Daylong retirement seminar is scheduled for June 14

West Columbia

May 27, 2007

A daylong seminar for those approaching retirement or who have recently retired, "Choosing Tomorrow Now," is planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 14 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way.

Workshops are to include "Transitioning to the Purposeful Life," "Learning, Changing, Becoming" and "Travel for Pleasure ... and Purpose."

The seminar is sponsored by SPRING, a peer-support program of the Howard County Office on Aging.

The cost is $10 for registration by June 7 and includes lunch.

Information or registration: Karen Hull, 410-313-7466.

Atholton Class of '77 to hold 30th reunion

Atholton High School's Class of 1977 will hold its 30th Year Reunion from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. June 30 at Historic Savage Mill in Savage.

The cost is $40 in advance; $45 at the door. Reservations are requested.

Checks should be mailed to Lynn Hyatt Riddick, 209 Normandy Ave., San Antonio, Texas 78209.

Information: 210-828-2638.

Around town

New courts -- New bocce courts have been opened at Cedar Lane Park. They were built to be used by Special Olympics Howard County for training and competition, but will also be open to the public. Life Scout Andy Byun, 15, of Mount Airy built the courts for his Eagle Scout project, with support from the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks. He is a student at Glenelg High School. The game of bocce, which is similar to lawn bowling, originated in Italy. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held May 7 at the park.

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.

Mah-jongg -- Those ages 18 or older are invited to Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center for mah-jongg at 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Admission is free. The Wilde Lake Community Association is sponsoring the program. 410-730-3987.

Art dolls -- A show of whimsical, unique art dolls created by a group of local mixed-media artists is planned at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday. 410-313- 7213.

Afternoon tea -- Town Center Community Association will offer Afternoon Tea at Historic Oakland from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. The cost is $20 a person. Reservations are required at least 48 hours in advance. Historic Oakland is at 5430 Vantage Point Road. 410-730-4744 or 800-730- 4802.

40th birthday -- Slayton House will celebrate its 40th birthday with a "Fabulous 40 Birthday Celebration," sponsored by Wilde Lake Community Association. The event, scheduled for June 16-17, will include entertainment, food and games. a tour of historic homes and a dedication. Outdoor entertainment, to be held from noon to 7 p.m. June 16 at Slayton House, is to include live music, a military color guard, performances by the Kangaroo Kids precision jump-rope team, ice cream, cupcakes, popcorn, smoothies and a rededication ceremony with Columbia pioneers and others who shaped the development of the town. Entertainment is planned for the Slayton House stage, and a reception for the artists will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. A tour of 11 Wilde Lake older homes and a hookless fishing event on the lake for children are scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. June 17. Tickets for the tour are $20 in advance; $25 on the day of the event. Three hundred tickets will be sold. Any tickets left unsold will be offered to the public at 11:30 a.m. on the day of the event at the boathouse at Wilde Lake Park on Hyla Brook Road. Proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund of the Slayton House Camp of the Arts. Volunteers are needed to help coordinate the event. Carol Hobelmann, 410-730-3987.

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