Hopewell pool set to open Wednesday

East Columbia

June 12, 2005

The Columbia Association has completed the first round of renovations to the Hopewell pool in Owen Brown village. The pool will be opened to the community Wednesday.

Renovations include a new waterslide, an expanded bathhouse, new furniture and landscaping.

Additional renovations, to include a 1,600-square-foot SplashPad and an expanded parking lot, are to be completed by Aug. 1.

The pool is at 9200 Rustling Leaf.

Information: 410-715-3000, or www.columbiaassociation.com.

Oakland Mills planning a `Get Active' walk

The Oakland Mills Community Association will offer a "Get Active" walk at 7 p.m. Wednesday to discover Oakland Mills' Hidden Treasure Path, which crosses U.S. 29 and connects east and west Columbia.

The group will meet at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place for the 1.5-mile walk.

The first 50 people to sign up at The Other Barn will receive a gift. Refreshments will be served.

The event is planned in conjunction with the "Get Active Columbia" program, a 10-week series of free recreational activities. Registration for the program is available at The Other Barn.

Information or to register for the walk: 410-730-4610.

Attend a workshop, make a greeting card

The Oakland Mills Community Association will present "Stamping with Gina," a workshop for those interested in learning to use stamping techniques to produce handmade greeting cards with a professional look, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 21 at the Other Barn.

The cost is $10 and a $4 materials fee. Registration is required.

Information or registration: 410-730-4610.

Watercolor classes slated for those 55 and older

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor watercolor classes for those ages 55 and older from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday through Aug. 19 at the east Columbia library senior center, 6600 Cradlerock Way.

Carol Zika will teach the class for beginners, but experienced dabblers are welcome.

The cost is $55 for the 10-week class. A list of supplies, to be purchased separately, will be provided with registration.

Registration and payment are due as soon as possible.

Information: 410-313-7279.

Around Town

Town meeting: The Oakland Mills Community Association will hold a town meeting on the village's revitalization projects and plans for a new restaurant for the village center. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings will speak, and representatives from the office of Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin and other officials from state and Howard County government and the Board of Education will be on hand. The Oakland Mills Community Association has been awarded a grant by the Columbia Foundation to promote communication and revitalization initiatives. Planned are a newsletter; an updated interactive Web site; translation services for non-English speaking residents; and a street captain program. Sandy Cederbaum, 410-730-4610.

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