Center offers jewelry class

December 11, 2005

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will offer a "Fused Glass Jewelry" class, for those ages 55 and older, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way.

Participants will have a chance to work with precut colored glass that is fused in a kiln to create pendants, pins or earrings.

The cost is $40 and includes materials. Registration is required.

A "Holiday Gingerbread Centerpiece" class for seniors is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 19 at the Bain Center. Participants will use fresh flowers and gingerbread ornaments, and should bring a small knife or clippers.

The cost is $22 and includes materials.

A "Holiday Jewelry Making" class for last-minute gifts will be offered for seniors from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Bain Center. The cost, which includes materials, is $20.

Information or registration: 410-313-7279.

Central library to present program on `Urban Fiction'

The Central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, will present "Urban Fiction: The Controversy Continues," a program with authors and teachers on the emergence of urban fiction, at 7 p.m. Jan. 11.

In partnership with Borders Books & Music, books will be available for purchase and signing. Registration (ages 18 and older) begins Dec. 23.

Information or registration: 410-313-7860.

Around Town

Parents, tots -- Town Center Community Association is accepting reservations for its winter session of parents-and-tots play groups, which begin the week of Jan. 9. Sessions for children ages 6 months to 4 years old will begin Jan. 9; for children ages 24 months to 4 years, Jan. 10; and children ages 6 months to 24 months, Jan. 11. The 10-week sessions are held from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $25 for Columbia residents; $27.50 for nonresidents. Additional siblings can attend at half-price. Each group is limited to 15 children, and registration is required. 410-730-4744.

Tree sale -- Atholton High School Boosters will continue their 10th Annual Holiday Tree Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Dec. 18, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday on the school parking lot, 6520 Freetown Road. Proceeds will help support the Atholton athletic program. 410-531-1104.

Cultural connections -- Jewish Federation of Howard County will present Cultural Connections, a group for young-at-heart seniors, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Bain Center. The Harvey Feldman Barbershop Quartet will entertain. The Schmooze Hour 55+, a discussion group that meets the third Thursday of each month, will talk about the "Holiday Dilemma - Respecting Differences While Encouraging Continuation" with Cantor Ann Sacks, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 22 at the Bain Center. 410-730-4976 ext. 31.

Costly drugs -- The Howard County Office on Aging's Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program will sponsor "Medicare Today - Understanding Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage 2006," at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. 410-313-7391.

Tea -- Town Center Community Association will offer Sunday Afternoon Tea at Historic Oakland from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 8, Feb. 5 and Mar. 12. Tea and scones, sandwiches, and desserts will be served. The cost is $18.90 a person. Holiday Tea is being offered this month December at Historic Oakland from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Dec. 20. Reservations are required at least 48 hours before the tea. Historic Oakland is at 5430 Vantage Point Road. 410-730-4801, or

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