Learn to draw and paint, starting Sept. 12

July 30, 2006

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor "You Can Draw and Paint" classes for those ages 55 and older from 9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays, starting Sept. 19, at Cedar Lane Recreation Center and from 1:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Thursday, starting Sept. 21, at the Bain Center.

Take watercolors, acrylics, oils, pastels or whatever materials are on hand. The instructor will provide direction for beginners and experienced dabblers. Materials to be purchased will be discussed at the first class.

Participants are urged to register as soon as possible. The cost is $60 to $66.

Information: 410-313-7279.

Legal-aid program set at Bain Center

Attorney Paul Nathan will be at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 16 for the 60+ Wills and Legal Screening Program.

Services to be offered include 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 is on a sliding scale.

The program, which is sponsored by the Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging, is available on the third Wednesday of each month. An appointment is required, and should be scheduled well in advance.

Information or to schedule an appointment: 410-313-7212.

Lakefront festival to show movies

The Columbia Lakefront Festival at Lake Kittamaqundi will show the movie Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (PG) at dusk (about 8:30 p.m.) Friday. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (PG 13) is scheduled for Aug. 11.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (PG) is to be shown Aug. 18, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (G), on Aug. 25.

The film series, which ends Aug. 25, is presented by the Columbia Association in cooperation with the Columbia Film Society.

Admission is free.

Dancing Under the People Tree begins at 6:30 p.m. Fridays.

Information: 877-713-9674, Ext. 9030.

Around town

At the library -- Next month's programs for children at the central library include "Meet Sherlock Holmes," the legendary detective who will be portrayed by members of the local Sherlock Holmes society, Watson's Tin Box. Holmes will share some of his adventures and reveal how he cracked his toughest cases. The program for children ages 8 to 10 will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Registration is required. The library is at 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway.

"All Together Now," a program of stories, songs and activities for children ages 1 to 6 and adults, will be offered at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tuesdays, this week through Aug. 15; 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesdays, this week through Aug. 16; and 10 a.m. Saturdays, this week through Aug. 26. Registration is not required.

"Play Partners," stories, baby games and musical activities followed by a short playtime for infants and toddlers to 23 months, will be offered at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, this week through Aug. 17, and at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Fridays, this week through Aug. 18. Registration is not required.

"Kindergarten, Here We Come!" -- stories and activities for ages 4 and 5, is scheduled for 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 21 and 10:30 a.m. Aug. 22. Registration begins Aug. 14. 410- 313-7860.`Seussical' -- Families are invited to Seussical, a Slayton House Conservatory production based on the children's books of Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Tickets are $7; $5 for children and students. 410-730- 3987.

Sock hop -- The Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging will sponsor a Sock Hop Dinner Dance from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. The high school gymnasium-style dance will include diner food and live music of the 1950s by the Minauldi Trio. Tickets, available in advance, are $7. 410-313-7213.

Kids cook -- Wilde Lake Community Association will offer three new fall classes by First Course: The Educaterers at Slayton House. "Culinary Kids," a chance for children, ages 4 to 10, to decorate cookies with Halloween and Thanksgiving themes, will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 18. The cost is $20, including food and the use of equipment, with a 10 percent discount for Columbia lien payers. November and December classes are to be announced. Space is limited; early registration is advised. 410-730-3987.

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