Historic Oakland schedules its 2nd Holiday Craft Fair

West Columbia

November 12, 2006

Historic Oakland will hold its second Holiday Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the 19th-century manor, 5430 Vantage Point Road. Cider and cookies will be available for visitors strolling through the manor. Admission is free.

Some space may still be available for artisans. The fee is $25; tables are provided.

Information: 410-730-4744.

Self-defense session for women planned

Slayton House on Wilde Lake Village Green will offer a two-hour session introducing the basics of self-defense for women.

Participants will learn a combination of mental, verbal and physical skills to help avoid potentially dangerous situations and deal with any that might arise.

The seminar will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The cost is $25. Columbia lien payers can request a 10 percent discount.

Information or registration: 410-730-3987.

`Dinosaurs' slated at Rainbow Theatre

The Rainbow Theatre at Slayton House will continue its season with a performance of Dig Those Dinosaurs, presented by the Beale Street Puppets at 10 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. Friday.

Elvis Saurus and Ted Pterodactyl will be featured in "The Fossil Follies" in the marionette show for young children.

Tickets, which should be purchased in advance, are $4.50; $5.50 at the door, if tickets are available. Group rates can be requested.

The performances are sponsored by Wilde Lake Community Association.

Information: 410-730-3987.

`Kabbalah of You' set at the Bain Center

The Schmooze Hour, a program of the Jewish Federation of Howard County, will sponsor a presentation by Lori Palatnik, "Kabbalah of You -- Understanding Yourself," at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way.

The group, which is open to everyone, usually meets from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the center.

Cultural Connections, a program also sponsored by the Jewish Federation, will present a showing of the Israeli movie, Ushpizin, a comedy and drama about a miracle in the Orthodox community in Israel during the holiday of Succoth, from 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday.

Popcorn and a nosh will be provided.

Information: Sophie Novinsky, 410-730-4976, ext. 31.

Around town

Comedy -- The Atholton High School drama department is presenting its final performance of the comedy Harvey at 3 p.m. today. Drama teacher Nathan Rosen directs the play. Tickets are $10 at the door; $8 for students. 410-531-1263.

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. Changes in health and personal life are promised. The club meets 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. A session is being held through Dec. 12 (with no class Nov. 21). The cost is $50. Classes for beginners, ages 14 and older, are 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 before attending class. 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. Drop-in mah-jongg for ages 18 and older will be offered at Slayton House on Wednesday mornings. Bring a game; donations of games are welcome. Admission is free. 410-730-3987.`Death by Chocolate' -- Wilde Lake Community Association will offer a cooking class for ages 10 to 14, presented by First Course: The Educaterers. "Death by Chocolate," a chance to learn to make several classic chocolate confections, will be taught from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Slayton House. Participants should take an apron and expect to taste their creations. Space is limited; registration is required. The cost is $30. Columbia lien payers can request a 10 percent discount. 410-730-3987.

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