Catered afternoon tea to be offered Thursday at Historic Oakland

June 26, 2005

The Town Center Community Association will offer a catered afternoon tea at Historic Oakland from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.

A two-course meal of scones, sandwiches and dessert will be served in the elegant restored 1811 mansion.

The cost is $18.90 a person. Reservations are required at least 48 hours in advance. Historic Oakland is at 5430 Vantage Point Road.

Afternoon tea, catered by the Tea Trolley, is offered from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month.

Information: 410-730-4744, or www.historic-oakland.com.

Parent-tot play groups starting session July 11

Town Center Community Association's Parent and Tots Play Groups will begin a new session July 11, with a group for children ages 6 months to 4 years old. A group for children ages 2 and older is to meet July 12, and for children ages 6 to 24 months, July 13.

Each group is limited to about 15 children to facilitate interaction among the children. Activities include coloring, playing separately and together and reading. The eight-week sessions run from 10 a.m. to noon, ending the week of Aug. 29.

Juice will be provided. The cost is $20 a child for Columbia residents; $22 for non-Columbia residents. Siblings can enroll for half-price.

Early registration is encouraged.

Information or registration: 410-730-4744.

Shabbat programs planned in Harper's Choice Village

The Parent Resource Place, a program of Jewish Family Services in Howard County, offers a Shabbat Circle, an informal, drop-in play group, and a parent-child Shabbat program, at 10 a.m. Fridays at Kahler Hall, 5440 Old Tucker Row in Harper's Choice Village Center.

Shabbat Circle includes "Share and Compare," a parent discussion, on the first and third Fridays of each month. Next week's topic is sleep issues. "Gentle Discipline" will be discussed July 15 and "Part-time Work Outside the Home," on July 29.

Shabbat Circle, with Sabbath songs, story time and a craft, will be held July 8 and 22 and on the second and fourth Fridays of each month.

Admission is free, but registration is requested. Helaine Brenner, 410-730-4976, Ext. 26.

Guided walk and talk slated in Wilde Lake

Slayton House in Wilde Lake village will participate in the Columbia Association's "Get Active Columbia" program by offering a free walk July 9. Residents are to meet a the Wilde Lake dock at 9 a.m. for a guided walk and a talk about swans with local expert Walter Burlingham.

The first 50 people to call and register will receive a gift at the lake. There is no rain date.

Information or registration: 410-730-3987.

Around Town

Pool parties: Wilde Lake Community Association will offer a family pool party in each of the village's neighborhoods. The first will be held July 20 at Running Brook Pool; the next will be Aug. 3 at Faulkner Ridge Pool; and the last will be Aug. 9 at Bryant Woods Pool The parties will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will cost $3 a person, which includes swimming, pizza and a beverage. Tickets, available at Slayton House, must be purchased in advance. Children to age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The parties are for Wilde Lake residents only, but pool membership is not required. There are no rain dates. 410-730-3987.

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