`Men in the Kitchen' fundraiser to celebrate diversity

West Columbia

October 08, 2006

The Howard County Center of African American Culture Inc. will celebrate the diversity of the community at its 13th annual "Men in the Kitchen" fundraiser from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 22 at Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Lane.

Politicians, television personalities, fathers, sons and neighbors will share favorite dishes with guests.

Tickets are $40; $20 for youth ages 12-18; and $10 for children ages 6-11.

The Center of African American Culture is at 5434 Vantage Point Road. Information: 410-715-1921.

Holland Award dinner is this week

The Community Action Council, a private, nonprofit human services organization, will hold the Rev. John W. Holland Humanitarian Award Dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Sheraton Columbia Hotel.

Tickets are $60. Proceeds will be used to help low-income families pay their energy bills and subsidize transportation to and from school for children in the Head Start program.

Information: 410-313-6440.

Family Night bingo at Hickory Ridge

Hickory Ridge village will hold a Family Night bingo from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring.

Paper cards cost $1 for six. Drinks are 50 cents and snacks are free. Cash and prizes are offered with every game.

Information: 410-7307327.

Around town

Laughter workout -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor "Another Way to See It" for 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 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.

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 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.

Oakland nights -- Town Center Association has announced the return of its Oakland Nights Music Series. The concert series will begin its second season Friday with a performance by the Fugitive Brass Quintet at 8 p.m. in the ballroom at Historic Oakland. The series offers performances in an informal atmosphere by local musicians, dessert and coffee. Admission is free; a donation for the musicians is encouraged. Musicians interested in performing in the series should contact Patricia Loeber, 410-730-4744.

Town Center yard sale -- Town Center Community Association will hold a yard sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Vantage Point Park on Vantage Point Road. The sale will be advertised in local publications and is free to seller, but spaces must be reserved in advance. There is no rain date. 410-730-4744.

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