The Long Reach Community Association will offer "Stepping Out," a six-week session of classes in etiquette, social skills and self-improvement for boys and girls ages 8 to 13.
The program is designed to encourage self-confidence, positive communication, attitudes and behavior, and appropriate manners. Classes will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays, April 14 through May 19, at Stonehouse in the Long Reach Village Center.
The cost is $150, with a 5 percent discount for residents of Columbia Association-assessed properties.
Information: 410-730-8113, or www.stepping-out.net.
Football camp to be held in July
Howard County Football Technique Camp for children and youth in grades three to nine will be held this year from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 9-13 at Hammond High School in Columbia.
The camp offers offensive and defensive position techniques, and instruction in the kicking game. Certified coaches will teach speed training. Each day's camp concludes with noncontact, competitive football games under coaches' supervision.
The camp, which is staffed by Howard County high school coaches, is focused on technique.
Tuition is $160, with a discount of $10 for registration before May 1. An additional $10 discount is offered to members of youth football leagues.
Car ID etching to be offered free
Free vehicle identification etching is to be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 21, weather permitting, at Kings Contrivance Village Center on Eden Brook Drive.
A unique vehicle identification number will be etched on all major pieces of glass in each car as a deterrent to theft and to help authorities return stolen vehicles to owners.
Drivers can also register in the "Watch Your Car," a national vehicle theft-prevention program. A limited number of steering wheel-locking devices will be distributed.
Information: Janet Stabile, vehicle theft prevention specialist for the Howard County Police Department, 410-313-3337.
Jester to perform for young children
Lively Arts For Little Ones! - a series of live performances for children ages 2 to 5 and their chaperones, will present Nicolo the Jester who will tell silly stories, juggle, pantomime and spin.
Shows about 45 minutes long are planned at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 13 at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place in Oakland Mills village.
Tickets are $4.50 for children ages 2 and older and adults. Group rates are available.
50+ Center plans exercise `boot camp'
The East Columbia 50+ Center at the east Columbia library will offer an exercise "boot camp" from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, this week through May 10.
The camp, led by fitness instructor Chris Miller, will focus on strength, resistance and conditioning training and includes calisthenics and an obstacle course.
The cost is $55 for six weeks.
Guilford Road -- Howard County, in cooperation with Anne Arundel County and the State Highway Administration, plans to begin construction this week 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. 410-313-3440.
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.
La Leche -- La Leche of Columbia, a chapter of a nonprofit international organization, will hold regular meetings at 10 a.m. Friday 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. 410-309- 4940, 301-421-1177 or 410-461- 3423.
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. Saturday. Participants 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.
Wineglass etching -- 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. Registration is required. 410-313-7320 or 410-313-7279.
Gantos to speak -- 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 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 presented in partnership with Great Books, a consortium of Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard county libraries.