Rainbow Theatre to present `Hedgehog Island' for kids

May 14, 2006

The Rainbow Theatre at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center will present the last show of its season with improvisational storyteller, songwriter and guitarist Paul Helou.

Helou has written an interactive musical about a place he calls Hedgehog Island that is populated by singing and dancing hedgehogs. Welcome to Hedgehog Island will be performed for young children, with an adult, at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m. May 26.

Tickets, which should be purchased in advance, are $4.50 each; $5.50 at the door. Group rates are available.

The program is sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association.

Information: 410-730-3987.

Lag B'Omer Picnic at Lubavitch Center

The Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education, 770 Howes Lane, will hold a Lag B'Omer Picnic -- bring your food or purchase hamburgers and hot dogs -- at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Lag B'Omer, a festive day, commemorates the passing of Shimon bar Yochai, author of the Zohar (the basic work of Kabbalah), who instructed his disciples to celebrate the day joyously, and the cessation of a plague among the students of Rabbi Akiva. It is customary to celebrate the day outdoors with bonfires.

Those who plan to purchase food at the picnic should leave a message at the synagogue, 410-740-2424.

Retirement talk set at Bain Center

The Schmooze Hour at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, will sponsor a discussion by Harvey Davis of Chesapeake Financial Group, "Will I Outlive My Money? -- Retirement Planning," from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. May 25.

The program is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Howard County.

Information: Sophie Novinsky, 410-730-4976, Ext. 31.

Library schedules activities for kids

The central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, is continuing its "Play Partners" program for babies and toddlers, with an adult, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tuesday. Stories, baby games and musical activities are planned.

"What's the Truth?" -- a program of fractured fairy tales, discussions and crafts for ages 6 to 9, will be offered at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Registration is required.

"All Together Now," stories, songs and activities for children ages 1 to 6, meets at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesday.

"Spring Into Science," a presentation of scientific concepts and experiments inspired by children's literature for ages 3 to 6 with an adult, is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Thursday and May 25. Registration is required.

Information or registration: 410-313-7860.

Tea is scheduled at Historic Oakland

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

The event is catered by the Tea Trolley; a two-course meal of scones, sandwiches and desserts is served in the 1811 restored mansion.

The cost is $18.90 a person. 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.

Around town

Legal assistance -- Attorney Charles Jerome Ware will be at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday for the 60-Plus Wills and Legal Screening Program. Services to be offered include drawing up simple wills, powers of attorney, living wills, small estates and deed changes. The program is open to Howard County residents ages 60 and older. The cost of preparing the documents is on a sliding scale. An appointment is required. The program is available on the third Wednesday of each month. 410-313-7212.

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