Girl Scouts visit adult care center

November 18, 2003

Fifth-graders from Girl Scout Troop 811, based at Jeffers Hill Elementary School, visited with clients Nov. 1 at Almost Family Adult Day Care Center, a facility for the elderly and disabled on Columbia 100 Parkway.

The girls helped the clients make Halloween cards and performed some of their favorite Girl Scout songs. "If You're Happy and You Know It" attracted plenty of audience participation, said Kathy Tempesta, a group leader.

Participating were Mariama Barr-Dallas, Natalie Beach, Nichelle Goedel, Leanne Hise, Anna Powers, Lindsey Rhodes, Jill Self and Kailey Toler. Troop leaders Sarah Beach, Ellynn Self and Tempesta were also on hand.

"We've been going to Almost Family for over two years now, and we've developed a nice relationship with many of the clients," Tempesta said. "Our girls were really timid in the beginning when we first started going there. Now [they] ask to go there and really jump right into working one-on-one with clients."

The group plans to return for the holidays.

"I was a Girl Scout as a child, and I really missed it as an adult," Tempesta said.

- Fay Lande

Around Town

Food drive: Oakland Mills Community Association is conducting a canned food drive through Dec. 23. A collection box for donations is in the lobby of The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place. Canned goods will be delivered through local agencies to needy families. 410-730- 4610.

Long-term care: Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging will sponsor a discussion, "Understanding Long Term Care: The Financial Implications," at 7 p.m. today at the 50+ Center in the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Registration is requested. 410-313-7391.

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.

Indian dance: Oakland Mills Community Association is sponsoring traditional Indian Bharatanatyam classical dance lessons with Vinata Bedam-Mai from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The class started last week. This month's tuition is free. 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 Interact Story Theatre on 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.

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 all ages. 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. 410-730-8113.

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