Halloween party for grandparents, kids

October 16, 2005

Howard County Recreation and Parks will sponsor a Grandparent and Grandchild Spooky House and Party, for seniors age 55 and older and their grandchildren age 7 and older, from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 29 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way.

The not-so-scary Halloween experience includes building a graham cracker spooky house and a party with Halloween goodies, games and refreshments. Participants are welcome to wear a costume. Smocks are recommended to prevent stains from icing.

The cost is $20 for each pair; $2 for each additional child.

Information or to register: 410-313-7279.

Around Town

Scrabble -- Slayton House Scrabble will continue this fall. Participants age 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.

Possibilities -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a "Possibility" program for those 55 and older from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Mondays, starting tomorrow, 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. 410-313-7279.

Neighbor to neighbor -- Volunteers from the Community Emergency Response Network will present "Neighbor to Neighbor" workshops at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Nov. 1 at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia. 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. Participants 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.

Legal program -- Attorney Steven Elville will be at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, for the 60 Plus Wills and Legal Screening Program, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday. Elville can draw up simple wills, powers of attorney, living wills, small estates and deed changes. The program is open to Howard County residents age 60 and older. The cost is on a sliding scale. An appointment is required. The program, which is available on the third Wednesday of each month, is sponsored by the Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging. 410-313-7212.

For homeowners -- Town Center Community Association will sponsor a free seminar, "Condominium and Homeowner Insurance," at 7 p.m. Thursday at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia. Pamela R. Johnson of the Maryland Insurance Administration will speak and answer questions. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required. 410-730-4744.

Comedian -- Rainbow Theatre in the Wilde Lake Village Center will continue its season of performances for children and families with an appearance by Geist Visual Comedian on Friday. Two 45-minute performances are scheduled, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The cost is $4.50 in advance and $5.50 at the door. Group rates are available. 410-730-3987.

Volunteers -- Howard County Office on Aging is recruiting volunteers to help with the 50+ Expo, to be held Friday 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.

Wilde Halloween -- The Wilde Lake Community Association will present its annual Halloween event at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at Slayton House in the Wilde Lake Village Center. An interactive show for children ages 2 to 7, "Pumpkin Party with Candy and Cupcake," will be presented. Trick-or-treating in the village center is planned for the children after the show. Children are invited to attend in costume. Tickets are $4 and should be purchased in advance. 410-730- 3987.

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. Don Chapman will perform from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 28. Music and refreshments are free. Musicians interested in performing should call Patricia Loeber, 410-730-4744. To reserve a seat, call the same number.

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.

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