`Positive Parenting' classes scheduled to begin April 26

April 09, 2006

The Family Tree is accepting registration for "Positive Parenting" classes, to be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 26 through June 21 at Columbia Teen Center, 5853 Robert Oliver Place in Oakland Mills Village Center.

The classes, which are free, will focus on habits of healthy families, stress and anger management, good ways to communicate and positive ways to discipline, the importance of home safety, succeeding in school and ensuring a child's well-being and parents' self-esteem.

Child care will be provided. Registration: Carmen Albuerne, 410-889-2300, ext. 1226. To reach a 24-hour family stress line: 800-243-7337.

Candidates forum to be held April 20

The Columbia Democratic Club will hold a candidates forum at 7 p.m. April 20 at Jeffers Hill Neighborhood Center, 6030 Tamar Drive.

Candidates running for the state Senate and the House of Delegates will present their views and answer questions.

Information: Gary Magnuson, 410-740-8421.

Around Town

Help a neighbor -- Items are needed for silent and live auctions to be held at an event to help raise money for medical expenses for David Hillen, whose sons attend Oakland Mills middle and high schools. Hillen needs a liver transplant and has been unable to work because of the disease; the cost of a transplant is about $350,000. The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 27 at Oakland Mills High School. Dinner, which costs $5, will be provided by Outback Steakhouse. Items set to be auctioned include Acela Express tickets to New York City; tickets to Iceland on Icelandic Airlines; tickets to the Booz Allen Classic golf tournament (June 19-26), and a gift certificate for 12 people to A Day at the Races at Laurel Park. Prizes also include lunch with County Executive James N. Robey and Sen. Sandra B. Schrader, according to Carole Knister, who is organizing the event with Hillen's wife, Karen. Gift certificates or products from businesses, as well as cash, are welcome. Carole Knister, 410-884-6053. Donations can also be made payable to the National Transplant Assistance Fund, earmarked for David Hillen and sent to 150 N. Radnor Chester Road, Radnor, Pa. 19087. www.transplantfund.org.

At Amherst house -- Sandra Duerr is teaching a ballet class for young children ages 3 to 5 from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Mondays at Amherst House, 7251 Eden Brook Drive. There is a fee. Wee Friends, parent-and-child classes for ages 18 months to 4 years led by Judy Milke, are offered Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings, depending on the age of the child. A session is to begin April 24. Leigh Roberts is conducting an eight-week session of beginner Pilates from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Mondays. The cost is $96 for lien-payers; $104 for others. 410-381-9600.

Relay for Life -- Howard County's Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, will be held June 2 and 3 at Hammond High School. Teams are being formed for the community overnight event during which participants camp out while team members walk on a track through the night. Team captains can register members at www.acsevents.org/relay/howard, and volunteers can register for a team. Bank Nights, when team captains can turn in funds raised, will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 18 and May 3, 18 and 30 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. Debra Wilkenloh, 410-997- 8700.

Clothes swap -- Long Reach Community Association will sponsor a "Kids' Clothes Swap" from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 22 on the village center parking lot. The outdoor sale will include gently used children's clothes, toys, books and furniture. Those interested in selling should register at Stonehouse, 8775 Cloudleap Court. The cost is $15 a space. Admission for buyers is free. 410-730-8113.

Prevent theft -- Free vehicle identification etching will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 22 at Amherst House in Kings Contrivance village. The Howard County Police Department will engrave a unique Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on all the major pieces of glass in each vehicle. Janet Stabile, 410-313-3337.

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