Long Reach Country Fair opens Sept. 9

August 27, 2006

The 27th Long Reach Country Fair, sponsored by the Long Reach Community Association, will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 9 at the village center. Music, homemade food (including funnel cakes), old-fashioned crafts, games, a children's area and other treats are planned.

Admission, parking and entertainment are free. Visitors can have their car's windshield etched with an identification number to deter theft.

Information: 410-730-8113.

Sundae lovers to gather Sept. 8

The Kings Contrivance Community Association will sponsor an end-of-summer sundae making event from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 8 at Amherst House, 7251 Eden Brook Drive.

All-you-can-eat ice cream sundaes will be available for $2 a person. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

A free Hatha yoga class will be offered from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Sept. 13. A nine-week session for beginners starts Sept. 20; the cost is $96 for Columbia Association-assessed residents; $108 for others. A 10-week continuing class begins Sept. 13; the cost is $120 for Columbia Association assessed residents; $130 for others. Students can drop in for $16 a class.

Information or to register: 410-381-9600.

Around Town

Belly-dancing -- Long Reach Community Association, 8775 Cloudleap Court, is offering belly-dancing classes for adults through Oct. 2. Classes for beginners 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-jongg -- 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. The cost is $6. Lessons in mah-jongg are offered at the 50+ Center. The cost is $31 for three classes, after which students will be qualified to play. 410-290-5430.`Market Tales' -- The east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, is offering its last session of "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. Thursday. The program will be held while the farmers' 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.

Black fiction club -- The east Columbia library's Black Fiction Book Club, an opportunity to discuss outstanding fiction by contemporary African-American authors, will discuss The Known World by Edward P. Jones at 1 p.m. Saturday. Books are available at the branch. Registration is not required. 410-313-7700.

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

Watercolor classes -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor watercolor classes for those ages 55 and older from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays starting Sept. 22 at the east Columbia library senior center, 6600 Cradlerock Way. The class will be taught by Carol Zika. A supply list will be discussed at the first class. The cost is $55 for the 10-week class. 410-313-7279.

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