Slayton House event to help protect your car from theft

West Columbia

October 14, 2007

The Maryland/DC Anti-Car Theft Committee and the Howard County Police Department will offer free vehicle identification etching from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, weather permitting, at Slayton House in the Wilde Lake Village Center.

Those who attend can have their vehicle identification number engraved on all the major pieces of glass in the car to act as a deterrent to theft and ease the return of the vehicle to its owner if stolen.

Registration in the Watch Your Car Program, a national theft-prevention program, will also be available. Anti-theft devices will be available for distribution.

Information: Janet Stabile, 410-313-3337.

Tea is served at Historic Oakland

The Town Center Community Association will offer afternoon tea at Historic Oakland from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 25 in the restored ballroom of the 1811 mansion.

The cost is $20 a person, and includes savory sandwiches, desserts, fruit garnish and scones.

Reservations are required at least 48 hours in advance.

Information: 410-730-4744.

Around town

Sellers sought -- Town Center Community Association is seeking sellers for its fall yard sale, to be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Vantage Point Park, on Vantage Point Road. The yard sale will be advertised in local publications and is free to sellers, but sellers must reserve a space. There is no rain date. 410-730-4744.

Vendors sought -- The Town Center Community Association is seeking craft vendors for its juried holiday craft fair, to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 17 at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. The 19th-century restored house provides a picturesque setting for the event. Those interested should contact Patricia Loeber, 410-730- 4744.

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 club, a mind-body-spirit program designed to improve health and personal relationships, meets from 9 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. Mondays at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. The cost is $2 a class. 410-313-7279.

Self-defense -- Tim Belton of Savvy Self Defense teaches self-defense techniques from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at Slayton House. The cost is $65 a month, or $8 per class to drop in. Columbia residents can request a 10 percent discount. Registration in advance is recommended. 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. 410-730-3987.

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