Mandolinists performing at Oakland Nights

West Columbia

December 30, 2007

The Oakland Nights Music Series, an informal concert series featuring local musicians and sponsored by the Town Center Community Association, will present a Sunday afternoon performance by the Nonesuch Trio from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 13 in the ballroom at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road.

Admission is free, but donations for the performers are encouraged.

The Nonesuch Trio is an acoustic ensemble of three members of the Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra: mandolinists Laura Norris and Jim Blanchard and classical guitarist Jeff Doll.

On the program are light classical pieces, traditional Italian melodies, rags, concert dances and popular tunes.

Information: Patricia Loeber, 410-730-4744.

Around town

Christmas cantata -- The Alleluias, a Christian choir based in Howard County, will present a Christmas cantata by Tom Fettke, One Incredible Moment, at 3 p.m. today at Kittamaqundi Community Church, 5410 Leaf Treader Way in Town Center. While admission is free, a donation is suggested. 410-730-4855, or www.thealle

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.

Senior artists -- Starting next month, Howard County Recreation and Parks will sponsor drawing and painting classes for seniors age 60 and older at the Bain Center and at the Cedar Lane Recreation Center. Bain Center classes will be given 1:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Thursdays, starting this week. Cedar Lane classes will be 9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays, starting Jan. 8. The cost is $60. 410-313-7279.

Parent-tot play groups -- Town Center Community Association is accepting registration for the winter session of Parents & Tots Play Groups, which begins the week of Jan. 8. Children age 6 months to 4 years meet Tuesdays. Children 6 months to 24 months meet Wednesdays, and children 6 months to 4 years meet Thursdays. The groups meet from 10 a.m. to noon. The session runs for 10 weeks. Groups, which are limited to 15 children, meet weekly at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. The cost is $25 for Columbia residents; $27.50 for nonresidents. Siblings can enroll for half price. Registration: 410-730-4744, or www.historicoak

Environmental action -- The Town Center Community Association will sponsor an Environmental Action Group to educate and foster environmentally positive action in the community. The group, which will be led by Town Center board member Stephen Meskin, will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 and 22, and on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. Registration is requested. 410-730-4744.

Senior yoga -- Yoga Center of Columbia will continue its senior classes at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center. The slower-paced, gentle yoga classes emphasize breathing and stress reduction. Classes are 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 10 through Feb. 14. A free class will be offered on Thursday. The cost is $78 for a six-week session; $15 to drop in. Columbia lien payers can request a 10 percent discount. Registration recommended. Participants should consult a physician before starting any exercise program. 410-730-3987.

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