Library to host Holmes program

December 18, 2005

The central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, will sponsor "The World of Sherlock Holmes," a presentation by members of Watson's Tin Box, a Sherlock Holmes literary society and fan club, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25.

Characters from the famous stories will appear to share experiences and opinions about the master detective. Everyone -- especially middle-schoolers -- is welcome.

Registration begins Jan. 11. Information or registration: 410- 313-7860.

Author to discuss Columbia's infancy

Author Barbara Kellner will meet with readers and talk about the visionaries who were the early pioneers of Columbia at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at the central library.

Her new book, Columbia, tells the story of rural farmland that was transformed by James W. Rouse and a team of innovators and follows the story of the planned community's growth and its influence on suburban development.

Kellner is manager of the Columbia Archives and host of the show, Columbia Matters, on HCC-TV.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. Registration begins Jan. 5.

Information or registration: 410-313-7860.

Journaling is topic of class for seniors

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor an "Artful Journaling" class, for seniors ages 55 and older, from 9:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 5 through March 9 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way.

Participants will have the opportunity to create journals that combine notations, artwork, memorabilia, recipes and drawings.

The cost is $55 plus a materials fee. Supplies will be suggested at the first class.

Information or registration: 410-313-7279.

Around Town

Holiday decor -- A "Holiday Gingerbread Centerpiece" class for seniors will be held from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. Participants will use fresh flowers and gingerbread ornaments, and should take 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. Tuesday at the Bain Center. The cost, which includes materials, is $20. 410-313-7279.

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 March 12. Tea and scones, sandwiches and desserts will be served. The cost is $18.90 a person. Reservations are required at least 48 hours before the tea. Historic Oakland is at 5430 Vantage Point Road. 410-730- 4801, or

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 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.`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, copies of the books will be available for purchase and signing. Registration (ages 18 and older) begins Friday. 410-313-7860.

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