Kings Contrivance cleanup is scheduled for Oct. 28

East Columbia

October 08, 2006

The Kings Contrivance village fall open space cleanup will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 28.

Participants should sign in at Amherst House in the Kings Contrivance Village Center, and can enter a drawing for gift certificates.

Information: Hillary Bierce, 410-381-9617 or Anne Dodd, 410-381-9600.

Assistive technology to be shown today

Families and friends of people with disabilities can explore six rooms of assistive technology devices from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. today at 7050 Oakland Mills Road.

The display includes devices for children with disabilities including autism; augmented communication, vision and hearing devices; and materials for those with learning disabilities.

The show is sponsored by AT: LAST Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Savage that operates an assistive technology (AT) cooperative. Admission is free.

Information: 410-381-2667.

Cafe to sponsor hula hoop fundraiser

The Blue Cow Cafe, 5134 Thunder Hill Road, will sponsor Happy Hour with Hula Hoops from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Admission is free. Hula hoops will be rented and sold, and customers can bring their own. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to HC DrugFree, a nonprofit organization that works to help teenagers avoid alcohol and other drugs.

Karen Blue, owner of the Blue Cow Cafe, is a member of the organization's board.

Information: 410-772-8999.

Around Town

Hatha yoga -- Kings Contrivance Community Association is offering Hatha yoga for experienced students. The cost is $120-$130 for 10 weeks; the cost to drop in is $16 a class. Ballet and tap classes for children ages 4 to 6, taught by Sandra Duerr, are offered Mondays. Judy Milke leads parent-and-child classes for children ages 14 months to 4 years. Classes are offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. depending on the age of the child. 410-381-9600.

Farmers' market -- A temporary farmers' market has been opened at Kings Contrivance Village Center to offer produce, flowers and baked goods. The Safeway store that anchored the village center has been closed. The farmers market is at the village center from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays.

Bridge -- The course "Bridge for the Absolute Beginner" will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the 50+ Center at the east Columbia library. Snacks will be served. The six-week class costs $60, plus $5 for a textbook. A drop-in bridge program is being offered from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays at the same location. 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-jongg are also 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.

Fall festival -- The Oakland Mills Community Association will hold its International Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Oakland Mills Village Center. Performers will include the Kinderman, the Rhythm Drum Circle (a participatory act), the Chinese Dragon and Lion Dance and Tres Amigos, a singing group. Handmade crafts will be available for purchase and nonprofit groups will distribute information. A display of foreign cars is planned. Childrens events, including pumpkin decorating, are free. Food will be for sale. Neighbors are invited to enter homemade pies in the Best Pie in Town contest; judging will be at noon. 410-730-4610.

Oakland Mills reunion -- The Oakland Mills High School Class of 1976 is planning its 30th reunion for Oct. 21. Contact Karen (Volmer) Brien, 410-787-4138, 410-757-9051, or

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