Library to celebrate A+ Partners program

East Columbia

October 21, 2007

The Howard County Library will hold its fourth annual celebration of A+ Partners in Education, a partnership with the Howard County public school system to promote scholarship, close achievement gaps, and expand academic opportunities for Howard County students.

"It's a systemwide program that ties the public schools with the library, and it's a systematic approach so we can serve all students of Howard County equally," said Kelli Shimabukuro, community education and partnerships coordinator for Howard County Library.

The event, which includes remarks by state schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick, will be held from 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cradlerock Elementary School. A BumbleBee winner, Swansfield Elementary School pupil Caroline Boone, will also speak.

The BumbleBee Program is an introduction to spelling competitions and public speaking for first- through third-graders.

The event will include a presentation of the Five Year A+ Master Plan, and a description of new educational initiatives, such as the Battle of the Books and PCs4KIDS, a program in partnership with the Lazarus Foundation.

Schools with the highest summer reading participation levels will receive trophies.

Preschool schedules open house

The East Columbia Preschool, a cooperative school at the Owen Brown Community Center, will hold an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow.

Children are now being enrolled for the 2008-2009 school year.

The Owen Brown Community Center is at 6800 Cradlerock Way. Information: 410-290-9166.

Around Town

Seeking volunteers -- The A-OK (Assisting Our Kids) mentoring/tutoring program, a project of Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, is recruiting and training volunteer mentors and tutors to work in elementary and middle schools with individual children and small groups. Opportunities are available during school hours, after school and in elementary school homework clubs. No specific skills are required; volunteers should be willing to commit to one hour a week during the school year. Chaya Kaplan, 410-730-6030; or Joe Willmott, 410-730-0229.

50+ Center -- The East Columbia 50+ Center, in the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will offer a Harmonize Exercise class from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. 410-313-7680.

O.H. Laster, a personal fitness trainer, will teach a fitness method called "Stamina, Strength, Stretch and Synergy." Registration is continuing. The cost is $3 a class.

Bridge for advanced players is offered from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Admission is free. Reservations are requested. Barbara Dudzinsky, 410-313-7680.

Reflexology - deep foot massage - is available between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Mondays. The cost is $40 for a 50-minute treatment. Appointments are also available between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Fridays.

Reiki treatments are available by appointment between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the first and third Fridays of each month. The gentle technique is said to restore physical, emotional and spiritual balance and harmony. The cost is $30 for a 55-minute treatment.

Jesse Barnes, dancer and fitness trainer, will teach soul line dancing from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. The cost is $4 a class. Wear comfortable clothes. and shoes. Registration is continuing.

Tai chi will be offered from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursdays. The cost is $6. 410-313-7680.

Halloween -- Daisy the Clown will give three free shows at Amherst House in Kings Contrivance Village Center at a Halloween celebration planned for Oct. 30. Performances are scheduled at 5 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Trick-or-treating in the village center is planned from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and includes a "haunted house" sponsored by the Hammond High School music department. 410-381-9600.

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