Make an embossed velvet scarf

November 20, 2005

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a class on making embossed velvet scarves from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 29 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way.

Participants will learn how to use rubber stamps, velvet and an iron to create an elegant and fashionable scarf.

The cost is $20, and includes materials and the use of equipment. Registration and payment are due as soon as possible.

Information: 410-313-7279. Registration: 410-313-7275.

Seasonal music at central library

Brass players from the Maryland Youth Orchestra will perform seasonal music at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at the central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway.

Registration is not required.

Information: 410-313-7860.

Have afternoon tea at Historic Oakland

The Town Center Community Association offers Afternoon Tea at Historic Oakland from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road.

A two course meal includes scones, sandwiches and desserts.

Holiday teas next month will be celebrated Tuesdays. The teas will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 6, 13, and 20. The cost is $18.90 a person. Reservations are required at least 48 hours in advance.

Information or registration: 410-730-4801. Or www.historic- oakland.com.

Play groups for toddlers

The Town Center Community Association is accepting reservations for its fall minisession of Parents and Tots Play Groups, which begins Nov. 28.

Sessions are held from 10 a.m. to noon at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. The 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 babies and toddlers, 6 months to 2 years, on 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 or registration: 410-730-4744.

Around Town

Shakespeare -- The drama department of Atholton High School will conclude its production of Shakespeare's comedy As You Like It in the school's recently renovated auditorium at 2 p.m. today. The production is in modern dress, with stage fighting directed by students and Shakespeare's lyrics set to original melodies. Tickets $10 at the door. Students pay $8. The school is at 6520 Freetown Road. 410-531-1263.

Local musicians -- 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. Music and refreshments are free. Singer Iris Ann Hirsch will perform Dec. 2. Musicians interested in performing should call Patricia Loeber, 410-730-4744. To reserve a seat, call the same number.

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.

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