil a new brick locator computer program at a party on the Lake Kittamaqundi waterfront, beginning at 10 a.m.

At the party, computers will be set out at the waterfront to allow brick owners to search for their brick using the program, which will print a map showing the brick's location. The program will also be available on the association's Web site, www.columbiaassociation.com.

"This is a way to allow people to be able to go online and find their brick without having to wait for a person to return their calls and physically go out and search for it," Reynolds said.

The party will also include face painting, brick rubbings, a balloon maker and a band.

The Columbia Association started selling bricks on the waterfront in 1991 as a way to "involve Columbia residents in the community ... a way to memorialize them," Reynolds said.

In the late 1980s, Suzie Jamaris of Harper's Choice bought a brick to commemorate her new marriage to her husband and their two sets of children coming together.

"It not only was a community spirit type of thing, for us it was a personal blending moment," she said.

Most recently, the association sold more than 200 bricks last summer - at $50 for a two-line brick (14 spaces per line) or $60 for a three-line brick. People often label their bricks with names and dates of weddings, anniversaries, births or deaths, Reynolds said.

Part of the money raised at last summer's brick sale was used to help pay the $24,000 it cost to refurbish six of the Wharf Tower bells at the lakefront plaza, Reynolds said.

- Laura Cadiz

Wilde Lake Boosters plan bull roast, auction Friday

Wilde Lake High School's Booster Club will hold its Bull Roast & Auction from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville.

Live music, dancing, gaming and food are planned. The event is catered by Putting on the Ritz. The cost is $45. Tickets are available in the school's front office.

Information: 410-772-9590.

Rainbow Theatre slates `Circus on Strings'

Rainbow Theatre at Slayton House will present "Circus on Strings," with Susan Wall's Carousel Puppets, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday.

The performance begins with a demonstration of how marionettes work.

Tickets, which should be purchased in advance, are $4; tickets purchased at the door, if available, are $5.

Information: 410-730-3987.

Yoga classes to start next week at Slayton House

The Wilde Lake Community Association will sponsor yoga classes for beginners and seniors with Kat Kelly-Chung at Slayton House.

The 1 1/2 -hour classes are held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, beginning next week, for seniors; from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning next week, for beginners ages 18 and older.

The cost is $72 for six weeks; $15 for drop-ins. Columbia lien-payers receive a 10 percent discount.

Information: 410-730-3987.

Clemens Crossing book fair set Friday and Saturday

Clemens Crossing Elementary School will sponsor a Scholastic Book Fair with prices at 50 percent off, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the school cafeteria.

Children's books, teachers professional material, software and gift items will be sold at 50 percent off the cover price.

The school is at 10320 Quarterstaff Road.

Information: 410-313-6866.

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