Sandy and Danny to roam stage at Long Reach High

East Columbia

April 08, 2007

The Long Reach High School drama department will present the musical, Grease, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the school auditorium.

Tickets, available at lunch or from a cast member, are $7. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Information: Marla Blasko, 410-313-7117.

Plants to be available at The Other Barn

The Oakland Mills Community Association will hold a plant sale at The Other Barn in Oakland Mills Village Center from 9 a.m. to noon April 21.

Hanging baskets and pots, and a wide selection of plants will be available at reasonable prices.

Information: 410-730-4610.

Around Town`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, 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. 410-313-7680.

Jester -- 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. Friday 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. 410-730- 4610.

Living right -- 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, this week through May 19, at Stonehouse in Long Reach Village Center. The cost is $150, with a 5 percent discount for residents of Columbia Association-assessed properties. 410-730-8113, or www.step

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, creator of the Rotten Ralph books, 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.

La Leche -- La Leche of Columbia, a chapter of a nonprofit international organization, will meet at 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.

Car ID -- 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. Janet Stabile, vehicle theft prevention specialist for the Howard County Police Department, 410-313-3337.

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