SPRING support group sets sessions

West Columbia

October 15, 2006

The Howard County Office on Aging's SPRING support group program will sponsor "The SPRING Journeys," a chance to reflect on your life's journey and purpose, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 7 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way.

The group will offer older adults an opportunity to connect to their values and life purpose, create new relationships and become more fully engaged in life.

Pat Leak, an experienced SPRING facilitator, will lead the group. Admission is free, but registration is required.

Information or to register: Elaine Widom, 410-313-7283 or 410-313-7213.

SPRING is an acronym for Senior Peer Resources, Individuals, Networks and Groups.

Atholton High to celebrate 40th

Atholton High School will celebrate its 40th anniversary with an alumni Homecoming event Nov. 3, in which alumni and their families are invited to join the Raiders for an open house tour at 5 p.m., a tailgate buffet, catered by Beefalo Bob's, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and the varsity football game against the Hammond Bears at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the buffet are $20 and must be purchased in advance. Admission to the game is included. Children to age 8 get in free.

Information: 410-313-7065.

School dramatists to stage `Harvey'

The Atholton High School drama department will present the comedy Harvey on Nov. 9-12. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Drama teacher Nathan Rosen directs the play.

Tickets are $6 in advance, $10 at the door and $8 for students.

Information: 410-531-1263.

Master gardeners schedule seminars

Slayton House in the Wilde Lake Village Center will present a monthly series of seminars by Howard County Master Gardeners.

The free series will begin at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 with a talk by Pat Greenwald, "Putting the Garden to Bed for the Winter."

November, January and February topics are to be announced.

Information: 410-730-3987.

Puppet show set at Slayton House

Beale Street Puppets will present Halloween Hijinx at Slayton House at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 30. The program is part of the Rainbow Theatre season for children. Members of the audience are invited to wear costumes and tick-or-treat in the village center after the performance.

Tickets are $4 in advance; tickets might be available at the door.

The event is sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association. Information: 410-730-3987.

Around town

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

Men in kitchen -- 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 to 11. The Center of African American Culture is at 5434 Vantage Point Road. 410-715-1921.

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