Etching is aimed at preventing car theft

September 04, 2005

The Maryland/DC Anti Car-Theft Committee and the Howard County Police Department will sponsor a free vehicle identification etching session from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Howard County Police Oakland Mills Community Office, 5820 Stevens Forest Road.

Motorists will have a chance to have the major pieces of glass in their cars engraved with their vehicle identification numbers as a deterrent to theft and help in recovering stolen vehicles.

Those who attend can also register in the Watch Your Car Program, a national vehicle theft-prevention program.

Information: Janet Stabile, 410-313-3337.

Program emphasizes importance of laughter

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor "Laughter - The Best Medicine," a program for those ages 55 and older, from 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 19 at the east Columbia library senior center, 6600 Cradlerock Way.

The technique, a healing therapy from India, helps strengthen the immune system, lower blood pressure and promote emotional healing through laughing exercises. The cost is $5.

Information: 410-313-7279.

Around Town

Blues battle: Tickets to the Battle of the Blues Jazz Concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 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 Jim Rouse Theater is at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road. 410-997-8388 or 410-467-3676.

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 www.eastcolumbiapreschool. com.

Sing & 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 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.

Bee season: 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 Wednesday. 410-313-7700.

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