Family-night bingo slated Friday at Hawthorn Center

west columbia

March 11, 2007

The Hickory Ridge Community Association will sponsor a family-night bingo from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring.

Paper cards will be six for $1. Drinks will be 50 cents, and snacks will be free. Cash and prizes will be offered for each game.

A class in "Preparing Your Garden for Spring" will be offered from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 22. Steven Marks of the River Hill Garden Center will explain what is necessary to prepare a garden to bloom all year, and he will describe new spring plantings.

Admission is free, but registration is requested.

Information: 410-730-7327.

Play-group registration open

The Town Center Community Association is accepting registration for its spring session of Parents & Tots Play Groups, which begin the week of April 10.

Children ages 24 months to 4 years old will meet Tuesdays; those ages 6 to 24 months will meet Wednesday; and children ages 6 months to 4 years old will meet Thursdays. The 10-week groups meet from 10 a.m. to noon at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road.

The cost is $25 a child for Columbia residents; $27.50 for nonresidents. Siblings can enroll for half price.

Classes fill rapidly.

Information: 410-730-4744.

Around town

Volunteers needed -- Slayton House will celebrate its 40th birthday this summer with a "Fabulous at 40" birthday 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. 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 ages 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. 410-313- 7279.

Play games -- Slayton House, on Wilde Lake Village Green, offers drop-in bridge Tuesdays, Scrabble 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 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays for adults ages 18 and older. Participants are welcome to bring a game and a friend. Donations of games are welcome. Admission is free. 410-730-3987.

Beauty, beast -- Wilde Lake High School's theater arts department will present Disney's Beauty and The Beast at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the school's Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts. Tickets, available at the door, cost $12. 410-313- 6965.

Yoga class -- Yoga Center of Columbia will continue to offer classes at Slayton House on Wilde Lake Village Green. Senior yoga is offered from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays, through April 5. The classes are slow-paced and emphasize yogic breathing and stress-reduction. The cost is $78 for six weeks or $15 to drop in. Columbia lien payers can request a 10 percent discount. The classes are appropriate for all levels of experience, but it is recommended that those beginning an exercise program should consult a physician before starting. Registration is required. There will be no refunds after the first class. 410-730- 3987.

Youth camp -- Slayton House Conservatory Camp, an arts camp for youth in grades nine through 12, is holding auditions for High School Musical, to be performed June 25 through July 13, and West Side Story, which is to run from July 16 through Aug. 4. Auditions are being held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 27 and 10 a.m. to noon April 28. To arrange for an audition: 410-730-3987 or 301-596-4883.

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