Landscaping program is scheduled

March 26, 2006

The Hickory Ridge Community Association will present "Updating Your Mature Landscaping" from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 4 at Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring.

A representative from River Hill Garden Center will explain what trees and bushes to save from a mature landscape, what should be removed and what kinds of plantings to use to augment the look of older trees and shrubs.

Admission is free, but registration is requested.

Information: 410-730-7327.

Ballet studio to hold a free concert

Misako Ballet Studio in Harper's Choice Village Center will offer a free studio concert, with ballet dancers and live classical music, starting at noon Friday.

The event is suitable for families with young children.

Information: 410-884-9690, or www.misakoballet.com.

Afternoon tea set at Historic Oakland

The Town Center Community Association will offer Afternoon Tea at Historic Oakland from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and on the last Thursday of each month.

The Tea Trolley will cater a two-course meal of scones, sandwiches and desserts.

The cost is $18.90. Reservations are required at least 48 hours in advance.

Historic Oakland is at 5430 Vantage Point road.

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

Bain Center to offer line dancing class

The Bain Center will offer a Latin Lovers line dance class from 1:30 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 through May 17.

Participants will learn the cha cha, rumba, samba and merengue. They should wear smooth or leather-soled shoes. The cost for six lessons is $20.

A new ballroom line dance class will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 1:20 p.m., starting April 12.

Steps from the foxtrot, box step, waltz, swing, rumba and cha cha have been adapted to solo dancing. The cost for six lessons is $20.

The Bain Center is at 5470 Ruth Keeton Way.

Information: 410-313-7213.

Annual Town Center yard sale is April 22

Town Center Community Association will hold a yard sale, free to sellers and buyers, from 9 a.m. to noon April 22 at Vantage Point Park on Vantage Point Road

The annual sale will be advertised in local publications.

Although there is no cost to sell, reservations are required.

Information: 410-730-4744.

Puppet show on tap at Slayton House

Rainbow Theatre at Slayton House will present Susan Wall's Carousel Puppets Spring Fling at 10 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. April 28.

The show, for children ages 2 to 6 and an adult costs $4.50 a person. Some tickets might be available at the door. The cost will be $5.50.

The show is sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association.

Information: 410-730-3987.

Around Town

Play groups -- Town Center Community Association is accepting registration for its spring session of Parents and Tots Play Groups. A session for children ages 6 months to 4 years will begin tomorrow; for children 24 months to 4 years, Tuesday; and for children 6 months to 2 years, Wednesday. The 10-week sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. Juice will be provided. The cost is $25 a child for Columbia residents; $27.50 for nonresidents. Siblings can enroll for half-price. Classes fill rapidly. 410-730-4744.

Nearly new -- Running Brook Children's Nursery will hold its Nearly New Children's Consignment Sale from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, rain or shine, at Running Brook Neighborhood Center, 5730 Columbia Road. Gently used children's clothing, toys, baby equipment and other items will be for sale.410-997-4662.

April fool -- A professional jester will present a one-man show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Slayton House on Wilde Lake Village Green. Peter Geist will entertain with magic, pantomime, physical comedy and juggling. Tickets are $12; $10 for children to age 18. A discount of $1 is offered to Columbia lien-payers. 410-730-3987.

Scrabble -- Slayton House offers Scrabble from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. The free activity is for those ages 18 and older. Coffee will be served. Scrabble boards will be provided or players can take their own. Donations of games are welcome. 410-730-3987.

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