Workshop targets disaster readiness

September 25, 2005

Volunteers from the Community Emergency Response Network (CERN) will present "Neighbor to Neighbor" workshops at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 and Nov. 1 at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road.

The workshops, which are designed to encourage communication within families and neighborhoods before a disaster occurs, are being held in conjunction with Howard County's Community Readiness Week activities.

Those who participate will learn how to shelter in place without assistance from local government or emergency personnel, and how to prepare for a local or regional disaster or emergency.

Light refreshments will be served.

Registration is encouraged.

Information: 410-730-4744.

Town Center group to hold yard sale

The Town Center Community Association will hold a yard sale from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 15 at Vantage Point Park on Vantage Point Road.

The yard sale is free to sellers, but spaces must be reserved.

The sale will be advertised in local publications.

Information or to reserve a space: 410-730-4744.

Around Town

Scrabble -- Slayton House Scrabble will continue this fall. Participants ages 18 and older will meet from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. 410-730-3987.

Tea -- Town Center Community Association will offer catered Afternoon Tea at Historic Oakland from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. Scones, sandwiches and dessert will be served. The cost is $18 a person. Reservations are required at least 48 hours in advance. Historic Oakland is at 5430 Vantage Point Road. 410-730-4744, or www.historic- oakland.com.

Theater -- Wilde Lake Community Association will open the ninth season of its Rainbow Theatre at Slayton House with a performance for preschoolers by the musical duo Milkshake at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday. The show, which includes activity songs, upbeat rock songs and lullabies, is 45 minutes long and designed to be entertaining for the whole family. Tickets are $4.50; some tickets may be available the day of the show for $1 more. Group rates are available. Only exact cash or checks will be accepted. 410-730-3987.

Volunteers -- Howard County Office on Aging is recruiting volunteers to help with the 50+ Expo, to be held Oct. 21 at Wilde Lake High School. Volunteers are needed to check in exhibitors, greet visitors, help with Cafe 50+, the health fair, flu shots, workshops, setting up and cleaning up and other activities. A variety of shifts are available. Volunteers receive a free lunch. High school students and adults are welcome to volunteer. Regina Jenkins, 410-313-1417.

Artisans sought -- Town Center Community Association is seeking artisans for its Holiday Craft Fair, to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 19 at Historic Oakland, 4350 Vantage Point Road. Space is limited to the first 40 vendors. Registration: $20. Tables are provided. Patricia Loeber, 410-730-4744.`Oakland Nights' -- Town Center Community Association is presenting "Oakland Nights," a new program featuring local musicians in an informal coffeehouse atmosphere, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. one Friday a month in the ballroom of Historic Oakland. Musicians interested in performing should contact Patricia Loeber, 410-730-4744.

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