New dance program offered

October 02, 2005

The Wilde Lake Community Association will offer the first session of a new program, "Columbia Contra and Square Dance: First Thursdays," from 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Thursday at Slayton House in the Wilde Lake Village Center.

Traditional dances from New England and southern traditions will be taught by experienced callers with live music. The dances include circle mixers and couple dances, such as polkas and waltzes.

A beginner workshop starts at 6:30 p.m. Partners are not needed, and all ages are welcome. Tickets are $8.

Dances are also planned for Dec. 8, Feb. 2, March 2, April 6, May 4 and June 1. Information: 410-730-3987.

Seminar Oct. 20 on home insurance

Town Center Community Association will sponsor a free seminar, "Condominium and Homeowner Insurance," at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road.

Pamela R. Johnson of the Maryland Insurance Administration will speak and answer questions.

Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required.

Information or to register: 410-730-4744.

Talks planned on business news

Journalists, editors and managers from The Washington Post will speak about business and news in a yearlong monthly series at the Howard County Library. Each talk will focus on a different topic. Refreshments will be served.

Dina Elboghdady will discuss the way the newspaper covers business and finance in the area, especially in Howard County, at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway.

The series, "Libraries Mean Business," is co-sponsored by the Washington Post Speakers' Bureau.

Registration is required. Information: 410-313-7860.

Program focuses on `Possibility'

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a "Possibility" program for those age 55 and older from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Mondays, starting Oct. 17, at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way.

The workshop is based on the book The Art of Possibility, by Rosamund and Benjamin Zander, and is focused on improving life by shifting perspective.

It is not necessary to own or read the book to participate. Other sources will also be used.

The cost for the four-week program is $25. Information: 410-313-7279.

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.

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. To reserve a space: 410-730-4744.

Neighbor to neighbor -- 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. 410-730-4744.

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 at Oakland Nights should contact Patricia Loeber, 410-730-4744.

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