Party to mark beginning of summer reading program

May 29, 2005

The east Columbia branch library will throw a party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 11 to kick off its summer reading program, "Wild About Reading!"

Visitors can register for the reading program, enjoy shows and strolling entertainers and purchase refreshments.

Entertainers will include Sam "The Muleman" Miller, who plays guitar, sings and is to emcee the event, and poet Truth Thomas. Class Acts on Tour will perform The Elephant's Child. Also on hand will be the Kangaroo Kids precision jump-rope team, and magician Mike Rose who will perform a "Wild About Reading Magic Show," an interactive comedy that includes mind-reading stunts and sleight of hand. Rose will perform at branch libraries during the summer.

Information: 410-313-7700.

Watercolor classes set for June 17-Aug. 19

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor watercolor classes for those age 55 and older with teacher Carol Zika at the east Columbia branch library's senior center. The class is designed for beginners, but experienced painters are welcome.

Classes will be held from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 17 through Aug. 19. The cost is $55 for the 10-week class. A list of supplies, which must be purchased separately, will be provided before the first class.

Registration and payment are due as soon as possible.

Information: 410-313-7279.

Ice cream social planned June 8 at Owen Brown

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a Patriotic Ice Cream Social for those age 55 and older from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. June 8 at the Owen Brown Senior Center.

The event will include a patriotic musical program and an old-fashioned ice cream sundae. Refreshments will be provided.

The cost is $3. Registration is required. Information: 410-313-7218.

Around Town

Register for kindergarten: Parents are invited to register their children for kindergarten at Talbott Springs Elementary School, 9550 Basket Ring Road, from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Registration will continue through the summer. 410-313-6915.

Tuesday bridge: The 50-Plus Senior Center at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way in Owen Brown village, holds a continuing bridge group from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays. The cost is $6 a class and includes a snack. 410-290-5430.

Candidates sought: The Oakland Mills board of directors is seeking candidates to fill one vacant seat on the village board. The term runs through April 2006. Property owners or tenants living in Oakland Mills village who would like to be considered for the position should submit a letter of interest with their qualifications to the board by early next month. The letter can be sent by e-mail to or by surface mail to The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia 21045. Sandy Cederbaum, village manager, 410-730-4610.

Dance: Ballet with Cindee Velle, the resident dance school of the Long Reach Community Association, will present a two-act original production, The Global Express, a medley of dance around the world, at 7 p.m. June 10 and 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 11 at Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Tickets, available at Stonehouse, 8775 Cloudleap Court, are $10-$12. An eight-week session of Ballet with Cindee Velle, for ages 3 to adult, is to begin June 13 at Stonehouse. First Steps, Preballet, Combinations, Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Pointe and Modern classes will be offered weekday afternoons and evenings and Tuesday and Saturday mornings. 410-730-8113 or 410-465-7674.

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