Kings Contrivance plans cleanup Oct. 29

October 16, 2005

The Kings Contrivance Village will hold a Halloween open-space cleanup from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 29. Participants should sign in at Amherst House. Coffee, juice and doughnuts will be available.

A drawing for gift certificates is also planned.

The village provides plastic bags, gloves and cleanup tools, and orange vests for those working on a road. Groups are welcome.

Information: Anne Dodd, 410-381-9600.

Women's group to hold Nov. craft fair

The Columbia chapter of the National Association of Negro Professional and Business Women will sponsor its first "Crafty Extravaganza," from 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Nov. 5 at Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Lane, Columbia.

Artisans and small business owners are invited to participate in the holiday bazaar and craft show.

Information: Hazel J. Rayford, 410-381-1342, or 410-531-1080.

Program focuses on after-school events

The Columbia Teen Center, in partnership with the Oakland Mills Community Association, will sponsor LIGHTS ON After School, a celebration to highlight after-school programs in the community, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the teen center, 5853 Robert Oliver Place, in the Oakland Mills Village Center.

The program will provide information on after-school activities offered to youth in Howard County.

Admission is free. Light refreshments will be provided. Information: 410-992-3726.

Jazz Club meeting for young players

Young musicians can learn to play jazz arrangements and participate in jam sessions with musicians from the Council of Elders at the Jazz Club at the east Columbia branch library.

The group meets from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays. Youth ages 11 to 15, playing any instrument and at all skill levels, are welcome.

Registration is requested. Information: 410-313-7704.

Columbia library plans book clubs

A new Mother/Daughter Books and Knitting Club will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. The group for girls ages 9 to 14 and a parent will discuss So B. IT by Sarah Weeks.

Arrive 30 minutes early to help with knitting. Participants should bring supplies.

The Morning Books with Coffee book club at the east Columbia branch library will read Sexy by Joyce Carol Oates. The group will meet at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 24.

Books are available at the branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Registration is not needed. Information: 410-313-7700.

Military

Training completed -- Navy Seaman Apprentice Marcus D. Spicer, a 2002 graduate of Long Reach High School, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Around Town

Lively arts -- The Oakland Mills Community Association will present its 27th season of "Lively Arts for Little Ones," seven performances to introduce the arts to children ages 2 to 5 and their parents or caregivers. The 45-minute performances are held at The Other Barn in Oakland Mills Village Center. The next performances will be at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 4. Tickets, available in advance or at the door, are $4.50. Susan Azoulay, 410-730-4610, or 301- 596-5237.

Registration open -- East Columbia Preschool has openings in its Tuesday-Thursday class for 3-year-olds and its Monday-Wednesday-Friday class for 4-year-olds. The school, which enrolls about 60 children, meets at Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way. 410-290-9166, or eastcolumbia preschool.com.

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