`Mommy and Me Cafe' open for conversation tomorrow

East Columbia

March 25, 2007

La Leche of Columbia, a chapter of a nonprofit international organization, will offer a "Mommy and Me Cafe" at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way.

The drop-in cafe will offer a chance to meet and chat with other mothers, grandmothers and children.

Information: 410-309-4940.

The group will hold regular meetings at 10 a.m. April 6 and 7:30 p.m. April 17 at Owen Brown Community Center. Pregnant women, as well as infants and toddlers, are welcome.

La Leche of Columbia offers support, information and guidance for breast-feeding mothers.

Information: 410-309-4940, 301-421-1177 or 410-461-3423.

Author to speak at Hammond High

Children's author Jack Gantos, author of the 1976 publication, Rotten Ralph, a collaboration with illustrator Nicole Rubel, will speak at 6:30 p.m. April 17 at Hammond High School, 8800 Guilford Road.

Gantos' career began in sixth grade, when he read his sister's diary and decided he could write better. He is known for the popular Joey Pigza books and his autobiography, Hole in My Life.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is not required.

The program is being presented in partnership with Great Books, a consortium of Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard county libraries.

Guilford Road project to start soon

Howard County, in cooperation with Anne Arundel County and the State Highway Administration, plans to begin construction on or about April 2 to widen Guilford Road, from Dorsey Run Road in Howard County to Brock Bridge Road in Anne Arundel County.

The work is to include replacing the bridge that carries Guilford Road over the CSX Railroad tracks. The road will be widened to four lanes with an additional left-turn lane in the center.

The project is expected to be completed in about 1 1/2 years.

Traffic flow will continue along Guilford Road during the project, although some lane closures will be required. Signs will be posted to advise motorists.

Information: 410-313-3440.

Wineglass etching set for April 17

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will offer an "Etched Wine Glasses for Two" class for those ages 55 and older from 10 a.m. to noon April 17.

Participants will start with a wineglass, choose a stencil and etch the design into the glass with etching cream.

The cost is $15.

Information or registration: 410-313-7320 or 410-313-7279.

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

Science program -- The east Columbia library is offering 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. Thursday. Tickets are available at the children's desk an hour before the 45-minute program. 410-313- 7730.

Teen advisers -- The east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, is sponsoring a meeting of its Teen Advisory Board for those ages 11 to 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 7. Teens will have an opportunity to meet with friends, have a snack and share ideas about what the library should offer their peers. Registration is required. 410-313-7700.

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