Battle of the Blues Jazz Concert Sept. 10

August 21, 2005

Tickets to the Battle of the Blues Jazz Concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10, can be purchased from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily at Maryland Piano, 9139 Red Branch Road.

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

Tickets are $25. The James Rouse Theater is at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road.

Information: 410-997-8388 or 410-467-3676.

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

At the library: Jazz Club at the east Columbia branch library meets at 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Youths 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. 410-313-7704.

Bridge, mah-jongg: 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. Mah-jongg classes are held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays. The cost is $31 for three classes. A drop-in session of play is held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays. Registration is required. 410-290-5430.

Sing and shop: 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. 410-313-7700.

Spelling champ: 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. Registration begins Sept. 7. 410-313-7700.

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