Owen Brown to honor Bohse, longtime village manager

East Columbia

October 22, 2006

The Owen Brown Community Association will celebrate Ruth Bohse's 26 years as village manager and four years as an employee of the association with an open house, to be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 30 at 6800 Cradlerock Way.

Bohse will retire Oct. 26.

"We will definitely miss her. The village grew up with her because if you look at it, Owen Brown is a little over 30 years old, and she's had a major impact on how Owen Brown developed," said Andy Stack, chair of the village board.

"She's been involved in the design of the village center from its initial conception, and she was there when they re-designed the Giant [store]. She's seen the village double in size and actually, she's seen the village completed," Stack said.

Friends, co-workers, neighbors and others are invited to celebrate and honor Bohse's achievements. She plans to do some traveling and spend time with her grandchildren, Stack said.

Information: 410-381-0202.

Holiday bazaar set for Saturday

The Columbia chapter of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women will sponsor its second Harvest Holiday Bazaar and Craft Show, to be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Lane.

Artisans and small business owners are invited to participate.

Information: Hazel J. Rayford, 410-381-1342 or Loyce Pickett, 410-531-1080.

Animal control facility to open

Howard County Animal Control will hold a grand opening for its renovated facility at 8576 Davis Road at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow.

County Executive James N. Robey, Chief of Police William J. McMahon, Animal control Administrator Deborah Baracco and Ann Selnick of Animal Advocates of Howard County will be on hand.

The Howard County Police Department, which oversees the facility, will be the host.

Everyone is welcome. Tours of the facility will be offered, and animals will be available for adoption.

Science program for young children

The East Columbia branch library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will offer a "Fall Into Science," for children ages 3-6 with an adult, at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. tomorrow. The program is for new participants only. Registration is required.

A "Halloween Holler," for ages 3-5, will be offered at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Oct. 31. Registration begins Tuesday.

Information or to register: 410-313-7700.

Around Town

Hatha yoga -- Kings Contrivance Community Association is offering Hatha yoga for experienced students. The cost is $120 to $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.

Free jazz -- The east Columbia 50+ center will sponsor a free jazz performance by guitarist Rob Reason and his group at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Those who attend should bring a dessert to share; beverages will be provided. 410-313-7680.

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 cleanup -- The Kings Contrivance village fall open space cleanup will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Participants should sign in at Amherst House in the Kings Contrivance Village Center, and can enter a drawing for gift certificates. Hillary Bierce, 410-381-9617, or Anne Dodd, 410-381-9600.`Stepping Out' -- The Long Reach Community Association will offer a six-week session of classes for ages 8 to 13 called "Stepping Out." The classes, which will run from Nov. 4 to Dec. 6, are designed to enhance self-confidence, and teach positive styles, attitudes, behavior and appropriate manners. The class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Stonehouse, in the Long Reach Village Center. The cost is $150, with a 5 percent discount for residents of Columbia Association-assessed property. 410-730-8113.

La Leche -- La Leche League of Columbia PM meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way. The group offers support and guidance to breast-feeding mothers. Pregnant mothers as well as infants and toddlers are welcome. For help with breast-feeding questions: 301-421-1177 or 410-461-3423.

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