Muslim groups offer health fair

April 09, 2006

The Howard County Muslim Foundation and the Islamic Society of Baltimore will sponsor their third health fair, open to everyone, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way.

Screenings and counseling will be provided by physicians, social workers and volunteers. Screenings will be free; a limited number of mammograms and blood screenings will be available. Short seminars will focus on topics such as healthy living, cancer prevention, smoking cessation, stress management, heart disease and child health services.

Information: www.hcmc maryland.com.

Tap dance classes are to start May 1

Judy Templeton will offer a four-week minisession of Razz-A-Ma-Tap classes for teens and adults, starting May 1.

Intermediates will meet at 5 p.m. Mondays; beginners at 6 p.m.

Information or registration: 410-772-9448.

Poetry reading, songs at library

John Amen, a writer, artist and musician, will read from his published verse and sing at 7:30 p.m. April 20 at the central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway.

Author of Christening the Dancer, a collection of poetry, and a more recent collection, More of Me Disappears, Amen has traveled with a band and performed solo. His first solo compact disc, All I'll Never Need, was released by Cool Midget in 2004.

Registration is not necessary.

Information: 410-313-7860.

Hear the Cowtippers at Historic Oakland

Oakland Nights Music Series, an informal venue for local musicians, will present The New Southern Cowtippers from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 28 in the ballroom at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point road.

Sandy Hofferth will be on fiddle; Howard Zane on banjo; and Jim Jones on guitar. The band blends Appalachian fiddle tunes, ragtime blues and old-time country songs.

Dessert and coffee will be served. Admission is free.

Musicians interested in performing in the series should contact Patricia Loeber at 410-730-4744.

Around Town

Candidates forum -- Wilde Lake Community Association will hold a forum for candidates for the 2006-2007 Wilde Lake Village Board and Columbia Council at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center. Residents are invited to meet the candidates and ask questions. New residents can pick up a welcome packet at the forum and a Wilde Lake surprise gift. 410-730-3987.

Scrabble -- Slayton House offers Scrabble from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays 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.

Latin dancing -- The Bain Center will offer a Latin Lovers line-dance class from 1:30 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. Wednesdays from this week through May 17. Participants will learn the cha cha, rumba, samba and merengue and 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 Wednesday. Steps from ballroom dances have been adapted to solo dancing. The cost for six lessons is $20. The Bain Center is at 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. 410-313-7213.

Yard sale -- 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. Reservations are required for sellers. 410-730-4744.

Children's theater -- Rainbow Theatre at Slayton House will present Susan Wall's Carousel Puppets in 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. 410-730-3987.

Artisans sought -- The Wilde Lake Community Association is seeking artisans to participate in its juried craft fair at the Taste of Wilde Lake from noon to 4 p.m. May 13. Free food, entertainment and activities for children are planned. Vendors pay $15 a space. To request an application: 410-730- 3987.

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