Program to focus on participation in spelling bees

August 14, 2005

The east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will present "Bee Season: One Champion's Perspective," with fifth-grader Priyanka Chavan, Howard County Spelling Bee champion and representative to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The program, to be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 21, includes an explanation of how schools can participate in the contests. Adults and families are invited.

Registration begins Sept. 7.

Information: 410-313-7700.

Jazz Club at the library meets at 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Youth, ages 11 to 15, can learn to play jazz arrangements and participate in jam sessions with musicians from the Council of Elders. All instruments and levels of ability are welcome.

Registration is required.

Information: 410-313-7704.

Stories and songs for kids planned at the library

September children's programs at the east Columbia library will include "Market Day All Together Now," a program of stories and songs for small groups and families of preschool through early elementary-age children at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 1 through Nov. 17.

Those who attend in the afternoon can visit the Farmers' Market on the library parking lot.

Spanish Story Time, four weeks of stories, songs and activities in Spanish for children ages 2 (with an adult) through 5, will be offered at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 14 through Oct. 5.

Information: 410-3137700.

Teen center to hold program on baby-sitting

The Columbia Teen Center will present "Babysitting Made Easy," a program for young people ages 11 to 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the center, 5851 Robert Oliver Place.

Participants will have a chance to learn first aid, emergency procedures, age-appropriate activities and other baby-sitting skills. A certificate will be awarded.

The cost is $40 for Columbia residents; $48 for nonresidents. A reduced fee is available.

Registration is required. Information or to register: Bobbie Whyte, 410-992-3726.

Military

Deployed: Marine Cpl. Richard W. Campbell, a 1993 graduate of Hammond High School, is deployed with the Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group to the Mediterranean Sea in Support of the Global War on Terrorism. He and more than 2,100 Marines and sailors are assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. During the deployment, Campbell's unit participated in Eagle Resolve 2005, a joint exercise with the Israeli Defense Force; a one-day exercise in Djibouti in support of Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa; and a one-month live-fire exercise at Udairi Range, Kuwait. The Marine Expeditionary Unit also participated in community outreach projects in Malta, Italy and Bahrain.

Around Town

Cheerleader tryouts: Oakland Mills High School will hold tryouts for varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders at 1 p.m. tomorrow 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. JV cheerleading coach Heather Tepe, 410-992-4606.

Free training: The Columbia Bank will offer free credit training to Oakland Mills residents from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow 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. The Oakland Mills Revitalization Partnership Group is a coalition of governmental and nonprofit agencies and local businesses working to revitalize the community. Barbara Sumney of Columbia Bank, 410-423-8250. Registration: Calvin Ball, community development officer, 410-730-1129.

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, or http://www.eastcolumbia preschool.com.

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. Registration is required. 410-290-5430.

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