Annual fundraiser features men's cooking

west columbia

October 22, 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. today 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. Information: 410-715-1921.

Program offers help for parents, teens

HC DrugFree and Howard County Connections will offer a free program. "You're Not Alone: Ways to Find and Partner with Other Adults to Meet Your Teen's Needs," from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at Atholton High School.

The program for parents and their middle and high school teens will focus on resources for support and the presence of caring adults in teens' lives. Parents concerns about the credibility of the good intentions of other adults will also be addressed.

Marcia Leonard, Atholton High School principal, will introduce the program.

HC DrugFree is a nonprofit organization helping teens avoid alcohol and other drugs. The group offers programs, newsletters and a Web site (

Registration is not necessary. Information: 410-799-4879.

Halloween event for the family

The Mall in Columbia will celebrate Halloween with an evening of family entertainment from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 in the Lord & Taylor Court.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children in costume. A craft corner, monster arcade and give-aways are planned. A costume parade is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Jewish preschool walkathon today

The parent-teacher organization of Gan Israel Preschool will sponsor a walkathon at 9:30 a.m. today, rain or shine, at the pavilion at Lake Elkhorn.

Walkers are encouraged to solicit $10 donations from 10 sponsors, if possible. There is no fee to participate.

Gan Israel Preschool is at 770 Howes Lane, on the campus of the Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education in the neighborhood of Sebring.

Information: Deborah Greenberg, 410-992-9711.

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.

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.

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.

Master gardeners -- 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. Wednesday with a talk by Pat Greenwald, "Putting the Garden to Bed for the Winter." November, January and February topics are to be announced. 410-730-3987.

Puppet show -- 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. 410-730-3987.

40th anniversary -- 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. 410-313-7065.

Comedy -- 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. 410-531-1263.

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