Library to focus on worms and teenagers

East Columbia

December 17, 2006

The east Columbia library branch, 660 Cradlerock Way, will offer "Worms: A Vermiculture Primer" with Susan Levi-Goerlich at 7 p.m. Jan. 16. The Program is part of the "Gardening Tips at the Library" series.

Registration begins Jan. 2.

The library will offer "Teen Coffee Break @ East Columbia Library," a chance for kids age 12 and older to take a break from homework and winter blues, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 17. Assorted coffee drinks will be served, and music is planned. The program is sponsored by Starbucks in Columbia.

Registration begins Jan. 3.

Information: 410-313-7700.

Around Town

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

Beginning bridge -- "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. The six-week class costs $60, plus $5 for a textbook. A drop-in bridge program is offered from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays at the same location. Players at all levels are welcome. Mentoring is available. Lessons in mah-jongg are also offered at the center. The cost is $31 for three classes, after which students will be qualified to play. Registration is required. 410-290-5430.

Blood drive -- An American Red Cross community blood drive will be held from noon to 5:15 p.m. Thursday at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place. There is a critical need for blood donations. Participants will receive a T-shirt and as many as three one-year magazine subscriptions as a gift from the Red Cross. To schedule a donation: 800-GIVE-LIFE.

The Oakland Mills Community Association is holding a nonperishable food drive through Wednesday. Nonperishable food items should be brought to The Other Barn and will be delivered to the Howard County Food Bank. 410- 730-4610.

Hatha yoga -- Kings Contrivance Community Association is offering "Itsy Bitsy Yoga," a Saturday program designed for parents and babies ages 3 weeks and older. The cost is $69; $75 for nonresidents. Ballet and tap classes for children ages 4 to 6, taught by Sandra Duerr, are offered Mondays. A "Holiday Dance With Me" program for toddlers and an adult will be offered Wednesday. 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.

Belly dance -- Long Reach Community Association will offer belly-dancing classes for adults from Jan. 8 through March 12. Beginners meet from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.; advanced dancers 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The cost is $64 for eight weeks, with a 5 percent discount for residents of Columbia Association-assessed property. 410-730-8113.

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