Oakland Mills to present tribute to Mahalia Jackson

East Columbia

February 25, 2007

In observance of Women's History Month, the Oakland Mills Community Association and its Music and Arts Committee will present "A Tribute to Mahalia Jackson," featuring jazz singer Lavenia Nesmith, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. March 4 at the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place.

The one-woman musical drama portrays the gospel singer's life in monologue and song.

Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Tickets are available at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place. A percentage of the proceeds will go to the Coalition for Compassion, an interfaith community service organization.

Information: Ben Hunter, 410-730-1129.

Coffee chat set for March 14

The Board of Education will hold a "Coffee & Conversation" session from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 14 in the media center at Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Lane.

County residents can drink coffee and chat with board members. The meetings are held around the county.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Around Town

Spring seminars -- Kings Contrivance Community Association will offer free gardening seminars at Amherst House, 7251 Eden Brook Drive. Master gardeners Pat Greenwald and Deborah Patton will present a program on herbs from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow. The two will present "Waking Up the Garden," a program on early spring tasks for gardeners, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 12. Registration is required. 410-381-9600.

Classes -- Long Reach Community Association is offering 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 meet from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays; advanced students, 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.

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.

Science, Dr. Seuss -- The east Columbia library will offer a four-week program for children ages 3 to 6 with an adult, "Spring into Science," at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Thursdays, this week through March 29. Tickets are available at the Children's Desk an hour before the 45-minute program. There will be no session March 22.

"Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss," a celebration of the beloved author's birthday for children ages 3 to 5, will be offered at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Friday. Tickets are available at the Children's Desk an hour before the 30-minute program. 410-313- 7730.

Cafe -- A Mommy and Me Cafe will be held at 10 a.m. March 26 at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. The drop-in cafe, sponsored by La Leche of Columbia, will offer a chance to meet and chat with other mothers, grandmothers and children. 410-309-4940.

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