One woman's haircut for charity

October 07, 2003

"When I heard about the Locks of Love, I thought, `You know what, I can do that, and that would really help somebody out,' " said Franklin, 55. "So I did it."

She grew her hair an extra year to be able to donate it and was relieved to have it cut, said her daughter, Erin Viens, 28.

"We're glad it's cut - our whole family is," Viens said. "She hasn't had [such] long hair since she and my father were engaged.

- Fay Lande

Scarecrow-making, hayrides set for Saturday

The Kings Contrivance Community Association will offer scarecrow-making and hayrides from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Take old clothes and two pairs of pantyhose for the scarecrow. Straw will be provided. Hot dogs and chips will be for sale.

The community association is planning an open-space clean-up Oct. 25. Residents can register at Amherst House at 10 a.m. Doughnuts, coffee, plastic bags, gloves and supplies will be provided.

Amherst House is at 7251 Eden Brook Drive.

Information: Anne Dodd, 410-381-9600, or Rachel Ticar, 410-997-9285.

Around Town

Yard sale: The PTA of Guilford Elementary School, 7335 Oakland Mills Road, will hold its Community Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. The cost for vendors is $10 a space. Tables are not included. Nancy Yeroshefsky, 301-490-4242.

International festival: Oakland Mills Community Association will present its International Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine, indoors at The Other Barn and outdoors at Oakland Mills Village Center. Artisans will display their wares. Entertainment, music, dancing, pet adoptions, police and fire department displays, a Moon Bounce and pumpkin decorating are planned. 410-730-4610.

Children's theater: The 26th season of Lively Arts for Little Ones at The Other Barn in Oakland Mills Village Center is scheduled to present Hawaiian Rhythms, dance, music and Hawaiian culture on Nov. 14; Interact Story Theatre, Dec. 5; Kathleen Jacobs & Puppets, Jan. 9; storyteller Arianna Ross, Feb. 6; Kinderman, March 12; and Pam the Kindersinger, April 2. The performances for children ages 2 1/2 to 5 will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets are $4.25; $25 for a subscription. Group rates are available. 410-730-4610 or 301-596-5237.

PTA requests: Thunder Hill Elementary School PTA is looking for neighbors to join its group to help provide better, safer schools and more educational resources for children. It also seeks corporate sponsors, grants and after-school programs. Linda Lagala-Spano, 410-997-0682.

Martial arts: Oakland Mills Community Association will offer Hale Martial Arts Academy classes at The Other Barn in Oakland Mills Village Center on Mondays and Wednesdays. Classes - which incorporate the martial arts systems of karate, tae kwon do and jujitsu - are for children, teen-agers and adults. Tuition is $35 a month. 410-730-4610.

Bridge, mah-jongg: The 50+ Center in east Columbia is offering bridge lessons for beginners from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays. Daytime and evening mah-jongg classes are also available. 410-290-5430.

Karate: Long Reach Community Association is offering karate classes for children ages 6 and older and for adults. Classes for ages 6 to 9 will meet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturdays. For kids ages 10 and older, classes will meet from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays and from 11 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Classes for adults meet from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays. The cost for an eight-week session is $78 for one class a week and $126 for two classes a week. A 5 percent discount is offered to residents of Columbia. 410-730-8113.

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