Celebration Church plans Harvest Party on Sunday

October 26, 2004

The community is invited to participate in a Harvest Party, an evening of family fun, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at Celebration Church, 6080 Foreland Garth in Long Reach village.

The party, which is to include children's games, rides, prizes and other attractions, is expected to draw 300 to 500 children. It is intended to provide a safe Halloween alternative for children.

The Harvest Party will be held on the church's back parking lot.

Information: 410-997-2088.

Talbott Springs pupils joining Red Ribbon Week

Talbott Springs Elementary School is participating in Red Ribbon Week, a national program to encourage a drug- and violence-free society.

National Red Ribbon Week was created to honor the Drug Enforcement Administration's Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, who was murdered in Mexico in 1985 in the campaign against drugs.

The program being held this week at Talbott Springs includes daily activities to raise awareness and generate enthusiasm for a healthy lifestyle.

"I wanted to make sure that our school participated; I thought it was important," said school counselor Stephanie M. Isaacs, who had heard about the program, but had not seen it in Howard County.

Yesterday, images of the children's hands, printed on a large paper banner, were displayed in the school hallway. The title on the banner is "Hand in Hand TSES Takes a Stand Against Drugs."

Also, the names of family members or friends were written on red paper chains, to be linked and hung around the school. The children received ribbons imprinted with "I believe in me, I'm drug free."

Officials from Fire Station 9 are to visit the first and third grades to discuss fire safety today. The children are to decorate grocery bags with an anti-drug messages, and the bags will be displayed or distributed in the Giant supermarket in Owen Brown and at the Safeway store in Long Reach.

Tomorrow, the children will be asked to wear red and eat red foods (pasta with sauce, pepperoni pizza and red gelatin.)

A poster and poem or rap contest is planned for Thursday. On Friday, Pfc. Christopher B. Davis of the Howard County Police Department and Bruce Lohr of the Maryland Community Crime Prevention Institute will talk about safety, and children will be asked to sign a drug-free pledge.

- Fay Lande

Around Town

Halloween: Kings Contrivance Community Association will sponsor Halloween Happenings on Friday. Daisy the Clown will perform free shows for children at 5 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Amherst House, 7251 Eden Brook Drive. Free cider and doughnuts will be served before each show, and children can trick-or-treat in the village center after the show. The Hammond High School music department will sponsor a haunted house from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the village center. Beverley Meyers, 410-381-9600.

Halloween party: Long Reach Community Association will hold a Halloween party from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Long Reach Village Center. Mike Rose the Magician will entertain, and pumpkin-decorating and trick-or-treating with village merchants are planned. Punch and cookies will be provided. Admission is free. Registration is not required. 410-730-8113.

Kitchen table: The east Columbia 50+ Center, 6600 Cradlerock Way, is offering afternoon refreshments at "the Kitchen Table," a venue for food and conversation, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays. The cost is $2.75. Reservations are required. 410- 313-7680.

Yoga: Long Reach Community Association will offer yoga classes for adults from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Thursdays and 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, from Nov. 4 through Dec. 16. The cost is $77 for the morning class; $90 for the evening classes. Yoga for children is offered from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. The cost is $12 a class. A 5 percent discount is offered to those who live on Columbia Association-assessed property. 410-730-8113.

See stars: The east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will present "See the Stars," a chance for those ages 11 to 18 to examine stars and planets through telescopes provided by the Howard Astronomical League, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 14. Registration, which is encouraged, starts Monday. 410-313-7700.

Applicants sought: Oakland Mills Partnership Group, under the auspices of the Enterprise Foundation, will hire a community development officer to help launch the Oakland Mills Revitalization Plan. The draft of the revitalization plan stems from a Feb. 7 Oakland Mills town hall meeting during which 160 residents met to discuss their vision for the community and identified actions needed to accomplish that vision. The community development officer will help implement community-building initiatives and improve communication by connecting residents with one another, the community and surrounding Columbia villages. Dana Bourland, 410-772-3072, or www. enterprisefoundation.org/ oaklandmills.

Preschool openings: East Columbia Preschool, a cooperative, has openings for this school year in its two- and three-day afternoon classes. 410-290-9166.

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