Bazaar and craft show scheduled

October 23, 2005

The Columbia chapter of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional 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. The bazaar is open to the public.

Information: 410-381-1342 or 410-531-1080.

Center planning teen dance party

The Columbia Association's Columbia Teen Center will hold a Harvest Dance Party from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday at the center, 5853 Robert Oliver Place in Oakland Mills Village Center.

Tickets, which cost $5, will be sold at the teen center through Thursday. Tickets will not be available at the door on the night of the dance.

To purchase a ticket, students must show a high school identification, report card or progress report.

Information: 410-992-3726.

La Leche to hold toddler meeting

La Leche League of Columbia will hold a toddler meeting, for mothers and children 11 months and older, at 10 a.m. Friday at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road.

The topic will be "Need or Habit."

Pregnant mothers, as well as infants, are welcome.

Information or for answers to breastfeeding questions: 410- 309-4940.

Red Cross offering class on disasters

The Red Cross will offer a free class on how to prepare for a natural or manmade disaster, how to assemble a disaster kit, how to care for pets, and other concerns from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 9 at Stonehouse in Long Reach Village Center. Admission is free.

A cardiopulmonary Family & Friends class, for teens 14 and older and adults will be offered from 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 5. The cost is $50.

The association's Halloween Party for children will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Pumpkin decorating, a performance by Mike Rose the Magician, and trick-or-treating with village center merchants are planned.

Information: 410-730-8113.

Around Town

Book club -- The east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will sponsor the next meeting of its Morning Books with Coffee book club at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow. The group is reading Sexy by Joyce Carol Oates. Books are available at the branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Registration is not needed. 410-313- 7700.

Jazz club -- 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 library. The group meets from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays. Those ages 11 to 15, playing any instrument and at all skill levels, are welcome. Registration is requested. 410-313-7704.

Open-space cleanup -- Kings Contrivance Village will hold a Halloween open-space cleanup from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. 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. Anne Dodd, 410-381- 9600.

Lively arts -- 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. Discount group and subscription rates are available. Nursery schools and play groups are encouraged to attend. 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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