A free Tuesday night concert series at Lake Elkhorn begins this week with a bluegrass performance on banjo and other instruments by Banjerdan at 7 p.m.
Almost Recess, an a cappella group of five musicians, will perform July 12, and Milkshake will be featured July 19. The series will conclude with a performance by Walt Michael & Company on July 26.
The concerts, which begin at 7 p.m. in the band shell at the Lake Elkhorn spillway, are sponsored by Kings Contrivance, Long Reach, Oakland Mills and Owen Brown community associations.
In case of inclement weather, the concerts will be held in the pavilion at the lake.
La Leche League to meet Thursday at a church
La Leche League of Columbia AM will meet at a new location at 10 a.m. Thursday.
The group, which offers information, guidance and support to breastfeeding mothers, will meet at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.
The discussion topic will be, "Fitting Breastfeeding into Your Daily Life."
Pregnant mothers and infants and toddlers are welcome.
Information about the meeting or answers to questions about breastfeeding: 410-309- 4940 or 410-905-5208.
Proud and Positive group presents Family Fun-Fest
Proud and Positive - Reach One, Teach One Inc., a nonprofit group, will present a Family Fun-Fest, with food, rides and family entertainment, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Columbia Teen Center at The Barn in Oakland Mills Village Center.
The group offers a mentoring program for high-risk youths, said its founder and president, Dave Covert. The program offers life skills, drug prevention, conflict resolution, peer pressure, "all the issues that teens today face," Covert said.
Tickets are $5. Proceeds will benefit the group's youth basketball program. The Barn is at 5851 Robert Oliver Place.
Graduates: Aatif M. Hayat, son of Mohammed and Maqsooda Hayat of Owen Brown, has graduated from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda. The graduate received a medical degree and was commissioned to the rank of captain, with a minimum seven-year active duty service commitment. The university is a tuition-free institution, which manages a graduate nursing school, a graduate school with doctor of philosophy and master's degree programs, and a medical school that prepares men and women for careers as physicians in the Army, Navy and Air Force. He is a 1997 graduate of Hammond High School.
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.
Never land: The east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will hold a meeting of its Never Never Land Book Club for Adults at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The adult book discussion group reads juvenile and young adult fiction. Its next selection is Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism by Georgia Byng. Copies of the book are available at the branch. 410-313-7700.
Harry Potter: "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 Tuesday. "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 is required. 410-313-7700.