Wilde Lake assembling village committee

West Columbia

December 17, 2006

In response to the closing of the Giant Food store in the Wilde Lake Village Center, the village's board has established the Wilde Lake Village Center Partnership Committee and is seeking volunteers to serve on it.

An initial meeting is to be scheduled for next month.

Information: Vince Marando, 410-730-1821.

Free concert set at Historic Oakland

Town Center Community Association will sponsor another event in its Oakland Nights Music Series from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 12 in the ballroom at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. The woodwind quintet Quintaero will perform.

The free series of informal concerts features local musicians. Musicians interested in performing should contact Patricia Loeber, 410-730-4744.

The community association is accepting registration for its Winter 2007 Parents & Tots Playgroups, which begin the week of Jan. 9.

Children ages 24 months to 4 years meet Tuesdays; those ages 6 months to 14 months meet Wednesdays; and those 6 months to 4 years meet Thursdays. The one-week groups meet from 10 a.m. to noon at Historic Oakland.

The cost is $25 for Columbia residents; $27.50 for nonresidents. Siblings can enroll for half-price.

Information: 410-730-4744.

Jewelry sale, tea planned for Jan. 14

The Town Center Community Association is planning a jewelry sale and afternoon tea at Historic Oakland from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 14.

Savory sandwiches, desserts and scones will be served. Those who attend will have a chance to purchase jewelry provided by Twins Silver Dream, a gallery of sterling silver and gemstone pieces. Purchases can be made before and after tea.

The cost is $18.90. Reservations are required at least two business days in advance.

Information: 410-730-4801 or 800-730-4802.

Around town

Tree sale -- The Atholton High School Boosters club is holding its annual holiday tree sale in the school's parking lot, 6520 Freetown Road. Douglas fir, Fraser fir and blue spruce are being sold, as are freshly cut wreaths. The sale is being held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

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, intended to lift enthusiasm, morale and motivation, and to 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.

Teatime -- Holiday tea will be offered at Historic Oakland from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday. A catered meal served by the Tea Trolley will be served. The cost is $18.90. Registration is required. 410-730-4744, or www.historicoakland.com.

Winter concert -- Wilde Lake High School will present its winter choral concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Jim Rouse Theatre at the school, 5460 Trumpeter Road. The Wilde Lake High School concert choir, Ladyes Fayre, madrigals, barbershop and other groups will perform. Tickets are $5 at the door. Trina Bass Coleman, 410-772-1218.

Free games -- Slayton House on Wilde Lake Village Green offers drop-in bridge games Tuesdays, Scrabble on Wednesdays and a chance to bring a game to play Thursdays. The free sessions are held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the second and fourth weeks of each month. Drop-in mah-jongg for ages 18 and older is offered at Slayton House on Wednesday mornings. Admission is free. 410-730-3987.

About bears -- Rainbow Theatre at Slayton House will continue its series of performances for children with Three Bears, presented by Tucker's Tales Puppet Theatre, on Jan. 26. The production includes four stories about bears: Goldilocks, Why the Bear Sleeps All Winter, Bringin' Home the Bacon and The Two Fellows and the Bear. Performances are planned for 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets, which cost $4.50, should be purchased in advance. Tickets at the door cost $5.50. The program is sponsored by Wilde Lake Community Association. 410-730-3987.

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