Brain researcher to speak at library

West Columbia

January 14, 2007

Arasu Chellaiah, an adjunct associate professor of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, will discuss developments in the field of brain research and "mind mapping," a new learning technique at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 27 at the central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The interactive program, which will focus on the unlimited potential of the human brain, its unique styles and mind mapping, will demonstrate how to use the left and right sides of the brain.

The program is especially designed for high school and college students and parents of children of any age.

Chellaiah will offer a second program on improving creativity and memory, nurturing curiosity and speed reading at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 3.

Registration begins Jan. 20.

Information: 410-313-7860.

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. Vince Marando, 410-730-1821.

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. today. 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.

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.

Playgroups -- The community association is accepting registration for its winter Parents & Tots Playgroups, which began last 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, 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, 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.

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.

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 Feb. 5 and March 5 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. The group will meet once a month to learn new techniques. The cost is $9 plus an additional fee for supplies. 410-313- 7320.

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