8th-grade parents are invited to Atholton Information Night

West Columbia

January 07, 2007

Atholton High School will hold an Information Night for parents of eighth-graders who will be coming to Atholton as ninth-graders in September.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the school auditorium.

Students will have an opportunity to visit the school for an activity day in June and an orientation in August.

Information: 410-313-7068.

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 the panel. The first meeting is to be scheduled for this month. Vince Marando, 410-730-1821.

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.

Monthly craft -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a Jewelry-a-Month Club, for those ages 55 and older who want to explore jewelry-making, from 9:30 a.m. to noon tomorrow and Feb. 5 and March 5 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. The group will meet once a month to learn new techniques, share beads and work on projects. The cost is $9 plus an additional fee for supplies. 410-313-7320 or 410-313-7279.

Playgroups -- The community association is accepting registration for its winter Parents & Tots Playgroups, which begin this week. 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.

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.

Bridge for 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, this week through Feb. 27, at the Bain Center. The cost is $46. "Bid and Play," a class in bidding, play and defense techniques using pre-dealt hands, will be offered from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, this week through Feb. 13, at the Bain Center. A prerequisite is "Brush-up Bridge" or the instructor's approval. The cost is $27. 410-313-7320 or 410-313-7279.

Quick knit -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor "Quick Start Knit" classes, for those ages 55 and older, from 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday and Jan. 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. 410-313-7320 or 410-313-7279.

Mah-jongg -- Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center is offering drop-in mah-jongg classes Wednesday mornings for adults ages 18 and older. Participants are welcome to bring a game and a friend. Donations of games are welcome. The program is sponsored by Wilde Lake Community Association. 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. Friday 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.

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