Meet Shirley Jackson, 75, a recent graduate of HCC

West Columbia

February 18, 2007

Registration begins Feb. 28 for "Inspiring Senior Shirley Jacqueline Jackson," a chance to meet 75-year-old Shirley Jackson at the Central Library and hear about her life as a mother, grandmother, licensed nurse and recent graduate - with honors - of Howard Community College.

Jackson makes dolls and furniture.

The program will be held at 7 p.m. March 14 at the library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway.

Information: 410-313-7860.

Jewelry show, tea set for March 11

Town Center Community Association will hold a jewelry show and afternoon tea at Historic Oakland from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 11.

Visitors can shop for jewelry and enjoy savory sandwiches, desserts and warm scones. Jewelry will be displayed by Twins Silver Dream, a gallery of sterling silver and gemstone pieces. Purchases can be made before and after tea.

The cost for tea is $18.90. Reservations are required at least two business days in advance. Historic Oakland is at 5430 Vantage Point Road.

Information: 410-730-4801 or 800-730-4802.

Around town

Candidates sought -- Wilde Lake Community Association is seeking candidates for five seats on the village board and one seat on the Columbia Council, also known as the Columbia Association board of directors. The positions are for one year, beginning May 1. The nomination period runs from Tuesday through March 7. Interested residents can pick up a nomination packet starting Tuesday at Slayton House on Wilde Lake Village Green. 410-730-3987.

Volunteers needed -- In response to the closing of Giant Food 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.

Volunteers needed -- Slayton House will celebrate its 40th birthday this summer with a party sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association. The event, scheduled for June 16-17, will include entertainment, food, games, a tour of historic homes and a dedication. Volunteers are needed to help coordinate the event. The first meeting for volunteers will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 26 at Slayton House. Registration is requested. Carol Hobelmann, 410-730-3987.

Laughter workout -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is sponsoring "Another Way to See It," a laughter club for those age 55 and older. The program includes laughter exercises. 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.

Yoga -- The Yoga Center of Columbia will continue to offer classes at Slayton House on Wilde Lake Village Green. "Baby and Me" is offered at 6:15 p.m. and "Adult Yoga" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. A six-week session is to begin this week. The cost is $90; $18 to drop in.

"Senior Yoga" will be offered from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays, this week through March 27. The classes are slower paced and emphasize yogic breathing and stress reduction. The cost is $78 for six weeks or $15 to drop in. Registration is required. There will be no refunds after the first class. 410-730-3987.

Play 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 age 18 and older is offered at Slayton House on Wednesday mornings. Admission is free. 410-730-3987.

Benefit magic -- Magician Shawn Anthony will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Slayton House Theatre on Wilde Lake Village Green. Tickets are $20; $10 for children to age 12. A portion of the proceeds will benefit cancer research. 443-834-6753.

Gardening talk -- Slayton House will offer the last in a series of seminars presented by Howard County Gardeners, "Waking Up the Garden" with Deborah Patton, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28. Admission is free. The program is sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association.

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