Art classes for seniors set in April

February 27, 2005

Carol Zika will teach watercolor and "You Can Draw and Paint" classes, for those ages 55 and older, starting April 1 at the east Columbia library senior center.

The classes are designed for beginners, but everyone is welcome.

The 10-week watercolor class will be held from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays. The cost is $55. To register and for a list of supplies, which must be purchased separately: 410-313-7279

Students in the "You Can Draw and Paint" class should bring watercolors, acrylics, oils, pastels. Zika will provide direction. The 10-week class is to be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Fridays. The cost is $55.

Registration for both classes is due as soon as possible.

Information: 410-313-7279.

`Columbia Matters' to tape at library branch Saturday

Columbia Matters, the Columbia Association's cable television program, will be at the east Columbia library from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday to videotape comments from Columbia residents about the town's April elections.

Selected footage will be aired on the April show during the segment, "What's On Your Mind Columbia?"

The show airs on Howard Community College's Cable Channel 71 at 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 410-715-3120.

Retirement, Social Security to be seminar topics

The Kings Contrivance Community Association will sponsor a program on building, protecting and preserving retirement assets, "Protecting Your Retirement in These Uncertain Times," from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Amherst House, 7251 Eden Brook Drive.

Proposed changes to Social Security will also be discussed.

The free gardening seminar, "Using Native Plants in Your Landscape," has been rescheduled and will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 10 at Amherst House.

Master gardener Aylene Kovensky-Gard will talk about native plants that can be used instead of invasive exotics that can take over a landscape.

Information or registration: 410-381-9600.

Around Town

Jazz club: The east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will sponsor a Jazz Club with Ken Jennings of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Sessions are to be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Students have an opportunity to learn to play jazz arrangements. Each participant must bring an instrument and make a commitment to be on time and ready to play. All instruments are welcome. Permission slips, available at the library, are required. 410-313-7700.

College bound: Hammond High School will hold a College Visions Workshop for high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors and their parents from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 7 at the school, 8800 Guilford Road, Columbia. Students and their parents can choose to attend three of the 15 workshops. Topics include college visits and selection, a Black Student Achievement Program guide to college, the college essay and the two-year college experience.

Bridge classes: The 50+ Center at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, offers day and evening sessions of "Bridge for the Absolute Beginner." Classes are also being organized for intermediate players who register. The cost is $65 for six classes. Classes in mah-jongg are also being formed. The cost is $31 for three classes. Registration is required. 410-290-5430.

PTA recruiting: The PTAs of Oakland Mills Middle School, Oakland Mills High School and Stevens Forest, Talbott Springs and Thunder Hill elementary schools urge village residents to become advocates for their children and promote a partnership among home, school and community by joining the PTA of their neighborhood school. Oakland Mills Middle School (410- 313-6937); Oakland Mills High School (410-313-6945); Stevens Forest Elementary School (410-313-6900); Talbott Springs Elementary (410-313-6915); and Thunder Hill Elementary (410-313-6922).

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