Poetry Month events slated April 6 and 20 at library

March 30, 2004

Poets and readers of poetry are needed to celebrate National Poetry Month at the east Columbia library by reading published pieces. The first reading, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 6, will be on the theme, "What Is a Family?"

Prospective readers should call the library's branch manager, Kelli Shimabukuro, by Friday to propose a poem. Col. Donald Williford, a local poet and former Green Beret, will introduce the readings.

The session is co-sponsored by the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society.

A second session, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 20, will be on the theme, "My Favorite Poem."

Information about the Favorite Poem Project: www.favorite poem.org.

Information or to read a poem at one of the library's two community poetry readings: 410-313-7700.

The library is at 6600 Cradlerock Way.

-- Fay Lande

Kings Contrivance to hold a cleanup day April 17

The Kings Contrivance Village Board will sponsor an open-space cleanup day at 10 a.m. April 17.

Participants should sign in at Amherst House in the village center. Gloves, bags and tools will be provided.

A rally will be held at 1 p.m. on the parking lot of the Macgill's Common pool.

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

East Columbia Preschool accepting registration

East Columbia Preschool, established in 1974, is accepting registration for the 2004-2005 school year. The program offers two-day sessions for 3-year-olds and three-day sessions for 4-year-olds.

Proof of age, car insurance information and a $45 fee are required for registration.

Information: 410-290-9166, or www.eastcolumbiapreschool. com.

Military

Promoted: Air Force Capt. Yvonne S. Spencer, daughter of Carolyn Spencer of Owen Brown, has been selected for promotion to major. Spencer, a command environmental programs manager, is assigned to the Pacific Air Forces, Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu. She graduated from Oakland Mills High School in 1989, received a bachelor's degree in 1994 from the Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., and earned a master's degree in 2002 from the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio.

Birth

Jonathan Mitchell: To Steven and Kimberly Panah of Allview Estates on March 18.

Around Town

Parent skills: Family Tree of Maryland, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening families and preventing child abuse and neglect, will offer its first program for parents in Howard County, a free 12-week class in parent skills. The Positive Parenting Program will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays, starting next week, at The Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place in Oakland Mills village. Registration is required. Krystal Nunn, 410-889-2300, Ext. 1226.

Resource center: 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. Help is available with medical, housing, food, clothing and other needs. 443- 527-1900.

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 of karate, tae kwon do and jujitsu, are for all ages. Tuition is $35 a month. 410-730-4610.

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