Lavenia Nesmith Quintet to perform

East Columbia

October 29, 2006

The Oakland Mills Community Association will sponsor "Back by Popular Demand: An Evening of Jazz With the Lavenia Nesmith Quintet," featuring Lavenia Nesmith, an Oakland Mills resident and jazz singer.

The group will perform from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at The Other Barn in Oakland Mills Village Center, 5851 Robert Oliver Place.

Lavenia Nesmith, who has performed at the Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, the Henley Park Hotel in Washington and as backup vocalist for Diana Ross, will be accompanied by pianist Chris Grasso, drummer Lenny Robinson, saxophonist Paul Carr, and Wes Biles on bass.

Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door, if they available.

Information: Ben Hunter, Oakland Mills community organizer, 410-730-1129.

Gospel group to do a show tonight

Richard Smallwood and Voices, a gospel group, will perform at 6 p.m. today at Hammond High School, 8800 Guilford Road. Doors open at 5 p.m.

The event is sponsored by The United Voices Choir of First Baptist Church of Guilford. Tickets are $50, and proceeds will benefit the church's capital campaign.

Information or tickets: Sondra Butler-Isley, 410-792-7096.

Alleluias to perform today at church

The Alleluias, an interdenominational Christian choral group based in Howard County, will perform at 5 p.m. today at Alberta Gary Memorial United Methodist Church, 9405 Guilford Road.

Information: 301-498-7879.

Around Town

Goodbye -- 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. tomorrow at 6800 Cradlerock Way. Bohse is retiring this month. Friends, co-workers, neighbors and others are invited to celebrate and honor Bohse's achievements. 410-381- 0202.

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.

At the library -- The east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will offer a "Halloween Holler," for ages 3 to 5, at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Registration is required. 410-313-7700.

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.`Stepping Out' -- 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 Saturday 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 Long Reach Village Center. The cost is $150, with a 5 percent discount for residents of Columbia Association-assessed property. 410-730-8113.

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