Talks to focus on growth plan for Oakland Mills

East Columbia

February 10, 2008

Gregory F. Hamm, regional vice president at General Growth Properties Inc. and general manager of Columbia, will speak to the Oakland Mills community at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at The Other Barn in the Oakland Mills Village Center.

He will address the village board and neighbors on the community's Master Plan for the village center area and how the plan relates to the company's plans for downtown Columbia.

Discussion will also cover the Route 29 pedestrian overpass and pathways that connect Oakland Mills to Columbia's downtown area. The Other Barn is at 5851 Robert Oliver Place. Sandy Cederbaum, village manager, 410-730-4610.

Free jazz concert planned Feb. 26

Jazz vocalist Chauncey Harris will perform in a free concert sponsored by Harmony of the Sol Inc. from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the East Columbia 50+ Center, 6600 Cradlerock Way.

The concert is made possible, in part, by the Howard County Arts Council and Howard County government. Refreshments will be provided by Zeta Alpha Sigma Chapter Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.

Jan Brady, a professional organizer, will present a free session on de-cluttering and organizing a home or office from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at the center.

To reserve a seat: 410-313-7680.

Introduction to Knitting class

The Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, will offer an Introduction to Knitting for ages 13 and older, and adults, from 10 a.m. to noon Fridays, March 7-28 and Saturdays, March 8 through April 5.

Fiber artist Anna Tai will teach casting on, knit and purl stitches, casting off, adjusting tension and correcting mistakes. Participants will learn to make scarves.

Tuition is $60 for Columbia residents; $70 for nonresidents.

Information or to register: 410-730-0075 or visit

Book club to meet Wednesday

The east Columbia branch library's "Good Reads" book club will discuss The Keep, by Jennifer Egan, at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The "Morning Books With Coffee" book club will discuss Don't Make a Scene, by Valerie Block, at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 27.

Books are available at the branch. Registration is not required.

The library is at 6600 Cradlerock Way. Information: 410-31-7700.

Around Town

Etiquette class -- The Kings Contrivance Community Association, 7251 Eden Brook Drive, will offer a new six-week etiquette class for children ages 8-12, beginning March 1. Patricia Minor, director of the Etiquette School of Maryland, will teach social, dining and communication skills through interactive programs from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. The cost for Columbia residents is $200; $225 for non-residents. 410-381-9600.

50+ Center -- East Columbia 50+ Center will offer a Harmonize Exercise class from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. The cost is $24 a month.

A new Latin dance class will be from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, March 26 through April 30. The cost is $60 for the six-week class. Also offered:

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 also are available between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Fridays.

Reiki treatments are available by appointment between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. the first and third Fridays of each month. The cost is $30 for a 55-minute treatment.

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