Bank to offer free credit training

August 07, 2005

The Columbia Bank will offer free credit training to Oakland Mills residents from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, in Oakland Mills Village Center.

The class, which will discuss the importance of a credit report, how to order one and how to repair a credit history, is offered in conjunction with the Oakland Mills Revitalization Plan.

Renters looking toward homeownership, owners interested in refinancing and improving their property and those interested in improving their financial situation are invited to attend.

The Oakland Mills Revitalization Partnership Group is a coalition of governmental and nonprofit agencies and local businesses working to revitalize the community.

Information: Barbara Sumney of Columbia Bank, 410-423-8250. Registration: Calvin Ball, community development officer, 410-730-1129.

Cheerleader tryouts set at Oakland Mills High

Oakland Mills High School will hold tryouts for varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders at 1 p.m. Aug. 15 at the school.

Applicants must bring proof of residence (for example, a copy of a recent utility bill), a completed and signed medical form, a parent permission form and a copy of the student's birth certificate. The forms are available in the school's front office.

Information: JV cheerleading coach Heather Tepe, 410-992-4606.

Battle of the Blues tickets on sale Saturday

Tickets to the Battle of the Blues/Jazz Concert will be on sale from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Maryland Piano, 9139 Red Branch Road.

The performance, sponsored by the Columbia chapter of Club Dejouir Inc., will feature Big Jesse Yawn, a local blues artist, and the Phil Heiliger quintet, with soloist Chauncey Harris.

The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts, at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road. Tickets are $25.

Information: 410-467-3676.

Military

Deployed: Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Brant M. Woodhouse, a 2001 graduate of Hammond High School, is deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with Marines and sailors from 5th Civil Affairs Group Company, based at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Woodhouse and about 193 other Reservists are deployed to al-Anbar province. The unit's primary mission is to work with Iraqi community leaders to help rebuild critical infrastructure of the civil government. Woodhouse joined the Marine Corps in January 2001.

Around Town

Registration open: East Columbia Preschool has openings in its Tuesday-Thursday class for 3-year-olds and in its Monday-Wednesday-Friday class for 4-year-olds. The cooperative preschool, which enrolls about 60 children, meets at Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way. 410-290-9166.

Tuesday bridge: The 50-Plus Senior Center at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way in Owen Brown village, holds a continuing drop-in bridge session for beginners (and advanced beginners) from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and an intermediate bridge group from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays. The cost is $6 a class and includes a snack. Some mentoring is available. Mah jongg classes are held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays. The cost is $31 for three classes. Registration is required. 410-290-5430.

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