Kings Contrivance names village manager

East Columbia

December 24, 2006

Anne Brinker has been hired by the Kings Contrivance Village Board as the new village manager. She will begin her duties next month.

A former volunteer high school teacher in the south Bronx, N.Y., she has recently been director of social services and grants manager at the Opportunity Center for the Homeless in El Paso, Texas.

Her husband, Joe Brinker, is a graduate of Glenelg High School.

Classes for children in etiquette, manners

The Long Reach Community Association will offer a six-week session of classes for boys and girls, ages 8 to 13, in etiquette, social skills and manners. The classes, which will be presented by Stepping Out, are focused on creating self-confidence and comfort in social situations.

Classes will meet from 10 a.m. to noon, Jan. 6 through Feb. 10, at Stonehouse in Long Reach Village Center, 8775 Cloudleap Court.

The cost is $150 for six weeks, with a 5 percent discount for residents of Columbia Association-assessed property.

Ballet with Cindee Velle classes for children ages 3 and older and adults will be offered from Jan. 2 through March 24. "First Steps," "Pre-ballet," "Combination Classes" and "Classical Ballet" as well as jazz, tap, pointe, hip-hop and modern dance classes are available.

Belly dancing classes for adults will be offered from Jan. 8 through March 12. Beginners meet from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.; advanced dancers from 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.

Information: 410-730-8113.

Around Town

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.

Hatha yoga -- Kings Contrivance Community Association is offering "Itsy Bitsy Yoga," a Saturday program designed for parents and babies age 3 weeks and older, taught by Linda Dobry. The class meets from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. The cost is $69; $75 for nonresidents. A free class will be offered Jan. 6. 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, 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. 410-313-7700.

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.

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