Bulb-garden class scheduled for Sept. 27

September 17, 2006

Hickory Ridge village will sponsor a class on designing and planting a bulb garden with Steven Marks of the River Hill Garden Center.

He will explain the steps needed to have beautifully arranged blooms in the spring and will answer questions about preparing a garden for winter.

The class will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 27 at Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring. Admission is free, but registration is required.

Information or registration: 410-730-7327.

Afternoon Tea at Historic Oakland

The Town Center Community Association will offer catered Afternoon Tea at Historic Oakland from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 28.

The two-course tea includes scones, sandwiches and dessert and will conclude with a brief presentation on "Quarterbacking Your Future," addressing the concept of aging in place.

Lynda Anderson will discuss long-term-care insurance; Michael Davis will discuss legal matters; Diane Huss will talk about geriatric consulting; and Steven Luber's topic will be in-home care.

The cost is $18.90 a person. Reservations are required at least 48 hours before the tea.

Historic Oakland is at 5430 Vantage Point Road.

Information: 410-730-4744, or www.historic-oakland.com.

Art classes set to begin this week

The 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 this week, at Cedar Lane Recreation Center, and from 1:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Thursday, starting this week, at the Bain Center.

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.

Rabbi to discuss Jewish New Year

Cultural Connections at the Bain Center, a program for active seniors, will sponsor "Meet the Holidays," a presentation by a rabbi on the Jewish New Year, from 10:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 26.

Melissa Martens, a curator at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, will talk about "The Other Promised Land: Vacationing, Identity and the Jewish-American Dream," from 10:30 a.m. to noon Oct.10.

Information: Sophie Novinsky, 410-730-4976, Ext. 31.

Around town

Performing arts -- Judy Templeton and Shari Grue of the Imagine Foundation are offering performing arts classes for children, youth and adults at Slayton House. Classes in musical theater are offered for children in kindergarten through 10th grade. "Acting for Television" is offered for youths in grades six and higher, and "Musical Theatrix for Adults" is also offered. "Razz-A-MaTap" dancing classes will be taught by Templeton; "Ray-Dance" will be taught by Ray Hatch. 410-772-9448.

Laughter workout -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor "Another Way to See It" Laughter Club for those ages 55 and older. The program includes 40 minutes of laughter exercises and group sharing. It is said to lift enthusiasm, morale and motivation, and to encourage improved relationships. Changes in health and personal life are promised. The club will meet from 9 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. Mondays at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. The cost is $2 a class. 410-313- 7279.

Arranging flowers -- "Choosing and Arranging Fall Flowers," a program with members of the Green-Walled Garden Club of Frederick, will be offered at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway. Participants are invited to bring flowers to try out tips. Registration is required. 410-313-7860.

Play groups -- Town Center Community Association is accepting registration for its fall session of Parents & Tots Play Groups. A group for children ages 24 months to 4 years meets Tuesdays; for children ages 6 months to 24 months, Wednesdays; and for children ages 6 months to 4 years old, Thursdays. The groups meet from 10 a.m. to noon at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. The cost for 10 weeks is $25 a child for Columbia residents; $27.50 for nonresidents. Siblings can enroll at half-price. Registration is required. 410-730- 4744.

Free games -- Slayton House on Wilde Lake Village Green will offer drop-in bridge games Tuesdays, Scrabble on Wednesdays, and a chance to bring a game to play Thursdays. Sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the second and fourth weeks of each month. Admission is free. 410-730- 3987.

Belly dancing -- Mia Naja al Sephira will continue to offer Belly-dance lessons at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center. The next session runs through Oct. 24. The cost is $50. Classes for beginners, ages 14 and older, will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays; for advanced beginners and intermediates, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.. Students are welcome to drop in for $15 a class. Columbia residents receive a 10 percent discount. Registration is required in advance. 410-730-3987.

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