Food, health to be topic of discussion

West Columbia

April 15, 2007

As part of its Shmooze Hour program, to be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Bain Center, the Jewish Federation of Howard County will sponsor a talk by Kasia Kines on eating well and staying healthy.

She will discuss symptoms of an inadequate diet and how people can find motivation and direction to change their diets.

Nutritious snacks will be provided.

The Bain Center is at 5470 Ruth Keeton Way.

Information: Sophie Novinsky, 410-730-4976, Ext. 31.

Also Wednesday, Art Silverglate will speak at the meeting of the Central Maryland User Group (CMUG) for Windows personal computers, to be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Bain Center.

He will demonstrate software for digital photo enhancement.

The group, which is open to everyone, meets on the third Wednesday of each month.

Information: 301-774-0331, or

`Long-term Living' to be discussed

The Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging will present a program on "Long-term Living: Covering the Costs" at 7 p.m. April 24 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way.

Discussion will focus on costs such as in-home care, assisted living, nursing home care and the coverage offered by long-term-care insurance. Representatives from the Maryland Cooperative Extension and the Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program will speak.

Registration is requested.

Information: 410-313-7391.

Around town

Volunteers needed -- Slayton House will celebrate its 40th birthday this summer with a "Fabulous at 40" birthday party sponsored by 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 group -- Town Center Community Association is accepting registration for its spring session of Parents & Tots Play Groups, which began last week. Children ages 24 months to 4 years old will meet Tuesdays; those ages 6 months to 24 months will meet Wednesdays; 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. 410-730-4744.

Living wills -- Howard County Bar Foundation will present a talk by Maryland Assistant Attorney General Jack Schwartz and hospital consultant Martha Knutson on so-called advance directives or living wills at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. County Executive Ken Ulman will discuss his plans for senior citizens in Howard County. Admission is free.

Candidates forum -- Wilde Lake Community Association will hold a candidates forum for those running for the Wilde Lake Village Board and Columbia Council at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Slayton House on Wilde Lake Village Green. Residents are invited to meet the candidates and discuss issues. New residents are invited to pick up a welcome packet and a gift. 410-730-3987.

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