Benefit concert scheduled at Slayton House on Aug. 15

West Columbia

August 05, 2007

"Family to Family II," a benefit concert of original music, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Green.

Baltimore pianist and composer Robert Hitz and his students will perform original music for piano, voice guitar and flute.

Tickets are $10. Checks can be made out to the Family Crisis Center, which is to receive all the proceeds. Tickets will be held at the door.

Information or to reserve tickets: 410-655-8361.

Fashion show planned Aug. 17

"Fall Into Fashion," a show featuring clothes by Coldwater Creek, will be presented at Slayton House at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 17.

A luncheon is part of the show.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, or at Slayton House.

The program is co-sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association and Howard County Office on Aging.

Information: 410-313-7213.

Around town

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.

At the library -- The central library will offer "Pajama Time," a story and music time for children of all ages, at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Pajamas, teddy bears and blankets are welcome. Registration is not needed.

The "Surfin' Books" club, for children ages 9 to 11, will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday to discuss The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman. Registration is required. 410-313-7860.

Free pizza -- Slayton House on Wilde Lake Village Green will hold a pizza party for Wilde Lake residents on National Night Out, a program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnership, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, rain or shine. Pizza, soft drinks and a raffle are planned. The event for Wilde Lake residents only will be held rain or shine. Free tickets are available at Slayton House; 100 tickets are available. Children to age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 410-730-3987.

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. Participants are invited to take a game and attend with a friend. Wilde Lake Community Association is sponsoring the program. 410-730-3987.

Blood drive -- The Town Center Community Association will sponsor a Red Cross blood drive to help meet the crisis in the local blood supply. The drive is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday in the ballroom at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. To schedule an appointment: 800-GIVE-LIFE.

Small gardens -- Town Center Community Association will sponsor a seminar on gardening in small spaces, taught by landscape designer Ryun Wauls of the River Hill Garden Center, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at Historic Oakland. The free class is designed for residents of townhouses and condominiums. Registration is required. 410-730-4744.

Homebuyer seminar -- Town Center Community Association will sponsor a seminar for first-time homebuyers from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. Real estate agent Harry Hearn will speak. Refreshments will be provided. Admission is free. 443-927-9137, Ext. 129.

Strong bones -- The central library will sponsor a talk by Meena Chellaiah of the University of Maryland Dental School, "Strong Bones, Strong Women," at 10 a.m. Aug. 25. She will discuss the causes of osteoporosis and how to prevent it, including lifestyle choices and nutrition. Registration begins Saturday. 410-313-7800.

Self-defense class -- Tim Belton of Savvy Self Defense will teach self-defense techniques to be used under conditions of stress and panic from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Aug. 27, at Slayton House. The cost is $65 a month; $8 to drop in. The first week of classes is free. Columbia residents can request a 10 percent discount. Registration in advance is strongly recommended. 410-730-3987.

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