Nesmith Quintet to perform Aug. 20 in Oakland Mills

July 23, 2006

The Lavenia Nesmith Quintet will be featured in an "Evening of Jazz" from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 20 at The Other Barn in Oakland Mills Village Center, 5851 Robert Oliver Place.

Jazz singer Lavenia Nesmith will perform with Chris Grasso on piano, Lenny Robinson on drums, Paul Carr on saxophone and Wes Biles on bass.

The event, sponsored by Oakland Mills Community Association, costs $10. Light refreshments will be served.

Information: Ben Hunter, 410-730-1129.

Auditions tomorrow for `Nunsensations'

Auditions for Nunsensations, the musical, will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Drama Learning Center, 9130 Red Branch Road.

Those interested should prepare a song and be prepared to read from the script.

Show dates are Oct. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 8 and 15 at 3 p.m.

Information: Conni Ross, 443-812-9895.

Belly-dancing classes planned

The Long Reach Community Association, 8775 Cloudleap Court, will offer belly-dancing classes for adults Aug. 7 through Oct. 2.

Classes for beginners will meet from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays; for advanced students, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The cost is $64 for eight weeks, with a 5 percent discount for residents of Columbia Association-assessed property.

Information: 410-730-8113.

Military

Graduates -- Air Force Airman Diana K. Kahookele, daughter of Elma Sanchez of Owen Brown, has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. Kahookele is a 2004 graduate of Oakland Mills High School. Also graduated from basic military training at Lackland is Air Force Airman Ashley M. Williams, daughter of Deborah Key of Long Reach. Williams is a 2005 graduate of Long Reach High School.

Around Town

Free concerts -- Free Monday night concerts at Lake Elkhorn have begun. Walt Michael will entertain with American music and its roots at 7 p.m. tomorrow, and a performance by the Kinderman is scheduled for July 31. The concerts are held at the band shell (the red gazebo) at the spillway. In case of inclement weather, the shows will be held in the pavilion at the lake. Kings Contrivance, Long Reach, Oakland Mills and Owen Brown are concert sponsors. 410-730-4610.

Free ice cream -- Howard County Farmer's Market in Oakland Mills Village Center will hold free ice-cream days Aug. 15 and Sept. 12. The market, which is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, carries vegetables, fruit, flowers and fresh baked goods. Corn and peaches are available. The market is held on the parking lot of Oakland Mills Village Center on Robert Oliver Place. Sandy Cederbaum, 410-730-4610.

Bridge, Mah Jong -- A drop-in bridge program is being offered from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays at the 50+ Center at the east Columbia library. A 30-minute lecture is included. Players at all levels are welcome to refresh skills, learn bridge conventions and meet friends. Mentoring is available. The cost is $6. Lessons in Mah Jong are offered at the 50+ Center. The cost is $31 for three classes, after which students will be qualified to play. Registration is required. 410-290-5430.

Market tales -- The east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, is offering "Market Tales," a program of stories with summer themes, songs and a craft for children to age 5 (children to age 3 must be accompanied by an adult) at 10:30 a.m. and at 2:30 p.m. Thursdays, through Aug. 31. The program will be held while the farm market is on the library parking lot. Tickets will be distributed at the children's desk a half-hour before each event. The market is held in the library's parking lot from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays. 410-313-7730.

At the library -- The east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will hold a "Mystery Book-Nic," a chance to enjoy a mystery and a picnic lunch for children ages 6 to 8, at noon Aug. 2. Registration is to begin Wednesday. 410-313-7700.

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