Model Homes Project planning an open house Aug. 14

August 06, 2006

The Oakland Mills Model Homes Project, a partnership of the Oakland Mills Community Association and the Howard County Housing Commission, will hold an open house at 11 a.m. Aug. 14.

The focus of the project, a part of the Oakland Mills Village Revitalization effort, is to highlight housing opportunities for young professionals in the village.

The housing commission has purchased two single-family detached homes. With assistance from the Columbia Foundation, one home has been remodeled and will be open to the public.

When completed, both homes will be sold on the open market. A second phase of the project will include remodeling a townhouse.

Information and for the location of the open house: 410-730- 4610.

Reading program for adults, kids

The Howard County Library has joined Jumpstart, a national nonprofit organization, in "Read for the Record," a celebratory event to involve adults and young children in a shared reading experience.

The book recommended for the event is The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper. Children's librarians at the east Columbia and Glenwood library branches will offer story times featuring the book, followed by a make-your-own-train activity. Refreshments will be served, and all ages are welcome.

Copies of the books will also be available at all branches for reading and to check out.

The event will be held at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Aug. 24. Registration is required.

Information: 410-313-7700.

Around Town

Belly dancing -- Long Reach Community Association, 8775 Cloudleap Court, will offer belly-dancing classes for adults tomorrow 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. 410-730-8113.

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 on the library's parking lot from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays. 410-313-7730.

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.

Greeting cards -- Oakland Mills Community Association will sponsor "Stamping with Gina," a chance to make handmade greeting cards with a professional look, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, in Oakland Mills Village Center. The cost is $10 plus a $4 materials fee. Registration is required. 410-730-4610.

Healing laughter -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor "Laughter -- The Best Medicine," a program for those who are 55 and older to strengthen the immune system, lower blood pressure and promote emotional healing. The program, sponsored by the Horizon Foundation through a Community Health Issues Program Grant, is not based on joke-telling; the healing therapy comes from India. It will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 16 and 23 at Guilford Senior Center, and from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 13 at Longwood Senior Center. Admission is free. 410-313-7279.

Jazz -- 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. Ben Hunter, 410-730-1129.

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