Recently released activist Betsy Lamb is to be honored Friday

October 13, 2004

Howard County Friends of Latin America and the Columbia-Laurel chapter of Amnesty International will sponsor a gathering with refreshments to honor activist Betsy Lamb from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center.

Lamb was released recently from a federal prison after serving a six-month sentence for her participation in a demonstration against the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation -- formerly known as School of the Americas -- a training center at Fort Benning, Ga., for Latin American military personnel and others.

Peace activists have long maintained that graduates of the center have committed human rights abuses when they return to their countries.

"I believe that they continue to train people for political assassinations, for torture, for interrogation techniques, for the same kinds of things that we saw in Iraq this past summer," Lamb said.

The U.S. military has consistently denied any connection between what is taught at the school and any alleged atrocities committed by its graduates.

The Oakland Mills resident will talk about her prison experience, her travels in Latin America and her commitment to nonviolent change.

Information: Leslie Salgado, 410-381-4899.

-- Fay Lande

50 Plus Expo to be held Friday at high school

The 50 Plus Expo 2004, "The Next Best Years of Your Life," will present traditional and alternative health fairs, entertainment by the Capitol Steps, food, seminars and demonstrations.

This year's expo, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Wilde Lake High School, will also feature an auction, with a professional auctioneer, to benefit the Vivian L. Reid Community Fund (an emergency fund for seniors) and for Office on Aging programs; a demonstration of the new touch-screen voting machines; and a kick-off event for Howard County's "Maryland Access Point," an information and referral service (online, by telephone and in-person) for those ages 50 and older, and adults with disabilities.

Wilde Lake High School is at 5460 Trumpeter Road, off Twin Rivers Road.

Information: 410-313-6406.

Russian-Jewish kosher meal is scheduled for Sunday

The Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education will sponsor a free Russian-Jewish kosher dinner at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the center.

Toasts will be made with Russian vodka; Russian fish soup, boiled hot dogs with kasha (buckwheat groats) and desserts are planned.

Udi Zinar, from Netzarim, a Gaza settlement, will discuss "The Land of Israel: Commitment or Privilege?"

Reservations are recommended. Donations will be accepted.

The center, at 770 Howes Lane, is in the neighborhood of Sebring.

Information: 410-740-2424.

Around Town

Pops tonight: The Wilde Lake High School Pops Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. today in Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road. Tickets, which will be available at the door, are $5. 410-772-1218.

Halloween movie: In preparation for Halloween, Slayton House will present the 1931 horror movie Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi, at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Dessert, coffee and a short discussion are planned after the film. Tickets are $7; $6 for senior citizens and students. The program is part of the community association's "Marvelous Movies and More" film series. The community association's "Wilde Halloween" will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 28, when Pam Kindersinger (Pam Minor) of the show It's Kindertime will engage her puppet friends in an interactive performance for children ages 3 to 10. Trick-or-treating in the village center is planned after the performance. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets are $3. 410-730-3987.

Dads sought: John Hannay, a parent at Running Brook Elementary School, is recruiting fathers to volunteer from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for one recess period each month in the PTA's new Dads' Recess Program. Program organizers hope to make recess more interesting and fun and reduce bullying and other destructive behavior. 410-730-5889.

Oakland closed: Historic Oakland in Town Center, Columbia, will be closed for renovations until Nov. 30. During this time, the village office will be on the lower level of Stonehouse, 8775 Cloudleap Court, in Long Reach village. 410-730-4744 or 410-730-4801.

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