Teen Showcase scheduled for Aug. 22 at lakefront

August 13, 2006

The Columbia Association's Teen Advisory Committee will sponsor a Teen Showcase from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Columbia lakefront.

The concert will feature a break dance club, Anti-Lock Brakes, and four teen bands: Parking Lot Nights, American Diary, Hence Reverie and The Drop Out Year.

Information: Carol Wasser, 410-715-5523.

Registration is on for tot play groups

The Town Center Community Association is accepting registration for its fall session of Parents & Tots Play Groups, which begin the week of Sept. 12.

A group for children ages 24 months to 4 years old meets Tuesdays; for children 6 months to 24 months, Wednesdays; and for children 6 months to 4 years old, Thursdays. The 10-week groups meet from 10 a.m. to noon at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road.

The cost is $25 a child for Columbia residents; $27.50 for nonresidents. Siblings can enroll at half-price.

Registration is suggested as soon as possible.

Information: 410-730-4744.

Fencing lessons to be offered this fall

Fencing classes for children ages 7 and older and adults will be offered in the fall at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Green.

Classes are available for beginner, intermediate and advanced fencers. The cost is $75 for 9 to 10 classes. Equipment will be provided but each student must purchase personal protection.

Registration is required. Columbia lien payers can request a 10 percent discount.

Information: 410-730-3987.

Around town

At the library -- This month's programs for children at the central library include "All Together Now," a program of stories, songs and activities for children ages 1 to 6 and adults, which will be offered at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesdays; and 10 a.m. Saturdays, 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. Thursday; and at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Friday. 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 is to begin Aug. 14. The library is at 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway. 410-313-7860.

Legal aid -- Attorney Paul Nathan will be at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday 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 in advance. 410-313- 7212.

Draw, paint -- 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 painters. 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. 410-313-7279.

Artful journals -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor an "Artful Journaling" class, for those ages 55 and older, led by artist and teacher Carol Zika. The journals will combine notations, artwork and memorabilia and can be embellished with collages, weaving, stitching and transparencies. The 11-week class will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursdays, starting Sept. 21, at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. The cost is $60, with an additional fee for materials, which will be discussed at the first class. Registration is required. 410-313-7279.

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- 333987.

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