Knitting classes are offered for seniors

West Columbia

December 24, 2006

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor "Quick Start Knit" classes, for senior citizens ages 55 and older, from 10:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 9 and 16 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way.

Participants will learn casting-on, the knit stitch and binding off. The cost is $25, including needles and enough yarn to make a small practice project.

Information: 410-313-7320 or 410-313-7279.

Bridge expert to teach beginners

Ruth-Anne Mazer, American Contract Bridge League certified director and Gold Life Master, will teach bridge for beginners from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 9 through Feb. 27, at the Bain Center. The cost is $46.

"Bid and Play," a class in bidding, play and defense techniques using predealt hands, will be offered from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 9 through Feb. 13, at the Bain Center. A prerequisite is "Brush-up Bridge" or the instructor's approval. The cost is $27.

Information or registration: 410-313-7320 or 410-313-7279.

Around town

Volunteers sought -- In response to the closing of the Giant Food store in Wilde Lake Village Center, the village 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. Vince Marando, 410-730-1821.

Playgroups -- The community association is accepting registration for its winter Parents & Tots Playgroups, which begin the week of Jan. 9. Children ages 2 to 4 years meet Tuesdays; those ages 6 months to 24 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. 410-730-4744.

Laughter workout -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor "Another Way to See It," a laughter club for those 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. 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.

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.

Free concert -- 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.

Jewelry sale, tea -- 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. 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. 410-730-4801 or 800-730-4802.

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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