Kings Contrivance to hold celebratory picnic

East Columbia

May 27, 2007

Residents of Kings Contrivance village are invited to celebrate the village's 30th birthday and Columbia's 40th birthday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 10 with a family picnic at Amherst House, 7251 Eden Brook Drive.

Participants can take a picnic dinner and a blanket. Drinks, dessert, entertainment and crafts for children are planned.

The event, which has a medieval theme, will feature medieval-style singers and an activity in which children can decorate crowns and coats of arms.

Information or registration: 410-381-9600.

Walk to benefit cancer society

The Columbia Association Middle School Advisory Committee will sponsor a Cancer Walk from noon to 2 p.m. June 24 on the two-mile path around Lake Elkhorn.

Proceeds from the walk, which costs $20, are to go to the American Cancer Society.

Registration can be completed in advance or at 11 a.m. on the day of the walk.

Information or registration: 410-715-5523.

Around Town

Swim club open house -- The Atholton Swim Club, 6731 Seneca Drive, will hold an open house from noon to 5 p.m. today. Prospective members are invited to meet the staff, tour the grounds and take a free swim. Registration for Red cross swimming lessons is to begin Tuesday. www.atholtonswimclub.com.

Teens reading -- The east Columbia library will sponsor a Summer Reading Club kickoff for teens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the library, 660 Cradlerock Way. Crafts, a fencing demonstration and a slam poetry workshop with local poet Gayle Danley are planned. Teens can sign up to earn "Book Bucks" for time spent reading; the "bucks" can be exchanged for prizes. Earning at least 200 bucks makes readers eligible to bid in a Teen Auction. Registration for the program is to start Friday. The last day to earn bucks is Aug. 11. Bidding will be online Aug. 13-18.

A Summer Reading Celebration for children ages 4 to 10 is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the east Columbia branch. Children can hear musical performances and register for the library's "Reading Roadtrip" to earn prizes for books read. A program is also available for babies and toddlers to age 3. Parents can read books, magazines or newspapers to their child and earn prizes.

An adult summer reading club, sponsored by Friends of Howard County Library, is to be offered from Friday through Aug. 31. Participants will be eligible for monthly prize drawings. Entry forms are available at the information desk in each library.

Library staff members will be available from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the east Columbia branch to advise participants on good summer reading. www.hclibrary. org.

Dance students -- Ballet With Cindee Velle, the resident dance school of the Long Reach Community Association, will present "A Night at the Opera," featuring local dance students ages 3 through adult, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday at Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Lane. The program will include dances to such operas as Cinderella, The Ring, Samson and Delilah, Carmen, The Mikado, Porgy and Bess, and Eugene Onegin. Advanced students will participate in the evening performance; younger children will be featured in the matinee. Tickets are $14, $12 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are to be available at Long Reach Community Association, 8775 Cloudleap Court. 410-465-7674, or www.cindeevelleballet.com.

Living right -- Long Reach Community Association offers "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 meet from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Stonehouse in Long Reach Village Center. The next session is to begin June 9. The cost is $150, with a 5 percent discount for residents of Columbia Association-assessed properties. 410-730-8113, or www.steppingout.net.

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