Drug treatment for teens to be discussed tomorrow

November 04, 2003

HC DrugFree, a coalition of parents, schools, county agencies and community organizations, will present "Treatment for Teens for Drugs and Alcohol" from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at Hammond High School, 8800 Guilford Road, Columbia.

The program will offer an overview on where to go for help and what parents can do if they suspect their child is using drugs.

The presenter will be Mark Donovan of Integrative Counseling, a private counseling group.

HC DrugFree offers its speaker series from October to April on topics such as teen drug use, underage drinking and driving, Senior Week in Ocean City, depression, leadership and dating.

Information: 410-799-4879.

Local Kucinich supporters plan organizational parley

The Howard County Supporters of Dennis Kucinich for president will hold an organizational meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place.

Information: Ray Donaldson, raydonaldson@hotmail.com.

Around Town

Ayuda Centro: A resource center for Hispanic Howard County residents is open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Dasher Green-Owen Brown School, 6700 Cradlerock Way. Dr. Fabian Forero, executive director of the Alianza de la Comunidad, will be available in the school's health room to help Hispanic residents find medical, housing, food bank, clothing and other resources. 443-527-1900.

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, 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 are for children, teen-agers and adults. Tuition is $35 a month. 410-730-4610.

Karate: Long Reach Community Association is offering karate classes for children ages 6 and older and for adults. Classes for those ages 6 to 9 meet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturdays. For those ages 10 and older, classes 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.

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.

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