Puppets to perform `The Teddy Bear's Picnic'

November 13, 2005

Rainbow Theatre in Wilde Lake Village Center will sponsor two performances by Bob Brown Puppets of The Teddy Bear's Picnic on Friday at Slayton House in the Wilde Lake center. The 45-minute puppet shows will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Tickets are $4.50 in advance; $5.50 at the door. Group rates are available. Purchasing tickets in advance is strongly recommended.

Information: 410-730-3987.

Have breakfast with Santa Claus

The Wilde Lake Community Association will sponsor its 21st "Breakfast and More with Santa" on Dec. 3 at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center.

There will be a breakfast seating at 8:30 a.m. and a lunch seating at 11:30 a.m.

Each child will get a private visit, a picture with Santa and a goody bag. The traditional "Secret Shop" will be open for children to buy inexpensive gifts for family members and friends. Gift wrapping is free. Craft tables with hand-crafted items will be set up for adults.

Tickets are $4 and must be purchased in advance. Reservations will not be taken.

Information: 410-730-3987.

Office on Aging sets legal services

The Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging will sponsor a 60 Plus Wills and Legal Screening Program for Howard County residents ages 60 and older from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way.

Services include simple wills, power of attorney, living wills, small estates and deed changes. The cost of document preparation is on a sliding scale.

An appointment is required. The program is available on the third Wednesday of each month.

Information or to schedule an appointment: 410-313-7213.

Play groups in Town Center

The Town Center Community Association is accepting reservations for its fall minisession of Parents and Tots Play Groups from 10 a.m. to noon at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road.

Groups are limited to about 15 children. A session for children ages 6 months to 4 years will begin Nov. 28; children 24 months to 4 years will meet Nov. 29, and from 6 months to 2 years, Nov. 30. The groups meet weekly.

The cost for the four-week groups is $10 for Columbia residents; $11 for nonresidents and half-price for second children.

Information: 410-730-4744.

Take your tea at Historic Oakland

Celebrate the holidays with afternoon tea from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 6, 13 and 20 at Historic Oakland in Columbia Town Center, 5430 Vantage Point Road.

A two-course repast includes scones, sandwiches, and dessert. Tickets are $18.90 a person. Space is limited. Registration is required.

Information or tickets: 410-730-4801.

Around Town

Homeschooling -- Columbia Homeschool Community will sponsor an information and support meeting from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at Bryant Woods Neighborhood Center, 10449 Green Mountain Circle. Kenneth Gelfand, director of Outpatient Psychology Services at Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital, will speak. Admission is free. 410-740-6688, or visit Columbia homeschool.org.

Looking back -- Registration is open for Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging new spring support group, "SPRING Journeys," an opportunity to reflect on one's life in a safe environment. The group, which meets at 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, will include open discussion, sharing, group activities and speakers. Admission is free, but registration is required. The acronym SPRING stands for Senior Peer Resources, Individuals, Networks and Groups. 410-313-7213.

Shakespeare -- Wilde Lake High School will present its modern staging of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the school's Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts, 5460 Trumpeter Lane. More than 50 students will participate. Tickets, available at the door, are $9. Tickets go on sale at 6:45 p.m. or can be reserved by e-mailing Julie_berla@hcpss.org.

More Shakespeare -- The drama department of Atholton High School will present Shakespeare's comedy As You Like It from Thursday through Nov. 20 in the school auditorium. The school is at 6520 Freetown Road. The production is in modern dress, with stage fighting directed by students and Shakespeare's lyrics set to original melodies. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Nov. 20. Tickets are $6 in advance; $10 at the door. Students pay $8. 410-531-1263.

Craft fair -- Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, will hold its first Holiday Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Some space is available for artisans. 410-730-4744.

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