Library program to focus on life of Jackie Robinson

East Columbia

February 04, 2007

In celebration of African-American History Month, the east Columbia library will sponsor a program on baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, "Two Sides of Jackie Robinson: Pioneer in Baseball and Civil Rights Advocate."

The presentation is to include slides and other materials from the collection of the National Archives.

The program is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 12. Registration is required.

The library invites teenagers to share ideas for transforming its teen area, which is in need of redesign. Those ages 12 and older are invited to enjoy snacks and share ideas from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 13 at the library. Registration is required.

"Science Saturdays," a program of science demonstrations and hands-on activities for children ages 7 to 10, are scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 17 at the library.

"Space Rocks, Ice Balls and Things That Go SPLAT!" (meteors, comets and other threats to dinosaurs) will be discussed this week. "3-2-1 Blast Off!" (laws of motion and the science of rocketry) will be the theme Feb. 17.

Information: 410-313-7700.

Stamp your own greeting cards

The Oakland Mills Community Association will sponsor a session of Stamping with Gina, a chance to produce handmade greeting cards with a professional look, using stamping techniques, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place.

The cost is $10 plus a $5 ma- terials fee. Registration is required.

Information: 410-730-4610.

Baby-sitting class offered for teens

The Columbia Teen Center will offer its "Baby-sitting Made Easy" class for those ages 11 to 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 17 at The Barn in the Oakland Mills Village Center.

First aid, emergency procedures, age-appropriate activities and other skills will be taught through hands-on activities. A certificate is awarded.

The cost is $40 for Columbia residents; $48 for nonresidents. Registration is required.

Information: Bobbie Whyte, 410-992-3726.

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. Lessons in mah-jongg are also offered. The cost is $31 for three classes. Registration is required. 410-290-5430.

Library lock-in -- The east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will hold a Musical Lock-In for youth ages 11 to 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday. Hip-hop, rock and other music will be provided. Participants can learn to play a tune on the didgeridoo and take part in a musical scavenger hunt and games. Registration is required. 410-313- 7700.

How to succeed -- 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 are presented by Stepping Out and meet from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, this week to March 17, at Stonehouse in Long Reach Village Center, 8775 Cloudleap Court. Registration is open until Feb. 17. The cost is $150 for six weeks, with a 5 percent discount for residents of Columbia Association-assessed property.

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

Belly dancing for adults is offered through March 12. Beginners will meet from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.; advanced class 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. 410-730-8113.

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