Developing character in teenagers to be topic

April 17, 2005

HC DrugFree, a local nonprofit organization helping teens avoid alcohol and drugs, will offer a program for parents and teens, "Developing Leadership and Character in Teens," from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Wilde Lake High School.

Marcy Leonard, assistant principal at Wilde Lake High School, will discuss developing leadership and character as protective factors for youth to help them avoid alcohol, drugs and other risk-taking behavior.

Admission is free. Reservations are not required.

Information: Laura Smit, 410-799-4879. Or www.hcdrug

Earth Day celebration planned at HCC

The Environment Club of Howard Community College will sponsor an Earth Day celebration from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in the college's Burrill Galleria.

The community is invited.

Representatives from local organizations -- including the Howard County Environmental Alliance, the Sierra Club and the Master Gardener program, will be on hand.

Light refreshments and a raffle are also planned.

Information: Debby Luquette, 410-772-4472.

Award-winning speech, debate qualifiers to be heard

State and national qualifiers in speech and debate from Howard County will perform their award-winning pieces at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Wilde Lake High School cafeteria, 5460 Trumpeter Road.

Admission is free. Dessert will be served.

Community sponsors for the students' travel expenses are needed.

Information: Kelli Midgley-Biggs, 410-313-6965.

Columbia Animal Hospital celebrating expansion

Dr. David Tayman, founder of Columbia Animal Hospital, will throw a party from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. May 1 to celebrate the completion of the $650,000 expansion and renovation of his Hickory Ridge office.

The renovations include two new examining rooms, a second operating suite and more space in the separate cat- and dog-waiting rooms. The community is invited to tour the facility. Refreshments will be served.

Information: 410-730-2122 or

Around Town

Seeking artisans, vendors: Wilde Lake Community Association is seeking artisans to participate in its juried craft fair, part of the Taste of Wilde Lake, to be held from noon to 4 p.m. May 21 in Wilde Lake Village Center. The event will include free food, entertainment and children's activities. The cost for vendors is $10 a space. 410-730- 3987.

Children's concert: Rainbow Theatre at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center will present a concert by children's author and songwriter Barry Louis Polisar at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $4.25 in advance; $5.25 at the door, if available. Group rates are available. The performance is sponsored by Wilde Lake Community Association. 410-730-3987.

Tsunami relief: Girl Scout troops from west Columbia will hold a yard, art and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the parking lot behind Hawthorn Center in Hickory Ridge village, 6175 Sunny Spring. The proceeds will be donated to tsunami victim relief efforts.

Parent workshop: Alianza de la Comunidad, an organization for the Howard County Hispanic community, will offer an active-parenting program for Spanish-speaking parents of children ages 2 to 12 at 5:45 p.m. April 25 at Running Brook Elementary School. Funding for the workshop is provided by the Horizon Foundation. 443-812-8486.

Make music: Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor an eight-week class focused on the health benefits of music-making, "The Secret Power of Music," from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesdays, starting April 26, at Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. The program, which includes group drumming and appreciation of American popular music, is sponsored through a Horizon Foundation Community Health Issues Grant. Admission is free. Registration is required. 410-313-7279.

Yard sale: Town Center Community Association will sponsor its Town Center Yard Sale from 9 a.m. to noon April 30 at Vantage Point Park on Vantage Point Road. Reservations are required. 410-730-4744.

Arts camps: Slayton House Camp of the Arts is accepting registration for children ages 7 to 13. A junior conservatory for ages 11 to 13 and a senior conservatory for ages 14 to 16 are also available. Classes will culminate in a final production. Two three-week sessions and a two-week session will be offered weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 20 through Aug. 12. Extended care is also available. 410-730-3987.

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