`Harry Potter' programs to be offered

June 19, 2005

"Harry Potter" programs will be offered at the east Columbia library to celebrate the new book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Participants can see Potter movies, then read the books.

The movies are rated PG -- parental guidance suggested. Children to age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Each movie is about 2 1/2 hours.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone will be shown at 6:30 p.m. July 12; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, at 6:30 p.m. July 13; and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, at 6:30 p.m. July 14. Tickets, which are required, are available at the children's desk a half-hour before the program begins.

Registration for the movie nights begins July 5.

"Muggles Midnight Madness," a program of wizard crafts, a magician, costume parade, movies and other attractions for children ages 9 and older with an adult will be held from 9 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 15. Registration, which begins June 29, is required.

The east Columbia library is at 6600 Cradlerock Way.

Information: 410-313-7700.

Free concerts to start July 5 at Lake Elkhorn

Free Tuesday night concerts at Lake Elkhorn -- sponsored by the Kings Contrivance, Long Reach, Oakland Mills and Owen Brown community associations -- are to begin July 5. Banjerdan, a bluegrass performer playing banjo and other instruments, will be featured at 7 p.m. July 5.

Almost Recess, an a cappella group of five musicians, will perform July 12, and Milkshake on July 19. The series will conclude with a performance by Walt Michael & Company.

The concerts, each of which is to begin at 7 p.m., will be held in the band shell (the red Gazebo) at the Lake Elkhorn spillway. In inclement weather, the concerts will be held in the pavilion at the lake.

Information: 410-730-4610.

Military

Graduates: Army Pvt. Eric Korankye, brother of Olivia N.Y. Owusua of Long Reach, has graduated from the Utilities Equipment Repairer Advanced Individual Training course at Aberdeen Proving Ground, in Harford County. The student learned to maintain, test, repair and inspect gasoline engine systems, utility equipment and other support systems.

Around Town

Make a card: 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. Tuesday at The Other Barn. The cost is $10 and a $4 materials fee. Registration is required. 410-730-4610.

Tuesday bridge: The 50-Plus Senior Center at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way in Owen Brown village, holds a continuing drop-in intermediate bridge group from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays. The cost is $6 a class and includes a snack. There is a $5 fee for a text. Mah jongg classes will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, starting July 11. The cost is $31 for three classes. Registration is required. 410-290-5430.

Register for school: 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.

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